Pitt-Johnstown dominates LIU-Post, Pecora gets win No. 600

Pat Pecora picked up his 600th career dual meet victory (Photo/Ali Single)

Two-time defending national champion Chris Eddins and 2019 national champion Tyler Warner each won by fall to help the top-ranked Pitt-Johnstown wrestlers close out the Rutgers Quad Meet with a lopsided 33-6 over Division I Long-Island Post, Saturday afternoon in Piscataway, NJ. The victory gave Head Coach Pat Pecora his 600th career win and lifted the Mountain Cats to 3-1 on the year.

Coach Pecora, already the "winningest" Division II coach of all time, is now 16 victories shy of tying former Oregon State coach Dale Thomas' all-time wins mark among coaches in all divisions.

Pitt-Johnstown started fast and ran out to a 19-0 lead after four bouts. Matt Siszka won an 8-2 decision at 125 lbs. and No. 1-ranked Tyler Warner pinned Michael Blando at 2:32 of the first period to give the Mountain Cats a 9-0 lead.

Freshman Jacob Ealy then won a 13-3 major decision over Anthony Dushaj at 141 lbs., and Eddins pinned Chris Gomes just over a minute into the opening period to increase the lead to 19-0.

After got a 9-4 decision win by Dominick Demarco over Nate Smith Smith at 157 lbs., Pitt-Johnstown answered with an 11-0 major decision by second-ranked Devin Austin at 165 lbs.

LIU-Post was able to cut it to 23-6 with James Langan's win at 174 lbs., but No. 3-ranked connor Craig won by major decision at 184 lbs., and Alex Delp dealt Dan Shafran a 6-2 loss at 197 lbs. The Mountain Cats then got a 4-1 win by Tyler Oliver at 285 lbs. to wrap-up the 33-6 victory.

125 lbs. Matt Siszka (UPJ) Decision James Ryan (LIU) 8-2 3-0 UPJ
133 lbs. #1 Tyler Warner (UPJ) Fall Michael Blando (LIU) 2:32 9-0 UPJ
141 lbs. Jacob Ealy (UPJ) Major Decision Anthony Dushaj (LIU) 13-3 13-0 UPJ
149 lbs. #1 Chris Eddins (UPJ) Fall Chris Gomez (LIU) 1:09 19-0 UPJ
157 lbs. Dominick Demarco (LIU) Decision Nate Smith (UPJ) 9-4 19-3 UPJ
165 lbs. #2 Devin Austin (UPJ) Major Decision Mike Parish (LIU) 11-0 23-3 UPJ
174 lbs. James Langan (LIU) Decision Dalton Group (UPJ) 8-4 23-6 UPJ
184 lbs. #3 Connor Craig (UPJ) Major Decision Dan McClure (LIU) 13-2 27-6 UPJ
197 lbs. Alex Delp (UPJ) Decision Dan Shafran (LIU) 6-2 30-6 UPJ
285 lbs. Tyler Oliver (UPJ) Decision Timothy Nagosky (LIU) 4-1 33-6 UPJ


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