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Wrestling competes at Border Brawl duals

Photo by Jordan Vredeveld
Photo by Jordan Vredeveld

WHITEWATER, Wis. – Sean Ambrocio and Mason Baumgartner led Concordia University Wisconsin on Saturday at the Border Brawl duals, hosted by UW-Whitewater. The Falcons fell to No. 2 UW-Whitewater 32-12, defeated UW-Eau Claire 40-9 and lost to No. 11 Cornell College 24-22.

Senior Sean Ambrocio (San Antonio, Texas) and sophomore Mason Baumgarter (Slinger, Wis.) each finished the duals undefeated at 3-0. Sophomore Joshua Curcio (Granger, Ind.), sophomore Mason Mergener (Crivitz, Wis.) and senior Jake Reuteler (New Berlin, Wis.) each wrestled to a 2-1 record.

The Falcons had a difficult day, but improved throughout the duals and won 15 of the possible 30 individual bouts.

CUW (5-4) won just three bouts against No. 2 UW-Whitewater. Ambrocio won by decision, 8-3, at 133 pounds, while Mergener picked up an 8-1 decision at 174 pounds. Baumgartner earned a pin in 1:39 at 184 pounds.

Against UW-Eau Claire the Falcons won easily, as there were three bouts forfeited by the Blugolds. The 31-point victory is the largest in head coach Corey VanGroll's tenure. Junior Pierce Holtfreter (Las Vegas, Nev.) won his first bout of the season by major decision, 13-5, at 157 pounds. Senior Casey Kenealy (Hartford, Wis.) picked up a 9-5 decision win at 165 pounds, while Mergener earned a 7-1 decision victory at 174 pounds. Baumgartner won his seven bout of the season by fall, 1:18, at 184 pounds while Reuteler also had his seven win by fall, 2:47, of the season at 197 pounds.

The Falcons and Rams went back-and-forth in the final dual of the season, as there were five lead changes. Ambrocio won by fall, 2:11 at 133 pounds and Curcio also won by fall, 4:05, at 141 pounds to give CUW a 12-4 lead early in the dual. The Rams won four-consecutive bouts to take a 14-12 lead. The Falcons answered with a Baumgartner major decision, 10-0, at 184 pounds and a Reuteler win by fall, 3:40, to retake the lead, 22-18. Cornell earned a pin in the 285 pound bout to earn the victory.

CUW returns to action on Friday and Saturday for the Pete Wilson Invitational, hosted by Wheaton College.

No. 2 UW-Whitewater 32, CUW 12
125: Zac Denny (UW-W) tech. fall Maxim Riederer (CUW), 24-8
133: Sean Ambrocio (CUW) dec. Trevor Pruett (UW-W), 8-3
141: Matt Adcock (UW-W) tech. fall Joshua Curcio (CUW), 19-4
149: Elroy Perkin (UW-W) tech. fall Quentin Lueck (CUW), 17-0
157: Tom Gerszewski (UW-W) dec. Pierce Holtfreter (CUW), 12-6
165: Tyler Becker (UW-W) dec. Casey Kenealy (CUW), 6-5
174: Mason Mergener (CUW) dec. George Gonzalez (UW-W), 8-1
184: Mason Baumgartner (CUW) won by fall Taylor Hildebrandt (UW-W), 1:39
197: Shane Siefert (UW-W) tech. fall Jake Reuteler (CUW), 19-3
285: Anthony Edgren (UW-W) won by fall Paul Carter (CUW), 2:26

CUW 40, UW-Eau Claire 9
125: Scott Worlund (UW-EC) won by fall Maxim Riederer (CUW), 2:23
133: Sean Ambrocio (CUW) won by forfeit
141: Joshua Curcio (CUW) won by forfeit
149: Quentin Lueck (CUW) won by forfeit
157: Pierce Holtfreter (CUW) maj. dec. Robert Rocole (UW-EC), 13-5
165: Casey Kenealy (CUW) dec. Ryan Behnke (UW-EC), 9-5
174: Mason Mergener (CUW) dec. Mathew Laugen (UW-EC), 7-1
184: Mason Baumgartner (CUW) won by fall Matt Rieckhoff (UW-EC), 1:18
197: Jake Reuteler (CUW) won by fall Cecil Phialson (UW-EC), 2:47
285: Justin Karkula (UW-EC) dec. Paul Carter (CUW), 11-5

No. 11 Cornell 24, CUW 22
125: Scott Smith (CC) maj. dec. Maxim Riederer (CUW), 15-4
133: Sean Ambrocio (CUW) won by fall Bryan Walsh (CC), 2:11
141: Joshua Curcio (CUW) won by fall Jared Brathor (CC), 4:05
149: Trevor Engle (CC) maj. dec. Quentin Lueck (CUW), 16-3
157: Josh Martin (CC) dec. Pierce Holtfreter (CUW), 12-5
165: Michael Maksimovic (CC) dec. Casey Kenealy (CUW), 8-2
174: Brent Hamm (CC) maj. dec. Mason Mergener (CUW), 8-0
184: Mason Baumgartner (CUW) maj. dec. Brian Cristion (CC), 10-0
197: Jake Reuteler (CUW) won by fall Aburough Abegesah (CC), 3:40
285: Eric Tucker (CC) won by fall Paul Carter (CUW), 3:55