Friday, February 16, 2018

Scranton Pulls Off Upset of Wilkes Wrestling 23-21

(Photo courtesy of Wilkes University Sports Information)
WILKES-BARRE, PA – The University of Scranton used three straight wins to close the match on way to a thrilling 23-21 upset of Wilkes University Friday night in the first round of the 2018 Cross County Challenge hosted by King’s College.

Wilkes dropped to 11-15 overall following the dual match defeat while Scranton improved to 9-5 overall on the season after the victory.

Kyle Trout put Wilkes on the board first with a 16-7 major decision over Jake Thomson at 125-pounds. Scranton quickly took its first advantage of the match in the next bout when Nick DiPierro pinned Jake Dimarsico in 3:18 at 133-pounds.

Matthew Grossmann tied the match at 6-6 when he earned a 15-5 major decision over Brandon Altieri at 141-pounds. Josh Evans pushed the Colonel lead to 12-6 at 149-pounds when he pinned Thomas Conlon in 2:55. Kyle Medrow continued the Wilkes extra-point wins taking a 14-6 major decision over William Laughlin at 157-pounds as the advantage grew to 16-6 after five bouts.

Scranton added a decision win at 165-pounds before John Ritter’s 16-0 sweep of Thomas Gombas kept Wilkes ahead 21-9. From there it was three straight Scranton wins to close the match including two extra-point wins at 197 and 285 to clinch the upset. Matthew Judge fell by a 6-2 decision at 184-pounds before Moustafa Almeky suffered a 21-7 technical fall at 197-pounds and Nasser McCummings was pinned in 5:26 at heavyweight to lift the Royals to the victory.

Wilkes concludes wrestling at the Cross County Challenge tomorrow (Saturday) with a dual match against Keystone College at 12:00 p.m. at Scranton.

Scranton 23, Wilkes 21
125 – K. Trout (W) major dec. Jake Thomson (S), 16-7
133 - Nick DiPierro (S) pinned J. Dimarsico (W), 3:18
141 – M. Grossman (W)  major dec. Brandon Altieri (S), 15-5
149 – J. Evans (W)  pinned Thomas Conlon (S), 2:55
157 – K. Medrow (W) major dec. William Laughlin (S), 14-6
165 - Kevin Merle (S) dec. A. Gyenizs (W), 8-4
174 – J. Ritter (W) tech fall Thomas Gombas (S), 16-0, 4:33
184 -  Zachary D'Apolito (S) dec. M. Judge (W), 6-2
197 - Daniel D'Agostino (S) tech fall M. Almeky (W), 21-7, 5:48
285 - Keegan Connelly (S) pinned N. McCummings, 5:26

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