Elizabethtown comes back to defeat Stevens

ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. -- Wrestling its first dual in two months, Elizabethtown College made it a good one. The Blue Jays won each of the last four weight classes to knock off Stevens Institute of Technology, 22-16, in a non-conference match at Thompson Gymnasium Wednesday evening.

E-town (2-1) held a 6-3 lead heading to the 149-pound match on decisions by Chad Lammer (133) and Jesse Meaney (141), but the visitors responded with three straight wins at 149, 157 and 165 to go in front 16-6.

Mike Polizzi won by major decision over Mike Lammer (13-0) at 149 to start the Ducks' (3-5) run. Conner Bass followed with a 5-2 win over Zack Sheridan at 157, and returning All-American and third-ranked Joey Favia pinned Woodie Hermann at 5:15 of their 165-pound match for Stevens' largest lead of the night.

Favia, who recently earned his 100th career victory, would have the only fall of the night for the visitors.

From there on, it was all Elizabethtown. Zeke Zimmer added to his team-leading wins total with No. 14 courtesy of a 13-5 major decision win against Will Sharkey at 174.

Julian Meaney made it two wins in a row for the Jays at 184 and Phil Landis collected his seventh pin of the season in 6:38 over Chris Florek at 197 to put the homestanding Blue and Gray back in front 19-16.

With 10th-ranked Jeremy Rieth heading to the mat in the final bout of the night, the Blue Jays had every reason to be confident that they would grab a 'W'. Rieth didn't let them down. The sophomore from Philadelphia clawed out a 3-2 win, his 10th of the year, for the final margin of victory.

The victory was Elizabethtown's fifth in a row against their counterparts from Hoboken, N.J. dating back to the 2007-08 season. The Jays now hold a 5-3 advantage in the all-time series.

Saturday, E-town will travel to Centenary College in Hackettstown, N.J. for the Metropolitan Wrestling Conference Duals. They'll take on King's (Pa.) at 11 a.m., followed by Hunter at 1 p.m.

125 Anthony Geiger (SI) dec. Kyle McNulty (EC), 4-2 0 3
133 Chad Lammer (EC) dec. Ryan Wilson (SI), 4-3 3 3
141 Jesse Meaney (EC) dec. Cody Curtiss (SI), 2-0 6 3
149 Mike Polizzi (SI) maj. dec. Mike Lammer (EC), 13-0 6 7
157 Conner Bass (SI) dec. Zack Sheridan (EC), 5-2 6 10
165 #3 Joey Favia (SI) pinned Woodie Hermann (EC), 5:15 6 16
174 Zeke Zimmer (EC) maj. dec. Will Sharkey (SI), 13-5 10 16
184 Julian Meaney (EC) dec. Mike Otsuka (SI), 5-2 13 16
197 Phil Landis (EC) pinned Chris Florek (SI), 6:38 19 16
285 #10 Jeremy Rieth (EC) dec. Brian Schmalz (SI), 3-2 22 16

Exhibition Matches:
157 Keith Cays (SI) dec. Matt McAndrew (EC), 7-3 - -
184 Jared Weaver (EC) dec. Kalen Gans (SI), 5-3 - -


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