Bulldogs Use Depth to Push Win Streak to Five Matches at Olivet Duals

Sophomore Elijah Sanchez attempts to pin an opponent from last season. He went 2-0 at the Olivet Duals, where he split time at 133 pounds with teammate Coleton Wiegers. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)
Sophomore Elijah Sanchez attempts to pin an opponent from last season. He went 2-0 at the Olivet Duals, where he split time at 133 pounds with teammate Coleton Wiegers. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)

OLIVET, Mich.--Despite missing four starters from the regular lineup, the Adrian College men's wrestling team won all four of its matches at the Olivet College Duals on Saturday in the Cutler Event Center, defeating Grand Valley Club (37-14), Muskegon Community College (40-13), Henry Ford Community College (43-12) and Mount St. Joseph University (21-15). The Bulldogs improve to 7-2 on the season and are on a five-match winning streak.

Sophomores Derick Duvall (165 pounds), Isaiah Espinoza (285), Devon Pingel (197) and freshman Kyle Emery (184) led Adrian by going 4-0 apiece. Sophomore Elijah Sanchez and freshman Coleton Wiegers split time at 133 and both came away with two victories against no defeats.

While Adrian cruised through its first three wins of the afternoon, it was tested for sure in the final bout of the day against Mount St. Joseph. The Lions claimed four of the first five matches-- with Sanchez accounting for AC's scoring in the early going in a 5-minute, 25-second pin of Jabari Thomas--to take a 15-6 advantage. Adrian, however, came from behind to earn the last five wins--all by decision--to close with 15 unanswered points to get the triumph by six points, 21-15. Pingel defeated Antonio McCloud, 9-6, in a match-up of nationally-ranked competitors (No. 9 vs 5) as the latter was a 2019 NCAA All-American. Pingel's victory gave AC an 18-15 lead and then Espinoza finished it off with a hard-fought 2-1 decision.

"It was great team effort," Adrian fourth-year head coach Bill Schindel stated. "We had guys step up on short notice and perform at a high level. Devon (Pingel) beating a returning All American probably highlighted the dual. Elijah (Sanchez) coming back and getting a fall was a huge momentum swing. But at the end of the day we have to continue to get better and push ourselves every week."

On the day, Adrian compiled 10 pins including Espinoza with three.

The Bulldogs have put together a winning streak of five dual-matches to improve to 7-2 on the season--that's the longest such stretch in the modern era (since 2015-16) and believed to be the longest in program history since the 1969-70 squad won six in a row.

Adrian will break for the Thanksgiving holiday and return to the mat on Thursday, Dec. 5, when it hosts NAIA-scholarship Lourdes at the Merillat Sport and Fitness Center for the 7 p.m. non-conference match.

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Grand Valley State club Results
Weight: Match Summary, AC-GVSU Score
125: Sean Halverson (Grand Valley) over Josh Miller (Adrian) Maj 12-0, 0-4.0
133: Coleton Wiegers (Adrian) over Ryan Farris (Grand Valley) Fall 1:09, 6.0-0
141: Trever Dusty (Grand Valley) over Garrett Gelinski (Adrian) Fall 1:29, 0-6.0
149: Joey Murphy (Grand Valley) over Isaac Ramirez (Adrian) Maj 13-3, 0-4.0
157: Zach Altman (Adrian) over Colton Hanysak (Grand Valley) Maj 13-2, 4.0-0
165: Derick Duvall (Adrian) over Brandon Turner (Grand Valley) Dec 15-8, 3.0-0
174: Bryant Moore (Adrian) over Unknown (Unattached) Forf, 6.0-0
184: Kyle Emery (Adrian) over Unknown (Unattached) Forf, 6.0-0
197: Devon Pingel (Adrian) over Unknown (Unattached) Forf, 6.0-0
285: Isaiah Espinoza (Adrian) over Jared Lancaster (Grand Valley) Fall 5:40, 6.0-0
Dual Meet Score: 37.0-14.0

