The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Local Sports

February 22, 2013

Mountain Cats put seven in regional semis

KUTZTOWN — Seven Pitt-Johnstown wrestlers earned spots in the semifinals and two others advanced to today’s final day of the NCAA Division II Super Region I Tournament at Kutztown University.  

UPJ stands in second place, 13.5 points behind Newberry (S.C.) College for the top spot.

“It was solid day,” said UPJ coach Pat Pecora. “We got seven guys going into the semifinals, and we’ve got two wrestling back. We only lost one wrestler so far, our 157-pounder, but we’ve got so many guys going on to the semifinals and two guys coming through the consolation bracket.

“We lost a couple tight ones today, but we won a lot of tight ones, too.”

Evan Link pinned American International’s Andrew Chase at 4:47 and won a 16-3 major decision over UNC-Pembroke’s Jake Smith to advance to the semifinals at 125 pounds, while returning All-American Dave Fogle used a 2-1 tie-breaker to defeat Jose Matos (Gannon) in the quarterfinals at 133 pounds.

The Mountain Cats kept it going in the lower weight classes with a technical fall and a 4-0 shutout by Dave Cawley at 141 pounds, and All-American Jack Bachman’s 5-2 quarterfinal decision over Michael Griffith (Mercyhurst) at 149 pounds.

UPJ wasn’t done yet.  At 174 pounds, national qualifier Gary Lantz got falls over Anderson’s Allen Jacob and Shippensburg’s Neal Grudi, while All-American and top-seeded Travis McKillop opened the tournament with a first-period pin, before reaching the semifinals by handing Luke DeLuise (East Stroudsburg) a 9-0 major decision loss in the 184-pound bracket.

True freshman Josh Duplin became the seventh UPJ wrestler to advance to the semis when he held off Millersville’s Bradley Ladd, 4-3, in the quarterfinals at 285 pounds.

Two other Mountain Cats are still alive in the tournament.

After suffering a loss in the first round, second-seeded Keith Ryan (165 pounds) bounced back with pins over Nate Silverthorn (East Stroudsburg) and Ricky Pena (Kutztown), and Nikos Garafola (197 pounds) responded from a loss in the quarterfinals by pinning Seton Hill’s Tyler Dombrowski at 1:42 in the second round of the consolations.

Joel Paolo wrestled for UPJ at 157 pounds, but did not advance to today’s action.

Wrestling resumes today at 11 a.m. with the semifinals and consolation quarterfinals, followed by the consolation semifinals at approximately 12:30 p.m.

The final session will start at 3 p.m., featuring the finals, consolation finals, fifth-sixth place matches and true-fourth matches.

Click here to subscribe to The Tribune-Democrat print edition.

Click here to subscribe to The Tribune-Democrat e-edition.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local Sports
  • Pirates 0720 Pirates rally to keep sweep

    Taking the extra base was the key for the Pittsburgh Pirates in completing a three-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies.
    Andrew McCutchen hit a tiebreaking single in the seventh inning, Neil Walker followed with a home run and the Pirates overcame a three-run deficit to beat the Rockies 5-3 Sunday.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • LAG 0720 AAABA League playoffs: Laurel Auto Group moves closer to advancing

    Second-seeded Laurel Auto Group fell behind early against No. 3 Berkley Hills Renegades on Sunday afternoon at Roxbury Park. But Laurel’s players didn’t lose their composure.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Urtz, Pope lead AAABA League award votes

    Logan Urtz hadn’t fielded a ground ball as an infielder or swung a bat in a game for a couple seasons.
    But you can’t take the former infielder out of a starting pitcher.

    July 20, 2014

  • Blairsville pegged as team to beat

    As Heritage Conference football coaches assembled at United High School during Wednesday’s media day event at Thomas J. Madill Field, the near-consensus opinion is that Blairsville – under second-year coach Rick Artley – is going to be the team to beat once the season begins on Aug. 29.
    After the Bobcats, the forecasted picture gets a little foggier.

    July 30, 2014

  • tim Baserunning blunder helps Giants end six-game losing streak

    Clint Hurdle says he and a pal often marvel over how there’s always something new to see at a baseball game.
    Too bad for Hurdle. What he watched Wednesday wrecked the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 7-5 loss.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • shazier Rookie linebacker making impression at Steelers camp

    Ryan Shazier grew up the football equivalent of a Rorschach test.
    Some coaches looked at Shazier’s 6-foot-1 frame with plenty of room to grow and saw a defensive end.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Greene’s No. 75 will be retired at Ravens game

    Joe Greene’s No. 75 now belongs to the ages.
    The Pittsburgh Steelers announced Wednesday the team will retire the Hall of Fame defensive end’s number during a game against the Baltimore Ravens on Nov. 2.

    July 30, 2014

  • levon Bell planning to do better

    Le’Veon Bell kept watching the tape over and over, equal parts pleased and puzzled by what he saw.
    There were times during his rookie season when the Pittsburgh Steelers running back would place his hand on an offensive lineman’s back and wait patiently for the hole to open.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Boilers advance in Pony series

    July 29, 2014

  • Martella’s Pharmacy, LAG name AAABA pickup players

    July 28, 2014