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Drexel picks up decisive win over Binghamton

PHILADELPHIA -- The Drexel wrestling team won seven total bouts and scored a pair of technical falls in a 28-9 win against Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association foe Binghamton on Sunday evening at the Daskalakis Athletic Center.

Sunday's victory snapped a 12-match losing streak against the Bearcats. Drexel last topped Binghamton in Dec. 2006, a 30-15 triumph for the Dragons.

An entertaining dual was bookended by a pair of overtime bouts. Antonio Mininno got the proceedings started with a 3-1 win against Tommaso Frezza in SV-1. The grapplers traded escape points in the second and third periods to send the match to overtime. Mininno needed 40 of the period's 60 seconds to take down Frezza and give the Dragons (6-5, 2-1 EIWA) a 3-0 edge.

Chase Shields looked to attack from the outset and parlayed that aggressive outlook into a 7-5 decision victory at 133 pounds. Shields took down Carson Sauriol three times in the first period to build a 6-3 lead. He started the second period in the down position and earned an escape but was later taken down. A scoreless third period locked in the three points for Drexel.

Tyler Williams won big at 149 pounds with a 16-0 technical fall against Kevin Kelly. The true freshman led 10-0 after the first period on the strength of one takedown and eight near fall points. A second-period takedown and four more back points gave Williams his second tech fall of the season.

The Bearcats (2-7, 1-5) and Dragons traded decisions at 149, 157 and 165 pounds. Binghamton got on the board with Matt Swanson's 6-2 decision over Jared Donahue.

No. 31-ranked Parker Kropman notched a 12-5 decision at 157 pounds in his first action since Nov. 24. Kropman logged four takedowns against Chris Barker and added an escape and a reversal in the third period.

Mike Manley dropped a tight 3-2 decision against Jacob Nolan at 165 pounds.

Michael O'Malley, the 29th-ranked 174-pounder, sprinted past Alex Melikian and finished the bout in just 3:29. O'Malley started the first period with a takedown and racked up 10 near fall points. Another takedown followed by a pair of back points early in the second produced the 16-0 technical fall, O'Malley's third of the season. Following a Binghamton forfeit at 184 pounds, the Dragons lead expanded to 25-6.

Bryan McLaughlin followed up on Friday night's win against 11th-ranked Nick Reenan with a 10-3 decision over Sam DePrez at 197 pounds.

Sean O'Malley and Joe Doyle needed plenty of extra time to decide a winner. A scoreless first period presaged the upcoming drama. O'Malley took a 1-0 lead with an early escape in the second period, but Drexel's heavyweight could not ride out Doyle in the third. With the match knotted at 1-1, the grapplers went to overtime, but the extra 60 seconds did not produce a winner. Moving to TB-1, Doyle started the first 30-second period on bottom and broke free from O'Malley. The redshirt-sophomore could not do the same in the second period, falling 2-1.

Drexel's EIWA campaign continues with a road dual at Bucknell next Sunday at 4 p.m.

Results:
125: Antonio Mininno dec. Tommaso Frezza, 3-1 (SV-1) - Drexel 3, Binghamton 0
133: Chase Shields dec. Carson Sauriol, 7-5 - Drexel 6, Binghamton 0
141: Tyler Williams tech fall Kevin Kelly, 16-0 (4:48) - Drexel 11, Binghamton 0
149: Matt Swanson dec. Jared Donahue, 6-2 - Drexel 11, Binghamton 3
157: No. 31 Parker Kropman dec. Chris Barker, 12-5 - Drexel 14, Binghamton 3
165: Jacob Nolan dec. Mike Manley, 3-2 - Drexel 14, Binghamton 6
174: No. 29 Michael O'Malley tech fall Alex Melikian, 16-0 (3:29) - Drexel 19, Binghamton 6
184: Owen Brooks wins by forfeit - Drexel 25, Binghamton 6
197: Bryan McLaughlin dec. Sam DePrez, 10-3 - Drexel 28, Binghamton 6
285: Joe Doyle dec. Sean O'Malley, 2-1 (TB-1)

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