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11/24/15 UPJ Beats ESU

Postby Allen Brown » Tue Nov 24, 2015 9:59 pm

^^Copy of ESU Release-

EAST STROUDSBURG - Redshirt junior Marius Kola (133) and freshman Mike Raccioppi (149) won by fall as East Stroudsburg University pressed No. 6-ranked Pitt-Johnstown in a 33-15 setback in PSAC wrestling on Tuesday night at Koehler Fieldhouse.

ESU led 15-10 through five bouts, including giving up a forfeit at 141 pounds, but UPJ won the final five bouts, including victories by three nationally-ranked wrestlers.

Kola pinned Troy Dolan 12 seconds into the third period (5:12) after leading 12-5 through two periods. Raccioppi decked UPJ senior Travis Shaffer in 3:47 and led 7-4 after the first period.

Raccioppi is off to an 8-2 start in his career, including a 6-2 effort and fifth-place finish at the Doug Parker Invitational at Springfield on Saturday.

Junior Joey Kratochvil followed with a 5-3:ot1 decision over Luke Palamides in their 157-pound bout, getting a takedown 28 seconds into the extra session.

At 165, UPJ's No. 8-ranked Tyler Reinhart won by technical fall (17-2) over freshman Josh Deutel.

UPJ picked up a pair of pins at 174, from No. 4 John Blankenship, a returning All-America, and 184, from No. 4 Travis McKillop, a three-time All-America.

The Mountain Cats won the final two bouts at 197, as Tyler Oliver won a 3-1 decision vs. ESU's No. 6-ranked junior Tyler Richardson, and 285, where D.J. Sims, a returning national qualifier, had a 6-1 decision vs. senior Tyson Searer.

UPJ's Evan Link, a 2013 national qualifier, opened the night with a 16-4 major decision at 125.

ESU is idle until next Wednesday (December 2) with a dual at Scranton.

^^And here is a copy of the UPJ Release-

The sixth-ranked Mountain Cat wrestlers outscored East Stroudsburg 18-0 over the final five bouts, including Tyler Oliver's decision over No. 6 Tyler Richardson at 197 lbs., to down the Warriors 33-15, Tuesday night in East Stroudsburg. Pitt-Johnstown improved to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the PSAC.

Evan Link won a 16-4 major decision over Collyn Dorney at 125 lbs. to put the Mountain Cats in front to start, but the Warriors answered when Marius Kola pinned Troy Dolan at 5:12 at 133 lbs. to go in front 6-4.

Sam Hanau's forfeit victory at 141 lbs. gave the lead back to Pitt-Johnstown, before East Stroudsburg's Mike Raccioppi pinned Travis Shaffer at 3:47 and Joey Kratochvil won a 5-3 overtime decision over Luke Palamides to put the Warriors up 15-10 midway through the match.

However, it was all Pitt-Johnstown after that. The Mountain Cats went on to shutout East Stroudsburg 18-0 the rest of the way to close out the win.

Eighth-ranked Tyler Reinhart (165 lbs.) got it started with a 17-2 technical fall over Josh Deutel at 5:21, and fourth-ranked wrestlers John Blankenship and Travis McKillop both won by fall. Blankenship pinned Colin Martucci at 6:51 at 174 lbs, and McKillop followed with a first period fall over Brandon Steele at 184 lbs. to increase the lead to 27-15.

Pitt-Johnstown then used decision victories from Oliver and D.J. Sims to finish it out. Oliver upset Richardson, ranked sixth in the nation at 197 lbs., 3-1, and Sims won a 6-1 decision over Tyson Searer at 285 lbs. to set the final at 33-15.

With the loss, East Stroudsburg fell to 1-1 overall and 0-1 in the PSAC.

The Mountain Cats compete in the Grappling at the Garden even in Madison Square Garden on Sunday, before traveling to the 2015 PSAC Championships on December 5 at Mercyhurst University. Pitt-Johnstown will wrestle its next home match until January 22 when Gannon University visits the Sports Center.

125 lbs. Evan Link (UPJ) Major Decision Collyn Dorney (ESU) 16-4 4-0 UPJ
133 lbs. Marius Kola (ESU) Fall Troy Dolan (UPJ) 5:12 6-4 ESU
141 lbs. Sam Hanau (UPJ) WON BY FORFEIT 10-6 UPJ
149 lbs. Mike Raccioppi (ESU) Fall Travis Shaffer (UPJ) 3:47 12-10 ESU
157 lbs. Joey Kratochvil (ESU) Decision Luke Palamides (UPJ) 5-3 OT 15-10 ESU
165 lbs. #8 Tyler Reinhart (UPJ) Technical Fall Josh Deutel (ESU) 17-2 (5:21) 15-15 TIE
174 lbs. #4 John Blankenship (UPJ) Fall Colin Martucci (ESU) 6:51 21-15 UPJ
184 lbs. #4 Travis McKillop (UPJ) Fall Brandon Steele (ESU) 1:21 27-15 UPJ
197 lbs. Tyler Oliver (UPJ) Decision #6 Tyler Richardson (ESU) 3-1 30-15 UPJ
285 lbs. D.J. Sims (UPJ) Decision Tyson Searer (ESU) 6-1 33-15 UPJ
Allen Brown


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