Cullen wins over Division I opponent
Wed, Nov. 16, 2011 - [Wrestling]

by Jack Metz for the Sports Information Office


Duhawk wrestling went into the weekend looking for their first victory of the season at the University of Wisconsin Badger Duals, but came up empty after dropped duals to the Badgers, Wartburg, and UW-Whitewater.


Univ. Wisc-Whitewater 38, Loras 18


Loras started its weekend out against the Warhawks from Wisconsin-Whitewater where they were able to come out successful in three weight classes and be in favor of a forfeit early.


In the 149-weight class, Drew Salzman was able to win in decision 2-1 in the tough battle with opponent Brian Lewis. Chris Gansen came out the victor in his 157-weight class, defeating Warhawk opponent Cory Schmidt in a 6-2 decision.


Josh Kirkland defeated his opponent Justin Birschbach by fall at the 4:59 minute mark to give the Duhawks a total of 18 points in the match. Pat Pfantz received the benefit of the forfeit in the 125-weight class.


Wartburg 49, Loras 0

The Duhawks came out against Knights of Wartburg with a few line-up changes, but the changes did not yield better results as the Duhawks were handed a convincing  49-0 loss to their conference foe.


One of Loras' losses come from a forfeit. Loras' best chance came for points came in the 149-pound weight class when Matthew Vercillo of Wartburg defeated Duhawk Drew Salzman 8-3.


Univ. Wisc-Madison 38, Loras 3

In the Duhawks final action of the weekend they took on the host and Division I opponent Wisconsin-Madison where they were able to find victory in one match, while keeping many others close.


Pfantz kept his match in the 125-weight class against Shane McQuade at hand before being defeated in a 9-7 decision. Following Pfantz, Brian Cullen beat his opponent, Austin Hietpas, in the 133-weight class in a 9-5 decision.


With Cullen's victory the Duhawks were on the board, and Loras managed to flirt with wins in other weight classes with Salzman in the 149-weight class losing by one in a 6-5 decision. Wisconsin was able to beat Loras in major decisions in five weight classes, with the 184-weight class falling to forfeit.


Loras next travels to Mequon, Wisconsin for the Concordia Open on Nov. 19.