Statesmen Defeat Waldorf 35-13 In Home Opener

Oskaloosa–The William Penn wrestling team took advantage of a pair of forfeits and dominated the lighter weights to cruise past Waldorf 35-13 in its home-opening dualTuesday.

The Statesmen (1-0) won five of the eight contested matches and also picked up a two victories at open weights to keep the Warriors (0-3) winless this season.

John Altieri (Fr., Warwick, R.I., Sociology) set the tone early with a dominating performance at 125 pounds.  He held a sizeable lead before finally winning by fall in 4:18 over Kyle Penalosa.

133-pounder Jeremy Andujar (So., Tampa, Fla., Biology) was also in control throughout, winning by technical fall against Jacob Adams 24-8.

Fabian Rodriguez (Fr., Manassas, Va., Business Management) extended the advantage to 17-0 with a forfeit at 141 pounds, while Bryan Pittman (Sr., Flossmoor, Ill., Information Technology) made his season debut with a 14-11 decision over Dustin Samudio at 149 pounds.

By that point, the team victory was locked up, but the navy and gold were not done.  157-pounder Logan Loftus (So., Marengo, Iowa, Industrial Technology) then rallied to pin Zach Milks in 5:37.

Waldorf got on the board with victories at 165 and 174, but then Johnny Hopper (So., Basehor, Kan., Psychology) pushed the margin back to 32-7 with the second of WPU’s forfeits at 184.

Following a WC fall at 197, Matthew Cuthbert (Fr., Yucaipa, Calif., Sociology) closed out the evening by holding off Jacob Pinedo 3-2 at heavyweight.

Next Up: William Penn travels to Decorah Saturday to compete in the Luther Open.  Action begins at 9 a.m.

125–John Altieri (WPU) won by fall over Kyle Penalosa, 4:18 (6-0)
133–Jeremy Andujar (WPU) won by technical fall over Jacob Adams, 24-8 (11-0)
141–Fabian Rodriguez (WPU) won by forfeit (17-0)
149–Bryan Pittman (WPU) won by decision over Dustin Samudio, 14-11 (20-0)
157–Logan Loftus (WPU) won by fall over Zach Milks, 5:37 (26-0)
165–Sha-Keno Jenkins (WC) won by major decision over Christian Padilla, 14-3 (26-4)
174–D’Monte Aursby (WC) won by decision over Jay Fresh, 10-4 (26-7)
184–Johnny Hopper (WPU) won by forfeit (32-7)
197–Ryan Dugger (WC) won by fall over Chris Rodriguez, 4:25 (32-13)
285–Matthew Cuthbert (WPU) won by decision over Jacob Pinedo, 3-2 (35-13)

Story provided by Wade Steinlage

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