WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – No. 7 Wilkes posted wins in seven of 10 bouts, including six extra-point victories, en route to a 36-9 win against King’s College on Friday night at Scandlon Gymnasium. The victory broke a 33 year-old school record as Wilkes finishes dual match play with 19 wins in a row. The previous record was set in the 1979-80 season when the Colonels finished 19-2 with losses to Oregon State and Lehigh.
Wilkes (19-3) opened with a 12-0 lead after Guesseppe Rea (125 pounds) and Myzar Mendoza (133) picked up forfeit wins. Jeff Peterson (141 pounds) continued the extra-point momentum, grabbing an 8-6 lead in the third period before pinning DeMarquis Holley in 6:45. The Colonels’ advantage grew to 20-0 when No. 2 Mark Hartenstine (149 pounds) made quick work of Martin Dartoe, earning a pin in 1:32.
The Wilkes lead grew to 29-0 after five bouts when No. 4 Kris Krawchuk (157 pounds) dominated his match against Nathaniel Seals, posting a 16-0 technical fall midway through the third period. Krawchuk moved to 23-2 on the year.
King’s recorded its first points of the match when Tommy Desir posted a hard-fought, 3-1 decision against Nathan White at 165 pounds cutting the Wilkes lead to 29-3. Dustin Stough earned a 5-0 decision against Anthony Clifford at 174 pounds to up Wilkes’ lead to 32-3. After a King’s decision at 184 pounds — Shane Stark defeated Eric Bach — Matt Transue led 13-3 after two periods before settling for a major decision win against Cemah Tudae-Torboh 17-5 at 197 pounds.
King’s closed with a 8-3 decision win at 285 pounds as Peter Dwyer beat Nicholas Dawson.
King’s fell to 6-11 overall on the year.