Muskegon CC Results
Weight: Match Summary, AC-MCC Score
125: Zack Sykes (Muskegon CC) over Josh Miller (Adrian) Maj 13-3, 0-4.0
133: Elijah Sanchez (Adrian) over Issac Trout (Muskegon CC) Fall 1:36, 6.0-0
141: Scott Hampton (Adrian) over Unknown (Unattached) Forf, 6.0-0
149: Trent Myre (Muskegon CC) over Isaac Ramirez (Adrian) Dec 11-5, 0-3.0
157: Ethan Garcia (Adrian) over Trevor Matson (Muskegon CC) Fall 4:40, 6.0-0
165: Derick Duvall (Adrian) over Unknown (Unattached) Forf, 6.0-0
174: Colby Deberry (Muskegon CC) over Bryant Moore (Adrian) Fall 1:27, 0-6.0
184: Kyle Emery (Adrian) over Sayer Robinson (Muskegon CC) Maj 15-7, 4.0-0
197: Devon Pingel (Adrian) over Mitchell Ward (Muskegon CC) Fall 1:54, 6.0-0
285: Isaiah Espinoza (Adrian) over Tyler Hill (Muskegon CC) Fall 4:50, 6.0-0
Dual Meet Score: 40.0-13.0

Henry Ford CC Results
Weight: Match Summary, HFCC-AC Score
125: Aseel Almudhala (Henry Ford CC) over Josh Miller (Adrian) Fall 3:56, 6.0-0
133: Coleton Wiegers (Adrian) over Scott Torres (Henry Ford CC) Dec 7-4, 0-3.0
141: Breyden Ruiz (Adrian) over Mohammad Mallah (Henry Ford CC) Fall 1:37, 0-6.0
149: Christian Neff (Henry Ford CC) over Isaac Ramirez (Adrian) Fall 6:52, 6.0-0
157: Ethan Garcia (Adrian) over Jalen Adams (Henry Ford CC) Maj 13-5, 0-4.0
165: Derick Duvall (Adrian) over Deondre Yarber-Rodriguez (Henry Ford CC) Fall 1:18, 0-6.0
174: Bryant Moore (Adrian) over Eli Boyar (Henry Ford CC) Fall 0:44, 0-6.0
184: Kyle Emery (Adrian) over Unknown (Unattached) Forf, 0-6.0
197: Devon Pingel (Adrian) over Unknown (Unattached) Forf, 0-6.0
285: Isaiah Espinoza (Adrian) over Francois Swain (Henry Ford CC) Fall 1:27, 0-6.0
Dual Meet Score: 12.0-43.0

Mount St. Joseph Results
Weight: Match Summary, AC MSJ Score
125 Tariq Hornbuckle (Mt St Joseph) over Josh Miller (Adrian) Fall 2:24, 0-6.0
133 Elijah Sanchez (Adrian) over Jabari Thomas (Mt St Joseph) Fall 5:25, 6.0-0
141 Nathaniel McClanahan (Mt St Joseph) over Breyden Ruiz (Adrian) Dec 12-9, 0-3.0
149 Chase Haehnle (Mt St Joseph) over Isaac Ramirez (Adrian) Dec 10-6, 0-3.0
157 Charles Lipps (Mt St Joseph) over Zach Altman (Adrian) Dec 10-4, 0-3.0
165 Derick Duvall (Adrian) over Amar Thomas (Mt St Joseph) Dec 8-2, 3.0-0
174 Dylan Wellbaum (Adrian) over Austin Belcher (Mt St Joseph) Dec 5-2, 3.0-0
184 Kyle Emery (Adrian) over Blake Machesky (Mt St Joseph) Dec 8-1, 3.0-0
197 Devon Pingel (Adrian) over Antonio McCloud (Mt St Joseph) Dec 9-6, 3.0-0
285 Isaiah Espinoza (Adrian) over Cameron Sauerwein (Mt St Joseph) Dec 2-1, 3.0-0
Dual Meet Score: 21.0-15.0