#16 Storm Falls in Close Battle with #13 Pitt-Johnstown

PAINESVILLE, Ohio— The 16th-ranked Lake Erie College wrestling team fell in a close battle with 13th-ranked University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, 21-16, Tuesday night (Jan. 28) in Painesville.

In the night's opening match at 125-pounds, UPJ's Dave Fogle, ranked fourth in the country, defeated Keanu Thompson (Brooklyn, N.Y./Grand Street Campus) by technical decision in the third round to put the Mountain Cats up 5-0.  At 133-pounds, Austin Gillihan (Corry, Pa/Corry Area) defeated Luke Palamides by decision, 13-7, to bring the overall match to within two points.

Dylan Kager (Shalersville, Ohio/Crestwood) took an early 5-0 lead over Craig Dawson with a takedown and near fall in the first thirty seconds en route to a major decision to put the Storm in front, 7-5. In a back-and-forth battle at 149-pounds, Sam Hanau picked up a third round pinfall over Nick Bloch (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West).  Zak Vargo (Stow, Ohio/Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy), ranked second in the country at 157-pounds, defeated Cole Landowski, 6-1, to bring the Storm within one point.

At 165-pounds, Tyler Tesny (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio/Cuyahoga Falls) fell in a close match with eighth-ranked Gary Lantz, 9-5 but  Dylan Zivcic (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor/Lakeland) picked up a 4-2 decision over Nikos Garafola at 174-pounds to bring the Storm within one once again.  Chevy Farris (Ferndale, Mich./Ferndale) fell to  second-ranked Travis McKillop at 184-pounds, 10-3, increasing the Mountain Cats lead to five with two matches to go.

Evan Rosborough (Corcord, Twp., Ohio/Riverside) trailed Zac Bennett 4-1 in the closing seconds in the 197-pound match but Rosborough exploded for a takedown and near fall in the final seconds to pick up a 6-4 decision, bringing the match score to 18-16.

Almonte Patrick (Maple Heights, Ohio/Maple Heights) led Josh Duplin 3-2 early in the third period of their heavyweight bout but Duplin picked up a takedown in the final thirty seconds to move ahead and secure the Mountain Cats win with a 4-3 decision.

The Storm competes at the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) duals at Findlay, Ohio Saturday (Feb. 1).

#16 Lake Erie College vs. #13 University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown

125         Dave Fogle (UPJ) won by tech fall over Keanu Thompson (LEC) 6:22 17-1.

133         Austin Gillihan (LEC) won by decision over Luke Palamides (UPJ) 13-7.

141         Kager Dylan (LEC) won by major decision over Craig Dawson (UPJ) 14-3.

149         Sam Hanau (UPJ) won by pin over Nick Bloch (LEC) 5:35.               

157         Zach Vargo (LEC) won by decision over Colin Landowski (UPJ) 6-1.

 165        Gary Lantz (UPJ) won by decision over Tyler Tesny (LEC) 9-5.

174         Dylan Zivcic (LEC) won by decision over Nikos Garofola (UPJ) 4-2.

184         Travis McKillop (UPJ) won by major decision over Chevez Farris (LEC) 10-2.

197         Rosborough Evan (LEC) won by decision over Zachary Bennett (UPJ) 6-4.

285         Josh Duplin (UPJ) won by decision over Almonte Patrick (LEC) 4-3.

Dual Meet Score              LEC 16.0                UPJ 21.0

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