Despite Upperclassman Sweep, Wrestling Drops Final Team Matches
Courtesy: Beverly Schaefer
Senior Travis Erdman scored a pin in Princeton's loss to Hofstra and upset 23-win Brock Mantella later on.
Princeton got big efforts from its two starting upperclassmen, but those wouldn't be enough to lead the Tigers past either a nationally ranked Hofstra squad or Boston University during Saturday's regular season finale at Dillon Gym. The Pride won their 12th match in 14 tries with a 33-11 victory over the Tigers, while Boston University moved to 11-5 by holding on late for a 25-18 victory.
HOFSTRA 22, PRINCETON 15
Princeton trailed 15-0 when junior Daniel Kolodzik took the mat for the 157-pound match. Kolodzik, who came inot the weekend with 20 wins, was in control from the start, scoring an early takedown and following that with three near fall points to take a 5-0 lead into the second period. Hofstra's Matt Spataro chose the defensive position in the second period, but he never got out and instead was taken to his back on three different occasions. Kolodzik added a quick escape in the third and a point for riding time to take the 16-0 win.
Hofstra re-established control with pins in the next two matches, but senior Travis Erdman, wrestling his final matches at Dillon Gym, gave Princeton another highlight with his quick pin of Pat Murphy. Erdman scored the takedown early in the first period and muscled his opponent to his back before scoring the pin with just over a minute left in the period.
Princeton was in a trio of other matches, each of which was decided by either one or two points. The 125-pound showdown to open the dual match was between a pair of Top-20 wrestlers. Hofstra sophomore Steve Bonanno, ranked 20th coming into the weekend, took the early lead with a two-point takedown of No. 18 Garrett Frey. Frey escaped in the first period and added another escape point in the second, but the two remained neutral through the third and Bonanno held on for the victory.
125 ? Steve Bonanno (H) d. Garrett Frey 3-2
133 ? Lou Ruggirello (H) d. Adam Krop 9-3
141 ? Vicente Varela (H) d. Zach Bintliff 8-3
149 ? Zach Clemente (H) p. Greg Ott 4:32
157 ? Daniel Kolodzik (P) tf. Matt Spataro 16-0 (5:10)
165 ? Tyler Banks (H) p. Seth Hazleton 2:58
174 ? Paul Gillespie (H) p. Andy Lowy 4:32
184 ? Travis Erdman (P) p. Pat Murphy 1:56
197 ? Matt Loew (H) d. Dan Santoro 7-5
285 ? Paul Snyder (H) d. Charles Fox 3-2
BOSTON UNIVERSITY 25, PRINCETON 18
The regular season finale stayed close throughout, thanks in large part to a memorable final period in the Dillon Gym career of Erdman. Going against Brock Mantello, who had 23 wins on the season, Erdman trailed 1-0 entering the third period. He scored a takedown and three near-fall points to score a 5-3 win and pick up his 17th victory of the season.
That match gave Princeton a late 18-12 lead, but the Terriers took control of the final two matches to claim victory. John Hall pinned Dan Santoro in the first period to give the visitors an 18-15 lead, and Kevin Innis won a major decision over Charles Fox at 285 to clinch the win.
The Tigers got off to a far better start in the second match, beginning with a 4-1 victory for Frey at 125. He gained the early edge with a first-period takedown over Ryan Dowd and never relinquished the lead.
Two matches later, Bintliff scored a quick pin over Jordan Frease to regain the team advantage. His 41-second victory opened a 9-6 lead for the Tigers, and Kolodzik made it 12-6 with a 6-1 victory over Nick Tourville. Lowy moved back to 165 and earned a 9-3 win for a 15-6 advantage, but the Tigers needed to forfeit at 174.
125 ? Garrett Frey (P) d. Ryan Dowd 4-1
133 ? Fred Santaite (B) p. Adam Krop 1:55
141 ? Zach Bintliff (P) p. Jordan Frease :41
149 ? Nestor Taffur (B) d. Greg Ott 3-1
157 ? Daniel Kolodzik (P) d. Nick Tourville 6-1
165 ? Andy Lowy (P) d. Kyle Czarnecki 9-3
174 ? Hunter Meys (B) wins by forfeit
184 ? Travis Erdman (P) d. Brock Mantella 5-1
197 ? John Hall (B) p. Dan Santoro 1:47
285 ? Kevin Innis (B) md. Charles Fox 14-5
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