COLUMBIA, Ky. – The No. 14-ranked Lindsey Wilson wrestling team won seven matches on Wednesday night in its 25-13 victory over No. 17-ranked Cumberland (Tenn.) in the Blue Raiders' Mid-South Conference dual opener.
Against the Phoenix, the Blue Raiders picked up four victories against ranked opponents.
Lindsey Wilson overcame an early 10-3 deficit in the match.
Chad Lampe opened the dual with an 8-6 sudden-victory win over Sean Nguyen. Lampe trailed 6-5 late in the third period before scoring a match-tying escape. The junior from Louisville, Ky. then sealed the deal with a takedown in the first sudden-victory period.
The Phoenix responded with back-to-back wins at 133 and 141 pounds. Sammy Rosario (ranked No. 5 at 133 pounds) gave his team the lead with a pinfall victory over Kadin Scoggins at 133 pounds. Brandon Weber followed up with a 13-1 major decision over Lucas McCain.
Lindsey Wilson then rallied off six-straight wins with four earning bonus points.
Daniel Leonard (No. 6 at 149 pounds) kickstarted the barrage with a 16-8 major decision over Evan Cole. Leonard led 2-1 after the first period before opening up a 7-3 advantage in the second period.
Cam Tessari (No. 1 at 157 pounds) followed with a 13-2 major decision against Nate Croley (No. 12 at 157 pounds) as the Blue Raiders retook the lead, 11-10. The junior from Monroeville, Ohio opened with a 10-0 lead after the first three minutes.
The surge continued at 165 pounds where Diorian Coleman (No. 9 at 165 pounds) cruised past Peter Donchev (No. 16 at 165 pounds), 13-2.
A pair of nail-biters followed at 174 and 184 pounds.
Colton Gonzalez (No. 15 at 174 pounds) rode a last-second takedown past Orlando Nawade (No. 11 at 174 pounds) in a 5-4 decision victory. The freshman from Connersville, Indiana did not lead until the closing seconds and trailed 4-3 late into the third period.
Matt Walker (No. 9 at 184 pounds) led 3-1 in the third period in his bout against Kyle Delaune (No. 7 at 184 pounds) before surrendering a match-tying takedown. Walker then escaped to regain the lead before winning 5-3 by virtue of riding time advantage.
Corey Hinkle secured the dual victory with an 11-2 major decision over Robert Enmon.
Cumberland narrowed the deficit with a 5-3 decision victory at heavyweight.
Lindsey Wilson returns to action on Monday when it hosts No. 15-ranked Cumberlands (Ky.) at 7 p.m. CT.