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Kutztown at UPJ Scheduled for Thursday Nov 19th at 7pm

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Kutztown at UPJ Scheduled for Thursday Nov 19th at 7pm

Postby Allen Brown » Wed Nov 18, 2015 3:52 pm

Head Coach Pat Pecora (40th season) and the sixth-ranked Pitt-Johnstown Mountain Cat wrestlers will kick-off the 2015-16 PSAC schedule against conference rival Kutztown University, Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Sports Center. This match was originally scheduled, for Friday, November 20, but had to be moved to accommodate the PSAC Volleyball Tournament Semifinals that will be played in the Sports Center on Friday.

Pitt-Johnstown kicked-off the 2015-16 dual meet schedule with a 39-6 victory over West Liberty last Friday in the Sports Center.

The Mountain Cats are led by returning three-time All-American McKillop, All-Americans John Blankenship (174 lbs.), two-time National Qualifiers Sam Hanau (141 lbs.) and Josh Duplin (285 lbs.), and National Qualifiers Evan Link (125 lbs.) and Tyler Reinhart (165 lbs.).

Nationally for Pitt-Johnstown, Blankenship (174 lbs.), McKillop (184 lbs.), and Duplin (285 lbs.) are ranked fourth and Reinhart (165 lbs.) is eighth.

Kutztown, under 15th-year Head Coach Rob Fisher, is ranked fifth in the Region with a 1-1 dual meet record. The Golden Bears competed in the Maryland Terrapin Duals on November 1 and suffered a 46-6 loss to Pitt, before defeating West Liberty (WV) 25-12. Kutztown also had three place-winners at last weekend's East Stroudsburg Open. Matt Martoccio finished fourth at 157 lbs., while Ryan Krecker (174 lbs.) and Brandan Clark (285 lbs.) both placed sixth for the Golden Bears.

Nationally, Martoccio is ranked fourth nationally at 157 lbs. for Kutztown. In Super Region I, Martoccio and Clark (197 lbs.) are both ranked third, while Joe Esposito (149 lbs.) and Krecker (165 lbs.) are fourth. Travis Roper is ranked fifth in the Region at 141 lbs.

Last season, Pitt-Johnstown opened-up an early lead, but Kutztown stormed back to win seven of the final nine bouts to deal the Mountain Cats a 25-9 loss in Friday's 2014-15 PSAC-opener in Kutztown on November 21.

Key Match-Ups: 2013 National Qualifier and Region No. 5 Evan Link (UPJ) vs. Austin Petril (KU) at 125 lbs…2-time National Qualifier Sam Hanau (UPJ) vs. Region No. 5 Travis Roper (KU) at 141 lbs…Luke Palamides (UPJ) vs. All-American and NCAA No. 4 Matt Martoccio (KU) at 157 lbs…National Qualifier and NCAA No. 8 Tyler Reinhart (UPJ) vs. James Meyer (KU) at 165 lbs…All-American and NCAA No. 4 John Blankenship (UPJ) vs. Region No. 6 Ryan Krecker (KU) at 174 lbs…3-time All-American and NCAA No. 4 Travis McKillop (UPJ) vs. Julio Arredondo at 184 lbs…All-American and No. 4 Josh Duplin or National Qualifier D.J. Sims (UPJ) vs. Ryan Appleby (KU) at 285 lbs.

The Mountain Cats travel to a PSAC match at East Stroudsburg University on Tuesday, before competing in the Grappling at the Garden even in Madison Square Garden on November 29. Pitt-Johnstown will not wrestling its next home match until January 22 when Gannon University visits the Sports Center.

PROBABLE STARTERS
125 lbs. Evan Link (UPJ) (2013 National Qualifier) vs. Austin Petril (KU)
133 lbs. Troy Dolan OR Jim Harrison (UPJ) vs. Anthony Petril OR Zach Ulerick (KU)
141 lbs. Sam Hanau (UPJ) (2-time National Qualifier) vs. Travis Roper (KU) (Ranked No. 5 in Region)
149 lbs. Travis Shaffer (UPJ) vs. Dave Migliaccio (KU)
157 lbs. Luke Palamides (UPJ) vs. All-American and #4 Matt Martoccio (KU)
165 lbs. National Qualifier and #8 Tyler Reinhart vs. James Meyer (KU)
174 lbs. All-American and #4 John Blankenship (UPJ) vs. Ryan Krecker (KU) (Ranked No. 6 in Region)
184 lbs. 3-time All-American and #4 Travis McKillop (UPJ) vs. Julio Arredondo (KU)
197 lbs. Tyler Oliver (UPJ) vs. Collin Schildt (KU)
285 lbs. National Qualifier D.J. Sims (UPJ) or All-American and #4 Josh Duplin (UPJ) vs. Ryan Appleby (KU)
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