Saturday, December 18, 2010

Upper Weights Carry Warriors to 3-0 Day at Mercyhurst Quad

ERIE – Freshman Jordan Toledo (133) and redshirt senior Jeff Jacobs (174) posted 3-0 records and East Stroudsburg University overcame double-digit deficits in two of its three matches to sweep the Mercyhurst Quad on Saturday afternoon at the Mercyhurst Athletic Center.

The Warriors opened the day with a 34-15 win over Mercyhurst North East, coming back from a 15-3 deficit with victories in the final six bouts. They followed with a 27-15 win over Mercyhurst , winning the final five bouts after trailing 15-9, and beat Seton Hill 25-16 after falling behind 13-3.

ESU’s early deficits included a forfeit at 125, but Toledo’s victories by decision at 133 in all three matches helped to right the ship. Jacobs’ 3-0 record included two pins, scoring the go-ahead points vs. Mercyhurst North East and tying the team score vs. Seton Hill.

The Warriors received strong efforts throughout the lineup, but particularly at the upper weights. Senior Jesse Dunn (165) was 2-0 and had a pair of big wins, with a major decision vs. Mercyhurst North East and a clutch first-period pin to tie the match vs. Mercyhurst. Redshirt freshman Brendan McKeown (184) and redshirt junior Ed Ebewo (197) were both 2-0 and also picked up forfeits against Seton Hill, and sophomore Will Weaver (285) was 2-0 before sitting out the final bout of the day.

Redshirt junior Adam Hluschak (141), ranked No. 4 in Division II the only Warrior to go 3-0 against Division I foes in last week’s Bloomsburg Duals, was 1-2 on the day but wrestled more top competition. He took a 4-3 loss to freshman Vincent Digravio of Mercyhurst North East, the outstanding wrestler at two tournaments so far this year, and a 10-2 loss to Dallas Evans of Seton Hill, ranked No. 3 behind Hluschak in Super Region One.

The win over Mercyhurst North East was forged by Dunn’s 14-0 major decision at 165 and three straight pins by Jacobs, McKeown and Ebewo. Redshirt sophomore Brock Parker’s win by forfeit at 157 cut the deficit to 15-9, and the four consecutive bonus-point wins made the score 31-15 before Weaver closed the match with a 5-3 decision at 285 to set the final margin.

ESU’s match-up with Mercyhurst pitted the No. 4 and No. 7-ranked teams in Super Region One and was a back-and-forth battle until the Warriors’ upper weights took over. Toledo had an 11-5 decision at 133 and Hluschak followed with a 26-second pin of Ian Grecco to give the Warriors a 9-6 lead. Mercyhurst reclaimed a three-point edge with a first-period pin by Shane Foster at 149 and led 15-9 after Jordan Shields edged Parker, 2-1, at 157.

Dunn rallied ESU with a pin of Austin Roland at 1:31 to tie the match at 15-15, and Jacobs (8-4), McKeown (6-4) and Ebewo (11-4) all won by decision to put the Warriors back in front and secure the victory. Weaver wrapped up the win with a 3-2 decision (RT;TB3) against Nathan Sharp at 285.

Parker, wrestling up at 165, and Jacobs carried the Warriors to their final win of the day over Seton Hill. The Griffins led 13-3 through the first four bouts, including Evans’ major over Hluschak, but Parker responded with a 12-2 major of Tyler Mohlenrich and Jacobs pinned Josh Voelker in 1:12. McKeown and Ebewo won by forfeit at 184 and 197, respectively, while the 157-pound bout was not contested.

ESU will take a 4-5 dual record into the second semester, which opens with the Ashland (Ohio) Duals on Saturday, Jan. 8. The Warriors will also compete in the Wilkes Open on Dec. 28.


ESU 34, Mercyhurst North East 15
125 – Matt Yanovich (MNE) won by forfeit – MNE 6-0
133 – Jordan Toledo (ESU) dec. Timothy Hubbard, 11-6 – MNE 6-3
141 – Vincent Digravio (MNE) dec. #4 Adam Hluschak, 4-3 – MNE 9-3
149 – Jacob Kondrlik (MNE) pinned Tyler Wilton, 1:20 – MNE 15-3
157 – Brock Parker (ESU) won by forfeit – MNE 15-9
165 – Jesse Dunn (ESU) maj. dec. James Bennett, 14-0 – MNE 15-13
174 – Jeff Jacobs (ESU) pinned Nicholas Digravio, 1:29 – ESU 19-15
184 – Brendan McKeown (ESU) pinned Marlon Baker, 2:52 – ESU 25-15
197 – Ed Ebewo (ESU) pinned Glen Borton, 4:40 – ESU 31-15
285 – Will Weaver (ESU) dec. Richard Welton, 5-3 – ESU 34-15

ESU 27, Mercyhurst 15
125 – Ryan Bohince (M) won by forfeit – M 6-0
133 – Jordan Toledo (ESU) dec. Michael Baxter, 11-5 – M 6-3
141 – #4 Adam Hluschak (ESU) pinned Ian Grecco, 0:26 – ESU 9-6
149 – Shane Foster (M) pinned Tyler Wilton, 1:06 – M 12-9
157 – Jordan Shields (M) dec. Brock Parker, 2-1 – M 15-9
165 – Jesse Dunn (ESU) pinned Austin Roland, 1:31 – Tied 15-15
174 – Jeff Jacobs (ESU) dec. Pat Leahy, 8-4 – ESU 18-15
184 – Brendan McKeown (ESU) dec. Eric Fulmer, 6-4 – ESU 21-15
197 – Ed Ebewo (ESU) dec. Michael Pollard, 11-4 – ESU 24-15
285 – Will Weaver (ESU) dec. Nathan Sharp, 3-2:RT,TB3 – ESU 27-15

ESU 25, Seton Hill 16
125 – Kenny Trumbetta (SH) won by forfeit – SH 6-0
133 – Jordan Toledo (ESU) dec. Josh Testa, 13-7 – SH 6-3
141 – Dallas Evans (SH) maj. dec. #4 Adam Hluschak, 10-2 – SH 10-3
149 – Nick Nichols (SH) dec. Tyler Wilton, 8-1 – SH 13-3
157 – not contested
165 – Brock Parker (ESU) maj. dec. Tyler Mohlenrich, 12-2 – SH 13-7
174 – Jeff Jacobs (ESU) pinned Josh Voelker, 1:12 – Tied 13-13
184 – Brendan McKeown (ESU) won by forfeit – ESU 19-13
197 – Ed Ebewo (ESU) won by forfeit – ESU 25-13
285 – Ron Oswald (SH) dec. Erik Schaffer, 1-0 – ESU 25-16

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