PITTSBURGH -- The 24th-ranked Bloomsburg University swept its two matches on Sunday at the Pitt Duals beating the 12th-ranked Pitt Panthers, 19-18, and Eastern Michigan, 24-9. The win over the Panthers is second straight win over a ranked team for Bloomsburg after knocking off then-20th ranked Maryland on Jan. 5.
"Great win for us against Pitt," said an excited Huskies head coach John Stutzman. "After last year when we were embarrassed at home by them this feels good! However, as I have said before, we need to continue to get better and improve. Next up is Ohio University and they are good, so we need to be battle ready to wrestle."
Against the Panthers the Huskies got off to a quick start picking up a win by forfeit at 125 pounds to go up 6-0. At 133 pounds 18th-ranked Nick Wilcox (Greene, NY/Greene Central) and Shelton Mack, ranked 15th, needed overtime to settled their match. After being tied at 1-1 at the end of three periods, Wilcox scored a 5-4 win in overtime to make it 9-0.
The Huskies extended their lead to 12-0 when Matt Rappo (Holland/Council Rock South) scored a win by decision at 141 pounds. After a scoreless first period Rappo rode out Travis Shaffer and picked up three near fall points. Rappo then went on to post a 6-0 victory.
At 149 pounds the Huskies Josh Roosa (Mountaintop/Crestwood), seeing his first action in about a month, fell by a 4-3 score to Ronnie Garbinsky putting the Panthers on the board at 12-3.
At 157 pounds Frank Hickman (Castle Hayne, NC/E.A. Laney), ranked 11th, earned some revenge with a 15-6 win over Donnie Tasser to add to the Huskies lead. A year ago Tasser snapped Hickman's 19-match winning streak, but this time it was all Hickman. The senior led 5-3 after one period; 8-3 after two periods and went on to the win by major decision to make it 16-3.
Bloomsburg made it 19-3 at 165 pounds when Josh Veltre (Rochester, NY/Greece Olympia), ranked 19th, beat Tyler Wilps, ranked number 11. Veltre led 2-0 after one period before Wilps made it 2-1 after two periods. Veltre went on to a 5-2 win.
Pitt began its comeback with wins at 174 and 184 by scores of 5-4 and 3-0 to trim the deficit to 19-9. At 197 pounds Bloomsburg Richard Perry (Meriden, CT/Middletown), ranked 16th, faced off with 2nd-ranked Matt Wilps. Perry led late in the match, but gave up a takedown to Wilps and fell in overtime, 6-5 to make it 19-12.
With the match clinched for Bloomsburg the final bout of the match was between 9th ranked Zac Thomusseit and16th-ranked Justin Grant (Easton/Easton) with Thomusseit going on to win by fall in 1:54.
In the second match of the day the Huskies rolled past Eastern Michigan, 24-9. The Huskies fell behind in the match 6-0 after the first two matches, but rallied by winning the next six bouts. Matt Rappo (Holland/Council Rock South) scored a 4-2 win at 141 followed by a win by major decision for Josh Roosa (Mountaintop/Crestwood) at 149 pounds.
Frank Hickman (Castle Hayne, NC/E.A. Laney) won by decision at 157 followed by a major decision win for Josh Veltre (Rochester, NY/Greece Olympia) at 165 pounds. Chris Smith (Mineral, Va./Chancelor) made it six straight wins for Bloomsburg at 174 pounds when he scored a 6-3 decision to make it 17-6 in favor of the Huskies.
After Eastern Michigan picked up a victory at 184, the Huskies closed out the match with wins by Perry at 197 pounds and a major decision by Justin Grant (Easton/Easton) at heavyweight.
The Huskies improved to 10-2 with their fourth straight win and will host Ohio University on Sunday, Jan. 20 at 2 p.m.
No. 24 Bloomsburg 19, No. 12 Pitt 18
125: Sean Boylan (Seaville, NJ/St. Marks) (B) wins by forfeit; Bloomsburg leads, 6-0
133: No. 18 Nick Wilcox (Greene, NY/Greene Central) (B) dec. No. 15 Shelton Mack (P), 5-4 (SV2); Bloomsburg leads, 9-0
141: Matt Rappo (Holland/Council Rock South) (B) dec. Travis Shaffer (P), 6-0; Bloomsburg leads, 12-0
149: Ronnie Garbinsky (P) dec. Josh Roosa (Mountaintop/Crestwood) (B), 4-3; Bloomsburg leads, 12-3
157: No. 11 Frank Hickman (Castle Hayne, NC/E.A. Laney) (B) m. dec. Donnie Tasser (P), 15-6; Bloomsburg leads, 16-3
165: No. 19 Josh Veltre (Rochester, NY/Greece Olympia) (B) dec. No. 11 Tyler Wilps (P), 5-2; Bloomsburg leads, 19-3
174: Nick Bonaccorsi (P) dec. Chris Smith (Mineral, Va./Chancelor) (B), 5-4; Bloomsburg leads, 19-6
184: No. 14 Max Thomusseit (P) dec. Andre Petroski (Glenn Mills/Springfield) (B), 3-0; Bloomsburg leads, 19-9
197: No. 2 Matt Wilps (P) dec. No. 16 Richard Perry (Meriden, CT/Middletown) (B), 6-5 (OT); Bloomsburg leads, 19-12
285: No. 9 Zac Thomusseit (P) pins No. 16 Justin Grant (Easton/Easton) (B), 1:54; Bloomsburg wins, 19-18
No. 24 Bloomsburg 24, Eastern Michigan 9
125: Alexander Calandrino (E) dec. Sean Boylan (Seaville, NJ/St. Marks) (B), 3-2; Eastern Michigan leads, 3-0
133: Jake Byers (E) dec. Andy Lyman (Selkirk, NY/Ravena Coeymans Selkirk) (B), 3-2; Eastern Michigan leads, 6-0
141: Matt Rappo (Holland/Council Rock South) (B) dec. Seth Schaner (E), 4-2; Eastern Michigan leads, 6-3
149: Josh Roosa (Mountaintop/Crestwood) (B) maj. dec. Justin Melick (E), 16-6; Bloomsburg leads, 7-6
157: No. 11 Frank Hickman (Castle Hayne, NC/E.A. Laney) (B) dec. Aaron Sulzer (E), 4-0; Bloomsburg leads, 10-6
165: No. 19 Josh Veltre (Rochester, NY/Greece Olympia) (B) maj. dec. Jacob Dorulla (E), 12-3; Bloomsburg leads, 14-6
174: Chris Smith (Mineral, Va./Chancelor) (B) dec. Jacob Davis (E), 6-3; Bloomsburg leads, 17-6
184: Phillip Joseph (E) dec. Sam Shirey (Beaver Springs/Midd-West) (B), 4-1; Bloomsburg leads, 17-9
197: No. 16 Richard Perry (Meriden, CT/Middletown) (B) dec. Nick Whitenburg (E), 6-3; Bloomsburg leads, 20-9
285: No. 16 Justin Grant (Easton/Easton) (B) maj. dec. Anthony Abro (E), 12-3; Bloomsburg wins, 24-9