Three more wins for Central wrestling team

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Pella, Iowa November 15, 2018 - Central College wrestling vs Coe. Photo by Dan L. Vander Beek

ALLENTOWN, PA.—A packed week continued for the Central College wrestling team at the Scotty Wood Duals hosted by Muhlenberg College where the team went 3-1 Saturday.

A contingent of younger wrestlers also competed at the Auggie-Adidas Invitational on the campus of Augsburg College (Minn.).

Beating Gettysburg College (Pa.) 39-9, Wilkes University (Pa.) 32-12 and Muhlenberg College (Pa.) 27-17, Central now has eight duals wins on the season. The Dutch (8-2) ended the day with a 27-25 loss against Messiah College (Pa.)

“It was really solid competition,” coach Eric Van Kley said. “Overall, it was a lot of great effort and heart by everyone on our team. I was really proud of how we responded to a challenging week with a dual on Thursday, traveling on Friday and then competing again today.”

Central had a trio of wrestlers go 4-0 in Pennsylvania. Rob Areyano (sophomore, 149 pounds, Selma, Calif.) had two falls and two technical falls. Nathan Fritz (senior, 184 pounds, Sigourney) had two pins and two wins by decision.

Shandon Akeo (junior 133 pounds, Honolulu, Hawaii, Kapolei HS) had two falls, one technical fall and an overtime decision to celebrate his birthday. In his final match of the day against Messiah he pinned the No. 10 wrestler in the country, Josiah Gehr, at 5:35.

“He stepped up in a tough match,” Van Kley said. “It was a back and forth match the whole time and it ended with a huge pin for us. He really had a great day.”

Seniors Duncan Lee (Newton) and Daniel Radcliffe (Lockport, Ill., Lockport Township HS) went 3-1 at 285 pounds and 141 pounds, respectively.

In Minnesota, 21 Dutch wrestlers competed at Augsburg. Freshman Noah Cortez (Spanaway, Wash., Graham-Kapowsin HS) had the highlight of the day with a title in the 125-pound silver bracket.

“It was a special weekend all around,” Van Kley said. “It was important to get those guys some great competition before Thanksgiving.”