KENT, Ohio -- The Kent State Golden Flashes opened their home slate with a pair of impressive dual victories, defeating Gannon 19-12 and Mercyhurst 26-9 inside the Kent State Field House.
Jake Ferri led the Golden Flashes on Wednesday, picking up a pair of major decision victories and running his match win streak to five. Ian Senz also won his two matches on Wednesday picking up a 9-8 comeback victory over Evan Fisler of Gannon and a 6-4 sudden victory over Spencer Head of Mercyhurst. Joe Andrassy also stepped in at 184 and grinded out two victories including an overtime thriller against Mercyhurst.
Ferri got the Flashes out to an early 4-0 lead against Gannon in the first dual of the night. The Knights, ranked #7 in the Division-II polls, won four of the next five matches to take a 12-7 lead heading into the heavier weight matches. Mike Caniglia stopped the Knights' momentum with a 3-1 victory at 174 pounds. Joe Andrassy kept it going, grinding out a 4-3 victory over Cam Page at 184 to give Kent State a 13-12 lead. Colin McCracken led throughout his match at 197, earning a 7-4 victory by decision against Joel Leisle and Jacob Cover clinched the victory with a 5-4 decision against Freddie Nixon to make it 19-12 Kent State.
The two schools also held five extra matches that did not count towards the team score. Gannon won four of the five extra matches with Tanner Clark earning the 6-2 decision at 285.
Kent State 19, Gannon 12
125 Jake Ferri (Kent State) over charles lenox (Gannon) (MD 15-3) 4 0
133 Jacob Dunlop (Gannon) over Patrick Gould (Kent State) (Dec 5-1) 4 3
141 Austin Hertel (Gannon) over Avry Mutschler (Kent State) (Dec 3-2) 4 6
149 Dominic Means (Gannon) over Kody Komara (Kent State) (Dec 10-4) 4 9
157 Ian Senz (Kent State) over Evan Fisler (Gannon) (Dec 9-8) 7 9
165 Alex Farenchak (Gannon) over Brady Chrisman (Kent State) (Dec 9-5) 7 12
174 Mike Caniglia (Kent State) over Luigi Yates (Gannon) (Dec 3-1) 10 12
184 Joe Andrassy (Kent State) over Cam Page (Gannon) (Dec 4-3) 13 12
197 Colin McCracken (Kent State) over Joel Leise (Gannon) (Dec 7-4) 16 12
285 Jacob Cover (Kent State) over Freddie Nixon (Gannon) (Dec 5-4) 19 12
125 Extra: Charles Lenox (Gannon) over Tomas Guitierrez (Kent State) (Fall 5:19)
141 Extra: Parker Loera (Gannon) over Raphael Rodriguez (Kent State) (Dec 7-3)
157 Extra: Nick Young (Gannon) over Nick Colasurdo (Kent State) (Inj. 5:00)
197 Extra: joseph petrella (Gannon) over Ryan Boyle (Kent State) (TB-2 4-3)
285 Extra: William Clark (Kent State) over Matt Long (Gannon) (Dec 6-2)
The Flashes closed out the night against the Mercyhurst Lakers who came in ranked #17 in the Division-II polls. Again, it was Ferri who got things started in dominant fashion with his second major decision of the night. Patrick Gould rode an impressive 10-point first period to an 11-6 decision at 133 pounds to put Kent State up 7-0.
Mercyhurst got on the board at 141 as Alexis Soriano grabbed points late in the third period to take a 4-3 decision. Kody Komara pitched a shutout and narrowly missed out on the major decision bonus point in a 7-0 victory. Senz' aforementioned sudden victory put Kent State up 10 and Mason Karpinski had a pair of near falls and earned an 18-9 major decision. Andrassy rounded out the Kent State scoring, getting a reversal in extra time to earn the 3-1 sudden victory.
The Flashes and Lakers held a pair of extra matches after the dual. Raphael Rodriguez earned an 8-6 victory over Caiden Mooney and Tanner Clark closed his 2-0 day with a major decision win over Adam Allen.
Kent State 26, Mercyhurst 12
125 Jake Ferri (Kent State) over Jacob Ruggeri (Mercyhurst) (MD 21-8) 4 0
133 Patrick Gould (Kent State) over Eric Bartos (Mercyhurst) (Dec 11-6) 7 0
141 Alexis Soriano (Mercyhurst) over Avry Mutschler (Kent State) (Dec 4-3) 7 3
149 Kody Komara (Kent State) over Alex Samson (Mercyhurst) (Dec 7-0) 10 3
157 Ian Senz (Kent State) over Spencer Head (Mercyhurst) (SV-1 6-4) 13 3
165 Mason Karpinski (Kent State) over Jason Breeden (Mercyhurst) (MD 18-9) 17 3
174 Trevor Johnson (Mercyhurst) over Mike Caniglia (Kent State) (Dec 4-2) 17 6
184 Joe Andrassy (Kent State) over Trever Begin (Mercyhurst) (SV-1 3-1) 20 6
197 Colin McCracken (Kent State) over Unknown (For.) 26 6
285 Jacob Robb (Mercyhurst) over Jacob Cover (Kent State) (Dec 3-2) 26 9
149 Extra: Raphael Rodriguez (Kent State) over Caiden Mooney (Mercyhurst) (Dec 8-6)
285 Extra: William Clark (Kent State) over Adam Allen (Mercyhurst) (MD 9-1)
Kent State's dual record now sits at 2-2 on the year. The Golden Flashes are back at it on Saturday, heading to Clarion for a MAC quad. The Flashes will take on host Clarion as well as Central Michigan and SIU-Edwardsville. The quad is set to begin at 11 a.m. with Kent State taking on Central Michigan, followed by SIU-E at 1 and Clarion at 3 p.m.