The Mountain Cats opened-up a 17-3 lead, then got a pin from sixth-ranked Dave Cawley at 149 lbs, to help the eighth-ranked Pitt-Johnstown wrestlers rebound from Friday's loss with a 26-12 PSAC victory at East Stroudsburg University on Tuesday. The Mountain Cats improved to 3-1 overall and evened their record at 1-1 in the PSAC.
Pitt-Johnstown jumped on East Stroudsburg early and never looked back. The match started at 174 lbs. where two-time National Qualifier Gary Lantz shutout Joey Fogle 6-0, before second-ranked Travis McKillop scored a 9-1 major decision over Luke DeLuise at 184 lbs. to put the Mountain Cats up 7-0.
The Warriors answered at 197 lbs. with Tyson Searer's decision win over Zak Newton, but a forfeit victory by eighth-ranked Josh Duplin at 285 lbs. and a major decision by seventh-ranked Dave Fogle over Connor Maliff at 125 lbs. pushed the Pitt-Johnstown advantage out to 17-3.
East Stroudsburg cut it to 17-6 at 133 lbs. when Joey Kratochvil defeated Evan Link, 6-5, in the second tie-breaker.
However, the Mountain Cats came back to win the next two bouts to seal the victory. At 141 lbs., Luke Palamides won 8-3 over Joseph Hoy, and Cawley, ranked sixth at 149 lbs., pinned Ray Nicosia at 2:16 to build the lead to 26-6.
The Warriors closed out the match and set the final at 26-12 with a pair of wins by decision. Eric Howey defeated Sam Molina, 12-7, at 157 lbs., and eighth-ranked Braden Turner held off John Blankenship, 3-1, at 165 lbs.
With the loss, the Warriors slipped to 1-1 overall and 0-1 in the PSAC.
The Mountain Cats travel to the 2013 PSAC Championships at Edinboro University on December 7 and to the Wilkes Open on December 28. Pitt-Johnstown will wrestle its next home match on January 25 when Millersville University visits the Sports Center for an 11 a.m. start.
174 – Gary Lantz (UPJ) Decision Joey Fogle (ESU) 6-0 3-0 UPJ
184 – #2 Travis McKillop (UPJ) Major Decision Luke DeLuise (ESU) 9-1 7-0 UPJ
197 – Tyson Searer (ESU) Decision Zak Newton (UPJ) 4-0 7-3 UPJ
285 - #8 Josh Duplin (UPJ) Won By Forfeit 13-3 UPJ
125 – #7 Dave Fogle (UPJ) Major Decision Connor Maliff (ESU) 8-0 17-3 UPJ
133 – Joey Kratochvil (ESU) Decision Evan Link (UPJ) 6-5 tb2 17-6 UPJ
141 – Luke Palamides (UPJ) Decision Joseph Hoy (ESU) 8-3 20-6 UPJ
149 – #6 Dave Cawley (UPJ) Fall Ray Nicosia (ESU) 2:16 26-6 UPJ
157 – Eric Howey (ESU) Decision Sam Molina (UPJ) 12-7 26-9 UPJ
165 – #8 Braden Turner (ESU) Decision John Blankenship (UPJ) 3-1 26-12 UPJ