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Cougars Rout Mules 33 - 12

01/20/2012 -

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. - Dillon Pousson's first-period pin was SIUE's biggest win on the mat as the Cougars dominated Central Missouri 33-12 in college wrestling at the Vadalabene Center.

SIUE Head Coach David Ray said momentum carried the Cougars.

"It really starts with Logun Taylor in the exhibition match," said Ray. Taylor was a 10-8 winner in an exhibition match before the official meet. Ray said it sets up a mentality that no one wants to be the first to lose.

SIUE, 3-9, and Central Missouri, 1-7, each forfeited two weight classes. The Cougars would go on to win all six of the contested matches.

Brendan Murphy picked up SIUE early with a 6-2 win over Paul Vitersi at 141 pounds. Pousson, who had run up a 10-1 lead, followed with his pin in 2 minutes, 27 seconds over David Nicolaescu.

Steve Ross kept the momentum going at 157 pounds with a convincing 13-6 win over Russell Naylor. Gabe Hocum and Deshoun White also added victories at 174 and 184 pounds, respectively. White is now on a five-match winning streak. Cole Brandt added a 6-1 win over Derick Sanders to close out the event at 197 pounds.

"Honestly, we did a lot better than I expected. I didn't think we would win all of the matches we were going to wrestle. Most every match I thought we controlled the tempo of the match," Ray said.

The Cougars now travel to the Central Missouri Denker Open. The tournament begins Sunday in Warrensburg, Mo.

"It was a good confidence builder for us," Ray said of Thursday's match.

SIUE 33 Central Missouri 12
285 - Cole Rogers (SIUE) won by forfeit
125 - Ty Balty (Central Missouri) won by forfeit
133 - Eric Mateo (Central Missouri) won by forfeit
141 - Brendan Murphy (SIUE) won by decision over Paul Viterisi (Central Missouri) 6-2
149 - Dillon Pousson (SIUE) won by pin over David Nicolaescu (Central Missouri) 2:27
157 - Steve Ross (SIUE) won by decision over Russell Naylor (Central Missouri) 13-6
165 - Alex Davis (SIUE) won by forfeit
174 - Gabe Hocum (SIUE) won by decision over William Ressel (Central Missouri) 3-2
184 - Deshoun White (SIUE) won by decision over Travis Miller (Central Missouri) 7-1
197 - Cole Brandt (SIUE) won by decision over Derick Sanders (Central Missouri) 6-1

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