The fifth-ranked Mountain Cat wrestling team raced out to a 13-0 lead with the help of a Dave Fogle (Summerhill, Pa.) pin at 133 lbs. on their way to coasting to their 12th straight dual meet win with a 38-9 victory over Seton Hill University, Wednesday night in the Sports Center. Pitt-Johnstown, which recorded three falls in the match, is now 13-2.
The Mountain Cats jumped on Seton Hill early. Evan Link (Cresson, Pa.) won a 12-3 major decision over Steve Smith at 125 lbs., before NCAA eighth-ranked Fogle pinned Trey Constable at 3:47.
A 6-2 decision by NCAA No. 6 and Super Region I No. 3 Dave Cawley (Pittsburgh, Pa.) over A.J. fisher, ranked sixth in the region, at 141 lbs. increased it to 13-0 Pitt-Johnstown.
The Griffins got back in it and cut it to 13-9 with Region fourth-ranked Nick Nichols' fall over Tyler Chesney (Roaring Spring, Pa.) at 6:47, and a 4-3 decision by Brett Smith at 157 lbs.
However, the Mountain Cats regained control with Keith Ryan's (Shirleysburg, Pa.) (165 lbs.) 4-0 shutout over Randall Wagner at 165 lbs. and cruised to their 12th consecutive victory.
Gary Lantz (Delta, Pa.) scored a 12-1 major decision over Tyler Mohlenrich at 174 lbs,. and sixth-ranked Travis McKillop (Lower Burrell, Pa.) picked-up his team-leading ninth fall of the year at 2:41 over Dylan Bushby to extend the Mountain Cat lead to 26-9.
Another fall, this time by Nikos Garafola (Greensburg, Pa.) (197 lbs.) over Tyler Dombroski at 4:25, built the lead to 32-9, before Josh Duplin's (Johnstown, Pa.) win by forfeit at 285 lbs. closed it out.
With the loss, Seton Hill dropped to 7-12.
The Mountain Cats wrap-up the dual meet season at home against Anderson (SC) University on Saturday, and Shippensburg University for Senior Night on Wednesday. Both home matches will begin at 7 p.m. in the Sports Center.
125: Evan Link (UPJ) Major Decision Steve Smith 12-3 4-0 UPJ
133: #8 Dave Fogle (UPJ) Fall Trey Constable (SHU) 3:47 10-0 UPJ
141: #7 Dave Cawley (UPJ) Decision A.J. Fisher (SHU) 6-2 13-0 UPJ
149: Nick Nichols (SHU) Fall Tyler Chesney (UPJ) 6:47 13-6 UPJ
157: Brett Smith (SHU) Decision Joel Paolo (UPJ) 4-3 13-9 UPJ
165: Keith Ryan (UPJ) Decision Randall Wagner (SHU) 4-0 16-9 UPJ
174: Gary Lantz (UPJ) Major Decision Tyler Mohlenrich (SHU) 12-1 20-9 UPJ
184: #6 Travis McKillop (UPJ) Fall Dylan Bushby (SHU) 2:41 26-9 UPJ
197: Nikos Garafola (UPJ) Fall Tyler Dombroski (SHU) 4:25 32-9 UPJ
HWT: Josh Duplin (UPJ) Won By Forfeit 38-9 UPJ