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Drexel downs Franklin & Marshall, Rider

PHILADELPHIA -- The Drexel wrestling team swept its doubleheader against Franklin & Marshall and Rider at the Daskalakis Athletic Center on Saturday on their way to a three-win weekend. Austin Rose secured a crucial pin with seven seconds left in the final match against Rider to give Drexel their second team victory of the day.

On the weekend, Rose tallied two pins and a technical fall at 165. Zack Fuentes, Matthew Cimato, Stephen Loiseau, and Joey Goodhart each had three individual wins over the two days, while freshman Mike Comunale earned two wins in two appearances.

The first dual of the day started off with the 174 match as Nick Elmer earned an 8-2 decision over Franklin & Marshall's Gordon Bolig to put the Dragons on the board. Loiseau followed at 184 with a technical fall 4:47 into the match against Anthony Mancini to put Drexel ahead 8-0 early. Joshua Murphy added an 18-7 major decision at 197 to give the Dragons a 12-0 advantage just three matches in.

In the heavyweight match, Goodhart and Antonio Pelusi were knotted up at 2-2 as time wound down in the third period but Goodhart was able to hold on to earn the riding time point and walk away with a 3-2 victory. Then as the lightweight matches began, Fuentes came out and earned an 8-3 win over the Diplomats' Aaron Moldoff at 125 to give the Dragons an 18-0 lead.

Franco Ferraina had a hard-fought match at 133 that came down to the wire. Tied at 3-3 to start the third period, Ferraina got an escape to take a 4-3 lead but Franklin & Marshall's Scott Stevens quickly came back with a reversal to go ahead, 5-4. With under 15 seconds remaining and riding time in Stevens' favor, Ferraina tied it up with an escape and then secured a crucial takedown with five seconds left to ultimately earn a 7-6 victory.

The 141 match would mark the only time the Diplomats were able to score throughout the dual. Kevin Devoy Jr. was knotted up, 4-4, with the 12th-ranked Rick Durso in the third period, but riding time ultimately gave Franklin & Marshall a 5-4 win.

No. 11 Cimato picked the Dragons up with a 12-1 major decision at 149 and then Comunale earned his second win of the weekend with an 8-2 decision over Michael Marano at 157. Rose finished the Dragons off with a win-by-fall at 1:28 in the 165 match to give Drexel a 34-3 team victory over Franklin & Marshall.

Rider came in as the Dragons' second opponent of the day and the dual again began with the 174 match. Curt Delia started the Broncs off with an 8-1 decision over Elmer to put them on the board first, but then Loiseau edged Michale Fagg-Daves, 1-0 in the next match to even the team score.

Rider would take the lead again as Ryan Wolfe earned a 14-3 major over Murphy at 197. Trailing 7-3, Goodhart came up with a 4-1 win in the heavyweight match to cut Rider's advantage to 7-6. Then Fuentes picked up a 3-0 decision at 125 to give Drexel its first lead of the day, 9-7.

At 133 Rider's Rob Deutsch put the Broncs ahead again with a 6-3 decision over David Pearce, but then Devoy would take back the Drexel lead with a late, come-from-behind 5-3 victory over Rider's Paul Kirchner.

Leading 12-10, Cimato worked hard to keep the advantage in Drexel's favor. Faced with Rider's No. 15 B.J. Clagon, Cimato led 3-2 at the start of the third period. Clagon was able to secure a late takedown to take a 4-3 lead, but Cimato was awarded a riding time point that forced overtime. Neither wrestler scored in sudden victory, but in the first tie-breaker Cimato earned a crucial takedown and was able to hold on and walk away with a 6-4 overtime win that extended the Dragons' lead to 15-10 with just two matches to go.

157 was a hard fought match by Richard Viruet but ultimately Rider's No. 14 Chad Walsh earned a 10-2 major that put the Broncs within one point of the Dragons on the team score, 15-14.

With the fate of the Dragons' outcome in Rose's hands, the redshirt sophomore trailed Rider's No. 19 Conor Brennan, 4-3 with short time remaining. With 11 seconds left in regulation, Rose secured a big takedown that turned into a pin count and ultimately resulted in a win-by-fall with just seven seconds left in the match. This pin gave Drexel more than it needed to earn its second victory of the day and walk away with a weekend sweep.

With the wins, the Dragons improve to 8-7 overall and 4-3 in EIWA competition. Franklin & Marshall moves to 3-12, 0-8 EIWA, while Rider moves to 9-9, 4-2 EWL.

The Dragons return to action next Sunday, Feb. 14 as they travel to face conference opponent Hofstra at 4 p.m.

Drexel (DU) 34, Franklin & Marshall (F&M) 3
174: Nick Elmer (DU) DEC Gordon Bolig (F&M), 8-2
184: Stephen Loiseau (DU) TF Anthony Mancini (F&M), 16-0 @4:47
285: Joey Goodhart (DU) DEC Antonio Pelusi (F&M), 3-2
197: Joshua Murphy (DU) MAJ Charles Kerkesner (F&M), 18-7
125: Zack Fuentes (DU) DEC Aaron Moldoff (F&M), 8-3
133: Franco Ferraina (DU) DEC Scott Stevens (F&M), 7-6
141: No. 12 Rick Durso (F&M) DEC Kevin Devoy Jr. (DU), 5-4
157: Mike Comunale (DU) DEC Michael Marano (F&M), 8-2
149: No. 11 Matthew Cimato MAJ (DU) Jason Bing (F&M), 12-1
165: Austin Rose (DU) WBF David Brennan (F&M) @1:28

Drexel 21, Rider 14
174: Curt Delia (Rider) DEC Nick Elmer (DU), 8-1
184: Stephen Loiseau (DU) DEC Michale Fagg-Daves (Rider), 1-0
197: Ryan Wolfe (Rider) MAJ Joshua Murphy (DU), 14-3
285: Joey Goodhart (DU) DEC Mauro Correnti (Rider), 4-1
125: Zack Fuentes (DU) DEC Zach Valcarce (Rider), 3-0
133: Rob Deutsch (Rider) DEC David Pearce (DU), 6-3
141: Kevin Devoy Jr. (DU) DEC Paul Kirchner (Rider), 5-3
149: No. 11 Matthew Cimato (DU) DEC No. 15 B.J. Clagon (Rider), 6-4 (TB-1)
157: No. 14 Chad Walsh MAJ Richard Viruet (DU), 10-2
165: Austin Rose (DU) WBF No. 19 Conor Brennan (Rider) @6:53

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