SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. — Gannon rolled off wins in the first eight bouts to earn a 27-7 win at Shippensburg on Saturday night. The Golden Knights jumped out to a 27-0 lead and held a 31-6 advantage in takedowns during the match.
Ranked seventh in the country, Jose Matos started Gannon’s winning stretch with an 8-6 overtime victory. Matos earned a takedown in the final 30 second of the third period to send the match in to sudden victory overtime. The junior took down Chris Kochinsky during the overtime to earn three points for Gannon.
Scott Baron narrowly missed a major decision, earning a 14-7 win against Wesley Heavener at 133 pounds. Baron took down Heavener at least once during each period, totalling five during the bout.
Gannon’s third win came from A.J. Milanak as the redshirt senior racked up seven points in the first period and held a 5-0 advantage in takedowns against Shippensburg’s Simon Rice. The major decision in the 141 pound match gave Gannon four team points to lead 10-0.
Ethan Swope won the Golden Knights’ fourth consecutive bout with a 13-5 major decision in the 149 pound match. Swope held a 5-0 lead after the first period earning a takedown and two nearfall points. The redshirt junior took down Thomas Weichelt three more times during the match and added a riding time point to earn the 13-5 victory.
The closest match of the night saw Sam Brehm earn a 4-3 win against James Reilley at 157 pounds. Brehm was down 2-0 heading into the third period, but used an escape and a stalling point to tie the score at two. Brehm’s takedown with 28 seconds remaining gave him the lead before winning by a final of 4-3.
Zack McKendree’s six takedowns propelled him to a 14-5 major decision against Nathan Reese in the 165 pound bout. The redshirt senior is now 26-8 this season with a perfect 9-0 record in dual meets. The 26 wins tie him for 24th on Gannon’s single season wins list. He currently has 102 career wins and needs just five to tie the all-time career wins record at Gannon.
Tony Petrella, currently ranked second in the country, also remained unblemished in dual meets with an 8-0 record. The redshirt senior earned a 11-4 win in the 174 pound match and now stands at 14-2 this season.
After a scoreless first period, Chris Boyd scored three points in each of the final two periods to earn a 6-3 victory in the 184 pound match to give Gannon a 27-0 lead.
The Red Raiders earned wins in the final two matches of the night to finish the scoring at 27-7. Gannon is now 6-2-1 in dual meets this season.