OSKALOOSA—The William Penn men’s wrestling team could not overcome a trio of forfeits as it fell to Benedictine 28-24 in a Heart of America Athletic Conference dual meet Tuesday.
WPU (1-8, 1-3 Heart) claimed victory in four contested bouts and earned a forfeit, but came up short, mostly due to being open in three weight classes.
Nadhelo Charles-Pierre (Jr., Miramar, Fla., Sports Management) gave the hosts a productive beginning with a 13-6 defeat of David Boucher at 125 pounds.
McGwire Bottorf (Fr., Mackinaw, Ill., Wellness and Recreation) then extended the edge to 9-0 by receiving the forfeit at 133 pounds. Darquell Pierre (Sr., St. Petersburg, Fla., Sociology) collected another Statesmen victory at 141 pounds, getting past Kyle Smart 8-3.
149-pounder Joe Eads (So., Morrison, Ill., Biology) made it 18-0 in favor of the navy and gold, pinning Keenan Graef in a time of 1:55.
Unfortunately, the Ravens (3-3, 2-2 Heart) got onto the scoreboard and did so with a flurry of five consecutive wins to lead 28-18 and clinch the meet.
Although the last match of the night did not figure into the final outcome, William Penn finished Tuesday on a strong note as heavyweight Maxwell Diaz (Fr., Miami, Fla.) won by fall over Calvert Tsosie in 3:48.
125--Nadhelo Charles-Pierre (W) won by decision over David Boucher, 13-6 (3-0)
133--McGwire Bottorf (W) won by forfeit (9-0)
141--Darquell Pierre (W) won by decision over Kyle Smart, 8-3 (12-0)
149--Joe Eads (W) won by fall over Keenan Graef, 1:55 (18-0)
157--Michael Hummer (B) won by fall over Dennis Simmons, 2:35 (18-6)
165--Richard Jordan (B) won by forfeit (18-12)
174--Jensen McDermott (B) won by major decision over Darwin Diaz, 13-4 (18-16)
184--Tyson Albright (B) won by forfeit (18-22)
197--Oliver Severance (B) won by forfeit (18-28)
285--Maxwell Diaz (W) won by fall over Calvert Tsosie, 3:48 (24-28)
Next Up: William Penn travels to Marshall, Mo. Friday and Saturday to compete in the Missouri Valley Invitational. Friday’s action begins at noon, while Saturday’s action starts at 9 a.m.