FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- In its long-awaited season opener, the Drexel University wrestling team opened its 2020-21 campaign on the road against the Sacred Heart University Pioneers on Friday, Feb. 5 in Connecticut, squaring off in a nontraditional dual matchup.
There were 18 individual matches scheduled in Fairfield on Friday as the Dragons picked up wins in 13 of them. Bouts started at 165 pounds and Drexel was especially dominate from 125 pounds to 157 pounds, winning nine of 11 to close out the opener.
Evan Barczak garnered the first victory for Drexel, a 19-0 technical fall, at 165 pounds. Michael O'Malley and Natty Lapinski kept the streak going at 174 pounds. O'Malley pinned SHU's Grant Horn in the opening 70 seconds while Lapinski turned in a 4-2 decision in sudden victory.
In addition to O'Malley, six total Dragons picked up wins by fall on Friday. Bryan McLaughlin's (197) pin came in third period against SHU's Nick Fierro. Jaxon Maroney (133) needed 3:39 to pin Sacred Heart's Thomas Volpe. Julian Flores (149) took care of SHU's Vincent Milazzo in the opening 1:44. Gabe Onorato (149) turned in a late pin against Tommy Eboli of the Pioneers at 6:57. At 157 pounds, Max Livingston turned in the last win by fall for DU, pinning SHU's Jack Molloy in the first period.
Along with Barczak, Antonio Mininno (125) also scored a big win via technical fall, 17-1, against SHU's Cole Meyer.
Chandler Olson (133), Luke Nichter (149), Jared Donahue (149) and Parker Kropman (157) scored major decision victories with the latter three coming late in the dual.
The Dragons gear up for a Saturday tripleheader tomorrow, Feb. 6. Drexel begins with LIU at noon in Brookville, N.Y. before making the trip to Hempstead, N.Y. to face Bloomsburg at 4 p.m. and Hofstra at 6 p.m.
165 / Scott Jarosz (SHU) def. Luke Scanlan (Drexel) / TF, 18-0 (6:58)
165 / Evan Barczak (Drexel) def. Will Schmidt (SHU) / TF, 19-0 (7:00)
174 / Michael O'Malley (Drexel) def. Grant Horn (SHU) / F, 1:10
174 / Natty Lapinski (Drexel) def. JC Broems (SHU) / D, 4-2 (SV)
184 / Joe Accousti (SHU) def. Josh Stillings (Drexel) / D, 4-2 (SV)
197 / Bryan McLaughlin (Drexel) def. Nick Fierro (SHU) / F, 6:17
285 / Dante DelBonis (SHU) def. Derek Rose (Drexel) / D, 2-0
125 / Antonio Mininno (Drexel) def. Cole Meyer (SHU) / TF, 17-1 (5:28)
133 / Chandler Olson (Drexel) def Kyle Randall (SHU) / MD, 10-0
133 / Jaxon Maroney (Drexel) def. Thomas Volpe (SHU) / F, 3:39
141 / Julian Flores (Drexel) def. Vincent Milazzo (SHU) / F, 1:44
141 / Jordan Carlucci (SHU) def. Tyler Williams (Drexel) / F, 2:39
149 / Luke Nichter (Drexel) def. Raf Lievano (SHU) / MD, 16-2
149 / Jared Donahue (Drexel) def. Chris Naegele (SHU) / MD, 15-2
149 / Gabe Onorato (Drexel) def. Tommy Eboli (SHU) / F, 6:57
157 / Parker Kropman (Drexel) def. Shaun Williams (SHU) / MD, 16-3
157 / Max Livingston (Drexel) def. Jack Molloy (SHU) / F, 2:27
157 / Nick Palumbo (SHU) def. Felix Belga (DU) / MD, 14-1
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