Seniors lead No. 15 Central to wrestling sweep

Central College

ROCK ISLAND, ILL.—Four seniors scored five pins Thursday night, leading the No. 15 Central College wrestling squad to a 57-0 shutout against Knox College (Ill.) and a 27-12 victory over No. 19 Augustana College (Ill.).

The Dutch notched eight pins throughout the night and improved to 3-1. Senior Ryan Davis (senior, Shreveport, La., Northwood HS) cracked a 36-year-old school record with the fastest pin in a dual meet. He flattened Knox’s Eric Vogel in 21 seconds at 149 pounds, edging the previous mark of 23 seconds set by Bill Plein in 1976-77.

Against Augustana (2-2), Davis tied the score at 6-6 with a 2-1 decision and Joseph Atwell (senior, Jamaica, Panorama HS) gave the Dutch a boost with a pin at 157. The Vikings battled back within reach at 15-12 but a pin by Theron Stewart (senior, Marshalltown) at 197 clinched the match and an overtime pin by Jake Crawford (senior, Monroe, Southeast Polk HS) at 285 iced the win.

“I’m extremely proud of the effort and toughness showed by our seniors tonight,” coach Eric Van Kley said. “Augustana is a very good and physical team. Now that they’re in our region, some of those individual wins are even more important.”

Crawford improved to 9-2 with the sudden-victory win 58 seconds into the first overtime period.

“Jake really embraces those situations and has a lot of confidence in his conditioning,” Van Kley said. “It was a big win against tough competition.”

Van Kley also cited freshman Jon Heffner (Lehigh Acres, Fla., Riverdale HS), who came up big for a 5-1 decision at 165 pounds.

“He injured his shoulder in a tight match but really showed his toughness and poise and opened up that match,” Van Kley said.

In the opening dual against Knox (0-3), Central was the recipient of four forfeits and also got falls from Daniel Page (sophomore, Yelm., Wash., Tumwater HS) at 125, Aaron Anderson (freshman, Clarion, Clarion-Goldfield HS) at 133, Davis, Atwell and Tyler Lowy (sophomore, Phoenix, Ariz., Thunderbird HS) at 184.

“We stressed getting the night started off well,” Van Kley said. “Knox isn’t at the level of Augustana, but we still wanted to wrestle aggressive and attack on top, and that led to some pins.”

Central takes a break for final exams then journeys to Fort Myers, Fla., for the Gulf Coast Duals Dec. 16. The Dutch will face King’s (Pa.), North Central (Ill.), Alma (Mich.) and Heidelberg (Ohio).

No. 15 Central 57, Knox (Ill.) 0

125—Daniel Page (CEN) won by fall over Matt Sugai, 1:18; 133—Aaron Anderson (CEN) won by fall over Alejandro Varela, 3:19; 141—TJ Peretti (CEN) won by forfeit; 149—Ryan Davis (CEN) won by fall over Eric Vogel, :21; 157—Joseph Atwell (CEN) won by fall over Rey Cardenas, 2:43; 165—Jon Heffner (CEN) won by forfeit; 174—Dusty Fellows (CEN) dec. Greg Ventris, 8-4; 184—Tyler Lowy (CEN) won by fall over Ryan Lambert, 2:32; 197—Theron Stewart (CEN) won by forfeit; 285—Jake Crawford (CEN) won by forfeit.

No. 15 Central 27, No. 19 Augustana (Ill.) 12

125—Jake Scholten (AUG) dec. Daniel Page, 4-2; 133—Aaron Anderson (CEN) dec. Jimmy Ponozzo, 8-6; 141—Hector Ruiz (AUG) dec. TJ Peretti, 5-4; 149—Ryan Davis (CEN) dec. Walter Piech, 2-1; 157—Joseph Atwell (CEN) won by fall over Thomas Reyhons, 4:26; 165—Jon Heffner (CEN) dec. Connor Cummings, 5-1; 174—Matt Burns (AUG) dec. Dusty Fellows, 6-5; 184—Jordan Richardson (AUG) dec. Tyler Lowy, 10-3; 197—Theron Stewart (CEN) won by fall over Seth Whan, 6:57; 285—Jake Crawford (CEN) won by fall over John Schraidt, 7:52 (SV).

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