KUTZTOWN, Pa. -- The Kutztown University wrestling team won 7-of-10 matches Tuesday night to send its seniors off its style with a 29-9 victory over Shippensburg University at Keystone Arena, capping KU's regular season with a seven-match winning streak.
The Golden Bears (8-6, 4-3 PSAC) posted a 7-1 record at home this season, as well as a 4-3 record in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) for a fourth-place finish in the league. KU now looks ahead to its biggest weekend of the year, the NCAA Super Region I Championships on Feb. 23-24 from Johnstown, Pa.
Tuesday was also Senior Night for the Golden Bears, as the careers of Cameron Scalio (Orrtanna, Pa./Fairfield Area), Austin Petril (Clifton Heights, Pa./Upper Darby (Ursinus)) and Ryan Appleby (Belvidere, N.J./Belvidere) were celebrated. Appleby was the lone senior to wrestle Tuesday night. KU's nationally-ranked heavyweight won his final match at Keystone Arena by a 6-2 decision to enter regionals on a five-match winning streak.
Anthony Petril (Clifton Heights, Pa./Upper Darby (Ursinus)) wasted no time scoring his first pin of the season. Wrestling at 141, he worked Shippensburg's Cole Rush to the edge of the mat and turned him in 1:43 for the pinfall victory, his sixth straight win.
Mikey O'Brien (Lansdale, Pa./North Penn) put on a show at 157. He scored an eye-opening 17 points in just 1:58 in his 17-0 tech. fall victory over Brady Mentzer. It was his team-leading seventh-straight win.
Austin Scrivani (Layton, N.J./Kittatinny Regional) won an 8-6 decision at 149 and Chad Haegele (Warrington, Pa./Archbishop Wood) won 6-2 at 174 at the middle weights. At 184, Jeff Reimel (Lansdale, Pa./North Penn) controlled his opponent for nearly the entirety of the match, moving on to regionals with a 6-1 decision and a six-match winning streak.
Christopher Crane (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) also won his match at 133, winning by injury default late in the first period - his sixth-straight win.
Kutztown takes nine days off before competing in Johnstown for regionals.
125 David Reagan (SHIP) over D. Brown (KU) (Dec 12-8) 0.0 3.0
133 C. Crane (KU) over Dante Steffenino (SHIP) (Inj. 2:50) 6.0 0.0
141 A. Petril (KU) over Cole Rush (SHIP) (Fall 1:43) 6.0 0.0
149 A. Scrivani (KU) over Cody Blankenship (SHIP) (Dec 8-6) 3.0 0.0
157 M. O'Brien (KU) over Brady Mentzer (SHIP) (TF 17-0 1:58) 5.0 0.0
165 Abner Thompson (SHIP) over C. Rogovitch (KU) (Dec 11-7) 0.0 3.0
174 C. Haegele (KU) over Ryan Narber (SHIP) (Dec 6-2) 3.0 0.0
184 J. Reimel (KU) over Alexi Castro (SHIP) (Dec 6-1) 3.0 0.0
197 #3 Evan Ramos (SHIP) over D. Mainiero (KU) (Dec 8-1) 0.0 3.0
285 #5 R. Appleby (KU) over Derek Berberick (SHIP) (Dec 6-2) 3.0 0.0
Score 29.0 9.0