NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – The Manchester University wrestling stayed hot on Thursday night and overcame a slow start to top the Defiance College Yellow Jackets 29-18. Defiance jumped out to a 15-0 start through the first three weight classes, however, the Spartans battled the remainder of the match to earn their fifth victory in their past six matches.
Jordan Napier (Indianapolis, Ind. / Perry Meridian) got MU on the scoreboard with a tech. fall at the 149-pound weight class. JaVon Phillips (Centerville, Ind. / Centerville) injected the Spartans with some energy with a quick pin of Defiance's Devonte Gaskill in the 157-pound weight class. Joel Arney (Fort Wayne, Ind. / Carroll) earned the decision over Tyler Houston, 4-2. Wilson Lopshire (Fort Wayne, Ind. / Huntington North) kept the momentum going for Manchester and gave the Spartans their first lead of the match with a pin of Mason Morris at 174 pounds.
Shane Stits (Greenwood, Ind. / Center Grove) tallied the third pin of the night for Manchester, pinning Defiance's Jesse Gusman. Nick Joyner (Bedford, Ind. / Bedford North Lawrence) rounded out the scoring for Manchester, earning an 8-6 decision over his Yellow Jacket counterpart, Rigo Villa, in the heavyweight class.
The Spartans will have some time off for the holidays before returning to action on January 12, 2019 in the Spartan Mat Classic.