DEFIANCE, OHIO - The Defiance College wrestling program returned to the Karl H. Weaner Center for the first time in nearly 30 years on Thursday evening. After the completion of action, the sides found themselves tied at 21-21, with Mount St. Joseph ultimately winning via tiebreaker rules.
It did not take long for the excited Defiance crowd to have something to cheer about. Rosendo Beltran (Toledo / Central Catholic) wasted no time in putting DC on the board. The sophomore grabbed a victory by way of a pin just 1:25 into his bout.
The Yellow Jackets had energy as they quickly reeled off a streak of wins. Seth Beard (Napoleon / Napoleon) was victorious in the 133 pound weight class. Raymier Hickerson (Cleveland Heights / Cleveland Heights) followed up with a 6-4 decision victory over his MSJ opponent.
Up 15-0, Cortez Bradley (Garfield / Warrensville Heights) looked to continue the winning streak in the 149 division. In thrilling fashion, the freshman was able to hold on for a 10-8 decision victory.
MSJ fired back with three straight wins of their own to cut into the DC lead, before Hunter Mcnutt (Oregon / Clay) grabbed an 8-1 decision win to extend the Defiance lead to 21-9. A victory in the final two weight classes for the Lions had the bout tied at 21-21.
After venturing through three tiebreakers, the Lions ultimately won due to a total match score of 35-33.
The Yellow Jackets will return to action on Wednesday, Jan. 23 as they visit Lourdes for dual action. The contest is scheduled to begin at 7:00 pm.