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Patriot Grapplers return to action in Tri-Match

     The Patriot wrestlers were back in action on Friday when they hosted Williams Baptist University (Ark.) and Life University (Ga.) in a tri-match. It was a historical day for the college campus because it was the first time in history that the campus hosted a wrestling match.

     The Patriots took on Williams Baptist to kick things off. David Hernandez (Lexington, Ky.) kicked it off in the 125 division with a 6-2 victory over Jay Branch. Cody Coomes (Ostrander, Ohio) gave the Patriots an 8-3 lead after he picked up a win by technical fall in the 149 weight class. But after dropping the 157 and 165 divisions, the Eagles took the lead 12-8. Bernard Ray (Hodgenville, Ky.) cut the lead to one, 11-12, after he picked up a 6-4 victory in overtime in the 174 division. BJ Carman (New Haven, Ky.) picked up the only other win for the Patriots in the 197, when he defeated Jeffrey Haley by a 3-2 decision. The Patriots ended up falling to the Eagles, 21-14.

     Next up for the Patriots was NAIA D-I power and conference foe, Life University. The Running Eagles came into the match ranked 11th in the latest coaches’ poll. The lone win for the Patriots came in the 197 division where BJ Carman picked up a 7-5 decision victory over Jacob Dempsey. Dempsey came into the match ranked ninth in the country in the 197 weight class. The Running Eagles defeated the Patriots by a final score of 42-2.

     Full Individual Results:
     • David Hernandez (125): 1-1
     • Tyler McCoy (141): 0-2
     • Cody Coomes (149): 1-1
     • Ty Bennett (157): 0-2
     • Mitch Rusch (165): 0-2
     • Bernard Ray (174): 1-1
     • BJ Carman (197): 2-0
     • Garrett Harding (285): 0-2

     Head Coach Spencer Adams stated, “I knew coming into the match that we were going to struggle because our guys had a couple of weeks off and they weren’t in the greatest shape.”

     The road doesn’t get any easier for the Patriot Grapplers as they host perennial power Campbellsville University tonight at 6:30. The Tigers come into the match ranked fourth in the latest coaches’ poll.
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