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Wrestling Splits Two Duals, Beats #15 Otterbein

Austin Smith (149 lbs) posted a major decision and a fall.
Austin Smith (149 lbs) posted a major decision and a fall.

SALEM, Va. -- Ferrum College split a pair of matches at the 2019 VBR Sports Southeast Duals, hosted by the Panthers today at the Salem Civic Center. Ferrum lost 34-12 to Milikin University, then beat #15 Otterbein University 24-12.

RECORDS
Milikin (5-0); Ferrum (2-1); Otterbein (2-2)

THE BASICS
Levi Englman (133), Mario Vasquez (141) and Austin Smith (149) each won twice for Ferrum today. All three posted major decisions against Milikin. Smith posted a 13-1 major over Milikin's Tristin Birt, then decked Otterbein's Jacob Williams in the first period.

Englman, ranked #2 in the country among NCAA Division III wrestlers, needed a takedown in overtime to post a 3-1 sudden victory over Otterbein's Jackson Lakso. He is now 7-0 this season.

Jalen White (125) had a 1:52 fall over Otterbein's Chase Nelson. Also winning over the Cardinals were Malik Barr (174) and Braden Homsey (197), both by decision.

MILIKIN 34, FERRUM 12
125: Zac Blasioli (MILL) over Jalen White (FECO) (TF 22-6 6:18)
133: Levi Englman (FECO) over Jordan Carson (MILL) (MD 11-1)
141: Mario Vasquez (FECO) over D`Anthony Hopkins (MILL) (MD 13-3)
149: Austin Smith (FECO) over Tristan Birt (MILL) (MD 13-1)
157: Peter McCusker (MILL) over Elijah Martin (FECO) (TF 16-0 6:44)
165: Bradan Birt (MILL) over Luke Nees (FECO) (Fall 1:02)
174: Jake Tisza (MILL) over Malik Barr (FECO) (Dec 5-3)
184: Taylor McGiffen (MILL) over Demontay Wimbush (FECO) (MD 17-5)
197: Logan Hagerbaumer (MILL) over Braden Homsey (FECO) (TF 18-1 5:00)
285: Evan Betz (MILL) over George Mitchell (FECO) (Fall 4:01)

FERRUM 24, #15 OTTERBEIN 12
125: Jalen White (FECO) over Chase Nelson (OTT) (Fall 1:52)
133: Levi Englman (FECO) over Jackson Lakso (OTT) (SV-1 3-1)
141: Mario Vasquez (FECO) over Santino DiSabato (OTT) (Dec 6-2)
149: Austin Smith (FECO) over Jacob Williams (OTT) (Fall 2:14)
157: Ryan Whitten (OTT) over Elijah Martin (FECO) (Dec 11-5)
165: Willy Plaisir (OTT) over Luke Nees (FECO) (Dec 7-3)
174: Malik Barr (FECO) over Donny Didion (OTT) (Dec 3-2)
184: Corbin Bunsold (OTT) over Demontay Wimbush (FECO) (MD 15-6)
197: Braden Homsey (FECO) over Braden Neuberger (OTT) (Dec 9-6)
285: Drew Kasper (OTT) over Carlos Leyva (FECO) (Dec 4-2)

BEHIND THE WHISTLE
"I thought we came out flat today against Millikin. As a team, we beat ourselves in a lot of positions and didn't have great effort besides a few guys. I am really proud of the way we bounced back to defeat #15 Otterbein. Our guys wrestled with a sense of urgency and passion. That's who and what we are about. Levi, Mario and Austin all went 2-0 and looked good." --Head Coach Nate Yetzer

BACK ON THE MAT
Coach Nate Yetzer's team will be back in action Sunday, November 17, at the Estes Environmental Star City Classic. The event is also being held at the Salem Civic Center, with wrestling set to begin at 9:00 a.m.