ALMA, Mich. - The Trine University wrestling team finished sixth at the Mid-States Conference Tournament with 40.5 points. The host school Alma took the title with 203 points.
Trine’s top performance came at 184 pounds by freshman Michael Conner (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville) where he finished third. Conner’s only loss came in his opening match to the eventual runner-up. Conner rebounded by taking a 14-7 decision over Jacob Segraves from Manchester University. He would then take down his next two opponents by pin fall in Lantz Miller of Olivet College and John Gaffney Alma at 5:43 and 4:17 of their matches. In the bronze medal match, Conner brought home the win with a 7-5 decision over Blake Marlatt from Wabash College.
Finishing in sixth place at 141 lbs for the Thunder was freshman Nick Ader (Indianapolis, Ind./Roncalli). Ader needed overtime to defeat his opening opponent, Matt Darling from Olivet 5-3. Ader would drop his next two matches, before falling in the fifth place match.
Fellow freshman Matt Frane (Auburn, Ind./DeKalb) finished seventh in the 125 weight class. After dropping his opening two matches, Fran pinned Alec Weise from Wabash at 1:04 of their match to take seventh place.
The Thunder will take a week off before they head to Elmhurst College for the NCAA Mideast Regional tournament on March 2 beginning at 9:00 a.m.