Elizabethtown stops No. 15 Wilkes
Blue Jays win key matches to topple league foe
ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. — Julian Meaney, the nation's sixth-ranked grappler at 174 pounds, and Elizabethtown native Quint Eno picked up big wins to help 22nd-ranked Elizabethtown to a 23-12 Metropolitan Wrestling Conference upset of 15th-ranked Wilkes at Thompson Gymnasium Tuesday night.
Eno improved to 16-7 on the season with his 1:11 fall against Nathan White at 165 pounds. The pin was Eno's second in as many bouts and fourth this season. It was the quickest pin of the season for the local product, whose previous quick fall was 1:43. That came against Hunter's Jesse Capello-Colon this past Saturday.
The Blue Jays (10-2, 4-2 MWC) built a 10-6 lead by taking three of the five bouts before Eno hit the mat. Will Bentley had a dominant first period at 125, as he jumped ahead of Wilkes' Anthony Peterson 7-1 after three minutes. Peterson responded with five points of his own in the second to close the deficit to 8-6, but Bentley was able to register a takedown in the third to secure the 10-7 victory.
Marty Harnish got a big monkey off his back at 133 with a sudden victory against Griffin Panicucci. The senior had lost six consecutive bouts coming into Tuesday's match, but he recorded a takedown in the first overtime period to escape with a 7-5 win.
Tye Boyer shut out Jared Brownmiller 11-0 at 149 to earn four points on a major decision. The dominance by Boyer put E-town ahead 10-3 and improved the second-year grappler's record to 15-3 this season.
After Zack Sheridan fell in overtime to Matthew Ellery (3-1), Eno took control of White in a hurry. He used a takedown to build a 2-0 lead, but soon picked up the pin.
Julian Meaney extended the E-town lead to 19-6 with an overtime period victory against Dustin Stough. The sudden victory decision was the third by either side in the match and came by a 3-1 count. Meaney, ranked sixth in the latest NWCA rankings and seventh in the most recent d3wrestle.com rankings, earned his 14th victory of 2010-11 against just two defeats.
Raymond Dungee's decision for the Colonels at 184 cut the Blue Jays' lead to 19-9 and gave the visitors a mathematical shot at winning the match, but Phil Landis dashed those hopes with an 11-3 major decision against Matthew Transue at 197.
Wilkes (15-9-1, 2-4-1 MWC), which won just four of the 10 contested bouts, never was able to gain more than three points in any of them, as all came by decision or sudden victory. The Colonels wrestled without their lone ranked wrestler, Anthony Dattolo (149 pounds).
Elizabethtown was without the services of heavyweight Tim Katzaman, who is ranked ninth in the latest d3wrestle.com rankings and has a team-high 21 victories this season.