Duhawks win twice in Nashville, beating Chicago, Waynesburg
Mon, Dec. 23, 2013 - [Wrestling]



The Loras College wrestling team was in Nashville, Tennessee for the 2013-14 version of the Gator Duals – which added the word 'Boots' to the title this year – and took on four separate teams in duals. The Duhawks defeated Chicago and Waynesburg and split the day by dropping contests to nationally ranked programs from Messiah and Concordia-Moorhead.


Loras took all but two bouts (184# and 197#) in their matchup with the Maroons from the University of Chicago. Loras earned decisions from Ron Triche (125#), Rudy Johnson (133#), Nick Steger (141#), Joe Wood (149#), and Joe Butler (174#). Loras earned extra points from Billy Wood on a 9-0 decision at 165-pounds and Steven DeWitt via a tech fall, 20-5, at 157-pounds. James Buss won a forfeit as well.


Things were a bit more difficult on the way to the win column against Waynesburg. Loras went 6-4 but earned two pins. James Buss pinned Greg Kumer in the third period. Billy Wood pinned Sam Guidi in the second period. Four more decisions went in favor of the Duhawks at 125-pounds (Triche), 141-pounds (Holmes), 157-pounds (DeWitt), and 197-pounds (Watson).


The Duhawks went 4-6 against the #3 Messiah Falcons on Saturday. Rudy Johnson, Joe Wood, and James Buss each won decisions after allowing just two points. Johnson won 5-2, Wood won 4-2, and Buss prevailed 8-2. The fourth win was a major decision and came from DeWitt, who scored a dual-best 17 points, winning 17-6. Among the losses for Loras was an injury default against Nick Steger, who has been ranked at 141-pounds this year.


The #9 Concordia-Moorhead team was the fourth opponent on Saturday. Rudy Johnson highlighted the Loras efforts in this one, pinning Will McCarthy in the second period. DeWitt made it a 4-0 day with his convincing 11-6 win over Kyle LeDuc. Loras nearly took one-point losses in three bouts against the top-ten Concordia team. Matt Holmes dropped a 9-8 decision, Joe Butler lost 4-3, and James Buss lost in the first overtime to #4-ranked Cody Kasprick.


"We felt the entire team wrestled and competed hard to set the stage for second semester," head coach Randy Steward said at the end of the event. "We are looking forward to competing in the National Duals in early January."


Loras will break from competition until that event on January 11 in Des Moines.