It was not the way coach Eric Van Kley would have drawn it up, but the No. 24 ranked Central College wrestling team completed a major comeback to beat Simpson 23-20 Thursday night in front of a loud crowd in Kuyper Gymnasium.
Starting at 133 pounds, Simpson powered to a 14-0 lead through the first three matches. Usually the first match of a dual, No. 1 in the country 125-pounder C.J. Pestano was the last Central wrestler to take the stage and he did so with a 20-18 deficit. Pestano left no doubt by making 10 takedowns and sealing 23-8 technical fall win. Saturday’s Last Chance Invitational is the final regular season event of the season for the Dutch. Starting at 10 a.m. inside Kuyper Fieldhouse, the competition is for freshmen and sophomores only. Central will then have two weeks off before the NCAA Division III Lower Midwest Regional in Dubuque on February 24-25.