UW-Oshkosh followed setbacks to a pair of nationally ranked opponents with a victory over Western New England University (Mass.) at the U.S. Marine Corps National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Multi-Division National Dual Meet Championships held Friday (Jan. 10) in Louisville, Ky.
UW-Oshkosh was eliminated from the championship portion of the 24-team NCAA Division III tournament after defeats of 32-12 to 17th-ranked Millikin University (Ill.) and 23-13 to 25th-ranked Olivet College (Mich.). The Titans then wrestled to a 33-14 win over Western New England University.
In UW-Oshkosh's loss to Millikin University, Schoenfuss gave the Titans a 6-5 lead with his pin of Nick Sabian in 4:20 at 133 pounds.
The Big Blue then won six consecutive bouts before Cashmore cut UW-Oshkosh's deficit to 32-9 with his 7-2 triumph over Logan Hagerbaumer at 197 pounds. Lemcke followed with a 3-1 victory over Evan Betz at 285 pounds to create the contest's final score.
Against Olivet College, UW-Oshkosh built a 7-3 lead on wins by Murphy at 125 pounds and Alabed at 141. Murphy defeated Cameron Mahlich, 7-3, while Alabed ousted Andre Bourlier, 16-3.
Olivet College rebounded from its early deficit to the Titans with five straight victories, including Kamyab Kamali's pin of Bryce Herlache at 184 pounds that gave the Comets a 23-7 advantage.
UW-Oshkosh scored the final six points of the match on wins by Cashmore at 197 pounds and Lemcke at 285. Cashmore edged Trevor Piggott, 1-0, while Lemcke defeated Owen Miller, 4-0.
Three Titans lost decisions to Olivet College wrestlers by five points or loss – Schoenfuss by a 6-3 result to Reese Wallis at 133 pounds, Lenczner by a 6-2 score to Hunter Murphy at 149 and Blanchard by a 6-1 verdict to Haydn Kinjorski at 174.
In UW-Oshkosh's victory over Western New England University, the Titans (3-8) followed an opening-bout loss with five straight victories to take a 21-4 lead over the Golden Bears.
Schoenfuss started the Titans' string of victories with a pin of Nick Calderone in 39 seconds at 133 pounds. Alabed followed with a 13-8 win over Justin DeLucia at 141 pounds, Eli Mondrella a 9-5 victory over Christopher Gresis at 149 and Shane Dziadosz a 7-3 triumph over Alex Starr at 157 before Muzi Sitshela pinned Jeff Suschana in 5:09 at 165.
After a pair of Western New England University victories, UW-Oshkosh closed the match with pins by Cashmore at 197 pounds and Ben Kitslaar at 285. Cashmore stuck Mathieu Messina to the mat in 4:48 while Kitslaar glued Ben Falivene to the surface in 15 seconds. Kitslaar's pin was the fastest by a UW-Oshkosh wrestler this season.
Wartburg College (Iowa) captured the team title at the NWCA Multi-Division National Dual Meet Championships with a 24-15 win over Augsburg University (Minn.), 24-15.
UW-Oshkosh is off until it hosts ninth-ranked UW-La Crosse on Jan. 23 in Kolf Sports Center.