Momentum can do some amazing things.
In the final regular season competition of the 2017-18 season, a middleweight rout, along with Senior Day festivities and an energetic home venue, propelled the Blue Streaks in a positive manner on Tuesday night.
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The John Carroll University wrestling team topped the visiting Muskingum University Fighting Muskies, 35-15, in the final OAC dual of the season, at the Tony DeCarlo Varsity Center in University Heights, Ohio.
With the win, JCU finishes the regular season with a 7-6 dual meet record, and 2-4 mark against fellow Ohio Athletic Conference opponents.
After dropping the 125-pound match, the Blue Streaks earned a six-point forfeit victory to draw the dual to an even 6-6.
Freshman Jarrod Brezovec, who was named No. 10 in the nation at 141 pounds by intermatwrestle.com last week, proved his ranking by defeating Sammy Southers in the first period by technical fall (20-2). The first-period tech fall victory was Brezovec's 27th win of the season.
Sophomore Jarad Lasko (149) followed Brezovec's performance with an impressive showing of his own, collecting a win by pin fall 23 seconds into the second period.
Lasko, who collected his 65th career win last week, secured his 25th win of the season.
Sophomore Austin Victor then went the full distance at 157 pounds, and prevailed by collecting a 16-3 major decision victory. Through the first five weight classes, the Blue Streaks led 21-6.
In a tightly contested 165-pound match, Tanner Walker of Muskingum defeated JCU's Vittorio Santillo by a 9-3 decision, giving the Fighting Muskies their first points since the opening match.
Senior Thomas McNulty then claimed victory by forfeit at 174 pounds, collecting his 92nd career win as a Blue Streak. Going into the postseason, McNulty is 12th all-time on the JCU career victories list.
Fellow senior wrestling in his last home match for the Blue Streaks, 184-pounder Blake Dixon, kept the Blue & Gold in the driver's seat. Dixon added three team points by earning an 11-4 win by decision. Dixon now finishes the regular season with 77 career wins.
Junior Jimmy Suhayda then shifted into the 197-pound weight class for the Blue Streaks, and helped collect JCU's seventh win of the evening. Suhayda secured a takedown early in the first period and did not look back, defeating Griffin Cooley of Muskingum by a 17-2 technical fall in the second period.
The Fighting Muskies did claim the final match of the evening, winning by pin at heavyweight over Bryce Carmichael for JCU.
In all, the Blue Streaks won seven of the night's 10 matches. Two were won by technical fall, one was by pin fall, and one was by major decision.
Up next, the Blue Streaks, as well as the Fighting Muskies, will travel to the campus of Wabash College in Crafordsville, Ind. for the 2018 Central Region Wrestling Championships beginning next Friday morning.
125: Jordan Burkholder (MU) def. Dom Devine (JCU) by fall, 2:30
133: Alex Reyes (JCU) win by forfeit
141: Jarrod Brezovec (JCU) def. Sammy Southers (MU) by tech. fall, 20-2 (2:47)
149: Jarrad Lasko (JCU) def. Toby Warrington (MU) by fall, 3:37
157: Austin Victor (JCU) def. Michael Kashuba (MU) by maj. dec., 16-3
165: Tanner Walker (MU) def. Vittorio Santillo (JCU) by decision, 9-3
174: Thomas McNulty (JCU) won by forfeit
184: Blake Dixon (JCU) def. Anthony Cole-Young (MU) by decision, 11-4
197: Jimmy Suhayda (JCU) def. Griffin Cooley (MU) by tech. fall, 17-2 (4:38)
285: Garrett Mitchel (MU) def. Bryce Carmichael (JCU) by fall, 2:23