No. 8 Mercyhurst pounds Lake Erie
Lakers improve dual match record to 6-3 on season
ERIE, Pa. -- Despite blizzard like conditions outside eighth-ranked Mercyhurst fought through the storm to knock off Lake Erie 31-6 on Friday night.
The win improves the Lakers to 6-3 this season in dual action.
Ryan Bohince took the first match for the Lakers and set the pace for the night. At one point, Bohince was down 10-2 to Lake Erie's Austin Gillihan but battled back to win the match 14-10. The Lakers' 133 pound grappler, Kody Young, helped the Lakers to a 7-0 lead after registering a major decision against Tomas McVicker of Lake Erie. He now owns a 22-6 record heading into the East Regional Duals.
Jeremy Landowski broke the match open, controlling his bout from the whistle. Landowski ended the match by way of the fall at the 2:51 mark. Tony D'Urso stepped into the 157 pound class against Tyler Tesny of Lake Erie. D'Urso persevered through the match hanging on at the end to win in a 6-4 decision.
Josh Shields, the No. 3 grappler in the nation, took the mat next for the 'Hurst. Shields met the No. 7 wrestler, Matt Vandermeer, who took the reigning national champion into three overtimes. Shields fell behind 5-0 early but chipped away at Vandermeer's lead. Shields tied the bout in the third period after receiving a stalling point, right after the point was awarded, Shields took Vandermeer to the mat for the two-point takedown. Regulation would end in a 5-5 tie. The bout went into three overtimes, and during the third overtime Shields escaped the grasp of Vandermeer to earn his seventh win of the season.
August Mizia continued the Lakers winning ways after defeating Zev Green in a 3-0 decision. Pat Leahy wrestled in the 184 pound slot and gave the Lakers a 25-3 lead after beating Jon Schaefer 9-5. Leahy battled through the first period but would settle down and control the match from there on out. Leahy sealed the match after two late takedowns in the third and final period.
197 pounder Michael Pollard earned his ninth fall of the season after pinning Mike Samijlenko of Lake Erie. The pin came during the 3:45 mark of the bout.