JAKE CHRISMAN ‘20 | STAFF WRITER • On Saturday, January
20, the Little Giant wrestling team hosted the Max Servies Duals in Knowling Fieldhouse. The team had an impressive showing on the day, finishing 3-0 and dominating the mat in all three competition. The Little Giants competed against Thomas More College, the University of Wisconsin- Oshkosh, and Cornell College. “As a team I feel like we wrestled pretty well,” Jared Timberman ’21 said. “It was probably the best we’ve wrestled all year and we beat a tough team in Cornell.” Notable performances were Sunny Nier ’21, Kyle Hatch ’21, and Grant Gough ’18, all going 3-0 on the day.
The Little Giants took on Thomas More College in the first round, but
it was hardly a contest with the Little Giants winning 45-0. Nier picked up the first win of the day with a 17-0 technical fall. Chris Diaz ’19 followed with a hard fought 2-0 win. Riley Lomenick ’21 kept the momentum with an 11-3 victory in the 141-pound
weight class. Austin Bethel ’21 and Hatch both had impressive wins. Bethel pinning his opponent in the first period and Hatch winning by technical fall 17-2. Ethan Herrin ’20, Alex Dague ’19, Hunter Bates ’20, Gough, and Wade Ripple ’21 all won matches as well in the first round to give Wabash the 45-0 victory.
“The wrestling team did very well at the Max Servies Duals,” Diaz said. “The coaches did a great job at using everyone they needed for the Varsity matches, as well as making sure everyone got at least one match in.”
In round two, the Little Giants were matched up against University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and expended little effort in this match as well, winning 44-3. Nier started off with his second technical fall of the day. Owen Doster ’20 picked the Little Giants second victory of the match and his first of the day with a 15-7 victory. The Little Giants followed with a technical fall from Brice Everson ’20, another pin from Bethel, and Hatch ultimately received a forfeit. Darden Schurg ’19 pinned his opponent in
the first period following an 11-6 win from Timberman. “I think I wrestled okay on the day,” said Timberman. I put myself into bad positions a couple times but I was able to wrestle through them.” After dropping the 184-pound match in overtime, the Little Giants rallied to close out the end of the match with two wins from Gough and Max Bishop ’21.
The Little Giants would cap off the day with an impressive 32-12 victory over Cornell College. Doster won the first match against Cornell 18-2, following a forfeit to Nier. Everson left the mat after an 8-0 win, followed by Hatch’s third win of the day. Timberman won his second match of the day 8-3, setting the stage for Schurg’s second win. Gough would collect the Little Giants final win with a 6-5 victory at the 197-pound weight class. “Gough wrestled really well and finished 3-0 on the day,” Timberman said. “He faced some good opponents, but was able to keep his composure and stay tough.”
Finishing 3-0 on the day as a team the Little Giants swept their first tournament of the year. “This was a good tournament for us to have going into the last couple weeks of
the regular season,” Diaz said. “That being said, these next couple weeks are going to be a grind, but it’s what we were going to need to push everyone through nationals.”
The Little Giants return to action tomorrow after getting some rest the past two weeks. “Out practices have been really good over the past two weeks,” Timberman said. “We have been focusing on pushing the pace and staying strong in our matches.” The Wallies take the mat at the John Summa Invitational hosted by Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio. Wrestling starts at 9 a.m in the Lou Higgins Center. “As a team we are getting behind each other and pushing each other to be the best we can be. We want to put up another banner, and we want it to say 1st,” Timberman said. “Ultimately though, the goal is to be the best wrestler you can be.”