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Cougars Topple Drexel at Hoosier Duals

Drew Vrbenec
Drew Vrbenec

BLOOMINGTON, Ind., - SIUE wrestling won three of its five dual matches for the weekend after a split of Sunday's action at the Hoosier Duals.


The Cougars, 3-6, defeated Drexel 26-12 and fell to Indiana 28-9.


"We're heading in the right direction," said SIUE Head Coach Jeremy Spates.


Patrick Myers and Jake Residori were double winners for the Cougars Sunday.


Myers, wrestling at 133 pounds, topped Drexel's Kevin Devoy 2-1 and Indiana's Chris Caton 3-2. Residori earned a major decision at 174 pounds against Drexel's Kevin Maytas 16-5 and then downed Indiana's Nate Jackson 10-8.


"They both wrestled real well and were both 4-1 for the weekend," said Spates. "That's a great weekend for both of those guys."


The Cougars fell behind 12-6 in the Drexel match after winning just two of the first five matches. Drew Vrebenec joined Myers as a winner with a 6-3 victory over David Pearce.


SIUE steamrolled Drexel in the final five matches with back-to-back major decisions by Connor McMahon and Residori as well as decisions by Deshoun White and Chris Johnson. David Devine capped off the dual with a 2 minute, 41 second, pin over Joe Girgio.


"It's great to see Connor back on the mat since he has been sidelined with an injury," said Spates. "Drew also did a good job this weekend. I think he's getting better every time he steps onto the mat."


Indiana closed out its own round robin tournament with a victory over the Cougars. Karsten Van Velsor was SIUE's only other winner as he edged Joe Randazzo 2-0 at 149 pounds.


SIUE continues action next Sunday with a dual match at Northwestern. The first match is set for 2 p.m. in Evanston, Ill.


SIUE 26, Drexel 12

125 – Tanner Shoap (DU) maj. dec. Dakota Leach (SIUE), 11-1; TS: 0-4

133 – Patrick Myers (SIUE) dec. Kevin Devoy (DU), 2-1; TS: 3-4

141 – Drew Vrbenec (SIUE) dec. David Pearce (DU), 6-3; TS: 6-4

149 – Noel Blanco (DU) maj. dec. Karsten Van Velsor (SIUE), 19-11; TS: 6-8

157 – Austin Sommer (DU) maj. dec. Logun Taylor (SIUE), 9-1; TS: 6-12

165 – Connor McMahon (SIUE) maj. dec. Jason Fugiel (DU), 10-1; TS: 10-12

174 – Jake Residori (SIUE) maj. dec. Kevin Maytas (DU), 16-5; TS: 14-12

184 – Deshoun White (SIUE) dec. Dylan Sternlieb (DU), 5-3 (SV1); TS: 17-12

197 – Chris Johnson (SIUE) dec. Alex DeCiantis (DU), 3-1 (SV1); TS: 20-12

285 – David Devine (SIUE) pins Joe Giorgio (DU), 2:41; TS: 26-12


Indiana 28, SIUE 9
125 – Joe Duca (IU) dec. Dakota Leach (SIUE), 3-1; Team Score: 3-0
133 – Patrick Myers (SIUE) dec. Chris Caton (IU), 3-2; TS: 3-3
141 – Ethan Raley (IU) dec. Drew Vrbenec (SIUE), 12-8; TS: 6-3
149 – Karsten Van Velsor (SIUE) dec. Joe Randazzo (IU), 0-2; TS: 6-6
157 – #6 Taylor Walsh (IU) pins Logun Taylor (SIUE), 1:15; TS: 12-6
165 – #23 Ryan LeBlanc (IU) maj. dec. Connor McMahon (SIUE), 15-2; TS: 16-6
174 – Jake Residori (SIUE) dec. Nate Jackson (IU), 10-8; TS: 16-9
184 – #15 Luke Sheridan (IU) dec. Deshoun White (SIUE), 3-0; TS: 19-9
197 – Garret Goldman (IU) dec. Chris Johnson (SIUE), 6-1; TS: 22-9
285 – #8 Adam Chalfant (IU) pins David Devine (SIUE), 2:36; TS: 28-9

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