The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

November 21, 2013

Kutztown wrestlers to visit Pitt-Johnstown


sports@tribdem.com

JOHNSTOWN — Coach Pat Pecora's eighth-ranked Pitt-Johnstown wrestlers will face a challenge in trying to extend their streak of 16 consecutive dual meet wins tonight.

The Mountain Cats will host 12th-ranked Kutztown University for alumni night at

7 p.m. in the Sports Center.

 The Mountain Cats opened the season with an impressive 42-6 win over 16th-ranked University of Findlay (Ohio) on Nov. 13 and a 34-6 victory over West Liberty (W.Va.) University on Wednesday to extend their winning streak, which dates back to last season.

 The Mountain Cats are led by All-Americans Dave Fogle (125 pounds), Dave Cawley (149), and Travis McKillop (184), and national qualifiers Evan Link (133), Gary Lantz (165), and Josh Duplin (285).

 Nationally, McKillop is second at 184, while Cawley is sixth at 149, Fogle is seventh at 125, and Duplin is eighth at 285.

 Eight Mountain Cats are ranked in the Super Region I rankings, including, Cawley and McKillop who are both ranked first. Fogle is second, and Lantz and Duplin are both third.

In addition, Link and Nikos Garafola (174) are both fifth, and Zak Newton (197) is sixth.

 Kutztown, under 13th-year Head Coach Rob Fisher, is 2-1 after the University of Maryland Terrapin Duals on Nov. 3.  Kutztown defeated Alderson-Broaddus (W.Va.) 47-3 and Johns Hopkins (Md.) 27-3, and suffered a 35-0 loss to Maryland.

 The Golden Bears are led by 2013 All-American and NCAA No. 1-ranked Ziad Haddad (285) and national qualifiers Evan Yenolevich (133) and Mitch Voelker (141).

 Last season, the Mountain Cats visited 18th-ranked Kutztown on Nov. 21, and dealt the Golden Bears a 24-17 loss.

 Key matchups: All-American and NCAA No. 7 Dave Fogle (UPJ) vs. Tom Traxler at 125 …. National qualifier Evan Link (UPJ) vs. National qualifier and NCAA No. 6 Evan Yenolevich  at 133…Luke Palamides (UPJ) vs. national qualifier Mitch Voelker at 141. … All-America and NCAA No. 6 Dave Cawley (UPJ) vs. Joe Esposito at 149. … Two-time national qualifier Gary Lantz or John Blankenship (UPJ) vs. Justin Heller at 165. … Two-time All-America and NCAA No. 2 Travis McKillop (UPJ) vs. Giovanni Ortiz at 184. … National qualifier and NCAA No. 8 Josh Duplin (UPJ) vs. All-American and NCAA top-ranked Ziad Haddad at 285.