Saturday, December 1, 2018

PCT Wrestling - Mooney and Otis Fourth at Messiah’s Petrofes Invitational


GRANTVILLE, Pa. – Jared Mooney and Dylan Otis both finished fourth to help lead Penn College to a ninth place showing at Messiah College's Petrofes Invitational Friday and Saturday. Dylan Gettys was sixth, while Daniel Bergeron and Jon Pineda both placed seventh in the their respective weights. 

Mooney's only two setbacks at 197 came at the hands of Springfield's George Tarwo, 6-5 (OT) in the second round and 8-7 in the consolation finals. Mooney earned three falls in his other matches. In his first match against Tarwo, Mooney rallied to even the match in the third with an escape, takedown and riding time to make it 5-5. Mooney rode Tarwo for all but one second in the second OT, while Tarwo earned an escape with one second left and held on in the third OT, surviving a late scramble.
Trailing 4-2 after one in the second matchup, Mooney trailed 4-2 after one but evened the match with a reversal in the second before Tarwo matched that with a reversal of his own to lead 6-4. Tarwo escaped in third after Mooney had more than minute of riding time to make it 7-4 before Mooney managed a takedown to pull within one, 7-6. With 10 seconds left Mooney was called for locked hands to give Tarwo the winning point, since Mooney later received a point for riding time.
After an opening round fall at heavyweight, Otis avenged an earlier season loss to Mount Union's Grant Martin, 5-3 in OT. After a scoreless first, Otis went ahead 2-0 with a second period takedown. Martin used an escape with 30 seconds left in the third and takedown to lead 3-2, before Otis earned a point for riding time to send the match into overtime. Otis got the better of Martin in a scramble in OT and recorded a takedown to win the match. Otis lost a 10-3 decision in the semifinals, picked up a fall in the consolation finals before being pinned in the consolation finals.
Bergeron finished seventh at 165, going 3-2, Gettys finished sixth at 174, going 4-3, and Pineda placed seventh at heavyweight after going 4-2.
Penn College returns to action Saturday at Keystone College.
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