Men's Wrestling Drops MIAA Opener at Nationally-Ranked Olivet, 21-12

On Jan. 7, 2020, Noah Nieman (pictured, bottom) beat Drew Mandell of Olivet who is listed on D3wrestle.com's "honorable mention" national rankings. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)
On Jan. 7, 2020, Noah Nieman (pictured, bottom) beat Drew Mandell of Olivet who is listed on D3wrestle.com's "honorable mention" national rankings. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)

OLIVET, Mich.--Reigning Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Wrestler of the Week Isaiah Espinoza was one of four Adrian College winners, but host Olivet College took six bouts to win the match, 21-12, in the MIAA opener for both schools at the Upton Center Gymnasium on Tuesday.

Espinoza, who debuted today in the D3wrestle.com national rankings at No. 5 for 285 pounds, got things going for the Bulldogs by edging Dominick Wilson, 3-2.

The Comets, however, won the next three bouts to take the lead for good at 10-3. Sophomore Elijah Sanchez and freshman Tanner Smith had tough losses at 133 and 141, respectively, by decision.

Junior Noah Nieman got Adrian back on the scoreboard at 149 with a big win over former Bulldog Drew Mandell, 14-7. Mandell is an "honorable mention" on the D3wrestle.com national rankings, but Nieman ended the second period with couple takedowns and began the third with a reversal to go up 9-5 before cruising to the seven-point decision.

Sophomore Derick Duvall doubled up Adam Hall, 10-5, at 165 to get Adrian within 14-9. 

Olivet won the next two bouts before junior Devon Pingel rounded out the scoring on the night. The nationally-ranked wrestler at 197 by D3wrestle.com (No. 7), Intermat (No. 8) and National Wrestling Coaches' Association (No. 8), Pingel outdistanced Trevor Piggott, 11-4, who is listed as a D3wrestle.com national rankings "contender."

Adrian, which drops to a 9-5 dual-record, returns to the mat on Thursday, Jan. 16, when the Bulldogs host conference foe Alma in the Merillat Sport and Fitness Center, starting at 7 p.m.

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Wt. Summary
OC-AC
285
Isaiah Espinoza (Adrian) over Dominick Wilson (Olivet) (Dec 3-2)
0
3
125
Cameron Mahlich (Olivet) over Dajun Jones (Adrian) (MD 18-7)
4
0
133
Kyle Schaaf (Olivet) over Elijah Sanchez (Adrian) (Dec 5-3)
3
0
141
Andrew Castaneda (Olivet) over Tanner Smith (Adrian) (Dec 9-3)
3
0
149
Noah Nieman (Adrian) over Drew Mandell (Olivet) (Dec 14-7)
0
3
157
Cole Hersch (Olivet) over Zach Altman (Adrian) (MD 15-6)
4
0
165
Derick Duvall (Adrian) over Adam Hall (Olivet) (Dec 10-5)
0
3
174
Nicholas Worden (Olivet) over Ethan Garcia (Adrian) (MD 12-3)
4
0
184
Haydn Kinjorski (Olivet) over Kyle Emery (Adrian) (Dec 4-3)
3
0
197
Devon Pingel (Adrian) over Trevor Piggott (Olivet) (Dec 11-4)
0
3
165
Exhibition: Owen Guilford (Olivet) over Reginald Ryder (Adrian) (Fall 1:23)
0
0
197
Exhibition: Donald Moses III (Adrian) over Austin Engle (Olivet) (SV-3 4-2)
0
0
Team Score: 21 12