CLARION -- The 14th-ranked Bloomsburg University wrestling team won its eighth straight match with a 21-9 win over Clarion University on Sunday.
The win clinched a tie for the Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) dual meet title for the Huskies. Bloomsburg shared its only other EWL dual meet title with Lock Haven in 1993. The Huskie can win its first title outright with a win over Lock Haven on Feb. 15.
"It was a long road trip for us," said head coach John Stutzman. "But the guys came through against Clarion today. We need to continue to improve as we have Rutgers and George Mason up next."
Clarion jumped out to the early lead when Tyler Fraley beat Bloomsburg's Sean Boylan (Seaville, NJ/St. Marks), 4-1 at 125 pounds. Nick Wilcox (Greene, NY/Greene Central) came back with a 2-0 decision at 133 pounds to tie the score at 3-3 before Matt Rappo (Holland/Council Rock South) put the Huskies back on top with a 5-2 win at 141 pounds.
Josh Roosa (Mountaintop/Crestwood) put the Huskies up 9-3 when he won 5-1 at 149 pounds setting a showdown between two nationally ranked wrestlers at 157 pounds.
Bloomsburg's Frank Hickman (Castle Hayne, NC/E.A. Laney), ranked 11th, faced off with fourth-ranked James Fleming with Hickman getting the lead after one period with a takedown with four seconds to go in the period. After no scoring in the second period, Fleming took top in the third. He got a three-point near fall with 50 seconds left to go up 3-2. Fleming then rode Hickman till about eight seconds to go when Hickman escaped to tie the match at 3-3. But Fleming had 1:48 in riding time to earn the win. Following the match Bloomsburg was penalized one team point for unsportsmanlike conduct leaving the Huskies with an 8-6 lead.
At 165 pounds Bloomsburg's Josh Veltre (Rochester, NY/Greece Olympia) posted a major decision victory, 15-4, over Nick Milano to make it 12-6. Clarion got it final win at 174 pounds before the Huskies closed out the afternoon with three wins by decision from Andre Petroski (Glenn Mills/Springfield), Richard Perry (Meriden, CT/Middletown) and Justin Grant (Easton/Easton).
The Huskies, 14-2, 4-0 EWL, will be back in action on Friday at Rutgers starting at 7 p.m.
125: Tyler Fraley (CL) dec. Sean Boylan (Seaville, NJ/St. Marks) (BL) 4-1
133: #12 Nick Wilcox (Greene, NY/Greene Central) (BL) dec. Joe Waltko (CL) 2-0
141: Matt Rappo (Holland/Council Rock South) (BL) dec. Devin Cook (CL) 5-2
149: Josh Roosa (Mountaintop/Crestwood) (BL) dec. Tyler Bedelyon (CL) 5-1
157: #4 James Fleming (CL) dec. #11 Frank Hickman (Castle Hayne, NC/E.A. Laney) (BL) 4-3*
*1 team point deducted for unsportsmanlike conduct
165- #11 Josh Veltre (Rochester, NY/Greece Olympia) (BL) maj. dec. Nick Milano (CL) 15-4
174- Ryan Darch (CL) dec. Chris Smith (Mineral, Va./Chancelor) (BL) 6-5 rideout 1
184- Andre Petroski (Glenn Mills/Springfield) (BL) dec. Steven Cressley (CL) 4-1
197- #16 Richard Perry (Meriden, CT/Middletown) (BL) dec. Justin Ortega (CL) 9-4
285- #15 Justin Grant (Easton/Easton) (BL) dec. Phil Catrucco (CL) 8-4