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11/20/15 Lehigh Beats Pitt

Postby Allen Brown » Fri Nov 20, 2015 9:54 pm

Nov. 20, 2015
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The Pitt wrestling team (3-1) suffered its first dual loss of the season to No. 10 Lehigh (3-1) Friday night at Grace Hall.

“I thought we had a lot of good, tight battles,” head coach Jason Peters said. “We didn’t step up when we needed to at the important times of the match. For the team we put out there, the group did well, but we need to do better late in matches. I hope our guys learned from the experience tonight, it was a great environment and something for us to build on. We’re going to get back to work tomorrow and get ready for Sunday.”

Sophomore Dom Forys and junior Mikey Racciato were the lone Panthers to win their bouts.

Lehigh took the first lead of the night at 125 as No. 14 Darian Cruz defeated freshman LJ Bentley in 14-5 major decision, giving the Mountain Hawks a 4-0 lead.

Forys then came out with a dominating 22-10 major decision over Lehigh’s Jon Mele at 133, tying the team score 4-4. Forys tallied seven total takedowns, two reversals, scored two near fall points and escaped once.

In a battle of hometown heroes, Racciato -- a native of Pen Argyl, Pa. – took on No. 8 Randy Cruz of Bethlehem, Pa. Racciato struck first with an early takedown in the first period. Cruz escaped before the first period buzzer, bringing the score to 2-1 in favor of Pitt. Racciato escaped in the second period and Cruz escaped in the third but it wouldn’t be enough as Racciato came out victorious. The Panthers led the dual 7-4 entering the 149 bout.

Pitt couldn’t fight back in the remaining matches.

The Panthers continue their eastern Pennsylvania tour on Sunday, Nov. 22, at the Keystone Classic hosted by Penn.

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125: #14 Darian Cruz (L) m. dec. LJ Bentley (P), 14-5 – Lehigh leads 4-0
133: Dom Forys (P) m. dec. Jon Mele (L), 22-10 – Tied 4-4
141: Mikey Racciato (P) dec. #8 Randy Cruz (L) – Pitt leads 7-4
149: Laike Gardner (L) dec. Robert Lee (P) – Tied 7-7
157: #7 Mitch Minotti (L) dec. Ronnie Garbinsky (P), 8-2 – Lehigh leads 10-7
165: Ryan Preisch (L) dec. Cody Wiercioch (P), 4-3 – Lehigh leads 13-7
174: Elliot Riddick (L) dec. TeShan Campbell (P), 5-2 – Lehigh leads 16-7
184: #8 Nathaniel Brown (L) tech. fall Zach Bruce (P), 24-9 – Lehigh leads 21-7
197: #13 John Bolich (L) dec. Nick Bonaccorsi (P), 6-0 – Lehigh leads 24-7
285: #16 Max Wessell (L) dec. #19 Ryan Solomon (P), 3-2 – Lehigh wins 27-7
Allen Brown


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