The Lyon College men's wrestling team came up short against (RV) University of Saint Mary Sunday afternoon, 43-12. The dual took place in the Becknell Gymnasium.
With the match knotted at six, Bruce Whitehead squared off with University of Saint Mary's Riley Jarmillo. Whitehead battled throughout the match, but ultimately fell to Jarmillo by a score of 14-5.
The best match of the day occurred in the heavyweight division as Noah Wilson went up against Nic Roller. The match was tied with just under two minutes remaining. USM's Nic Roller, though, edged Noah Wilson by a score of 3-2, extending the lead for the Spires.
Carlos Cuevas and Roger Gasmann attempted to cut into USM's lead, but the Spires proved to be too much Sunday and defeated Lyon by a score of 43-12.
"St. Mary's is a top-25 team with several of their kids ranked in the top-10 so I was excited to get a chance to wrestle them," said coach Tom Erikson. "Given that opportunity, I was a little disappointed in how we performed as I thought we could have had a little more urgency out there. We have been off the mat since wrestling in the Smokey Mountain duals in mid-December and it sure showed.
"We've got five days to turn it around and get ready for the Missouri Valley invite, which for us may be tougher than the National Tournament," he continued. "The second semester starts on Tuesday and we have five days to get ready. It is going to be a fun week!"
The Scots travel to Marshall, Missouri, to compete in the Missouri Valley Invite beginning on Friday.
No. 10 Lyon women's wrestling earns seventh place
at NWCA National Duals
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The 10th-ranked Lyon College women's wrestling team continued to impress at the NWCA National Duals as the Scots defeated the University of Providence to take home seventh place Sunday.
After losing a close bout against No. 6 Wayland Baptist University, 29-17, the Scots squared off against No. 8 University of Providence in the seventh-place match.
Lyon got down early, 5-0, but Emma De Brum cut into the University of Providence's lead by earning a hard-fought decision, 6-4, against Lana Hunt. Jasmine Hernandez and Ashley Whetzal kept it rolling for the visitors from Batesville as they both picked up victories over their opponents, giving Lyon a 12-7 advantage.
After University of Providence knotted the match at 12 apiece, Elissa Douglass took down Jenna Awana to earn the pin and pick up five points for the Scots. The eighth-ranked team would not go down quietly as they once again tied the match at 17 apiece. However, the Scots closed the match with two straight victories by Kelani Corbett and Sierra Alfonso to earn the win, 27-17, and clinch seventh place at the NWCA National Duals this afternoon.
Lyon will travel to Nebraska to compete in the York College Open on Saturday.