#14 Wrestlers Shutout Kutztown for Fourth Straight Win
01/06/12...For the first time in over 35 years, Pitt-Johnstown had to wrestle a dual meet without head coach Pat Pecora, who was attending services due to a death in his family. Following the lead of assistant coach Jody Strittmatter and a pin from freshman Travis McKillop (Lower Burrell, Pa.), the 14th-ranked Mountain Cat squad responded by shutting out Super Region I rival Kutztown University, 35-0, Friday night in the Sports Center. The Mountain Cats improved to 4-1.
As usual, the Mountain Cats started fast...but tonight, Pitt-Johnstown never let up. Decision victories by Dave Fogle (125 lbs) (Sumerhill, Pa.), No. 3-ranked Ryan Link (133 lbs.) (Cresson, Pa.) and third-ranked Jack Bachman (141 lbs.) (Greensburg, Pa.) gave Pitt-Johnatown a 9-0 lead, before No. 6-ranked Nathan Link (Cresson, Pa.) followed with a dominating 15-2 major decision over Leonard Drummond at 149 lbs. to increase it to 13-0.
At 157 lbs., Myers Miller (Bolivar, Pa.) fell behind 5-0 after one period, but battled back to tie the score and force overtime. Twenty seconds into the extra period, Miller took down Bo Candelaria for a 12-10 victory to make it five straight Pitt-Johnstown wins to start the match.
Zach Lundgren (Dubois, Pa.) then won by decision at 165 lbs., and McKillop pinned Ricky Pena at 6:45 in the 174-lb. bout to extend the lead to 25-0.
Pitt Johnstown closed out the match with a 12-3 major decision victory by Gary Lantz (184 lbs.) (Delta, Pa.) over Giovanni Ortiz, and decision wins by Jon Moore (197 lbs.) (Leechburg, Pa.) and Greg Grimes (HWT.) (Ebensburg, Pa.) to set the final at 35-0.
Kutztown fell to 2-1.
The Mountain Cats will host No. 8-ranked Mercyhurst College on Wednesday at 7 p.m., before hosting the 2012 NCAA Division II Super Region I Duals on January 20 and 21 in the Sports Center.
#14 PITT-JOHNSTOWN VS. KUTZTOWN
PITT-JOHNSTOWN 35 KUTZTOWN 0
125 - Dave Fogle (UPJ) Decision Chris Sheetz (KU) 4-1 3-0 UPJ
133 - #3 Ryan Link (UPJ) Decision Evan Yenolevich (KU) 6-3 6-0 UPJ
141 - #3 Jack Bachman (UPJ) Decision Mitch Voelker (KU) 6-1 9-0 UPJ
149 - #6 Nathan Link (UPJ) Major Decision Leonard Drummond (KU) 15-2 13-0 UPJ
157 - Myers Miller (UPJ) Decision Bo Candelaria (KU) 12-10 OT 16-0 UPJ
165 - Zach Lundgren (UPJ) Decision Micah Bollinger (KU) 8-2 19-0 UPJ
174 - Travis McKillop (UPJ) Fall Ricky Pena (KU) 6:45 25-0 UPJ
184 - Gary Lantz (UPJ) Major Decision Giovanni Ortiz (KU) 12-3 29-0 UPJ
197 - Jon Moore (UPJ) Decision Vinny Campanile (KU) 4-2 32-0 UPJ
HWT. - Greg Grimes (UPJ) Decision Brandan Clark (KU) 2-1 35-0 UPJ