ADRIAN, Mich.--Junior Devon Pingel and sophomore Isaiah Espinoza helped key a strong start for the Adrian College men's wrestling team as the Bulldogs steamrolled past visiting Manchester in a non-conference match, 37-12, at the Merillat Sport and Fitness Center on Thursday evening.
Adrian darted to a 25-0 lead after dominating four of five bouts, beginning with sophomore Derick Duvall's 20-5 technical fall win over Tyler Leonhard in 6 minutes and 20 seconds at 165 pounds to open the match. After junior Bryant Moore earned a 7-2 decision of Wilson Lopshire at 174, freshman Kyle Emery defeated Shane Stits in a 21-4 technical fall in 6:03 at 184 to extend the Bulldog lead by 13 points. Pingel and Espinoza wrapped up the scoring run with pins at 197 and 285 in 2:11 and 57 seconds, respectively.
Josh Stephenson got Manchester on the scoreboard at 125 when he pinned sophomore Mateo Diaz in 2:36.
Freshman Coleton Wiegers increased the Bulldog lead to 31-6 with a pin of his own against James Corgan at 1:33 in a tidy 18 seconds.
Elijah Phillips (141) and JaVon Phillips (149) won their bouts by decision to round out the Spartans scoring while the match ended with sophomore Zach Altman's forfeit victory at 157.
During the intermission, the team honored its former head coach Paul MacDonald (pictured below with current AC coach Bill Schindel) who led the Bulldogs to three Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association from 1969 to 1971 as part of an 11-year career at the helm in which MacDonald became the program's all-time winningest coach with 73 victories, mentored 20 MIAA individual champions and produced three NCAA tournament teams (1975-77) from 1967 to 1977.
Adrian improves to 3-2 overall while Manchester drops to 0-3 on the season. The Bulldogs return to action on Saturday for the Olivet College duals where they will compete against Grand Valley club team, Muskegon Community College, Henry Ford Community College and Mount St. Joseph University, beginning at 11 a.m.
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