No. 5 Lindsey Wilson Tops No. 6 Campbellsville
CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. - Teddy Furnish needed a decision at heavyweight to give No. 5 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) its first win over No. 6 Campbellsville (Ky.), but he went ahead and earned the victory in style, pinning Terrell Moore in one minute and 13 seconds to give the Blue Raiders a 19-15 win on Tuesday night.
Gosser Gym was packed with fans ready to watch the NAIA top-6 battle, a series that the Tigers led 4-0 heading into the dual. The matches lived up to the hype, with each team winning five leading up to Furnish's triumphant moment.
Lindsey Wilson, now 2-1 in Mid-South Conference dual matches, earns at least a share of the MSC Regular-Season Championship with the win.
For the Blue Raiders, in just their fourth season of wrestling at the school, Campbellsville is the highest rated team it has beaten.
Ethan Miller started things off in the Blue Raider's favor with a high-energy, 7-2 win over Robert Boston at 125 pounds. But Campbellsville answered right back at 133 as Tyler Alsip edged Jacob McCombs 6-5.
Lindsey Wilson broke up the tie with extra points at 141 as Wismit Moinius registered numerous takedowns to rout Chris Teague 14-5 and give Lindsey Wilson a 7-3 cushion with a major decision.
Campbellsville found its first lead of the night after the next two matches, registering decisions at 149 and 157. Kyle Terry slowed down Zach McCormick 10-7 at 149 and Conor Young avoided a late takedown by Joe Cozart to win 9-6 at 157.
With the Tigers leading 9-7, the Blue Raiders found a way to turn the tables and win back-to-back matches themselves at 165 and 174. At 165, James Haywood was masterful not giving up an escape to hold on to a 4-2 win over Joe Whalen and Jameel Bryant shutout Michael Johnson 5-0 at 174.
Lindsey Wilson was back on top 13-9, but the Tigers once again found a way to win two straight matches to regain the lead, but the Blue Raider grapplers didn't allow any extra points.
With Ian Stephens battling an injury, it was Cadyn McKeeth wrestling up at 184 for Lindsey Wilson. While undersized against Josh Ashbrook, McKeeth held his ground and didn't let himself be taken down late to avoid a major decision. Ashbrook completed the 7-3 win and pulled the Tigers within one.
At 197, Jacob Bradford went after Allen Scruggs with two big shots at the end of the third period, but couldn't find any points as he lost 6-5 to give Campbellsville a 15-13 lead with one match to go.
Furnish came out of the gate strong, scoring two points on a takedown to put Moore on his stomach and started working him for extra points. Moore allowed himself to be flipped and Furnish put all his weight into the shoulders to get the pin that brought the large contingent of Blue Raider fans to their feet.
With the dual season behind them, Lindsey Wilson now focuses on the NAIA East Regional Qualifier at 9 a.m. CT on Feb. 16 at St. Andrew's University in Laurinburg, N.C.