(WARRENSBURG, Mo.) – The UCM Mules wrestling squad (3-3, 0-1 MIAA) dropped three matches Sunday afternoon on day one of the UCM Duals at the Multipurpose Building.
The Mules suffered a 37-9 loss to top-ranked and defending national champion Nebraska-Kearney before falling 25-19 in a close match against Newman and finishing the day with a loss to second-ranked Newberry.
Neighbors took a 3-0 decision over Nebraska-Kearney’s Stephen Weimer in the 133-pound bout while Viterisi claimed a 3-1 decision against the Loper’s Nick Ridgeway at 149 pounds. Tuaquoi battled to a hard-fought 3-2 decision at 285 pounds against the Loper’s Zach Anderson to give the Mules their third win in the dual.
Mateo won his 141-pound bout by taking a 15-7 major decision against the Jets’ Travis Rodenbaugh while Viterisi picked up his second win of the day at 149 pounds by pinning (2:08) Newman’s Aaron Engels. Loethen took a victory via pin (3:30) against the Jets’ Alex Prine in the 165-pound bout while Tuaquoi posted a 3-1 decision over Newman’s Lorenzo Serna to earn his second victory Sunday at 285 pounds.
The Mules’ final match of the day pitted them against second-ranked Newberry. The Mules fell to the Wolves 53- (-1) to close out day one of the UCM Duals. Viterisi and Tuaquoi were UCM’s top performers on day one, each going 2-1. With the three setbacks, the Mules fall to 3-3 overall and 0-1 in the MIAA.
UCM returns to action Tuesday evening for day two of the UCM Duals at the Multi, facing No. 10 Ouachita Baptist at 4 p.m., No. 19 Fort Hays State at 5:30 p.m. and No. 18 Ashland at 7 p.m.