Lycoming storms back to defeat Stevens

HOBOKEN, N.J. -- Down by eight points after six bouts, the Lycoming College wrestling team stormed back, with senior Tyler Cunningham (Haddon Township, N.J./Haddon Township) and sophomore Nikolas Christine (Lewistown, Pa./Indian Valley) posting back-to-back pins to help clinch a 24-14 win at Stevens on Wednesday night, Feb. 6.

After falling behind 14-6 after a major decision at 165 pounds, the Warriors (7-7 overall) started their comeback at 174 pounds, as junior Johnathan Secor (Pompton Plains, N.J./Pompton Plains) posted a 4-3 win over Zach Bass to close within five points.

Cunningham gave Lycoming the lead in the 184-pound bout, sticking Stevens' Mark Garrity in 2:03 to make it, 15-14, and Christine followed with a pin of Alex Moreno in 4:51 to clinch the meet. Freshman Max Lamport (Califon, N.J./Voorhees) ended the meet with a 5-1 win over Chris Moyer at heavyweight, capping the 18-point Warrior run.

Stevens (5-8 overall) jumped out to a 6-0 lead with decisions at 125 and 133 pounds before sophomore Caleb Willey (Towanda, Pa./Towanda Area) notched a 3-1 win over Cody Curtiss at 141 pounds for his 21st win of the year. After a major decision at 149 pounds for the Ducks, sophomore Brian Watkins (Bear Gap, Pa./Southern Columbia) notched a sudden-victory takedown to notch an 8-6 win at 157 pounds against Conner Bass for his 19th win of the year.

The Warriors get back on the mat on Saturday, Feb. 9, when they face Millersville at Lamade Gym at 12 p.m. Before the match, the team will honor its four seniors Cunningham, Dave Exler (Chesterbrook, Pa./Conestoga), Terrell Nixon (Upper Darby, Pa./Monsignor Bonner) and Patrick Reynolds (Ithaca, N.Y./Ithaca).

125: Anthony Geiger (S) dec. Cody Barbiche, 2-0 (3-0)
133: Ryan Wilson (S) dec. Zack Finn, 13-7 (6-0)
141: Caleb Wiley (L) dec. Cody Curtiss, 3-1 (6-3)
149: Mike Polizzi (S) maj. dec. Matt Neff, 11-0 (10-3)
157: Brian Watkins (L) SV-1 Conner Bass, 8-6 (10-6)
165: Joey Favia (S) maj. dec. Greg Wetzel, 15-6 (14-6)
174: Jonathan Secor (L) dec. Zach Bass, 4-3 (14-9)
184: Tyler Cunningham (L) fall Mark Garrity, 2:03 (15-14L)
197: Nikolas Christine (L) fall Alex Moreno, 4:51 (21-14)
285: Max Lamport (L) dec. Chris Moyer, 5-1 (24-14)


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