By Justin Webster, Golden Triangle News Service
FAIRFIELD ? The Trojans gave Mt. Pleasant wrestling a bit of a sweat in Thursday night?s Southeast Conference dual but in the end the Panthers still stood undefeated in the conference.
Mt. Pleasant won the dual 45-33, after jumping out to a 24-0 lead. The Panthers collected points in the first four matches behind forfeits by Fairfield at 170 and 220 pounds, and victories by fall for Brennen Bender over Carter Spalla in 3:54 at 182 pounds, and Zach Beason over Aidan Pohren in 1:56 at 195 pounds.
That?s when 285-pound Fairfield senior Brendon Lunsford came to the soft circle to face Henry Lutovsky.
Just over a minute and a half later, Lunsford improved to 28-2 with a pin 1:34 into the opening period.
Mt. Pleasant then returned the favor with a pin by Corbin Broeker over freshman Cohyn Roach-Summers, returning the lead to 24 points at 30-6.
Jonah Cooper accepted a forfeit at 113 pounds, followed by fall for senior Gannon Courtright who pinned Conner Coleman in just 1:15 to make the score 30-18.
Junior Mason Allen also pinned his opponent, Dalton Moyle, in 2:58 to bring the Trojans within six points. That allowed senior Stetson Spees to tie the dual when he reversed a near fall to Dalton Smith in the second and pinned Smith with 44 seconds remaining in the period.
?It felt really good to tie it up on senior night,? Said Spees. ?Obviously, that didn?t last long though.?
He?s referring to Mt. Pleasant winning three key matches from 138 to 152 pounds. Abe Wilson picked up a 2-0 decision at 138 lbs., Nate Wallace pinned his man in just 31 seconds at 145 lbs. and Jaden Davis made it 45-30 with a pin in 5:25 in the 152 lbs. match.
The final match of the night saw sophomore Caleb Heisel fight his way to a 4-3 decision over Garrett Boecker at 160 lbs.
Mt. Pleasant will be back on the mats on Saturday, Jan. 20, for a tournament in Williamsburg. After that, they?ll turn their focus towards the SEC championship meet at home against Washington on Tuesday, Jan. 23.