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Two BW Wrestlers All-Americans at 2015 NCAA Division III Championships

Jesse Gunter wins first two matches one day one of National Tourney
Jesse Gunter wins first two matches one day one of National Tourney

HERSHEY, Pennsylvania –  Three Baldwin Wallace University wrestlers, junior 125-pound All-American Jesse Gunter (Akron/ Coventry), sophomore 141-pounder Josh Decatur (Akron/ Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy) and junior 174-pounder Garrett Chase (Erie, Pa./ Cathedral Prep), competed today in the first of the two-day 2015 NCAA Division III National Wrestling Championship Tournament at the Hershey Center. Gunter and Chase have guaranteed themselves of being a Division III All-American (top eight in each weight class).

Gunter, ranked third in the national at 125 pounds, won both of his matches to gaurantee himself of no worse than a sixth place finish and his second Division III All-American award. He beat Carlos Fuentez of Wheaton (Ill.) College in his first match by a 6-2 score and defeated No.6-seed Paul Bewak of Johns Hopkins (Md.) University, 5-4, in the second period of sudden death overtime. He advances to face No.2-seed Lucas Malmberg of Messiah (Pa.) College in the semifinals tomorrow morning.

Decatur had to win a preliminary/ "rat-tail" match against Nascid Barrow of Buena Vista (Iowa) College by a 10-3 score before losing in the first round to No.1-seed Alvontae Drummond of McDaniel (Pa.) College, 9-3. He fought back in the consolation bracket to defeat Wisconsin LaCrosse's Cody See by an 11-10 count when he earned a takedown with two seconds remaining and the score tied, 9-9. Decatur was eliminated by No.7-seed Mark Adcock of Wisconsin Whitewater, 7-5 in the second full overtime period when Adcock got a takedown at the final buzzer.

Chase, seeded eighth, beat Nicholas Allen of Olivet (Mich.) College, 9-7 in sudden victory 2 in his first match and then lost to No.1-seed Connor Lafever of Wabash (Ind.) College, 7-4. He defeated Tyrell Martin of Augsburg (Minn.) College, 8-3, in the consolation quarterfinals to Div. III All-American honors. He will wrestle Tory Cain of Rochester Institure of Technology in the consolation semifinals tomorrow morning. He still has a chance to place as high as third.

The Baldwin Wallace wrestling team set a school single-season record for victories this season with 17, had a 17-6 overall record and a 4-1 mark in the rugged Ohio Athletic Conference dual match schedule.