PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – UW-Platteville won five straight matches and pulled away from visiting Cornell College to defeat the Rams 23-19 Saturday night in the Throwdown in the Theatre on the Brodbeck Concert Hall stage.
The Pioneers won the first five matches of the night which started with Zach Coffeen's 18-10 major decision over Kendale McCoy at 197 pounds. Lucius Rinehart defeated Chris Lyons in the heavy weight match in an 11-7 decision followed by Issac Wiegel taking the 125 pound match with a 4-1 victory over Brody Lamb. Leading 10-0, Scott Arneson pinned Devin Stortz in 4:27 at 133 pounds and was then followed by Chase Katzenmeyer's winning decision at 141 pounds to extend the Pioneers' lead to 19-0.
The Rams made a comeback in the next three matches with the 157 and 165 classes ending in back-to-back pins to lessen the Pioneers' lead to 19-15. Grant Wedepohl sealed the fate of the night with an 8-0 major decision over Nic Jarvis at 174 pounds. Cornell's Max Schmitz won by major decision in the final match of the night 12-2 and brought the final score to 23-19.
The Pioneers begin the 2018 season 1-0 in duals while the Rams fall to 1-1 for the season. The Pioneers will return to action next Saturday back in Platteville at the Super 8 Invitational in Williams Fieldhouse.
197: Zach Coffeen (UW-Platteville) over Kendale McCoy (Cornell) (MD 18-10)
285: Lucius Rinehart (UW-Platteville) over Chris Lyons (Cornell) (Dec 11-7)
125: Issac Wiegel (UW-Platteville) over Brody Lamb (Cornell) (Dec 4-1)
133: Scott Arneson (UW-Platteville) over Devin Stortz (Cornell) (Fall 4:27)
141: Chase Katzenmeyer (UW-Platteville) over Klayton Keller (Cornell) (Dec 8-4)
149: Austin Thomas (Cornell) over Trevor Harsh (UW-Platteville) (Dec 3-0)
157: Casey Allen (Cornell) over Alexander Strueder (UW-Platteville) (Fall 2:01)
165: Ben Hewson (Cornell) over Garrett Passmore (UW-Platteville) (Fall 1:46)
174: Grant Wedepohl (UW-Platteville) over Nic Jarvis (Cornell) (MD 8-0)
184: Bryce Oveson (Cornell) over Max Schmitz (UW-Platteville) (MD 12-2)