Nov. 1, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
The Indiana University wrestling team opened its 2012-13 season with a 44-12 victory over Manchester University. A pair of injury defaults is all that stood between the Hoosiers and an opening day shutout.
Indiana racked up six falls in the match and seven on the night as Geno Capezio pinned his opponent in an exhibition bout.
Indiana 44, Manchester 12
Exhibition - Geno Capezio (IU) pins Bryce Roberts (MU), 2:00
125 lbs - Zach Zimmer (IU) pins Taylor Hart (MU), 4:46; Team Score: 6-0
133 lbs - Joe Duca (IU) pins Joe Mindola (MU), 2:04; TS: 12-0
141 lbs - Eric Roach (IU) maj. dec. Johnny Tullos (MU), 17-4; TS: 16-0
149 lbs - Danny Ginter (MU) inj. def. Mitchell Richey (IU); TS: 16-6
157 lbs - #18 Taylor Walsh (IU) pins Chuck Holmquest (MU), 3:18; TS: 22-6
165 lbs - #20 Ryan LeBlanc (IU) pins Aaron Bullock (MU), 0:45; TS: 28-6
174 lbs - Cheney Dale (IU) pins David Stevens (MU), 4:45; TS: 34-6
184 lbs - Luke Sheridan (IU) pins Chad Ulmer (MU), 4:57; TS: 40-6
197 lbs - Ray Wajda (MU) inj. def. Garret Goldman (IU); TS: 40-12
285 lbs - #16 Adam Chalfant (IU) maj. dec. Jimmie King (MU), 20-8; TS: 44-12
Following the first-period fall from Capezio, Zach Zimmer
and Joe Duca
opened the team dual with back-to-back pins at 125 and 133 pounds, respectively. Zimmer built a 13-4 lead before locking in a cradle to earn the fall with 14 seconds remaining in the second period. Duca needed just 2:04 to dispose of his opponent, sticking Joe Mindola in the opening period.
Eric Roach kept the IU points coming at 141 pounds, posting a 17-4 major decision to increase the Hoosier lead to 16-0. The redshirt freshman from Crown Point, Ind., threw his foe straight to his back in the waning seconds but came up just shy of the fall.
Manchester lit the scoreboard for the first time in the subsequent bout as Mitchell Richey was forced to take an injury default late in the first period.
The next four match-ups all went in favor of the Cream and Crimson. Nationally-ranked Hoosiers Taylor Walsh (#18) and Ryan LeBlanc (#20), as well as Cheney Dale and Luke Sheridan, each added pins to the IU effort. Walsh hooked the far leg on a cradle and flatten out Chuck Holmquest early in the second stanza. LeBlanc's six team points weren't as elaborate, notching a takedown almost instantly and ultimately sticking Aaron Bullock in just 45 seconds. Meanwhile, Dale and Sheridan both built large leads before closing the door with second-period pins.
Next up was 197-pounder Garret Goldman, who climbed out to an 8-0 edge before suffering an injury as well and taking an injury default.
The nation's 16th-ranked heavyweight, Adam Chalfant, capped off the evening by majoring Jimmie King in the final bout. Chalfant utilized some crushing two-leg takedowns for the 20-8 major decision. He added up nine takedowns, an escape and the riding time advantage.
Indiana gets back to the mats on Sunday, competing in the Hokie Open. Wrestling action is slated to start at 9 a.m. and live results will be available. You will need to register as a user (free) and select 'Hokie Open 2012' (also free). Results for the Hoosiers can also be viewed on Twitter (@IUWrestling1).