Wrestling dominates weekend matches

By Christine Houghton
Sports Editor

The wrestling team went on the road on Friday, Feb. 8 to face Delaware Valley University and host Messiah College in a dual meet the next day.

Going up against Delaware Valley, the College added to its winning streak by topping its opponent 47-8. The team started off its match strong with four straight forfeits, which let it take a 24-3 lead.

Continuing the match, freshman John Garda, wrestling at 165 pounds, was able to pin his opponent early on; 174-pound junior Dan Kilroy won with a fall early in his bout as well.

Mirabella holds down an opponent for a pin (Photo courtesy of the Sports Information Desk).

Sophomore Dan Surich secured a technical fall at 184 pounds while senior Alex Mirabella, at 197 pounds, finished the match with a pin.

Going up against Messiah College, the Lions earned an easy 34-7 win at home, propelling their winning streak to 16 wins since their initial loss back in December.

Prior to the match, the team honored their five seniors: JT Beirne, Ryan Budzek, Mark Gerstacker, Kyle McIntyre, Alex Mirabella and their families, thanking them for their time at the college and wishing them the best of luck in the future.

Sophomore Jake Giordano won at 133 pounds with a technical fall and sophomore Anthony Rua took a major decision at 144 pounds.

Senior Ryan Buzdek had a takedown at 149 pounds while senior JT Bernie also secured a victory at 157 with a takedown. Kilroy earned a major decision and Surich secured the team win with a major decision as well.

Mirabella secured a shutout victory and freshman Steven Giannios finished the night securing a pin and the win at 197 pounds.

On the season, Kilroy and sophomore Robert Dinger have 11 pins each a team high for the 2018-19 season. Following closely is freshman Jon Borgognoni with seven pins, a high for his graduating class during the 2018-19 season.

The Lions resume action on Sunday, Feb. 17 as they look to compete in the Futures Tournament hosted by Muhlenberg College.

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