Pingel Punches Ticket to Nationals; Runner-Up at 184 Pounds in NCAA Central Region Championships

Sophomore Devon Pingel is Adrian's third NCAA Championships qualifier in the modern era of the Bulldogs men's wrestling program since the 2015-16 campaign. (Action photo by Wabash Athletics)
Sophomore Devon Pingel is Adrian's third NCAA Championships qualifier in the modern era of the Bulldogs men's wrestling program since the 2015-16 campaign. (Action photo by Wabash Athletics)

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CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind.--Sophomore Devon Pingel is headed to the NCAA Division III Men's Wrestling Championships next month after a terrific debut at the Central Regional here at Wabash College's Knowling Fieldhouse, where he finished as the runner-up in the 184-pound division on Saturday. Adrian scored 40-1/2 points to finish 13th in the 19-school team standings.

Pingel went 1-1 on the day to go 3-1 in his first regional as a Bulldog after transferring from NCAA Division I Cleveland State at the end of his 2017-18 freshman campaign. He lost to nationally-ranked Dylan Roth (No. 5 by the National Wrestling Coaches' Association) of Heidelberg in the title bout via pin 3 minutes and 35 seconds in. The score was only 2-1 in Roth's favor at the end of the first period before he got Pingel on his back early in the second.

But Pingel got to the championship match with a 10-4 decision over Thomas More's Avery Jones to start his day. On Friday, Pingel defeated Cash Thompson of Ohio Northern by decision, 4-0, and Dylan Seaton of Alma by a 14-6 major decision. Pingel improves to 28-6 on the season and is listed as a contender as the 11th-ranked wrestler in the latest D3wrestle.com individual rankings.

Freshman Collin Lewis also saw action on the second day of the event at 285 pounds. He went 4-2 on the weekend to place fifth in the region. Today, he sandwiched a pair of victories via fall around a 12-5 consolation semifinals loss at the hands of Olivet's Trevor Piggott, who is ranked among the top-30 heavyweights in the nation. Lewis pinned Christian Climer (Heidelberg) in 3:25 and Antonio Zapata (Muskingum) in just 45 seconds.

The host Little Giants won the Central Region team title with 156-1/2 points, followed by Baldwin Wallace (146-1/2) and Mount Union (144). Those three teams appear in the latest NWCA national rankings at No. 4, No. 5 and No. 7, respectively.

Pingel will be the third Bulldog in the modern era of the program (since 2015-16) to represent Adrian at the NCAA Division III Championships, which will be March 8-9 in Roanoke, Va., this year. More information about the national championships to be announced at a later date.

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NCAA DIII Regional Central Results for Adrian
125--Mateo Diaz (1-2) place is unknown and scored 0.5 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Andrew Perelka (John Carroll) 27-5 won by fall over Mateo Diaz (Adrian) 1-2 (Fall 0:38)
Cons. Round 1 - Mateo Diaz (Adrian) 1-2 won by decision over Jimmy Murphy (Thomas More) 14-12 (Dec 7-6)
Cons. Round 2 - Rosendo Beltran (Defiance) 2-1 won by major decision over Mateo Diaz (Adrian) 1-2 (MD 9-0)

133--Elijah Sanchez (0-2) place is unknown and scored 0.0 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Mason Brainard (Heidelberg) 2-1 won by major decision over Elijah Sanchez (Adrian) 0-2 (MD 14-6)
Cons. Round 1 - Elijah Sanchez (Adrian) 0-2 received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 2 - Alec Hoover (CWRU) 27-8 won by major decision over Elijah Sanchez (Adrian) 0-2 (MD 12-3)

141--Dominic Paterra (1-2) place is unknown and scored 0.5 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Tanner Mchugh (Baldwin Wallace) 30-9 won by major decision over Dominic Paterra (Adrian) 1-2 (MD 9-1)
Cons. Round 1 - Dominic Paterra (Adrian) 1-2 won by decision over Andrew Castaneda (Olivet) 0-2 (Dec 4-3)
Cons. Round 2 - Riley Lomenick (Wabash) 28-11 won by fall over Dominic Paterra (Adrian) 1-2 (Fall 3:38)

