National Duals

January 8, 2016

FORT WAYNE, Ind. Against the toughest one-day dual competition in its three-year program history, No. 14 Wheeling Jesuit came up short against three ranked opponents Friday at the National Wrestling Collegiate Association's National Duals. At 197, Cardinals' Terrance Fanning shined as the team's lone undefeated wrestler of the day.

WJU (8-3) lost all three of its duals by less than 10 points and first three dual defeats of the year. No. 11 Upper Iowa claimed a morning win, 24-15, over WJU, before No. 13 University of Findlay edged out a 19-15 afternoon dual. No. 15 University of Indianapolis picked up the third close win over the Cardinals, 24-18, to end the night.

"As we continue to work towards becoming a program that can compete for a national championship, we have to experience matches and events like this to get there," pointed out Cardinals head coach Sean Doyle.

"We won four out of 10 matches against No. 11, No. 13 and the No. 15 ranked teams in the country, but just couldn't get that fifth win to give ourselves a chance to win. We're not happy, but do understand this is part of the process for us to get where we're trying to go," finished Doyle.

Redshirt freshman Fanning improved to 14-5 on the year with three decision wins 5-2 over Upper Iowa's Ryan Parmely, 10-3 over UFindlay's Dalton Ishmal and a 14-7 victory over Brian Wagner of UIndy.

Dominick Nania (149), Dustin Warner (125) and Nolan Whitely (133) each went 2-1 for six of Wheeling Jesuit's 11 bout victories. Nania's day may have been the most impressive. He took Upper Iowa's Damian Penichet by fall in 3:17. Against the top-rated Nic Goebel of Findlay, Dom was edged 6-4 before the Cardinals' junior came back for a 20-4 tech fall over his UIndy opponent.

Warner recorded a 4-0 decision and a fall in his first two matches, before he came up short in a 2-0 match against No. 4-ranked Josh Kieffer of UIndy.

After falling by a 7-2 decision to open his day, Whitely won a 10-6 match versus UFindlay and scored a fall over UIndy's Joe Kieffer in 1:45 in the nightcap.

In one of WJU's biggest finishes, Peyton Geary turned a 2-2 tie into a 10-2 major decision victory with eight third-period points over UIndy's Clayton Monebrake.

WJU will have a week until it travels to face No. 4 Mercyhurst in Erie next Friday night, Jan. 15. First bout set for 7 p.m.

No. 11 Upper Iowa 24, No. 14 Wheeling Jesuit 15
125 Dustin Warner (WJU) dec. Garrett Wangsness (UIU), 4-0 WJU 3-0
133 Matt Paulus (UIU) dec. Nolan Whitely (WJU), 7-2 Tied 3-3
141 Jordan Roths (UIU) maj. dec. Damon Outward (WJU), 12-2 UIU 7-3
149 Dominick Nania (WJU) fall Damian Penichet (UIU), 3:17 WJU 9-7
157 Jordan Rinken (UIU) fall Reyse Wallbrown (WJU), 1:39 UIU 13-9
165 Zak Benitz (UIU) maj. dec. Peyton Geary (WJU), 17-7 UIU 17-9
174 Colbey Vance (UIU) dec. Keegan Driscoll (WJU), 9-6 UIU 20-9
184 Dalton Westerlund (UIU) maj. dec. Nate Starkey (WJU), 10-2 UIU 24-9
197 Terrance Fanning (WJU) dec. Ryan Parmely (UIU), 5-2 UIU 24-12
285 Corey Siegfried (WJU) dec. Avery Jacobs (UIU), 5-2 UIU 24-15

No. 13 University of Findlay 19, No. 14 Wheeling Jesuit 15
125 Dustin Warner (WJU) fall Mike Stewart (UF), 1:22 WJU 6-0
133 Nolan Whitely (WJU) dec. Devin Rogers (UF), 10-6 WJU 9-0
141 Ryan Skonieczny (UF) maj. dec. Damon Outward (WJU), 16-5 WJU 9-4
149 Nic Goebel (UF) dec. Dominick Nania (WJU), 6-4 WJU 9-7
157 Joey White (UF) dec. Reyse Wallbrown (WJU), 5-2 UF 10-9
165 Nicholas Skonieczny (UF) dec. Peyton Geary (WJU), 12-5 UF 13-9
174 Keegan Driscoll (WJU) dec. Alonzo Turner (UF), 6-4 UF 13-12
184 Randy Caris (UF) dec. Nate Starkey (WJU), 13-8 UF 16-12
197 Terrance Fanning (WJU) dec. Dalton Ishmail (UF), 10-3 UF 16-15
285 Gerald Beck (UF) dec. Corey Siefried (WJU), 4-3 SV UF 19-15

No. 15 University of Indianapolis 24, No. 14 Wheeling Jesuit 18
125 Josh Kieffer (UI) dec. Dustin Warner (WJU), 2-0 UI 3-0
133 Nolan Whitely (WJU) fall Joe Kieffer (UI), 1:45 WJU 6-3
141 Justin Kieffer (UI) inj. def. Damon Outward (WJU) UI 9-3
149 Dominick Nania (WJU) tech fall. Tony Vaughn (UI), 20-4 (3:30) WJU 11-9
157 Heath Lange (UI) dec. Reyse Wallbrown (WJU), 9-5 UI 12-11
165 Peyton Geary (WJU) maj. dec. Clayton Monebrake (UI), 10-2 WJU 15-12
174 Jordan Collins (UI) dec. Keegan Driscoll, 11-5 Tied 15-15
184 Taylor DeLong (UI) fall Nate Starkey (WJU), UI 21-15
197 Terrance Fanning (WJU) dec. Brian Wagner (UI), 14-7 UI 21-18
285 Dylan Faulkenberg (UI) dec. Logan Bowman (WJU), 4-0 UI 24-18

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