YPSILANTI, Mich. -- The Eastern Michigan University wrestling team won its third-consecutive match Friday evening, Nov. 30, with a 21-15 triumph over Cleveland State University at Bowen Field House. The Eagles overcame a nine-point deficit to even their season record at 3-3 and defeated the Vikings (0-2) for a sixth season in-a-row.
CSU held the lead all the way until the 184 lbs. match until redshirt junior Phillip Joseph knotted the contest at 15 apiece with a pin of Bobby Blankenship at the 2:30 mark. At 197 lbs. redshirt freshman Anthony Abro gave the Eagles an 18-15 edge with a decision, and heavyweight Chris Eggert used a strong third period to win by decision and seal the victory for the home team.
Two matches went into overtime Friday evening as redshirt senior Aaron Sulzer got past Matt Donohoe at 157 lbs. and redshirt sophomore Jacob Dorulla needed the extra period to defeat Corey Carlo at 165 lbs.
Redshirt junior Jared Germaine got the Eagles off to a fast start with a 10-3 decision over Ben Willeford at 125 lbs. to put the Green and White ahead, 3-0. The next trio of matches belonged to the Vikings, with redshirt freshmen Vincent Pizzuto (133 lbs.), Mike Shaw (141 lbs.) and Justin Melick (149 lbs.) each dropping their matches to give CSU a 12-3 edge.
Sulzer's overtime winner pulled the Eagles back to within six, 12-6, but Xavier Dye put EMU's back against the wall when he bested redshirt sophomore Mike Curby, 8-2, at 165 lbs. to put the Vikings up, 15-6, with just four matches remaining.
Droulla touched off a furious comeback for the Eagles with his overtime takedown of Carlo. Joseph needed less than a period to take care of Blankenship and draw the home team even, 15-15. Abro then came up with another clutch performance against Nick Anthony to give EMU its first lead since the opening match, and Eggert tallied his first decision of the season in the final bout of the evening versus Riley Shaw to give Eastern Michigan the six-point victory.
The Eagles begin Mid-American Conference dual-meets with a matchup against Ohio University Sunday, Dec. 2. Action gets underway at 5:30 p.m. in Athens, Ohio.
125: Jared Germaine (EMU) dec. Ben Willeford (CSU), 10-3 EMU 3 CSU 0
133: Mike Carlone (CSU) fall Vincent Pizzuto (EMU), 4:00 CSU 6 EMU 3
141: Nick Flannery (CSU) dec. Mike Shaw (EMU), 7-2 CSU 9 EMU 3
149: Mike Mencini (CSU) dec. Justin Melick (EMU), 7-3 CSU 12 EMU 3
157: Aaron Sulzer (EMU) dec. Matt Donohoe (CSU), 6-4 (OT) CSU 12 EMU 6
165: Xavier Dye (CSU) dec. Mike Curby (EMU), 8-2 CSU 15 EMU 6
174: Jacob Dorulla (EMU) dec. Corey Carlo (CSU), 6-4 (OT) CSU 15 EMU 9
184: Phillip Joseph (EMU) fall Bobby Blankenship (CSU), 2:30 EMU 15 CSU 15
197: Anthony Abro (EMU) dec. Nick Anthony (CSU), 5-1 EMU 18 CSU 15
285: Chris Eggert (EMU) dec. Riley Shaw (CSU), 4-1 EMU 21 CSU 15