NASHVILLE, Tennessee – The Manchester Spartan wrestling team turned in a strong performance on Saturday at the Gator Boot Duals in Nashville, Tennessee, winning four of its five matches on the day.
Manchester competed against Huntingdon, Luther, Elmhurst, Simpson and Wilmington (Ohio) on Saturday. The Spartans completed the day 4-1, defeating Huntingdon, Elmhurst, Simpson and Wilmington (Ohio). MU took down Huntingdon 40-6. The Spartans defeated Wilmington (Ohio) 46-12. MU edged Elmhurst 27-16 and also defeated Simpson 33-14 for its fourth victory. Luther handed Manchester its only loss on the day, 36-7.
At 125-pounds, Josh Stephenson (Yorktown, Ind. / Yorktown) earned four wins on the day. Skyler Gomez (LaPorte, Ind. / LaPorte) earned four wins at 133-pounds, including pins against Simpson and Huntingdon. Jordan Napier (Indianapolis, Ind. / Perry Meridian) was credited with five wins on the afternoon. He pinned Simpson's Jacbo Irwin.
Manchester's JaVon Phillips (Centerville, Ind. / Centerville) won four matches at the 149-pund weight class. At 157-pounds, Joel Arney (Fort Wayne, Ind. / Carroll) won three matches for the Black and Gold. Jeremiah Ford (Southport, Ind. / Southport) earned three wins on the afternoon at 165-pounds, including two pins. In the 174-pound weight class, Tyler Leonhard (Portland, Ind. / Jay County) picked up three wins for the Spartans. Nick Joyner (Bedford, Ind. / Bedford North Lawrence) won three matches in the heavyweight class.
Manchester will host Defiance College on Thursday December 20 at 6 p.m. in Stauffer-Wolfe Arena.