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Pitt-Johnstown rolls to 34-9 PSAC win at East Stroudsburg

The sixth-ranked Pitt-Johnstown wrestlers took advantage of a pair of technical falls and pins from No. 12 Levi Niebauer at 197 lbs. and No. 11 D.J. Sims at 285 lbs. to close out a solid, 34-9 PSAC victory at East Stroudsburg, Wednesday night in East Stroudsburg. The Mountain Cats improved to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the PSAC.

The Warriors took an early 3-0 with Victor Lopez's 5-4 decision over Matt Siszka at 125 lbs., but Pitt-Johnstown responded with a 14-7 win by Sam Holandez at 133 lbs. and a 17-0 technical fall at 3:27 by fifth-ranked Chris Eddins at 141 lbs. to build an 8-3 lead of its own.

East Stroudsburg kept it close and got a narrow 3-2 decision from Blake Cohen at 149 lbs., but second-ranked Cody Law recorded Pitt-Johnstown's second technical fall of the evening when he downed Marquan Payne,, 20-4, at 6:36 to increase it to 13-6.

The Warriors pulled off an upset at 165 lbs. with Mike Raccioppi's 9-3 decision over 11th-ranked Devin Austin.

However, No. 2 Tyler Reinhart won by disqualification at 174 lbs. to make it 19-9. Reinhart was leading 15-3 with three seconds left in the third period over Joe Guzzo, when Guzzo was hit with his fifth stalling call of the match.

Pitt-Johnstown pulled away from there. At 184 lbs., Brodie Englert held off Paul Rallis, 2-1, and Niebauer and Sims each won by fall to wrap up the 34-9 victory. Niebauer pinned Daniel Makagon at 1:48 at 197 lbs., and Sims followed with a fall over Hunter Marhan at 4:55.

With the loss, the Warriors are 0-1 overall and 0-1 in the PSAC.

Pitt-Johnstown travels to seventh-ranked Ashland (OH) University on December 2 and to the 2017 PSAC Championships on December 9. The Mountain Cats will wrestle their next home match on January 20 when Wheeling Jesuit (WV) University visits the Sports Center.

Results:
125 lbs. Victor Lopez (ESU) Decision Matt Siszka (UPJ) 5-4 3-0 ESU
133 lbs. Sam Holandez (UPJ) Decision Francesco Palagruto (ESU) 14-7 3-3 TIE
141 lbs. #5 Chris Eddins (UPJ) Technical Fall Peter Nace 17-0 (3:27) 8-3 UPJ
149 lbs. Blake Cohen (ESU) Decision Corey Falleroni (UPJ) 3-2 8-6 UPJ
157 lbs. #2 Cody Law(UPJ) Technical Fall Marquan Payne (ESU) 20-4 (6:36) 13-6 UPJ
165 lbs. Mike Raccioppi (ESU) Decision #11 Devin Austin (UPJ) 9-3 13-9 UPJ
174 lbs. #2 Tyler Reinhart (UPJ) Won By Disqualification Joe Guzzo (ESU) 19-9 UPJ
* Reinhart led 15-3 with 0:02 left at time of match termination (DQ Due to 5 Stalling Calls)
184 lbs. Brodie Englert (UPJ) Decision Paul Rallis (ESU) 2-1 22-9 UPJ
197 lbs. #12 Levi Niebauer (UPJ) Fall Daniel Makagon (ESU) 1:48 28-9 UPJ
285 lbs. #11 D.J. Sims (UPJ) Fall Hunter Marhan (ESU) 4:55 34-9 UPJ

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