149--Noah Nieman (1-2) place is unknown and scored 3.0 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Noah Nieman (Adrian) 1-2 won by fall over Toby Warrington (Muskingum) 13-16 (Fall 1:56)
Quarterfinal - Zachary Cooper (Alma) 30-1 won by fall over Noah Nieman (Adrian) 1-2 (Fall 3:40)
Cons. Round 2 - Drew Mandell (Olivet) 2-1 won by fall over Noah Nieman (Adrian) 1-2 (Fall 1:21)

157--Zach Altman (1-2) place is unknown and scored 0.5 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Antwon Pugh (Mount Union) 29-0 won by fall over Zach Altman (Adrian) 1-2 (Fall 0:30)
Cons. Round 1 - Zach Altman (Adrian) 1-2 won by decision over Joey Bradberry (Otterbein) 13-19 (Dec 6-4)
Cons. Round 2 - Joel Arney (Manchester) 13-7 won by major decision over Zach Altman (Adrian) 1-2 (MD 17-6)

165--Derick Duvall (1-2) place is unknown and scored 2.5 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Tyler Grimsley (Olivet) 2-0 won by fall over Derick Duvall (Adrian) 1-2 (Fall 4:19)
Cons. Round 1 - Derick Duvall (Adrian) 1-2 won by fall over Tristan Faworski (Mt. St. Joseph) 8-21 (Fall 4:34)
Cons. Round 2 - Jimmy Traub (Thomas More) 22-7 won by decision over Derick Duvall (Adrian) 1-2 (Dec 10-8)

174--Bryant Moore (1-2) place is unknown and scored 2.5 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Bryant Moore (Adrian) 1-2 won by tech fall over Lucas Brewer (Alma) 13-13 (TF-1.5 4:42 (18-0))
Quarterfinal - Darden Schurg (Wabash) 21-1 won by tech fall over Bryant Moore (Adrian) 1-2 (TF-1.5 3:40 (15-0))
Cons. Round 2 - Shane Stits (Manchester) 13-20 won by decision over Bryant Moore (Adrian) 1-2 (Dec 6-4)

184--Devon Pingel (3-1) placed 2nd and scored 16.0 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Devon Pingel (Adrian) 2-0 won by decision over Cash Thompson (Ohio Northern) 2-1 (Dec 4-0)
Quarterfinal - Devon Pingel (Adrian) 2-0 won by major decision over Dylan Seaton (Alma) 28-21 (MD 14-6)
Semifinal - Devon Pingel (Adrian) 3-1 won by decision over Avery Jones (Thomas More) 29-14 (Dec 10-4)
1st Place Match - Dylan Roth (Heidelberg) 4-0 won by fall over Devon Pingel (Adrian) 3-1 (Fall 3:35)

197--Zach Reynolds (0-2) place is unknown and scored 0.0 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Tyler Hammack (Heidelberg) 2-0 won by major decision over Zach Reynolds (Adrian) 0-2 (MD 10-2)
Cons. Round 1 - Gavin Dersh-Fisher (CWRU) 11-5 won by decision over Zach Reynolds (Adrian) 0-2 (Dec 2-0)

285--Collin Lewis (4-2) placed 5th and scored 15.0 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Collin Lewis (Adrian) 2-1 won by disqualification over Seth Jermer (Wilmington (OH)) 5-17 (DQ)
Quarterfinal - Drew Kasper (Otterbein) 27-0 won by tech fall over Collin Lewis (Adrian) 2-1 (TF-1.5 5:36 (15-0))
Cons. Round 2 - Collin Lewis (Adrian) 2-1 won in tie breaker - 1 over Brian McNamara (CWRU) 18-13 (TB-1 5-1)
Cons. Round 3 - Collin Lewis (Adrian) 4-2 won by fall over Christian Climer (Heidelberg) 3-2 (Fall 3:25)
Cons. Semi - Trevor Piggott (Olivet) 4-1 won by decision over Collin Lewis (Adrian) 4-2 (Dec 12-5)
5th Place Match - Collin Lewis (Adrian) 4-2 won by fall over Antonio Zapata (Muskingum) 13-12 (Fall 0:45)