MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Huntingdon wrestling team opened 2018 with three dual matches at Roland Arena on Saturday.
The Hawks came up short against Division III Greensboro College 23-17 before falling to a pair of nationally ranked NAIA teams. Huntingdon lost to Reinhardt University 35-9 and Southeastern University 31-9. Reinhardt is ranked 16th in one NAIA poll and Southeastern is ranked in the top-9 in two NAIA polls.
Senior Jesse Rowlen (285 pounds) led Huntingdon with two wins in the three matches. Rowlen earned a pin against Greensboro and a pin against Reinhardt. Ryan Brooks, Kaleb Fontenot, Quintez Pearson and Mason Blakeney each won one match by decision and Cody Dixon and Kori Walker each won one match by forfeit.
Against Greensboro, Brooks (125 pounds) won the Hawks' first match 7-4 before the Pride won five of the next six weight classes to take a 20-6 lead. Fontenot (157) won 7-2 and Dixon (184) won by forfeit before Rowlen closed the match with his first pin of the day.
In the Reinhardt match, Pearson (149) won 16-14 and Rowlen recorded his second pin. Against Southeastern, Blakeney (141) won 7-2 and Walker (197) won by forfeit. Five of the Hawks' individual losses in the final two matches came against wrestlers who are nationally ranked in the NAIA.
Coming Up: Huntingdon wrestles at Allen University on Jan. 13.
Greensboro College 23, Huntingdon College 17
125- Ryan Brooks (HC) def. Gabe Wilson (GC), 7-4
133- Tyler Haskin (GC) def. Jacob Smith (HC), Fall (2:25)
141- Zachary Rainess (GC) def. DeAndre Beck (HC), 4-3
149- Conan Wilson (GC) def. Quintez Pearson (HC), Major Decision, 12-4
157- Kaleb Fontenot (HC) def. Ryan Dominique (GC), 7-2
165- Quaevon Cannon (GC) def. Deon Maxwell (HC), 6-3
174- Tyron Dudley (GC) def. Robbie McKenna (HC), Major Decision, 14-3
184- Cody Dixon (HC) won by forfeit
197- Carlos Ortega (GC) def. Kori Walker (HC), Sudden Victory (2-1)
285- Jesse Rowlen (HC) def. Mykel Williams (GC), Fall (1:16)
#16 Reinhardt University 35, Huntingdon College 9
125- Colby Milner (RU) def. Ryan Brooks (HC), Technical Fall, 21-5 (3:52)
133- Jordan Pitt (RU) def. Jacob Smith (HC), Fall (1:20)
141- Curtis Doctor (RU) def. DeAndre Beck (HC), 7-4
149- Quintez Pearson (HC) def. Dawson Hunt (RU) 16-14
157- Caleb Mariakis (RU) def. Kaleb Fontenot (HC), Major Decision, 14-6
165- Antorin Robinson (RU) def. Deon Maxwell (HC), 8-6
174- Michael Peru (RU) def. Robbie McKenna (HC), Fall (2:20)
184- #17 Antonio Stewart (RU) def. Cody Dixon, Technical Fall (1:41)
197- #19 Austin Brown (RU) def. Austin Phillips (HC), 8-2
285- Jesse Rowlen (HC) def. John Hill, Fall (0:37)
#8/#9 Southeastern University 31, Huntingdon College 9
125- Zac Branning (SE) def. Ryan Brooks (HC), Technical Fall 19-4
133- #5 Ethan Owen (SE) def. Jacob Smith (HC), Technical Fall 17-7
141- Mason Blakeney (HC) def. Marcus Macias (SE), 7-2
149- Kyle Kirkham (SE) def. Quintez Pearson (HC), 12-6
157- Ryan Strickland (SE) def. Kaleb Fontenot (HC), Major Decision, 20-8
165- #16 Matthew Cates (SE) def. Deon Maxwell (HC), Major Decision, 9-1
174- Nathan Ferkovich (SE) def. Robbie McKenna (HC), Major Decision, 16-5
184- #15 Jason Davis (SE) def. Cody Dixon (HC), 11-4
197- Kori Walker (HC) won by forfeit
285- Aris Knight (SE) def. Jesse Rowlen (HC), 5-2