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Freshman Angus Arthur Captures 197-Pound Championship as Bulldogs Place 10th at NCAA Regional

By Adrian College Sports Information , 02/29/16, 7:45AM EST

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CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind.--The Adrian College men's wrestling team saw some impressive results Saturday at the NCAA Division III Midwest Regional hosted by Wabash College at the Knowling Fieldhouse. Adrian was 10th out of 15 teams with 37 points.

Led by freshmen Angus Arthur and James Davis, four Bulldogs reached the championship quarterfinals of their respective weight classes. Connor McDill advanced that far at 157 pounds and freshman Donny Mandell at 165 pounds, finishing his season with a 19-8 record.

Arthur, who is ranked fifth at 197 pounds by the National Wrestling Coaches Association, won a regional championship after defeating No. 6 Jamie Jakes of nationally No. 16-ranked Alma College for a second time this season in a 3-1 decision. Arthur qualifies for the NCAA Division III Men's Wrestling Championships next month, and improves to 31-0 on the season.

Davis just missed qualifying for Nationals at 184, reaching the championship semifinals after edging Rodney Harvey of No. 24 Olivet, 7-6. After falling to Riley Lefever from host Wabash, Davis bounced back to double up (North Central's Joshua Bouie, 6-3, in the consolation semifinals. He finished 23-13 on the season after losing in the third-place match.

Not bad for a program that announced its revival last July after a 31-year absence. Adrian went to the NCAA Championships in 1975-76-77-79.

The host Little Giants bested Wisconsin-LaCrosse to take the regional team crown, 117-1/2 to 91-1/2 points.

NCAA DIII Regional - Midwest Results for Adrian

125 - Brandon Harris (13-17) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Devan Richter (Chicago) 20-5 won by fall over Brandon Harris (Adrian) 13-17 (Fall 1:34)
Cons. Round 1 - Brandon Harris (Adrian) 13-17 received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 2 - Anthony Munoz (Elmhurst) 3-2 won by fall over Brandon Harris (Adrian) 13-17 (Fall 2:10)

133 - Austin Eldred (16-21) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Devin Broukal (Wabash) 18-6 won by major decision over Austin Eldred (Adrian) 16-21 (MD 12-4)
Cons. Round 1 - Austin Eldred (Adrian) 16-21 received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 2 - Caleb Maddox (Trine University) 26-13 won by decision over Austin Eldred (Adrian) 16-21 (Dec 6-1)

141 - Aaron Ward (18-16) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Michael Venezia (Wabash) 24-4 won by tech fall over Aaron Ward (Adrian) 18-16 (TF-1.5 2:28 (18-0))
Cons. Round 1 - Mason Williams (Chicago) 1-2 won by fall over Aaron Ward (Adrian) 18-16 (Fall 2:45)

149 - Ty Jasman (11-17) place is unknown and scored 2.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Ben Williamson (North Central (IL)) 3-1 won by decision over Ty Jasman (Adrian) 11-17 (Dec 8-2)
Cons. Round 1 - Ty Jasman (Adrian) 11-17 won by tech fall over Austin Helm (Trine University) 0-21 (TF-1.5 5:05 (17-2))
Cons. Round 2 - Austin Kelley (Olivet) 21-13 won by fall over Ty Jasman (Adrian) 11-17 (Fall 1:43)

157 - Connor McDill (8-8) place is unknown and scored 3.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Connor McDill (Adrian) 8-8 won by fall over Austin Nault (Trine University) 0-14 (Fall 1:10)
Quarterfinal - Jared Fekete (Wheaton (IL)) 3-2 won by tech fall over Connor McDill (Adrian) 8-8 (TF-1.5 5:00 (15-0))
Cons. Round 2 - Kevin Papak (Olivet) 13-19 won by tech fall over Connor McDill (Adrian) 8-8 (TF-1.5 5:00 (20-4))

165 - Donny Mandell (19-8) place is unknown and scored 1.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Donny Mandell (Adrian) 19-8 won by decision over Keone Derain (Elmhurst) 0-2 (Dec 8-2)
Quarterfinal - Eric Kirkman (North Central (IL)) 1-3 won by decision over Donny Mandell (Adrian) 19-8 (Dec 5-4)
Cons. Round 2 - Nick Ferraro (Chicago) 1-2 won by major decision over Donny Mandell (Adrian) 19-8 (MD 9-1)

174 - John Cooper (7-11) place is unknown and scored 2.50 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Ethan Farmer (Wabash) 32-3 won by fall over John Cooper (Adrian) 7-11 (Fall 1:58)
Cons. Round 1 - John Cooper (Adrian) 7-11 won by fall over Bryce Roberts (Manchester) 2-20 (Fall 1:11)
Cons. Round 2 - Mitch Morris (Elmhurst) 2-2 won by fall over John Cooper (Adrian) 7-11 (Fall 2:50)

184 - James Davis (23-13) placed 4th and scored 11.50 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - James Davis (Adrian) 23-13 won by fall over Duncan Payne (Chicago) 0-2 (Fall 1:07)
Quarterfinal - James Davis (Adrian) 23-13 won by decision over Rodney Harvey (Olivet) 21-8 (Dec 7-6)
Semifinal - Riley Lefever (Wabash) 40-0 won by fall over James Davis (Adrian) 23-13 (Fall 1:02)
Cons. Semi - James Davis (Adrian) 23-13 won by decision over Joshua Bouie (North Central (IL)) 4-2 (Dec 6-3)
3rd Place Match - Logan Walkup (Wheaton (IL)) 4-1 won by major decision over James Davis (Adrian) 23-13 (MD 13-3)

197 - Angus Arthur (31-0) placed 1st and scored 19.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Angus Arthur (Adrian) 31-0 won by fall over Wyatt Weiler (Wisconsin-Stevens Point) 0-4 (Fall 1:06)
Quarterfinal - Angus Arthur (Adrian) 31-0 won by decision over Evan Hickey (Ohio Northern) 0-2 (Dec 6-1)
Semifinal - Angus Arthur (Adrian) 31-0 won by fall over Thomas Hall (Olivet) 26-12 (Fall 3:27)
1st Place Match - Angus Arthur (Adrian) 31-0 won by decision over Jamie Jakes (Alma College) 27-5 (Dec 3-1)

285 - Zac Rieger (5-7) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Jesse Judge (Olivet) 28-9 won by fall over Zac Rieger (Adrian) 5-7 (Fall 2:08)
Cons. Round 1 - Paul Snyder (Wabash) 15-17 won by decision over Zac Rieger (Adrian) 5-7 (Dec 7-6

Arthur will represent the Bulldogs at the Division III National Championships in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where the event will be hosted by Cornell College on March 11-12.

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