BLOOMSBURG, Pa. -- The Bloomsburg University wrestling team snapped a three-match losing skid with an impressive 37-11 victory over visiting Virginia Military Institute on Friday night at the Nelson Field House. With the win, the Huskies improved to 3-6 overall while the Keydets dropped to 4-10 on the season.
Bloomsburg used four bonus-point victories - three falls and a forfeit - and added three decisions and a major decision for the lopsided victory as the Huskies improved to 3-1 in the all-time series against VMI. Freshman Christian Gannone (Manorville, N.Y./Eastport South Manor), redshirt freshman Josh Mason (New Ringgold, Pa./Blue Mountain), and sophomore Aaron Coleman (Iselin, N.J./John F. Kennedy Memorial) earned the pins while 11th-ranked redshirt senior Trevor Allard (Mexico, N.Y./Mexico) didn't need to break a sweat to improve to 18-1 on the season as he picked up the forfeit win to close out the night.
Senior Kyle Murphy (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) opened the night with a hard-fought 4-2 victory over VMI's Max Gallahan in the 197-pound match. After a scoreless first period, Murphy scored an escape and a takedown in the second period as he took a 3-1 lead into the third. Gallahan cut the deficit to one with an escape but Murphy was able to shut down Gallahan the rest of the way and earned a riding-time point for the 4-2 win. Murphy improved to 8-12 on the season.
The 285-pound bout proved to be, arguably, the most exciting match of the night but redshirt sophomore Jarrett Walters (Danville, Pa./Danville Area) ultimately succumbed to VMI's Chris Beck via pinfall with three seconds left in regulation as the Keydets took a 6-3 lead. Scoreless heading to the third, Walters chose top and quickly turned Beck over for four back points. However, the VMI senior responded with a reversal and a pair of takedowns - the latter of which he turned into the fall.
But, the Huskies rattled off six consecutive victories from that point to take control of the night.
Gannone started the string by pinning John McGarry with 49 seconds left in the first period to give Bloomsburg a 9-6 lead. It was the first collegiate fall for Gannone, who improved to 9-10 overall. Mason followed with his team-leading eighth pin of the season as he needed only 64 seconds to knock off Cliff Conway to give the Huskies a 15-6 advantage. It marked the 13th victory of the year for the redshirt freshman.
Freshman Marlon Argueta-Diaz (Meriden, Conn./Orville H. Platt) earned the first major decision win of his collegiate career at 141 pounds as he defeated Noah Roulo by an 18-5 final. The freshman led 3-0 after one period but scored seven points in the second and eight more in the third to pull away. He improved to 8-9 on the season.
Sophomore Aaron Coleman (Iselin, N.J./John F. Kennedy Memorial) continued the string of wins with a first-period fall over Seth Fillers as Bloomsburg took a 25-6 advantage. It was his fourth fall of the season as he improved to 8-7 on the year. Sophomore Alex Carida (Hackettstown, N.J./Hackettstown) followed with a 8-3 decision over Will Lawrence at 157 pounds and senior Nate Newberry (Biglerville, Pa./Biglerville) earned a 4-0 win over Jon Hoover at 165 pounds as the Huskies extended their advantage. Both Carida and Newberry improved to 12-8 overall.
VMI's Neal Richards ended the Bloomsburg streak with a technical fall at 174 pounds to cut the Huskies' margin to 31-11. Richards picked up his 31st victory over the season.
Allard closed the night with his forfeit win at 184 pounds for the final margin of victory. Allard improved to 18-1 on the season - 9-0 in duals - and moved to 90-42 in his collegiate career as he continues to close in on 100 victories.
Bloomsburg will get right back to work on Sunday afternoon, February 9, when it heads to Sacred Heart University for a dual against the Pioneers. Action gets underway at 2:00 p.m.
197: Kyle Murphy (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) (BLOOM) decision over Max Gallahan (VMI), 4-2
285: Chris Beck (VMI) fall over Jarrett Walters (Danville, Pa./Danville Area) (BLOOM), 6:57
125: Christian Gannone (Manorville, N.Y./Eastport South Manor) (BLOOM) fall over John McGarry (VMI), 2:11
133: Josh Mason (New Ringgold, Pa./Blue Mountain) (BLOOM) fall over Cliff Conway (VMI), 1:04
141: Marlon Argueta-Diaz (Meriden, Conn./Orville H. Platt) (BLOOM) major decision over Noah Roulo (VMI), 18-5
149: Aaron Coleman (Iselin, N.J./John F. Kennedy Memorial) (BLOOM) fall over Seth Fillers (VMI), 1:47
157: Alex Carida (Hackettstown, N.J./Hackettstown) (BLOOM) decision over Will Lawrence (VMI), 8-3
165: Nate Newberry (Biglerville, Pa./Biglerville) (BLOOM) decision over Jon Hoover (VMI), 4-0
174: Neal Richards (VMI) technical fall over Anthony Vetrano (Middletown, N.J./Middletown North) (BLOOM), 19-2 (3:10)
184: #11 Trevor Allard (Mexico, N.Y./Mexico) (BLOOM) wins by forfeit