EWING, N.J. — Wrestling on its home mat for the final time, No. 16 TCNJ capped off the regular season with a 21-13 victory against No. 19 Messiah.
The Lions finished the season with a dual-meet record of 12-7, while Messiah dropped to 12-7.
The match was tight throughout with eight of the 10 matches being decided by decision.
Senior Dan Herr helped the Lions overcome an early three-point deficit, by recording a pin at 133 pounds in 3:18. Eighth-ranked Dylan Thorsen followed with 3-1 decision at 141 and Mike Shaughnessy made it three consecutive victories for the Lions at 149. Shaughnessy won his bout by a score of 9-6 and increased TCNJ’s advantage to 12-3.
Freshman Antonio Mancella kept things rolling for the Lions at 157 collecting a 6-4 win. Senior John Darling, who is ranked fourth nationally at 165 pounds, won his match by the count of 5-0. That win capped a string of five consecutive victories by the Lions.
The Falcons posted a win at 174, setting up one of the more anticipated matches of the day. Third-ranked Brian Broderick of TCNJ faced sixth-ranked John Thomson and the match was as close as the rankings with Broderick slipping past Thomson with a 3-2 decision.
Messiah garnered wins in the final two weight classes to make the final 21-13.