BLOOMSBURG, Pa. -- The Bloomsburg University wrestling team picked up its first dual victory of the season on Friday night as it handled Long Island University (LIU), 40-3, at the Nelson Field House. The Huskies improved to 1-3 overall while the Sharks dropped to 2-14 on the season in its inaugural year at the Division I level.
The Huskies won nine of the ten bouts on the evening and scored bonus points in eight of the victories - five major decisions, one technical fall, one fall, and one forfeit - en route to its first team win of the year and the program's first dual victory since a 38-3 win at Franklin & Marshall on February 9, 2019. Meanwhile, the 40 points scored by the Huskies marked the most in a single dual since a 43-0 win over Davidson on November 11, 2017.
Bloomsburg won the first six bouts of the night to jump out to a 26-0 advantage before the Sharks picked up their lone win of the evening at 174 pounds. The Huskies then closed out the night with a pair of major decisions and a fall for the final margin.
Freshman Christian Gannone (Manorville, N.Y./Eastport South Manor) started the evening with a hard-fought 7-5 decision over LIU's James Ryan to give the Huskies a 3-0 lead. After falling behind 2-0 after the opening period, Gannone scored a reversal and a takedown in the second - sandwiched around a Ryan escape - to take a 4-3 advantage into the third. Ryan tied the match at 4-4 early in the final period before a late takedown secured Gannone the victory. After starting 1-6, Gannone has now won six of his last seven to even his record at 7-7 on the year.
After redshirt freshman Josh Mason (New Ringgold, Pa./Blue Mountain) earned a forfeit victory at 133 pounds, junior Shawn Orem (Pasadena, Md./Mount Saint Joseph) took the mat and jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead with a takedown and four back points against Michael Blando. Blando scored a reversal to close out the first period before Orem countered early in the second. In the third, Orem pulled away by scoring ten points in the final two minutes to earn an 18-7 major decision victory. Orem improved to 8-5 overall and has won four straight matches.
Sophomore Aaron Coleman (Iselin, N.J./John F. Kennedy Memorial) made quick work of Adam Barker at 149 pounds as he scored 14 first-period points and then ended the bout early in the second with a reversal for a 17-0 technical fall victory. Coleman moved to 5-5 overall and picked up his first technical fall win of the year.
At 157 pounds, sophomore Alex Carida (Hackettstown, N.J./Hackettstown) kept the Huskies' streak alive with a 10-1 major decision over Kenneth Cooper to push the Bloomsburg margin to 22-0. Carida led 4-1 after the opening period and then scored the final six points of the bout to improve to 8-7 on the season. It was Carida's third major decision win of the year and snapped a five-match losing skid. Senior Nate Newberry (Biglerville, Pa./Biglerville) followed with an 11-0 major decision over Dominick Demarco at 165 pounds to balloon the lead to 26-0. Newberry moved into double figures with the win as he improved to 10-5 overall and 4-0 in duals. He has won eight of his last ten matches.
Following LIU's only win of the night at 174 pounds, redshirt senior Trevor Allard (Mexico, N.Y./Mexico) improved to 13-1 overall and 4-0 in duals with a 12-1 major decision over Dan McClure at 184. Allard, ranked 16th in the country according to the latest InterMat rankings, earned his second major decision of the year and collected his 85th career win with the victory. Senior Kyle Murphy (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) followed with a 10-1 major decision win at 197 to improve to 5-10 on the year. After a scoreless first period, Murphy scored seven points in the second to run away with the win. It was his first bonus-point win of the year.
Redshirt sophomore Jarrett Walters (Danville, Pa./Danville Area) closed out the night in tremendous fashion as he needed just 36 seconds to pin Lawrence Horl in front of a number of family members, Danville junior high and high school wrestlers, and friends. Walters also moved into double figures as he improved to 10-6 overall with his fourth victory by fall of the season. The Danville native scored a quick takedown and, after a restart, turned Horl onto his back for the pin - his fourth fall of the year.
The Huskies will get right back to work on Sunday, January 5, as they head to Hofstra University to take on the Pride. Action gets underway at 1:00 p.m.
125: Christian Gannone (Manorville, N.Y./Eastport South Manor) (BLOOM) decision over James Ryan (LIU), 7-5
133: Josh Mason (New Ringgold, Pa./Blue Mountain) (BLOOM) won by forfeit
141: Shawn Orem (Pasadena, Md./Mount Saint Joseph) (BLOOM) major decision over Michael Blando (LIU), 18-7
149: Aaron Coleman (Iselin, N.J./John F. Kennedy Memorial) (BLOOM) technical fall over Adam Barker (LIU), 17-0, 3:15
157: Alex Carida (Hackettstown, N.J./Hackettstown) (BLOOM) major decision over Kenneth Cooper (LIU), 10-1
165: Nate Newberry (Biglerville, Pa./Biglerville) (BLOOM) major decision over Dominick Demarco (LIU), 11-0
174: James Langan (LIU) decision over Anthony Vetrano (Middletown, N.J./Middletown North) (BLOOM), 5-3 (SV-1)
184: #16 Trevor Allard (Mexico, N.Y./Mexico) (BLOOM) major decision over Dan McClure (LIU), 12-1
197: Kyle Murphy (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) (BLOOM) major decision over Mark Malico (LIU), 10-1
285: Jarrett Walters (Danville, Pa./Danville Area) (BLOOM) fall over Lawrence Horl (LIU), 0:36