Date: January 5. 2017
Scores: (3) Williams Baptist College 24 vs. (RV) Northwestern College 15
(3) Williams Baptist College 10 vs. (16) Life University 32
(3) Williams Baptist College 7 vs. (17) Cumberland University 32
Location: Fort Wayne, Ind. - NWCA National Duals
The third ranked Eagles from Williams Baptist College faced stiff competition at the NWCA National Duals in Fort Wayne, Ind. on Thursday, January 5. The team came away with one win and two losses. Their first two defeats on the season.
It started well for the Eagles as they swept by Northwestern College 24-15. Northwestern was receiving votes in the latest NAIA Coaches Top 20 Poll.
Earning points in the match for WBC were Tanner Irwin (FR/Jefferson City, Mo. ), Patrick Grigsby (JR/Bentonville, Ark. ), Nick Hooper (JR/Crystal River, Fla. ), Ryan Whittle (JR/Greenwich, Conn. ), Josh Chiles (JR/Little Rock, Ark. ), and Braden Zini (SO/Little Rock, Ark. ). Whittle led the way with a win by fall, while Irwin was able to win by technical fall.
In the second dual of the day, Williams dropped to 16th ranked Life University by the final score of 10-32. Earning points for the Eagles were Tanner Irwin (decision), Jeffrey Haley (JR/Quincy, Ill. ) (major decision), and Josh Chiles (decision).
The final match of the day pitted WBC versus 17th ranked Cumberland University with the winner advancing to day two of the competition. Cumberland University won the dual 32-7.
The 12-2 Eagles will return to the mat for senior day on Thursday, Jan. 12. They will face rival Lyon College, who is receiving votes for the Top 20 poll. The event will begin at 7 p.m.