The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


January 18, 2014

Fifth straight win for UPJ wrestlers

PHILIPPI, Ohio — Three Pitt-Johnstown wrestlers posted first-period pins on Saturday as the Mountain Cats won nine of 10 bouts on their way to a 43-4 victory at Alderson-Broaddus.

It was the Mountain Cats’ fifth straight win.

UPJ had to adjust its lineup to cover a number of vacancies resulting from recent injuries.

“We moved everybody from 149 up to 174 up a weight so we didn’t have to forfeit at 174,” Cats coach Pat Pecora said. “It worked out well for us.”

UPJ had a vacancy at 174 because of a toe injury sustained by Nikos Garafola during a mid-week practice. All-American Dave Cawley (141) also is injured.

Dave Fogle won by forfeit at 125 while Luke Palamides (133) and Craig Dawson (141) scored decisions for a 12-0 UPJ lead.

The 11-5 decision over Sam Jones was Dawson’s first dual-meet win of the year.

Sam Hanau pinned Tyler Cross in 2:50 at 149, and Cole Landowski major-decisioned Cody Springs 10-2 at 157 in his college debut.

“Landowski is a true freshman who wrestled his first match of the season and won big at 157,” Pecora said. “We moved (Sam) Molina to 165, and he lost. We moved (John) Blankenship up to 174, and he won. It came our way. Then, our two pinners tried to see who could get the fastest pin. (Travis McKillop (184) got one in 31 seconds and Zac Bennett (197) got his in 35 seconds. UPJ heavyweight Josh Duplin won by forfeit.

The Mountain Cats improved to 7-1 with one stop remaining on their five-match road trip.

They will visit Seton HIll on Wednesday, then return to the Sports Center to host Millersville at 11 a.m. on Jan. 25.

Alderson-Broaddus fell to 1-12.

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