A shorthanded 22nd-ranked Utah Valley University wrestling team split a pair of tightly contested dual meets on Saturday afternoon at Stanford’s Burnham Pavilion in Palo Alto. Due to injury, the Wolverines were without the services of a number of starters.
After pulling out a 27-16 victory over Harvard thanks to a pair of late falls, UVU dropped a hard-fought 20-19 decision to the host Cardinal. Despite splitting the nightcap at five bouts apiece and getting another fall from 10th-ranked heavyweight Tate Orndorff in the final bout, Stanford — which is currently receiving votes for the NWCA Top 25 Coaches Poll — claimed the contest by a mere point thanks to winning four of its five victories by bonus points.
“I thought that we wrestled a little sluggish in the first match against Harvard, but that we responded and wrestled with good energy in the second one (against Stanford),” head UVU coach Greg Williams said. “One of the things that we want the guys to buy into is to continually fight for points all throughout the match… And I felt like we did that.”
Tate Orndorff led the way for UVU (7-6, 0-0 Big 12) on the day with a pair of falls, while ninth-ranked 141-pound sophomore Matt Findlay, ninth-ranked junior 165-pounder Demetrius Romero and senior 184-pounder Will Sumner also all went a perfect 2-0 for the Wolverines on Saturday.
In the opening dual, Harvard (0-1, 0-0 EIWA) jumped out to a 5-0 advantage following a win by technical fall at 125 pounds. UVU quickly responded, however, with back-to-back wins from freshman Isaiah Delgado at 133 and the ninth-ranked Findlay at 141 to take a 7-5 lead. Delgado recorded a 9-3 decision over Lukus Stricker for his second dual meet victory of the season, while Findlay continued on his strong sophomore campaign with a 10-1 major decision over Ryan Friedman to pick up a bonus-point win and give the Wolverines the early lead.
The Crimson responded with consecutive wins from Brock Wilson at 149 and Hunter Ladnier at 157 to give the Ivy League institution a 13-7 lead. The 2018 NCAA qualifier Romero then responded for Utah Valley with a dominant 17-2 tech fall victory over Josh Kim for five much-needed team points, but Harvard bounced back with a 7-4 decision from Leo Tarantino over UVU’s Kyle Snelling to extend the Crimson’s lead to 16-12 with just three …read more
Source:: Deseret News – Sports News