Hempstead, NY -- Led by a 13-6 victory at 125 lbs by redshirt senior Steve Bonanno and a 3-1 sudden victory win by Paul Snyder at heavyweight, the Hofstra Wrestling team rolled past American, 21-9, on Friday evening at the Mack Sports Complex.
Hofstra continued its strong play as of late as the Pride won for the fourth time in its last five dual matches in improving to 4-12 overall. American, which entered the match having won three of its last four contests, fell to 4-4 with the loss.
The match got started at 165 lbs as redshirt sophomore Nick Terdick from Hofstra battled Phillip Barreiro of American. After an early Pride advantage, Barreiro fought back eventually earned a 7-5 decision to give the Eagles an early lead.
In the night's second match, sophomore Jermaine John would allow the Pride to knot the score at three as he defeated Keithen Cast, 8-3.
After American took a 6-3 lead on 4-1 win by Thomas Barreiro over Victor Pozsonyi at184 lbs, the back and forth match would be tied once again as redshirt junior Tim Murphy held on for a 6-3 win to even the score at six heading into the heavyweight contest.
Hofstra would take its first lead of the match as Snyder needed overtime to notch a 3-1 win over Blake Herrin of American. The sudden victory win allowed Hofstra to take a 9-6 lead into the match heading into the intermission. The win was Snyder's team-leading 17th of the season.
The Pride would push its advantage to 12-6 overall in the match as Bonanno picked up his 12th victory of the year in cruising past David Terao, 13-6 at 125 lbs. Bonanno is currently the Pride's highest ranked wrestler as he is ranked 16 by InterMat, 18 by The Wrestling Report, 20 by USA Today/NWCA/Amateur Wrestling News and 17 by Wrestling Inside News Magazine.
A close battle would take place at 133 lbs as redshirt junior Jamie Franco narrowly defeated Esteban Gomez-Rivera, 2-0, to give Hofstra a commanding 15-6 lead in the overall match.
Hofstra would continue to pour it on as each wrestler began to feed off the previous one with redshirt junior Luke Vaith notching a 6-1 win over John Boyle at 141 lbs to push the overall match score to 18-6. That win was the Pride's fifth straight in the match.
American closed the gap to 18-9 as Kevin Tao defeated redshirt sophomore Cody Ruggirello at 149 lbs, 7-2 before the contest ended with a 3-1 Hofstra win from redshirt senior Tyler Banks at 157 lbs over Mark Cirello.
Hofstra returns to action on Sunday when it hosts Columbia (3-4) at 1 p.m. in the Mack Sports Complex. For ticket information call (516) HOF-TIXX.
165- Phillip Barreiro (AU) dec. Nick Terdick (HU), 7-5
174- Jermaine John (HU) dec. Keithen Cast (AU), 8-3
184- Thomas Barreiro (AU) dec. Victor Pozsonyi (HU), 4-1
197- Tim Murphy (HU) dec. Devon Bradley (AU), 6-3
285- Paul Snyder (HU) dec. Blake Herrin (AU), 3-1 SV
125- Steve Bonanno (HU) dec. David Terao (AU), 13-6
133- Jamie Franco (HU) dec. Estaban Gomez-Rivera (AU), 2-0
141- Luke Vaith (HU) dec. John Boyle (AU), 6-1
149- Kevin Tao (AU) dec. Cody Ruggirello (HU), 7-4
157- Tyler Banks (HU) dec. Mark Cirello (AU), 3-1