The Shippensburg University wrestling team looked to send off its seniors on a positive note on senior night but ultimately fell 24–12 against No. 12 Kutztown University at Heiges Field House on Friday night.
SU honored eight seniors before the match as Tyler Erdman, Dan Estricher, Wes Heavener, Chris Kochinsky, John Lindquist, Cody Myers, Jacob Nale and Kenny Stank were all congratulated for their achievements during their SU careers.
SU started off the match quickly with a win in the 125-pound division. Dereck Enders scored three takedowns in the match and earned the 6–1 decision win.
Cameron Throckmorton kept the momentum on SU’s side with a win in the 133-pound division. It was a back and forth battle in the first period, but Throckmorton took control of the match in the second period. Throckmorton landed a takedown in the closing seconds of the match to cement the 11–2 decision.
After the two victories, SU’s Cody Myers was unable to best KU’s Evan Yenolevich, falling by major decision, 12–2.
Erdman scored a takedown in the opening minute of the 149-pound match, and battled through the rest of the first period. The score was tied 2-2 at the end of the first period, and continued to be close through the remainder of the match. In overtime, Erdman was taken down, giving the decision to KU’s Mitch Voelker.
Sophomore Neal Grudi tried to turn SU’s fortunes around with a 4–3 decision victory in the 165-pound division, but the momentum quickly shifted back to KU.
SU won one more match, which came in the form of a Luke Etter decision in the 184-pound division.
The Raiders head to KU next weekend for the Super Region 1 Championships on Friday and Saturday from the Golden Bears’ Keystone Arena.