Wrestling Blanks Wabash in Season Opener, 44-0
Nov. 9, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana University wrestling team began the 2007-08 campaign in fashion, shutting out Wabash with a 44-0 victory in the opening dual match of the season. The Hoosiers posted a pin, two tech falls and four major decisions on the night.
No.3 Angel Escobedo got things started in the 125-pound match with a pin in under a minute, at the 0:32 mark of the first period to be exact. Wesley Fike then took a forfeit in the 133-pound match as Wabash did not have a wrestler available at that weight class.
Scott Kelly and Nick Walpole each earned major decision victories in their respective matches. Kelly won by a score of 17-5 while Walpole captured a 13-0 triumph. Paul Young kept it coming for the Hoosiers at the 157-pound weight class, posting a 20-5 tech fall.
No. 4 Matt Coughlin, who is one of four All-American returning to IU this season, outlasted Wabash's Stephen Mosier for the 9-4 win. A pair of NCAA qualifiers from a season ago, Trevor Perry and No. 8 Marc Bennett, each arose victorious as well. Perry defeated Robert Beeler 10-2, and Bennett picked up a tech fall at 18-3.
In the 197-pound match, Eric Cameron grabbed an 11-3 decision before Justin Kuhn capped off the Hoosier shutout with a 5-0 victory at heavyweight. Alex Warren also wrestled for the Hoosiers on Friday, winning an exhibition match versus Justin Michaels by a score of 17-1.
The Cream and Crimson gets little rest as IU heads to East Lansing for the Michigan State Open beginning on Sunday.
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