EC wrestling starts season 2-0, places at Concordia open

Jared Braun begins to pin an opponent during a match against Trine University. (Internet Photo)

In three appearances, the EC wrestling team has been undefeated for two weeks as the team looks to its next meet, visiting Concordia after the Thanksgiving break on Dec. 8.

The team started strong with a conference match-up hosting Wheaton on Nov. 9, defeating the Thunder 35-12. On Nov. 16 the team hosted Trine and sent them home nearly scoreless after the meet with a final score of 39-3.

EC was invited to the Concordia Open that took place on Nov. 19, and although there were no scores kept from this tournament, EC premiered exceptional performances from the new roster. Anthony Munoz is entering his junior year, and is starting for the Bluejays at 125 pounds.

Though he won by forfeit against Wheaton, Munoz convincingly defeated Trine’s freshman 125-pounder Brendan Stevens, adding a takedown to a near-fall, winning 10-3.

At the team’s first tournament, he performed well and lost to his own teammate, freshman Jabari Moody in the semi-finals.

Both Moody and Munoz look good at 125 pounds, and we should expect to see Moody doing big things sooner than later, after going 5-1 at Concordia and securing a third place victory.

Junior Jared Braun is starting at 133 pounds, and in two meets he’s been busy. He won by tech fall against Wheaton’s Josiah Fitzjerrells. It took him just over a minute to pin Trine’s Drew Clark. He followed that up at the Concordia Open, making a big statement by pinning North Central’s Marc Fleenor about 40 seconds into the contest. Braun took third place in the tournament, finishing 4-1.

Senior Ronnie Hauser started his season pinning Wheaton’s Senior Greg Manfredi at 141 pounds.

He led 12-3 in the first period of his match against Trine’s Jeffery Helm and went on to win 12-8. Hauser was EC’s best wrestler at the Concordia Open, falling by one point in the championship title match to

North Central’s Layten Binion, who went 4-0 in the tournament and is having a thunderous start to his own season. Hauser and Binion will meet again when EC visits North Central for the first meet and conference match-up of the new year.

At 165 pounds, senior Tim Noverini is making short work of his opponents. He majored Wheaton’s Isaac Odell 14-2, then he pinned Trine’s Brock Baker in 50 seconds. He spent this past Saturday morning going 5-1 at the Concordia tournament, adding up a pin, a tech fall and two majors.

Concordia has already hosted a tournament, visited a tournament and is 2-1 overall.

When the Falcons visit Langhorst in December, an important note to make will be how many points the meet is won by. If it’s another blowout for EC, we may be looking at a record start for the Bluejays.