Five Blue Raiders in all receive All Mid-South Conference honors at the MSC Wrestling Championships
WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. -- Both Charlie Pingleton and Ian Stephens earned All Mid-South Conference Wrestling honors on Saturday, winning their respective weight class at the MSC Wrestling Championships hosted by University of the Cumberlands (Ky.) on Saturday.
The Blue Raiders finished second in the team conference championship with 141.5 points, while Campbellsville (Ky.) took the team title with 164 points and Cumberland (Tenn.) was third with 94.5.
Shorter (Ga.) finished fourth (89.5 points) and Cumberlands rounded out the field in fifth with 84.5 points.
In all, five Blue Raiders earned All-Conference honors as champions were All-MSC and runners-up received honorable-mention honors.
"We were there to improve upon individual performances," said Lindsey Wilson head coach Corey Ruff. "Some guys stepped up and some left something to be desired. If we can get everyone firing at once, we have an opportunity to earn a share of the MSC regular-season title on Tuesday against Cumberlands. It's a consolation having to share it, but it's a team goal we need to achiece in order to have some momentum heading into the East Qualifier."
Apart from the two champions, Keith Klink finished second at 133 pounds, DaMonte Riley was second at 141 and Derek Nickel was the runner-up at heavyweight.
Pingleton went 3-0 to win the title at 157 pounds, posting a pin, decision and major decision. He opened with a pin in 2:56 of Anthony Wood from Cumberlands, followed by a 6-5 decision against Campbellsville's Nick Waldrop. In the final, Pingleton majored Shorter's Gregory Lane 12-4.
Stephens posted a pin and decision to finish 2-0 and win at 174 pounds. Stephens pinned Robert McCormick from Cumberlands in 2:08 in the semifinals, followed by a 3-1 decision against Campbellsville's Josh Ashbrook.
Klink came up just short in his title hunt against Campbellsville's Tim Thurston, losing 4-2 in the 133 finals. Thurston survived another Blue Raider in Jake McCombs in the semifinals 10-6.
Riley won a pair of matches at 141 pounds before falling to Tommy Pretty of Campbellsville 13-2. Pretty reached the final by forfeit in the semifinals, leaving him fresh to face Riley.
Nickel had chances to put away Shorter's Christopher Rowland at heavyweight, but ultimately fell 4-2 after tallying two straight pins to reach the final.
Klink, Aaron Edington and Jacob Bradford were named Academic All-Mid South Conference with at least a 3.25 GPA and sophomore or higher standing. The award is Bradford's second straight. Derek Nickel was also named Lindsey Wilson wrestling's Champions of Character representative at the championships.
Lindsey Wilson is back on the mat at 7 p.m. CT on Tuesday, Jan. 31 against Cumberlands in Biggers Sports Center.