BINGHAMTON, NY -- The Bloomsburg University wrestling won the 600th match in program history by beating Binghamton University, 28-12, on Saturday afternoon. It was the final regular season dual match of the season for the Huskies who will now prepare for the Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) Championships on Mar. 8 at Cleveland State.
Bloomsburg won seven of the nine bouts contested on the day (the Huskies forfeited one weight class) earning bonus points in three of the matches.
Trailing 6-0 due to the forfeit, the Huskies got a major decision from Nick Wilcox (Greene, NY/Greene Central) at 133 pounds who won 13-2. Matt Rappo (Holland/Council Rock South) then won by fall in 3:14 to put the Huskies up 10-6. Binghamton came back with a win at 149 pounds when Joe Bonaldi scored an upset over the Huskies 19th-ranked Bryce Busler (Mechanicsburg/Cumberland Valley), 2-1, OT.
The Huskies won the next three matches from Brandon Arnsberger (Parkersburg/Octorara) at 157, Josh Veltre (Rochester, NY/Greece Olympia) at 165 and Mike Dessino (Middlesex, NJ/Middlesex) at 174. The win by Dessino was by fall and was the 45th of his career. He is now tied for second all-time at Bloomsburg with former All-American Mike Spaid.
After the Bearcats won at 184 pounds, Richard Perry (Meriden, CT/Middletown), ranked sixth at 197, posted a 3-2 win over 25th-ranked Cody Reed. The win was the 27th straight for Perry and snapped Reed's 11-match winning streak.
The day ended with Bloomsburg's Justin Grant (Easton/Easton), ranked 17th at 285, scoring a 9-3 win over 24th-ranked Tyler Deuel.
Bloomsburg ends the season at 9-8 for first-year coach Jason Mester.
NOTES: The Huskies 600th win comes in the 62nd year of wrestling. The program began in 1936-37 and competed for three years. The team then did not compete again till the 1954-55 season and had its first winning season in 1955-56. (There was no competition in the 1971-72 season). Bloomsburg is in a 10-year run of winning seasons with the last non-winning year coming in 2003-04 when the team was 8-8.
125: No. 32 David White (BING) wins by forfeit
133: No. 22 Nick Wilcox (Greene, NY/Greene Central) (BLOOM) major dec. Mike Sardo (BING) 13-2
141 Matt Rappo (Holland/Council Rock South) (BLOOM) WBF Vlad Mordach (BING), 3:14
149 Joe Bonaldi (BING) dec. No. 19 Bryce Busler (Mechanicsburg/Cumberland Valley) (BLOOM), 2-1
157 Brandon Arnsberger (Parkersburg/Octorara) (BLOOM) dec. Dylan Caruana (BING) 3-1
165: No. 17 Josh Veltre (Rochester, NY/Greece Olympia) (BLOOM) dec. Vincent Grella (BING) 6-1
174: No. 27 Mike Dessino (Middlesex, NJ/Middlesex) (BLOOM) WBF Ben Price (BING), 4:13
184: Caleb Wallace (BING) dec. Sam Shirley (BLOOM) 6-4
197: No. 6 Richard Perry (Meriden, CT/Middletown) (BLOOM) dec. No. 25 Cody Reed (BING) 3-2
285: No. 17 Justin Grant (Easton/Easton) (BLOOM) dec. No. 24 Tyler Deuel (BING) 9-3