(NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind.) – The Thomas More College wrestling team finished sixth and six Saints placed today (Saturday, January 13, 2017) at the Spartan Mat Classic hosted by Manchester University at the Stauffer-Wolfe Arena in North Manchester, Indiana.
First-year Jimmy Murphy (Milford, Ohio/Milford) placed third at 125. He opened with a 7-1 decision win, but fell 16-1 by technical fall before he had an 8-4 decision, a pin 2:51 and a won by default in the third place match. Sophomore James Caniglia (Loveland, Ohio/Loveland) placed fourth in 197 as he had a 14-2 major decision win, a pin in 50-seconds, a 9-8 decision loss and an 8-2 decision win before losing by default in the third place match.
Sophomore Avery Jones (Amelia, Ohio/Glen Este) finished fifth at 184 as he had a pin in 2:09 and 57-seconds to go along with a 14-12 decisions before a 14-2 major decision loss and a 5-3 decision long, but won the fifth place match by forfeit. Sophomore Andrew Taylor (Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder) was fifth at 165 as he had a 12-2 major decision loss before rolling off a 7-5 decision win, a pin in 2:21, a 10-3 decision, 17-1 technical fall, 10-4 decision and a no contest in the fifth place match.
First-year Tanner Yenter (California, Ky./Campbell County) finished sixth in 133 with a pin in 2:59, a 1-0 decision loss, an 11-6 decision win and a 7-3 decision win before a 4-0 decision loss and an 8-0 major decision loss in the fifth place match. Sophomore Tyler Sarreshteh (Findlay, Ohio/Liberty-Benton) placed eighth at 133 as he had a pin in 2:43 and 1:54, but had a 19-2 technical fall loss, and a 7-3 decision loss before falling by pin in the seventh place match.
Tallying 1-2 records at the tournament was sophomore Parker Buschelman (Harrison, Ohio/Harrison) at 141, first-yer Andrew Tevis (Trenton, Ohio/Edgewood) at 149, first-year Jimmy Traub (Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore) at 157 and first-year Gunnar Dawson (Madison, Ohio/Madison) at 165.
Thomas More returns to action on Friday (January 19) when it hosts Waynesburg University in its 2017-18 home opener. The Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) dual match is scheduled to begin at p.m. inside the Connor Convocation Center in Crestview Hills, Kentucky.