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Bobcats' Anthony Abro Wins Nov 22 Keystone Classic

Postby Allen Brown » Mon Nov 23, 2015 1:56 pm

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (EMUEagles.com) – The Eastern Michigan University wrestling team wrapped up a packed weekend with an impressive showing at the annual Keystone Classic in Philadelphia, Sunday, Nov. 22. The Eagles placed five wrestlers, all in the top four, including redshirt senior Anthony Abro (Canton, Mich.-Canton), who took the title at 197.

In addition to Abro, the Green and White had redshirt junior Nicholas Barber (Cleveland, Ohio-St. Edward) finish second at 149, redshirt senior Vincent Pizzuto (North Jackson, Ohio-North Milton) finish third at 125 in his season debut, and redshirt freshman Dakota Juarez (Grand Haven, Mich.-Grand Haven), as well as redshirt junior Jacob Davis (North Ridgeville, Ohio-St. Edward) finish in fourth at 165 and 174 respectively.

EMU sent 14 grapplers on the mats throughout the day, garnering a total of 28 victories. In all, the Eagles totaled 92.5 points, good for a team finish of fourth place out of eleven teams.

On his way to the 197 title, Abro, the No. 11 ranked wrestler according to InterMat, started his day off with a dominating performance, a 26-10 technical fall win. He followed that up with back-to-back decisions, 5-2 and 14-10, before facing his toughest matchup in the semifinals.

Frank Mattiace of Pennsylvania took Abro to overtime before coming out victorious 7-5 in sudden victory. In the final match, another close dual came down to a final point, where Abro closed out the championship 3-2.

At 149, Barber also began his day with a tech fall 17-1 over Riley Barth of Pittsburgh. In the next round he kept the momentum with a 13-6 decision win. In the semifinals Barber would face his toughest test yet. Bryant Clagdon of Rider, the No. 10 ranked wrestler, stood in his way to a finals berth. In a tightly contested match, Barber came out victorious with a close 3-1 decision. Barber was tripped up in the finals, losing another close match 3-2, to take second place.

Making his season debut at 125, Pizzuto did not waste any time making an impact for EMU. The active all-time wins leader for Eastern won his first two matchups, including an 8-0 major decision shutout in the quarterfinal. The Ohio native would be downed in the semis though, losing his bout 17-6. He would recover nicely in the consolation however, winning the semifinal by major decision 17-4, and the third place match 13-8.

After winning his season debut match against Cleveland State on Friday, Juarez continued his momentum into the Sunday tournament. He began his day with a pin at 6:22 before losing to No. 14 Conor Brennan of Rider. He would bounce back in the consolation rounds, rattling off three straight wins, including two by sudden victory (3-1, 5-1). In the third place match, Juarez would this time lose in overtime, 3-1.

The other fourth place finisher, Davis, was a pinning machine on Sunday. He opened with a pin in 2:51, before losing in the quarterfinals. In the consolation, Davis put up two more pins, in 1:56 and 1:26 to advance to the semis. There he beat Te'Shan Campbell of Pittsburgh 4-0 to get to the third place match. Davis was felled in the consolation final though, by sudden victory, 5-3.

Elsewhere, the Eagles saw numerous wrestlers pick up wins throughout the day's activities. Redshirt freshman Armando Torres (Lorain, Ohio-Elyria) picked up a victory at 125 by 8-5 decision. At 133, redshirt freshman Ben Calandrino (Howell, Mich.-Howell) also picked up a first round win, defeating his opponent by 8-0 major decision.

At 141, redshirt sophomore Kyle Springer (New Boston, Mich.-Davenport Assumption) dropped a tough opening match by sudden victory, but he followed it up with a major decision win (13-4) and a tech fall victory (20-5) in the consolation bracket before bowing out.

Redshirt junior Devan Marry (Hudson, Mich.-Hudson) entered the tournament with a perfect 4-0 record. He started things off right with an 11-3 major decision before dropping his first bout of the year, a 13-6 decision. In the consolation, Marry racked up his fourth pin of the year in just 1:22. He would be knocked out in the next round on a 6-2 decision.

Finally at 184, redshirt freshman Derek Hillman (Woodhaven, Mich.-Woodhaven-Brownstown) began his day with a major decision, 11-2. He would be knocked into the consolation rounds where he picked up another major decision win, 9-0, before being knocked out in a close match, 3-2.

EMU will now remain on the road for an in-state showdown with Michigan State, Wednesday, Dec. 2. The dual with the Spartans is set to begin at 6 p.m.
Allen Brown

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