No. 8 Pitt-Johnstown gets record win
Mountain Cats’ head coach Pecora new DII leader in victories
GREENSBURG, Pa. -- No. 8 Pittsburgh-Johnstown got falls from third-ranked Ryan Link and Travis McKillop in Tuesday's 31-9 win at Seton Hill to give head coach Pat Pecora his Division II-best 498th career victory. Pitt-Johnstown improved to 10-3 on the year.
|PAT PECORA FACTS|
|• Pitt-Johnstown head coach for 35 years|
|• Coached Mountain Cats to team national championships in 1996 and 1999|
|• Coached 10 individual national champions and 129 all-americans|
|• Led Mountain Cats to 28 top-20 finishes|
After Seton Hill jumped out to a 3-0 lead with a 2-0 decision by fifth-ranked Kenny Trumbetta against Dave Fogle, Pitt-Johnstown answered with wins in the next two bouts to go up 9-3.
133-pounder Link pinned Stephen Smith at 1:59. Fifth-ranked Jack Bachman followed with a 4-2 win against A.J. Fisher at 141 pounds.
At 149 pounds, Nick Nichols scored a 3-0 decision against Tyler Chesney to cut the Griffins' deficit to 9-6, but Zach Lundgren won a 10-2 major decision against Adam Morranduzzo at 157 pounds to extend the lead to 13-6.
Logan Shirey won a 5-0 decision at 165 pounds, and McKillop pinned Randall Wagner at 1:11 to make it 22-6 in favor of the Mountain Cats.
Seton Hill's Zach Benzio then upset eighth-ranked Gary Lantz, 6-4 at 184 pounds, but Jon Moore won by forfeit at 197 pounds to increase Pitt-Johnstown's margin to 28-9 and put the match away.
The Mountain Cats closed out the match and set the final at 31-9 with Josh Krupa's 2-1 decision against Ron Oswald at heavyweight.