LIU tops Sacred Heart for first win of season

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- In their second regular dual match of the season, the LIU wrestling team got its first win, beating Sacred Heart 24-16. The Sharks came from behind and had two falls en route to the win over the Pioneers.

After SHU jumped out to a 6-0 lead with decisions in the first two matches, Tim Nagosky got the first win for LIU, with a 4-2 decision over Mark Blokh. Freshman Bryce Cockrell would even up the team score 6-6- with his 4-2 decision over Sean Faraon at 125. The Sharks took their first lead of the day when freshman Devin Matthews eeked out a 3-2 decision over Kyle Randall at 133. Another freshman, Drew Witham, increased LIU's lead to 15-6 when he registered a fall over Ryan Burns in just 53 seconds at 141.

Junior Chris Gomez also recorded a fall, defeating Seth Brown at 149 in 4:21. SHU would take a major decision and a win via fall at 157 and 165 to close the gap to 21-16, but the Sharks finished strong, as James Langan beat SHU's Scott Jarosz, 6-5 at 174 tto cap the day, and the 24-16 win for LIU.

Up next, the Sharks host their first home match of the season, taking on Hofstra, Sunday, January 24 at 12 p.m. in the Pratt Recreation Center.

184 Joe Accousti (SHU) def. Dan Shafran (LIU) Decision 6-1 3-0
197 Robert Hetherman (SHU) def. T.J. Franden (LIU) Decision 6-1 6-0
285 Tim Nagosky (LIU) def. Mark Blokh (SHU) Decision 4-2 6-3
125 Bryce Cockrell (LIU) def. Sean Faraon (SHU) Decision 4-2 6-6
133 Devin Matthews (LIU) def. Kyle Randall (SHU) Decision 3-2 6-9
141 Drew Witham (LIU) def. Ryan Burns (SHU) Fall 0:53 6-15
149 Chris Gomez (LIU) def. Seth Brown (SHU) Fall 4:21 6-21
157 Nick Palumbo (SHU) def. Kenny Cooper (LIU) Major Decision 16-3 10-21
165 Will Schmidt (SHU) def. Ryan Ferro (LIU) Fall 2:59 16-21
174 James Langan (LIU) def. Scott Jarosz (SHU) Decision 6-5 16-24


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