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UPJ Dominates In Wrestling Opener

Courtesy Chris Caputo, UPJ Athletics

The eighth-ranked Pitt-Johnstown wrestlers got a pins from Gary Lantz and Josh Duplin, and a Travis McKillop decision over fellow All-American Adam Walters in a lopsided 42-6 victory over 16th-ranked University of Findlay in Wednesday's 2013-14 dual meet opener in the Sports Center.
The Mountain Cats extended their winning streak from last season to 15 straight dual meets.  In the process, Head Coach Pat Pecora earned 516th career win and moved into sole possession of fourth-place on the All-Time Coaches Win List in all divisions.
The Mountain Cats got things started and opened-up a 12-0 lead with forfeit victories by All-American seventh-ranked Dave Fogle at 125 lbs, and National Qualifier Evan Link at 133 lbs., before Findlay's Jared VanVleet used back points as time expired to defeat Luke Palamides, 6-5, at 141 lbs.
However, a forfeit win by All-American and sixth-ranked Dave Cawley at 141 lbs. extended the Pitt-Johnstown lead to 18-3.
The Mountain Cats then got a takedown by Sam Molina early into overtime to defeat Dalton Nicely, 13-11, at 157 lbs., and two-time National Qualifier Lantz pinned Bradley Metz at 2:51 in the 165-lb. bout to push the Pitt-Johnstown lead out to 27-3.
At 174 lbs., Nikos Garafola picked-up the Mountain Cats' fourth forfeit win of the night, setting up the feature match between two-time All-America McKillop and All-American Adam Walters at 184 lbs.
Last season, the two split a pair of matches, but McKillop defeated Walters at the NCAA National Tournament in the third-place match.  Just like at nationals, it was McKillop's night again.  McKillop used an early takedown and an escape and held of Walters, 3-2, to build the Mountain Cat lead to 36-3 with just two bouts remaining.
At 197 lbs., Findlay answered with Tyler Beck's 5-3 decision over Zak Newton, but the Mountain Cats closed it out in style when National Qualifier and eighth-ranked Duplin pinned Cody Hogston in 32 seconds to set the final al 42-6.
125 lbs.  #7 Dave Fogle (UPJ)  Won By Forfeit  6-0 UPJ
133 lbs.  Evan Link (UPJ)  Won By Forfeit  12-0 UPJ
141 lbs.  Jared VanVleet (UF)  Decision  Luke Palamides (UPJ)  6-5  12-3 UPJ
149 lbs.  Dave Cawley (UPJ)  Won by Forfeit  18-3 UPJ
157 lbs.  Sam Molina (UPJ)  Decision  Dalton Nicely (UF)  13-11 OT  21-3 UPJ
165 lbs.  Gary Lantz (UPJ)  Fall  Bradley Metz (UF)  2:51  27-3 UPJ
174 lbs.  Nikos Garafola (UPJ)  Won by Forfeit  33-3 UPJ
184 lbs.  #2 Travis McKillop (UPJ)  Decision  Adam Walters (UF)  3-2  36-3 UPJ
197 lbs.  Tyler Beck (UF)  Decision  Zak Newton (UPJ)  5-3  36-6 UPJ
285 lbs.  #8 Josh Duplin (UPJ)  Fall  Cody Hogston (UF)  :32  42-6 UPJ

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times