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No. 9 Wrestling Cruises Past No. 11 Mount Union in OAC Opener

Michael Petrella Picked Up a Pinfall Victory (Anna Habestro '22)
Michael Petrella Picked Up a Pinfall Victory (Anna Habestro '22)

BEREA, Ohio – The No. 9 nationally-ranked and defending Ohio Athletic Conference champion Baldwin Wallace University team opened the home portion of its schedule as it defeated No. 11 nationally-ranked University of Mount Union in OAC opening match for both teams by a final score of 31-7 in the Ursprung Gymnasium inside the Lou Higgins Center. 

BW (1-0, 1-0 OAC), who earned victories in eight of 10 matches, has won six of the last eight meetings against Mount Union (0-1, 0-1 OAC).

Match Results

  • 125-pound match: Junior Jacob Decatur (Akron/Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy) won by an 8-3 decision over Jack Stanley
  • 133-pound match: Sophomore Jaden Hinton (Glassboro, N.J.) won by 15-15 major decision over Erik Gerback
  • 141-pound match: David Massey won by a 5-1 decision over junior Zak Anderson (Elyria/Midview)
  • 149-pound match: Sophomore Michael Petrella (Reynoldsburg/Bishop Hartley) pinned Jake Visintine, in 6:13
  • 157-pound match: Senior All-American and No. 3 nationally-ranked Stanley Bleich (North Ridgeville/Elyria Catholic) won by a 7-1 decision over Jeff Dunfee
  • 165-pound match: Senior All-American and No. 5 nationally-ranked Dalton Leightner (Ravenna/Rootstown) won by a 5-2 decision Chris Anderson
  • 174-pound match: Junior Academic All-OAC Griffin Rathburn (New Albany/Bishop Hartley) won by a 4-2 over David Reinhart
  • 184-pound match: Junior All-OAC and No. 5 nationally-ranked Lucas Salmon (Sandusky/Perkins) won by 15-0 technical fall in 4:02 over George Lassnick
  • 197-pound match: Junior All-American and No. 10 nationally-ranked Doug Byrne (Wickliffe) won by a 16-5 major decision over Tyler Stepic
  • 285-pound match: Grant Martin won by a 12-4 major decision over senior Jarod Miller (Greenville, Pa./Reynolds) , 12-4 

The Yellow Jackets are back in action on Saturday, November 20 when they host the BW Invitational on Saturday, November 20 inside the Lou Higgins Center Fieldhouse at 10 a.m.  Fans can follow the action live at