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    Indiana picks up thrilling victory over Bloomsburg

    BLOOMSBURG, Pa. -- The Indiana wrestling team opened their dual meet schedule with a thrilling 19-18 win at Bloomsburg on Thursday evening. The Hoosiers (1-0) won the meet on the final score of the night as junior Fletcher Miller (285) took down Bruce Graeber for the sudden victory decision, 7-5.

    The true separator on the scoreline came from junior Bryce Martin (165), who provided a crucial bonus point on his 13-4 major decision after the midpoint. Junior Cole Weaver (141) also earned bonus points with a 2:00 win by fall, offsetting a Bloomsburg (1-2) pin two matches later.

    "Some of our guys showed great composure in tough situations tonight; others still have some work to do," said Indiana head coach Duane Goldman. "The Navy Classic will be another opportunity for us to develop and improve."

    Miller Thriller
    By the time the pair of heavyweights took the mat for the final match of the night, with Bloomsburg leading the meet 18-16, the crowd at Nelson Field House was at full throat. Graeber had a slight advantage after five of scoreless wrestling with a full ride through the second period, increasing Miller's pressure with a team win at stake.

    The final period was a scoring frenzy by comparison, as Miller and Graeber combined for 10 points. Miller scored the only two takedowns in regulation and earned a stall point to even Graeber's riding time to force sudden victory.

    Just before the minute mark in the added period, Miller fired the shot. He scored a takedown to win his first dual match and IU's first dual meet of the season. Miller is off to a 5-1 start this season with three pins and the team's fastest pin of the year (1:00, Clarion Open).

    Spark with a Stamp
    Weaver led the Hoosiers' tally and evened Bloomsburg's two-win start with a first period win by fall over Braden Stahlnecker at 141 lbs. The only takedown Weaver needed came 54 seconds into the bout. After a minute on top, Weaver found his moment and stuck his man in two minutes flat.

    The fall is Weaver's first of his season and the fifth win by fall in the IU singlet. Weaver now has a 5-1 record, the best start to a season of his career.

    Martin's Major
    Trailing 12-9 after the halfway mark, the Hoosiers sought to retake the lead in Martin's matchup with Anthony Vetrano. Martin delivered with big result -- and the dual meet's most important team point -- winning 13-4 by major decision.

    Martin conceded the first takedown but rallied for a 7-4 lead after three minutes, scoring four back points before Vetrano's reversal at the end of the period. The Hoosier junior started neutral in the second and earned another takedown with a two-point tilt and a riding time lock, notching his second major decision of the year.

    Big Two for Tunon
    Davey Tunon (149) gave Indiana their first lead with his first career dual victory in his first opportunity, a 4-1 decision over Ryan Stocku. Tunon scored a takedown midway through the first period, added an escape point in the second, and rode out the third to lock up his riding time point.

    Back on Track
    Sophomore Devin Skatzka (174) rebounded from his first loss of the season in the Clarion Open championship match with a 10-6 decision over Kyle Murphy. The result required Skatzka's resilience as he endured a series of momentum swings in his first dual encounter.

    Murphy gained a 2-0 lead in the first period before Skatzka's five-point sequence, scoring a takedown and a two-point nearfall during a 1:22 ride. Skatzka extended his 5-3 lead to 8-3 in the second period, grabbing another takedown after his escape. A third period takedown neutralized Murphy's reversal and sealed Skatzka's fourth win this season.

    125 Willy Girard (4-2) dec. Elijah Oliver (4-3) 12-5 BU, 3-0
    133 Andy Schutz (7-2) dec. Garrett Pepple (2-3) 4-0 BU, 6-0
    141 Cole Weaver (5-1) pinned Braden Stahlnecker (1-4) 2:00 Tied, 6-6
    149 Davey Tunon (3-2) dec. Ryan Stocku (0-1) 4-1 IU, 9-6
    157 Kevin Laubach Jr. (2-1) pinned Austin Holmes (3-3) 2:18 BU, 12-9
    165 Bryce Martin (3-2) maj. dec. Anthony Vetrano (0-3) 13-4 IU, 13-12
    174 Devin Skatzka (4-1) dec. Kyle Murphy (3-4) 10-6 IU, 16-12
    184 Trevor Allard (6-3) dec. Norman Conley (3-3) 6-5 IU, 16-15
    197 Logan Womelsdorf (4-3) dec. Jake Kleimola (0-1) 3-1 BU, 18-16
    285 Fletcher Miller (5-1) dec. Bruce Graeber (5-4) SV-1 7-5 IU, 19-18

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