Oskaloosa–The youth of the William Penn wrestling squad was unfortunately exposed Thursday as it fell 40-3 to Central in dual-meet action.
The Statesmen (2-3) put seven freshmen on the mat in the dual, and hard as they tried, they could not knock off their more-experienced foes. Central, which is #23 in NCAA Division III, is now 8-2 on the year.
Tommy Rios (Fr., Tucson, Ariz., Exercise Science) claimed the lone WPU victory, holding off Chase Petty 11-8 at 133 pounds.
Six more matches went the distance with heavyweight Matthew Cuthbert (Fr., Yucaipa, Calif., Sociology) having the next-best effort with a 5-2 setback to Jay Pike.
Next Up: William Penn will split its squad Saturday as the varsity travels to Lamoni to compete at the Heart Duals, while the remaining competitors travel to Dubuque to compete in the Loras Open.
125–AJ Pestano (Central) won by major decision over John Altieri, 10-2 (0-4)
133–Tommy Rios (William Penn) won by decision over Chase Petty, 11-8 (3-4)
141–Jahleel Vester (Central) won by major decision over Bryan Pittman, 15-5 (3-8)
149–Tanner Hocker (Central) won by technical fall over Fabian Rodriguez, 20-3 (6:12) (3-13)
157–Mike O’Connor (Central) won by major decision over Christian Padilla, 11-0 (3-17)
165–Ryan Vandall (Central) won by major decision over Austinn Goin, 13-2 (3-21)
174–Cory McCleary (Central) won by forfeit (3-27)
184–AJ McBroom (Central) won by fall over Cody Jones, 4:13 (3-33)
197–Steven Candley (Central) won by major decision over Chris Rodriguez, 11-1 (3-37)
285–Jay Pike (Central) won by decision over Matthew Cuthbert, 5-2 (3-40)
Story provided by Wade Steinlage