#14 Wrestlers Earn 25-15 Win at East Stroudsburg
12/07/11...The 14th-ranked Mountain Cat wrestlers raced out to a 16-0 lead after four matches, including No. 3 Jack Bachman's (Greensburg, Pa.) decision over No .4 Adam Hluschak at 141 lbs., on their way to a 25-15 victory at Super Region I rival East Stroudsburg University, Wednesday night. Pitt-Johnstown improved to 2-1.
The Mountain Cats, also ranked fourth in the region, started fast. Dave Fogle (125 lbs.) (Summerhill, Pa.) opened the night with an 11-0 major decision over Zach Jones, before NCAA No 3-ranked Ryan Link (Cresson, Pa.) improved to 7-0 on the year by pinning Chris Davis at 1:44 in the 133-lb. bout.
Then, in a battle of two of the top-four ranked wrestlers in the country at 141lbs., No. 3 Bachman won a 5-3 decision over No. 4 Adam Hluschak to increase the Pitt-Johnstown lead to 13-0.
The Mountain Cats made it four straight wins to start the match with No. 6 Nathan Link's (Cresson, Pa.) 12-6 win over Andrew Ritchie at 149 lbs.
East Stroudsburg battled back to cut it to 16-9 with three straight wins of its own. Braden Turner's defeated Joel Paolo (Weirton, WV), 1-0, and Thad Frick followed with an 8-5 decision over Zach Lundgren (Dubois, Pa.). The Wariors then got a 6-4 win in three overtimes by Brandon McKeown over Travis McKillop at 174 lbs. to pull to within seven with three matches remaining.
However, Gary Lantz (Delta, Pa.) came up big for Pitt-Johnstown and ended the East Stroudsburg run. Lantz pinned James Gonzalez at 3:25 at 184 lbs. to rebuild the Mountain Cat lead to 22-9 and seal the victory.
With the outcome already determined, East Stroudsburg's No. 7-ranked Ed Ebewo won by medical forfeit over Zak Newton (Cresson, Pa.) at 197 lbs., to make it 22-15, before Pitt-Johnstown Josh Krupa (Bedford, Pa.) closed out the match with a 5-3 win over Joe Blaes at heavywight.
With the loss, East Stroudsburg, ranked 10th in Super Region I, fell to 2-3.
The Mountain Cats travel to Ohio Valley (WV) University on Saturday and to the University of Buffalo Quad-Match on Saturday. Pitt-Johnstown will host its next home match on January 6 when Kutztown University visits the Sports Center for a 7 p.m. start.
#14 PITT-JOHNSTOWN AT EAST STROUDSBURG UNIV.
PITT-JOHNSTOWN 25 EAST STROUDSBURG 15
125 - Dave Fogle (UPJ) Major Decision Zach Jones (ESU) 11-0 4-0 UPJ
133 - #3 Ryan Link (UPJ) Fall Chris Davis (ESU) 1:44 10-0 UPJ
141 - #3 Jack Bachman (UPJ) Decision #4 Adam Hluschak 5-3 13-0 UPJ
149 - #6 Nathan Link (UPJ) Decision Andrew Ritchie (ESU) 12-6 16-0 UPJ
157 - Braden Turner (ESU) Decision Joel Paolo (UPJ) 1-0 16-3 UPJ
165 - Thad Frick (ESU) Decision Zach Lundgren (UPJ) 8-5 16-6 UPJ
174 - Brandon McKeown (ESU) Decision Travis McKillop (UPJ) 6-4 OT3 16-9 UPJ
184 - Gary Lantz (UPJ) Fall James Gonzalez (ESU) 3:25 22-9 UPJ
197 - #7 Ed Ebewo (ESU) Medical Forfeit Zak Newton (UPJ) 22-15 UPJ
HWT. - Josh Krupa (UPJ) Decision Joe Blaes (ESU) 5-3 25-15 UPJ