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Drexel opens EIWA action with dominant 42-3 win over LIU

PHILADELPHIA -- Drexel Wrestling set off on its 2019-20 Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association campaign in a big way with a 42-3 win over Long Island University at the Daskalakis Athletic Center on Saturday. The Dragons (3-2, 1-0 EIWA) won nine of 10 bouts and scored bonus points in six total matches, including a pair of pins by No. 17 Ebed Jarrell and No. 33 Michael O'Malley.

Tyler Williams commenced the dual with a 20-4 technical fall over Michael Blando at 141 pounds. The freshman scored points in bunches, especially in the third period. With a 10-4 advantage, Williams started the final period in the down position. After an escape and a takedown, he secured the tech fall with six-straight near fall points.

Jared Donahue seized on Williams' momentum and grabbed a 9-1 major decision against Rhise Royster at 149 pounds. Donahue added three unanswered points in the third period and reaped the advantage of riding time to lock in the bonus point.

Felix Belga battled Dominick Demarco to a 3-1 decision victory at 157 pounds to push the team score to 12-0. The two grapplers wrestled to a stalemate after two periods. Belga began the third period on bottom and reversed Demarco for the decisive two points.

The heart of Drexel's lineup provided the sparks on Saturday as a pair of nationally-ranked wrestlers earned maximum points for their team. Jarrell needed only 42 seconds to pin Nicholas Provenzano at 165 pounds, and Michael O'Malley followed with a pin in three minutes and 49 seconds at 174.

Jarrell's pin was the 17th of his career and moved the redshirt-senior from East Greenwich, R.I. into the top-15 in career falls at Drexel. He now sits in a four-way tie at 13th alongside Ray Stofko (1997-00), Jamie Huntington (1993-97) and Paul Zarbatany (1984-88).

After the pair of falls, the Dragons led the Sharks (2-12, 0-1 EIWA), 24-0.

Dan McClure pulled away from Anthony Walters late in the 184-pound bout for LIU's lone win of the day. Tied 2-2 to start the third period, McClure topped Walters by a 6-3 decision.

Bryan McLaughlin and Sean O'Malley saw out the Sharks with decision victories in the final two contested bouts. Drexel then added forfeit wins at 125 and 133 pounds.

McLaughlin built a 7-1 advantage over Mark Malico at 197 pounds then kept his opponent at bay for an 8-5 decision.

Sean O'Malley's dominance of Timothy Nagosky went beyond the 7-1 final score. O'Malley scored the first six points of the heavyweight bout and accrued over four minutes of riding time.

Saturday's 42-3 win was Drexel's largest over an EIWA foe since the Dragons topped Sacred Heart by a 48-0 margin during the 2015-16 season.

Drexel closes out the calendar year with three duals in California next week. The Dragons wrestle Stanford and Cal Poly on Dec. 19 before a dual with California Baptist the following day. DU's next home dual comes on Jan. 17 against No. 6 N.C. State.

Results:
141: Tyler Williams tech fall Michael Blando, 20-4 (7:00) - Drexel 5, LIU 0
149: Jared Donahue major dec. Rhise Royster, 9-1 - Drexel 9, LIU 0
157: Felix Belga dec. Dominick Demarco, 3-1 - Drexel 12, LIU 0
165: No. 17 Ebed Jarrell pin Nicholas Provenzano (0:42) - Drexel 18, LIU 0
174: No. 33 Michael O'Malley pin James Langan (3:49) - Drexel 24, LIU 0
184: Dan McClure dec. Anthony Walters, 6-3 - Drexel 24, LIU 3
197: Bryan McLaughlin dec. Mark Malico, 8-5 - Drexel 27, LIU 3
285: Sean O'Malley dec. Timothy Nagosky, 7-1 - Drexel 30, LIU 3
125: Antonio Mininno wins by forfeit - Drexel 36, LIU 3
133: Chandler Olson wins by forfeit - Drexel 42, LIU 3

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