FORT WAYNE, Ind. - The 12th-ranked Coe College wrestling team dropped its opening round match at the NWCA National Duals, but bounced back for a win in the consolation round to end the opening day.
In the first round, the Kohawks faced 18th-ranked Wisconsin-Whitewater. The Warhawks jumped out to a 9-0 lead before Romello Hidalgo-Monjaras (Concord, Calif./College Park) beat Scott Schiedlt 6-5 at 149 pounds. With Coe trailing 12-3, fifth-ranked Ryan Harrington (Chester, N.J./West Morris Mendham) earned a 5-1 win over Ryder Sigler at 165 pounds. The Warhawks held an 18-6 lead before Taylor Mehmen (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Prairie) earned a 6-2 win over Nick Sundberg at 184 pounds. Andrew Holladay (Marion, Iowa/Linn-Mar) earned Coe's final win at 197 pounds, as he won by 10-2 major decision against Riley Kauzlaric. Wisconsin-Whitewater won the final match for a 20-13 victory.
The Kohawks advanced to Friday's session with a 39-10 win over Augustana in the consolation round. At 125 pounds, Brady Wilsie (Byron, Ill./Byron) improved to 12-2 on the year with a fall in 1:29 against Trenton Jackson. Fletcher Green (Washington, Iowa/Washington) picked up an 8-4 win over Freddy Terranova, ranked 10th in the nation, at 133 pounds. The Vikings cut the lead to 9-4, but Hidalgo-Monjaras won by fall in 6:52 against Matt Sears at 141 pounds. It was the eighth fall of the season for Hidalgo-Monjaras, the most by any Kohawk.
At 157 pounds, Nate Olsen won by fall in 1:28 against Josh Bush. Bryce Scott (Oak Park, Ill./River Forest) earned his seventh-straight win, as he beat Trace Timmons 8-6 at 165 pounds to improve to 14-4 on the year. Ninth-ranked Jake Voss (Ryan, Iowa/West Delaware) improved to 19-2 on the year, as he won by fall in :30 against Bo Bauer at 174 pounds. Mehmen beat Christos Giatras 6-5 at 184 pounds, as he improved to 17-4 on the year. Coe's final win came at 197 pounds, as Holladay won by fall in 5:40 against Ethan Benoit, improving to 17-5 on the year.
The Kohawks (4-4) return to action on Friday, as they face seventh-ranked Wabash in the consolation quarterfinals. The match is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. central time in Fort Wayne, Ind. The winner will face the winner of the #15 Baldwin-Wallace and The College of New Jersey match upon the conclusion of the two duals. A link to live results is available at CoeAthletics.com.