ANGOLA, Ind. - In their first home dual meet of the season, the Trine University wrestling team fell to rival Alma College 26-12. The Thunder are now 3-13 on the season in dual meets.
The Thunder picked up three wins on the night, all coming from their nationally ranked wrestlers. Trine also dropped two close matches that were decided by three points or less.
In the 133 division, sophomore Brandon Preston (Logansport, Ind./Logansport) wrestled up from his normal 125lbs class where he ranks 9th in the nation. After a slow first period, Preston would go on to defeat Collin Lesko 7-2.
At 149lbs, freshman Josh Blanton (Alexandria, Ind./Alexandria) dropped a tough match to James Carey 11-8.
Senior Eli Larson (Chicago, Ill./Marion Catholic) showed why he was named the d3wrestle.com National Wrestler of the Week as he dominated his match at 157 pounds, defeating Jamie Jakes 15-1. Larson entered the week in the top spot of the national ranking in his weight class.
Fellow senior Ryan Pieper (Onsted, Mich./Onsted) also put on a dominating performance in the 174 class. Pieper, the 10th ranked wrestler in the division, took care of Drew Barnes winning by technical fall at 4:30 of the match, 20-3.
In the closest match of the night, sophomore Mack Green (Buchanan, Mich./Buchanan) fell to Trevor Maresh 4-2.
Trine will wrestler in their final dual match of the season when they host Manchester on February 12 at 7:00 p.m.