EWING, N.J. — The College of New Jersey recorded its biggest win in the young coaching career of Joe Galante as the Lions knocked off third-ranked Centenary (N.J.) 21-17 in Packer Hall on Friday.
TCNJ, which entered the match ranked 19th, received contributions from throughout its line-up, winning six weight classes. The win put the Lions at 8-5 on the season.
The loss dropped the Cyclones to 7-3.
Lion junior Kevin Churchill opened the match with a come-from-behind win at 125, scoring six points in the final period for a 10-5 win against Erick Orellena. That win was his 19th of the season.
After the Cyclones tied the match at three with a win at 141, freshman Dylan Thorsen put the hosts back on top with a hard-fought 8-3 triumph.
Centenary forged a 7-6 lead with a win by major decision at 149, but TCNJ’s Nick Detsis used his 1:43 of riding to gain the deciding point in a huge 2-1 win at 157 as the Lions again reclaimed the lead at 9-7. Detsis, a freshman, was taking the mat for the first time this season in a dual meet.
The 165-pound weight class had a pair of ranked wrestlers square off with fourth-ranked John Darling of TCNJ and 10th-ranked Owen Vernon of Centenary. Darling got the best of his Cyclone counterpart with a 2-0 decision.
At 174, Centenary crept to within a point when Kevin Dufresne won by a major decision, cutting TCNJ’s lead to 12-11.
Junior Zach Zotollo added a another key victory at 184 pounds for the Lions, posting a 7-3 win to push the difference to 15-11.
Junior Brian Broderick bumped a weight class and secured the match with a pin 56 seconds at 197.
The Cyclones made the final margin 21-17 via a forfeit to close out the match.