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Cougars Continue to Show Strength at Middle Weight Classes

Justin Ruffin
Justin Ruffin

NORFOLK, Va. - SIUE collected four match victories, including three straight at one point Friday, but the Cougars were defeated 28-13 in Mid-American wrestling action at the Ted Constant Center.

The Cougars, 1-10 overall and 1-5 in the MAC, continue to show their strength at the middle weights with wins from Tyshawn Williams, No. 25-ranked Justin Ruffin and Nate Higgins. Sergio Villalobos added a 7-3 victory at 184 pounds over Old Dominion's Dean Drugac.

"We had some good wins," said SIUE Head Coach Jeremy Spates. "Tyshawn came out and had an early takedown. Justin scored bonus points right at the end. Noth Nate and Sergio were offensive from whistle to whistle is what we want to see."

Old Dominion, now 6-5 overall and 4-2 in the MAC, used three falls to gather enough bonus points to defeat the Cougars.

After jumping out to a 16-0 lead, SIUE fought back with three straights wins. Williams edged Kevin Budock 3-2. Ruffin, who did  not see sixth-ranked Larry Early, bested Kenan Carter 9-1. Carter had moved up from 149 pounds. Higgins added a 6-4 win over Shane Jones.

SIUE's Kevin Gschwendtner (174) and Colton McKiernan (285) both came up short in close matches. Gschwendtner dropped a 3-1  decision to Luke Drugac. McKiernan was edged by Ali Wahab 2-1.

"Our guys came out to wrestle hard so those are the things we ask for," said Spates.

The Cougars are now ide until next Saturday when they travel to the Missouri Valley Open.

"We'll take guys who need matches or have been out because of injuries," added Spates.

Old Dominion 28 SIUE 13
125 - Michael McGee (Old Dominion) over Gage Datlovsky (SIUE) (Fall 6:18)
133 - Trevon Majette (Old Dominion) over Jacob Blaha (SIUE) (Fall 2:00)
141 - Sa`Derian Perry (Old Dominion) over Lucas Bernal (SIUE) (MD 21-9)
149 - Tyshawn Williams (SIUE) over Kevin Budock (Old Dominion) (Dec 3-2)
157 - Justin Ruffin (SIUE) over Kenan Carter (Old Dominion) (MD 9-1)
165 - Nate Higgins (SIUE) over Shane Jones (Old Dominion) (Dec 6-4)
174 - Luke Drugac (Old Dominion) over Kevin Gschwendtner (SIUE) (Dec 3-1)
184 - Sergio Villalobos (SIUE) over Dean Drugac (Old Dominion) (Dec 7-3)
197 - Timothy Young (Old Dominion) over Jake Godinez (SIUE) (Fall 2:29)
285 - Ali Wahab (Old Dominion) over Colton McKiernan (SIUE) (Dec 2-1)

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