Rob Areyano

Central's Rob Areyano

ALLENTOWN, Pa. — The Central College wrestling team rattled off wins in its final three matches of the day to go 3-1 at the Scotty Wood Duals hosted by Muhlenberg College (Pa.) Saturday.

After losing to No. 10 Johnson & Wales University (R.I.) in the first match of the day, Central won three straight against Pennsylvania schools. The Dutch defeated King’s College 43-6 first, then took down the hosts 22-12 before finishing with a 30-13 win over East Stroudsburg University.

“It’s the best competition we’ve had since we’ve been coming out here,” coach Eric Van Kley said. “I thought we responded well. We had really consistent efforts throughout the day and wrestled hard.”

Seniors Shandon Akeo (senior, 125 pounds, Honolulu, Hawaii, Kapolei HS) and Rob Areyano (senior, 149 pounds, Selma, Calif.) each went 4-0. Akeo and Areyano each had two wins by fall.

Sophomores Gage Linahon (197 pounds, Newton) and Brock Beck (141 pounds, Grinnell) also went 4-0 on the day. Freshman Colby Tool (165 pounds, Reasnor, PCM HS) was 3-1.

“We had a lot of good things from our seniors but also from some of our newcomers,” Van Kley said. “I’m proud of how we wrestled overall.”

Augsburg Invitational

Central also sent a contingent of wrestlers to the Augsburg Invitational and saw some positive results for some of its younger wrestlers.

There were Gold and Freshman divisions for each of the 10 weight classes. Duncan Delzell (sophomore, Burlington) won four straight matches after losing his opener to take fifth in Gold at 149 pounds. Rheiner Stahlbaum (Johnston) was the Freshman division’s 125-pound champion and Austin Roos (Atkins, Iowa, Benton HS) won the 184-pound crown.

Central’s next competition is a dual at Augustana College (Ill.) on Thursday, Dec. 2.

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