The No. 12-ranked Mountain Cat wrestlers clawed back from an early 7-0 deficit to win eight straight bouts, including NCAA eighth-ranked Travis McKillop's (Lower Burrell, Pa.) technical fall over Super Region No. 2-ranked Zack Zelcs, to lead Pitt-Johnstown to a 27-7 victory at Gannon University on Tuesday. The Mountain Cats made it five straight dual meet wins and improved to 6-2.
Gannon jumped out to a 7-0 lead after two bouts in a pair of matches that featured regionally-ranked wrestlers. In the opener at 125 lbs., Super Region I No. 3-ranked Matthew Turek won a 12-3 major decision over fifth-ranked Evan Link (Cresson, Pa.), and in a battle of the top-two wrestlers in the region, No. 2 Jose Matos upset top-ranked and national No. 8 Dave Fogle (Summerhill, Pa.), 5-3, at 133 lbs.
However, the Mountain Cats took control and won he final eight matches to take home the victory.
Dave Cawley (Pittsburgh, Pa.) shutout Adam Weinell, 4-0, at 141 lbs., and Jack Bachman (Greensburg, Pa.) earned a 6-4 win over Michael Krysiak, before Joel Paolo (Weirton, WV) used a third period takedown to hold off Casey Page, 2-1, at 157 lbs. to give Pitt-Johnstown its first lead of the night at 9-7.
Decision wins by Keith Ryan (Shirleysburg, Pa.) (165 lbs.) and Gary Lantz (Delta, Pa.) extended the Mountain Cat lead to 15-7, and McKillop scored a 15-0 technical fall over Zelcs at 184 lbs. to put the match away.
Pitt-Johnstown closed it out and set the final at 27-7 with Nikos Garafola's (Greensburg, Pa.) 13-3 major decision over Kristopher Rahn at 197 lbs., and Josh Duplin's (Johnstown, Pa.) 5-3 overtime win over Charles Lear at 285 lbs.
With the loss, Gannon slipped to 1-1 on the year.
The Mountain Cats host No. 18 Ashland (OH) University on Friday at 7 p.m. in the Sports Center, before traveling to the 2013 Super Region Duals at Newberry (SC) College on January 25-26.
125 - Matthew Turek (GU) Major Decision Evan Link (UPJ) 12-3 4-0 GU
133 - Jose Matos (GU) Decision #8 Dave Fogle (UPJ) 5-3 7-0 GU
141 - Dave Cawley (UPJ) Decision Adam Weinell (GU) 4-0 7-3 GU
149 - Jack Bachman (UPJ) Decision Michael Krysiak (GU) 6-4 7-6 GU
157 - Joel Paolo (UPJ) Decision Casey Pace (GU) 2-1 9-7 UPJ
165 - Keith Ryan (UPJ) Decision Adam Greenman (GU) 6-3 12-7 UPJ
174 - Gary Lantz (UPJ) Decision Jermaine Easter (GU) 3-2 15-7 UPJ
184 - #8 Travis McKillop (UPJ) Tech. Fall Zack Zelcs (GU) 15-0 20-7 UPJ
197 - Nikos Garafola (UPJ) Maj. Dec. Kristopher Rahn (GU) 13-3 24-7 UPJ
HWT. - Josh Duplin (UPJ) Decision Charles Lear (GU) 5-3 OT 27-7 UPJ