BALTIMORE, MD --The Johns Hopkins wrestling team rallied from an early 12-3 deficit for a 20-19 Centennial Conference victory over visiting Gettysburg at Goldfarb Gymnasium Wednesday night. The win is the ninth straight for Johns Hopkins against Gettysburg and improves the Blue Jays' record 1-2 overall and 1-1 in the Centennial. Gettysburg had a three-match winning streak snapped and slips to 5-4 overall and 0-1 in the Centennial.
How The Blue Jays Won: Hopkins trailed 12-3 when sophomore 157 Tommy Grifa took the mat. Exactly seven minutes later, Grifa had a 24-9 technical fall victory over John Thouin to his credit and the Blue Jay rally was in motion. Freshman Dane Morgan followed with a gutty 3-2 win over senior Tyler Cunningham and junior Jared Forman added a bonus point at 174 with a 13-5 major decision victory against Crawford Oswald. Hopkins got its second technical fall victory and two more all-important bonus points at 184 as freshman Isaac Morales took Robby Tarvin, 16-0, to give the Blue Jays a 20-12 lead.
Not Quite Over: Gettysburg closed to within 20-15 when Anthony Puca scored an 8-2 decision over Miles Gilliam at 197 and the Bullets then sent freshman Paul Triandafilu, currently ranked eighth in the nation, to the mat with a chance to win the match for GC with a pin. Triandafilu remained unbeaten on the year, but a 15-5 major decision against Hayden Good brought just four team points to account for the final score of 20-19 in favor of the Blue Jays.
Halfway to 100: Tonight's match was the 50th in the all-time series between Johns Hopkins and Gettysburg. The teams first met on February 6, 1932.
Up Next Johns Hopkins will return to action on Sunday, January 24 when the Blue Jays travel to Washington & Lee for a Centennial Conference dual meet.
125 - Evan Krumheuer (J) def. Lenny Ogozalek (G), 10-7 (3-0)
133 - Louie Carusillo (G) def. Brandon Tran (J), 7-2 (3-3)
141 - Jake Bracken (G) def. Lucas Escobar (J) inj. def. (5:19) (3-9)
149 - Quinn Merrigan (G) def. Connor Joyce (J), 4-0 (3-12)
157 - Tom Grifa (J) def. John Thouin (G), 24-9 (7:00) (8-12)
165 - Dane Morgan (J) def. Tyler Cunningham (G) 3-2 (11-12)
174 - Jared Forman (J) def. Crawford Oswald (G), 13-5 (15-12)
184 - Isaac Morales (J) Robby Tarvin (G), 16-0 (6:00) (20-12)
197- Anthony Puca (G) def. Miles Gilliam (J), 8-2 (20-15)
285 - Paul Triandafilu (G) def. Hayden Good (J), 15-5 (20-19)