Wrestling struggles during trio of duals

Photo by Jordan Vredeveld
Photo by Jordan Vredeveld

WHEATON, Ill. – Concordia University Wisconsin struggled on Saturday dropping dual meets against Wheaton College, North Central College and the University of Dubuque at King Arena. The Falcons were led by Mason Mergener who won all three of his matches.

THE BASICS
Final Score:
Wheaton defeats CUW 25-13; North Central defeats CUW 23-21; Dubuque defeats CUW 30-18
Location: King Arena (Wheaton, Ill.)
Records: Concordia Wisconsin 4-5, Wheaton 2-5, North Central 3-5, Dubuque 11-6

HOW IT HAPPENED
- Junior Mason Mergener (Crivitz, Wis.) won all three of his bouts by decision to pace the Falcons during a difficult day. He defeated Stephen Aiello (Wheaton) by decision, 3-1, to start his day. Mergener then earned a 3-1 tiebreaking decision victory over Eric Kirkamn (North Central) prior to winning by decision, 7-3, against Elton Turnage (Dubuque).
- CUW won just three matches against Wheaton, but earned four-straight wins to close the match against North Central to get within two points. The Falcons won three-consecutive and four bouts overall against Dubuque.
- Sophomore Mitchell Slatton (Granger, Ind.) finished the day 2-1 after pinning Tanner VanDalesen (North Central) in 4:06. He then won by decision, 4-0, against Jon Denikas (Dubuque).
- Junior Mason Baumgartner (Slinger, Wis.) also had a 2-1 record and had a victory by fall against Tyler Vittal (North Central) in 1:03.
- As well, senior Pierce Holtfreter (Las Vegas, Nev.) pinned Dominic Taus (Dubuque) in 5:25.

BEYOND THE RESULTS
- Of the Falcons 11 victories during the day; four were by decision and three were by fall.
- Mergener improves to 7-2 this season in bouts ending in decision.
- Slatton's win by fall was the first for him this season.

NEXT ON THE SCHEDULE
- CUW returns to action on Saturday, January 23 when they travel to Whitewater, Wis., for the UW-Whitewater Border Brawl duals.

Concordia University Wisconsin vs. Wheaton College
January 16, 2016
Wheaton, Ill. (King Arena)

Wheaton 25, CUW 13
125: Kameron Bourgeois (CUW) won by forfeit
133: Double forfeit
141: Joshua Curcio (CUW) maj. dec. Eric Wales (Wheaton), 10-1
149: Zachary Harrell (WC) dec. Ben Reagan (CUW), 8-4
157: Jared Fekete (WC) won by fall Pierce Holtfreter (CUW), 5:28
165: Frank Aiello (WC) dec. Quinton Lueck (CUW), 4-0
174: Mason Mergener (CUW) dec. Stephen Aiello (WC), 3-1
184: Logan Walkup (WC) maj. dec. Mitchell Slatton (CUW), 15-3
197: Mikey Swider (WC) dec. Mason Baumgartner (CUW), 4-2
285: Max Gierke (WC) won by fall Sam Olsen (CUW), 1:20

Concordia University Wisconsin vs. North Central College
January 16, 2016
Wheaton, Ill. (King Arena)

North Central 23, CUW 21
125: Jeff Cook (NCC) dec. Kameron Bourgeois (CUW), 19-12
133: Brandon Malone (NCC) won by forfeit
141: Layten Binion (NCC) tech. fall Joshua Curcio (CUW), 18-2
149: Ben Williamson (NCC) dec. Ben Reagan (CUW), 3-0
157: Josh Tardy (NCC) dec. Pierce Holtfreter (CUW), 9-3
165: Matt Marcotte (NCC) dec. Quinton Lueck (CUW), 8-6
174: Mason Mergener (CUW) dec. Eric Kirkman (NCC), 3-1 TB-1
184: Mitchell Slatton (CUW) won by fall Tanner VanDalsen (NCC), 4:06
197: Mason Baumgartner (CUW) won by fall Tyler Vittal (NCC), 1:03
285: Sam Olsen (CUW) won by forfeit

Concordia University Wisconsin vs. University of Dubuque
January 16, 2016
Wheaton, Ill. (King Arena)

Dubuque 30, CUW 18
125: Anthony Pascente (UD) won by forfeit
133: Stephen Rosenburg (UD) won by forfeit
141: Jeremy Melendez (UD) won by fall Joshua Curcio (CUW), 6:52
149: Adrian Collier (UD) won by fall Ben Reagan (CUW), 0:27
157: Pierce Holtfreter (CUW) won by fall Dominic Taus (UD), 5:25
165: Frank Frassetto (UD) dec. Quinton Lueck (CUW), 4-2
174: Mason Mergener (CUW) dec. Elton Turnage (UD), 7-3
184: Mitchell Slatton (CUW) dec. Jon Denikas (UD), 4-0
197: Mason Baumgartner (CUW) won by forfeit
285: Sawyer McCaffrey (UD) dec. Sam Olsen (CUW), 5-1