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Orem lifts Bloomsburg to second straight dual victory

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Junior Shawn Orem (Pasadena, Md./Mount Saint Joseph) earned an 8-4 decision at 133 pounds in the final bout of the day to lift the Bloomsburg University wrestling team to a 20-19 victory via tiebreaker at Hofstra University on Sunday afternoon for the Huskies' second consecutive dual victory. Bloomsburg improved to 2-3 overall while the Pride dropped to 1-4 on the season.

Trailing 19-16 heading to the last match, Orem found himself needing an individual win to put the Huskies in position for their second straight team dual victory. Orem scored a quick takedown against Hofstra's Garrett Lambert before Lambert scored a reversal and two back points to take a 4-2 advantage. Orem countered with a reversal in the closing seconds of the first period to tie the match at 4-4. Orem then scored a reversal in the second and a takedown in the period to earn the 8-4 victory.

With the victory, the match ended all square at 19-19 and went to a tiebreaker where the Huskies won on the third tiebreaker (most points scored in decisions, major decisions, and technical falls) to earn the bonus point and the 20-19 victory.

Orem improved to 9-5 overall and has won five straight matches.

The match started at 141 pounds and Hofstra's Vinny Vespa was able to pin freshman Marlon Argueta-Diaz (Meriden, Conn./Orville H. Platt) with 22 seconds left to give the Pride a 6-0 lead. Bloomsburg sophomore Aaron Coleman (Iselin, N.J./John F. Kennedy Memorial) returned the favor at 149 pounds when he pinned Hofstra's Reece Heller midway through the second period to tie the dual at 6-6. Coleman improved to 6-5 on the season with the victory.

Sophomore Alex Carida (Hackettstown, N.J./Hackettstown) followed with a 7-2 decision over Holden Heller at 157 pounds to give the Huskies their first lead of the afternoon, 9-6. Carida scored the only points of the first period with a takedown and then took a 4-1 lead into the third before posting the five-point victory. Carida has now won two straight to improve to 9-7 on the year.

The Pride won both the 165- and 174-pound matches - one via major decision - to take a 13-9 advantage before the Huskies responded with a major decision victory from redshirt senior Trevor Allard (Mexico, N.Y./Mexico) at 184 pounds and a decision from senior Kyle Murphy (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) at 197 pounds as Bloomsburg reclaimed a 16-13 lead. Allard improved to 14-1 overall and 5-0 in duals with his 11-3 win over Charles Small at 184. Allard jumped out to a 4-0 lead after the opening period and led 6-1 after two periods. Murphy, who has now won two straight to move to 6-10 on the year, knocked off Trey Rogers by a 7-3 final. Murphy and Rogers were knotted at 3-3 early in the third before Murphy scored an escape, a takedown, and the riding time point to earn the win.

Hofstra earned back-to-back decisions at 285 and 125 to retake a 19-16 lead which led to Orem's last-bout heroics.

The Huskies do not return to action until Thursday, January 16, when they host the Fighting Scots of Edinboro University in a Mid-American Conference (MAC) matchup at the Nelson Field House. Action gets underway at 7:00 p.m.

Results:
141: Vinny Vespa (HOF) fall over Marlon Argueta-Diaz (Meriden, Conn./Orville H. Platt) (BLOOM), 6:38
149: Aaron Coleman (Iselin, N.J./John F. Kennedy Memorial) (BLOOM) fall over Reece Heller (HOF), 4:05
157: Alex Carida (Hackettstown, N.J./Hackettstown) (BLOOM) decision over Holden Heller (HOF), 7-2
165: Ricky Stamm (HOF) decision over Nate Newberry (Biglerville, Pa./Biglerville) (BLOOM), 7-6
174: Sage Heller (HOF) major decision over Anthony Vetrano (Middletown, N.J./Middletown North) (BLOOM), 9-0
184: Trevor Allard (Mexico, N.Y./Mexico) (BLOOM) major decision over Charles Small (HOF), 11-3
197: Kyle Murphy (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) (BLOOM) decision over Trey Rogers (HOF), 7-3
285: Zachary Knighton-Ward (HOF) decision over Jarrett Walters (Danville, Pa./Danville Area) (BLOOM), 8-4
125: Dylan Ryder (HOF) decision over Christian Gannone (Manorville, N.Y./Eastport South Manor) (BLOOM), 4-2
133: Shawn Orem (Pasadena, Md./Mount Saint Joseph) (BLOOM) decision over Garrett Lambert (HOF), 8-4

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