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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.

Results:
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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