By: Jake Krier, UWEC Sports Information
WILLIAMSPORT, Penn. (blugolds.com) - The Budd Whitehill Duals concluded on Saturday with the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire wrestling team getting a split on the day. They defeated Springfield for seventh place in the field after being defeated by SUNY-Cortland in the morning session.
The Blugolds won four matches against the Cortland Red Dragons. Casey Hedrington (Fr.-Chippewa Falls, WI/Chi-Hi) stayed hot with another fall at 133-pounds. Jordan Meyer (So.-Evansville, WI) followed that up with another pin at 141-pounds. Then at 149-pounds, Tyler Demo (Fr.-Loves Park, IL/Belvidere North) made it three in a row with his first period pinfall. The Red Dragons were victorious in the next four matches before Ramsey Bloy (Jr.-Freedom, WI) earned a 16-3 major decision for the Blugolds at 197-pounds.
Cortland won the dual 28-22, sending Eau Claire into the seventh place match.
Against Springfield, the Blugolds fell into a 12-0 hole after two matches. From there, though, Eau Claire rallied together seven straight wins, with the five matches between 157- and 197-pounds earning bonus points. Meyer and Carter Focht (Sr.-Pine Springs, MN/Mahtomedi) earned decision wins at 141- and 149-pounds. With the win, Meyer secured his spot on the All-Tournament Team for earning the most team points per match at his weight class. He did so in only four matches.
For the bonus point streak, David Dudych (Fr.-West Dundee, IL/Harry D. Jacobs), Hunter DeLeon (So.-Anoka, MN), and Tyler Vogt (Sr.-Owatonna, MN) all strung together major decisions. Evan Lawrence (Fr.-Hugo, MN/Mahtomedi) got a fall at 184-pounds, and then Bloy added another major to give the Blugolds 28 team points. They defeated Springfield by a final score of 28-18.
After a successful trip to Pennsylvania, the Blugolds return to the midwest with a tough task ahead. Their next competition takes place on Sunday, January 21 against the top-ranked team in the nation, Augsburg University. They'll face the Auggies on the road as they travel to Minneapolis for a 3:00 p.m. start.
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