#13 Wrestlers Bounce Back With Two Wins at Regional Duals
01/21/12... (Complete Results) Head Coach Pat Pecora's 13th-ranked Mountain Cat wrestlers bounced back from Friday's tough loss to Newberry (S.C.) College with a 37-3 victory over American International (MA) College and a 28-11 win over UNC-Pembroke to close out the 2012 Super Region Duals, Saturday afternoon in the Sports Center. Pitt-Johnstown is now 7-2 on the year.
Pitt-Johnstown opened Saturday's action with a 37-3 victory over American International. Dave Fogle (Summerhill, Pa.) won a 3-0 decision over Este Lara at 125 lbs., and No. 3-ranked Ryan Link (Cresson, Pa.) pinned Joshua Rollins at 1:52 tom put Pitt-Johnstown in front 9-0. Aaron Smith upset second-ranked Jack Bachman (Greensburg, Pa.), 6-4, at 141 lbs. to cut the American International deficit it 9-3, but Pitt-Johnstown closed out the match with seven straight wins. The Mountain Cats answered with a 6-5 win by Nathan Link (Cresson, Pa.) at 149 lbs, and a dominating 17-6 major decision by Zach Lundgren (DuBois, Pa.) at 157 lbs. to build the Mountain Cat lead to 16-3. Myers Miller (Bolivar, Pa.) won a 5-1 decision over Ronald Tetreault at 165 lbs. and Logan Shirey (Fairmont City, Pa.) defeated Vladimir Bereshchenko, 7-2, to make it four straight Mountain Cats wins, and Gary Lantz (Delta, Pa.) earned 15-0 technical fall at 5:00 over Yaakov Bloch in the 184 lbs. match to push the lead to 27-3. Jon Moore (Leechburg, Pa.) won a 10-2 major decision at 197 lbs., and Greg Grimes (Ebensburg, Pa.) pinned Casey Hines at 2:16 to set the final at 37-3.
The Mountain Cats closed out the Super Region Duals with a 28-11 win over UNC-Pembroke. A forfeit win by Fogle in the first match put Pitt-Johnstown up 6-0. Ryan Link defeated Adonis Wright 10-3 at 133 lbs to make it 9-0, but UNC-Pembroke got a technical fall from Daniel Ownbey over Doug Maiorana (Lewisburg, Pa.) at 5:17 to cut it to 9-5. Nathan Link answered for the Mountain Cats with an 8-6 win over Kristoff Thomas at 149 lbs, and Lundgren scored a 10-1 major decision to extend the lead to 16-5 at the midway point. A decision victory by UNC-Pembroke's fourth-ranked Mike Williams at 165 lbs. made it 16-8, but Shirey got the points back for the Mountain Cats with a slim 4-3 win at 174 lbs. Another win by Lantz at 184 lbs. increased the Pitt-Johnstown lead to 22-8 and sealed the victory. Moore won by forfeit at 197 lbs., before UNC-Pembroke earned a win by decision at heavyweight to set the final at 28-11.
In Friday's opener, No. 2-ranked Newberry (S.C.) College battled back from a 13-6 deficit midway through the match with pins in the final two bouts to defeat Pitt-Johnstown, 25-16. Fogle got the Mountain Cats off and running with a 10-1 major decision over Travis Laxton at 125 lbs., and Ryan Link (133 lbs.) followed with a 5-1 win over Matt Oliver to give Pitt-Johnstown a 7-0 lead. Newberry cut it to one with two straight decisions. In a battle of nationally-ranked wrestlers, the Wolves got on the scoreboard with a victory at 141 lbs. Sixth-ranked B.J. Young defeated second-ranked Bachman, 13-8, to made it 7-6 when No. 8 Derel Brown defeated Nathan Link 6-2 at 149 lbs. Pitt-Johnstown answered in a big way at 157 lbs. Lundgren pinned Davis Bagwell at 6:55 to push the lead to 13-6. A major decision at 165 lbs. and a decision at 174 lbs. by the Wolves knotted then score at 13. No. 6 Sean Byrnes earned an 11-3 win over Joel Paolo (Weirton, WV) at 165 lbs., and No. 7 Travis Sheehy scored an 8-2 win over Shirey. Lantz' escape late in the second rideout period gave him a 5-4 win over No. 7 Mitch Brown and put the Mountain Cats back in front 16-13 with two matches remaining. Newberry battled back again to take their first lead of the night on Karl Reed's pin over Moore at 6:30 and secured the win with No. 4-ranked Jake Elkins' fall of Josh Krupa (Bedford, Pa.) at 4:48 in the heavyweight bout.
Pitt-Johnstown travels to No. 18 Ashland (OH) University on Friday and to Lake Erie (OH) College on Saturday, before hosting Gannon University on Wednesday, February 1 at 7 p.m in the Sports Center.