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Kent State tops Virginia, Hofstra

Clifton Park, N.Y. -- Kent State improved to 5-0 with dual meet victories over Virginia and Hofstra Saturday at the Journeymen Northeast Duals inside Shenendehowa High School. Three down-to-the-wire matches went in the Golden Flashes favor in a 20-18 win over Virginia, including a pair of overtime victories.

In the afternoon showdown, the Flashes won eight straight matches in a 26-12 victory over Hofstra. On the day, Kent State took 14-of-18 matches decided on the mat as the Flashes forfeited 125 pounds in both duals.

"We wore them out at times," Head Coach Jim Andrassy said. "We're making mistakes and still winning matches. By the end of year, this could be a really good team."

Junior heavyweight Devin Nye took the center of the mat with his team trailing the Cavaliers 18-17. After three periods, he and Tyler Love were tied 1-1, but a Nye shot on a re-attack in sudden victory gave him the winning takedown.

The Flashes also got an overtime win over Virginia at 141, as sophomore Tim Rooney escaped in the tiebreaker period and rode out Sam Martino for 30 seconds.

Drama continued in the very next match as redshirt freshman Nick Monico scored a late third period takedown for a 6-5 win.

"Nick is really good defensively and does well on re-attacks," Andrassy said.

Junior 157-pounder Casey Sparkman earned bonus points in both duals with a tech fall (20-3) and a major decision (16-7). Sparkman now has four tech falls in five dual meets this season.

"Casey's been really aggressive and he's scoring a lot," Andrassy said. "He's gotten better on top too."

True freshman Colin McCracken made his debut in a Kent State singlet, going 2-0 at 184.

"Colin's been good in the room and he proved some of that ability today," Andrassy said.

The Golden Flashes return to action Sunday as one of 14 teams in the Journeymen Collegiate Classic.

Kent State 20 Virginia 18
125: Louie Hayes (UV) won by forfeit
133: Anthony Tutolo (KSU) over Scott Kiyono (UV) dec. 6-3
141: Tim Rooney (KSU) over Sam Martino (UV) dec. 2-1 OT
149: Nick Monico (KSU) over Sam Krivus (UV) dec. 6-5
157: Casey Sparkman (KSU) over Jake Keating (UV) tech fall 20-3
165: Andrew Atkinson (UV) over Isaac Bast (KSU) dec. 5-4
174: Will Schany (UV) over Dylan Barreiro (KSU) dec. 7-4
184: Colin McCracken (KSU) over Chance McClure (UV) dec. 7-0
197: Jay Aiello (UV) over Stephen Suglio (KSU) pin second period
285: Devin Nye (KSU) over Tyler Love (UV) dec. 3-1 OT

Kent State 26 Hofstra 12
125: Jacob Martin (HU) won by forfeit
133: Anthony Tutolo (KSU) over Vinny Vespa (HU) dec. 6-3
141: Tim Rooney (KSU) over Connor Buckert (HU) maj. dec. 11-2
149: Nick Monico (KSU) over Ryan Bukert (HU) dec. 5-3
157: Casey Sparkman (KSU) over Ricky Stamm (HU) maj. dec. 16-7
165: Isaac Bast (KSU) over Sage Heller (HU) dec. 9-4
174: Dylan Barreiro (KSU) over Bobby Fehr (HU) dec. 5-2
184: Colin McCracken (KSU) over Cory Damiana (HU) dec. 6-5
197: Stephen Suglio (KSU) over Nezar Haddad (HU) dec. 5-1
285: Mike Hughes (HU) over Devin Nye (KSU) pin first period

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