Jan. 21, 2010

By Amy Farnum

STILL PERFECT: Ithaca College claimed the team title at Lycoming's Budd Whitehill National Duals, culminating with a 25-11 victory over No. 7 TCNJ in the championship dual as the Bombers won the event for the second time in the last six years on Jan. 16.

The Bombers have won 19 consecutive dual matches dating back to last year - two shy of the school record - and set a school mark with its 16th victory of the year against the Lions. Ithaca also brought TCNJ's dual winning streak to an end at 19 straight as the Lions dropped to 14-1 on the season.

Junior Blaine Woszczak, the nation's top-ranked wrestler at 149 pounds, recorded two pins and a technical fall as he went 5-0 during the Duals. Woszczak is now 26-2 on the season (with a 14-0 mark in dual meets) with four falls and a team-leading six technical falls. Junior 174-pounder David Priest, ranked sixth nationally, also posted five wins (three by decision, one by major decision, one by fall). Priest improved his season record to 17-3 - with a 9-1 mark in dual meets.

The No. 4 Bombers return to the mat for the New York State Championships on Jan. 23-24.

RECORD NIGHT: North Central College's Gabe Youel became the school's all-time leader in wins with 144 as he sparked the No. 12 Cardinals to an upset of eighth-ranked Elmhurst, 25-14, on Jan. 20.

Youel, ranked third nationally at 184 pounds, pinned Mike McNeil in 1:10 for the milestone victory. The senior from Crystal Lake, Ill., is now 21-3 on the year.

The Cardinals are back in action at the Pete Willson-Wheaton Invitational on Jan. 29-30.

CLOSE ONE: Freshman heavyweight J.D. Zitone pulled out a clutch bonus-point victory as he lifted No. 5 Delaware Valley College to a narrow 23-21 win over Stevens Tech last weekend. The Aggies, who had just vaulted seven spots in the national rankings after a fourth-place showing at the National Duals, improved to 8-2 on the season.

Zitone pinned Brian Schmalz with 28 seconds remaining in the first period to seal the victory, improving his season record to 20-8. Head coach Brandon Totten gave the fresher Zitone nod in the heavyweight match over two-time All-American and No. 2 Kyle Bilquist, who was coming off a 3-2 win over McDaniel's No. 10 Brock Glofelty the previous night. The Aggies travel to the Messiah College Open on Jan. 23.

TAKE DOWNS: University of Dubuque's 165-pound senior Josh Terrell was named Iowa Conference Wrestler of the Week after sparking the No. 22 Spartans to a 22-20 upset of No. 10 Cornell College last weekend. The fourth-ranked Terrell improved his season mark to 13-4 ... Ohio Northern freshman Kyle Kwiat compiled a 7-0 mark last week, including a 6-0 record at the Budd Whitehill Duals, garnering Ohio Athletic Conference Wrestler of the Week honors. The 174-pounder had four pins and a major decision on the week, and then continued his streak with a pin of Muskingum's Jake Getto on Jan. 19. ONU downed Muskingum, 44-0, as it stayed perfect against OAC competition. Kwiat is one of three Polar Bear wrestlers that are 3-0 against league foes this season.