Two Falls Lift #13 Wrestlers Over #8 Mercyhurst
01/11/12...Falls by Jon Moore (Leechburg, Pa.) and Josh Krupa (Bedford, Pa.) in the final two bouts broke a 12-12 tie and lifted the 13th-ranked Mountain Cat wrestlers to a 24-12 victory over eighth-ranked Mercyhurst College, Wednesday night in the sports Center. Pitt-Johnstown has won five straight matches and improved to 5-1.
Mercyhurst battled back to take a 12-9 lead after seven matches, before the Mountain Cats's Gary Lantz (Delta, Pa.) won a 3-1 decision over Pat Leahy at 184 lbs. to tie it at 1, and set-up the exciting finish.
At 197 lbs., Moore pinned Michael Pollard at 2:25 to put Pitt-Johnstown up 18-12, and Krupa followed by pinning No. 7 ranked Fred Hale in 55 seconds at heavyweight to set the final at 24-12.
Pitt-Johnstown took an early 3-0 lead when Dave Fogle (Summerhill, Pa.) got a takedown with 20 seconds remaining to defeat Ryan Bohince, 2-1, at 125 lbs.
However, Mercyhurst responded to tie it with an upset at 133 lbs. Freshman Kody Young raced out to a 5-0 first-period lead and went on to hand NCAA third-ranked Ryan Link (Cresson, Pa.) a 10-5 loss.
Decision wins by No. 2-ranked Jack Bachman (Greensburg, Pa.) at 141 lbs. and Nathan Link (Cresson, Pa.) at 149 lbs. put the Mountain Cats up 9-3, but Mercyhurst answered with wins by sixth-ranked Jordan Shields over Joel Paolo (Weirton, WV) at 157 lbs., and third-ranked Josh Shields over Zach Lundgren (DuBois, Pa.) at 165 lbs. to even the score at nine.
The Lakers maintained the momentum and took their first lead of the night at 12-9 when August Mizia took down Travis McKillop (Lower Burrell, Pa.) 35 seconds into overtime for a 7-5 victory at 174 lbs.
With the loss, Mercyhurst slipped to 5-3.
The Mountain Cats will host the 2012 NCAA Division II Super Region I Duals on January 20 and 21 in the Sports Center, before traveling to Ashland (OH) University on January 27 and Lake Erie (OH) College on January 28.
#13 PITT-JOHNSTOWN VS. #8 MERCYHURST
PITT-JOHNSTOWN 24 MERCYHURST 12
125 - Dave Fogle (UPJ) Decision Ryan Bohince (MC) 2-1 3-0 UPJ
133 - Kody Young (MC) Decision #3 Ryan Link (UPJ) 10-5 3-3 TIE
141 - #2 Jack Bachman (UPJ) Decision Jeremy Landowski (MC) 4-1 6-3 UPJ
149 - Nathan Link (UPJ) Decision Michael Griffith (MC) 6-2 9-3 UPJ
157 - #6 Jordan Shields (MC) Decision Joel Paolo (UPJ) 4-2 9-6 UPJ
165 - #3 Josh Shields (MC) Decision Zach Lundgren (UPJ) 7-0 9-9 TIE
174 - August Mizia (MC) Decision Travis McKillop (UPJ) 7-5 OT 12-9 MC
184 - Gary Lantz (UPJ) Decision Pat Leahy (MC) 3-1 12-12 TIE
197 - Jon Moore (UPJ) Fall Michael Pollard (MC) 2:25 18-12 UPJ
HWT. - Josh Krupa (UPJ) Fall #7 Fred Hale (MC) :55 24-12 UPJ