The fifth-ranked Pride won the first five matches of the contest, including victories by Chris Weidman and Alton Lucas over the number one and two-ranked wrestlers in their class, respectively, as Hofstra posted a 24-10 victory over #8 Penn State at the Mack Sports Complex Sunday. The victory keeps the Pride perfect in dual matches with a 7-0 mark, while the Nittany Lions lost their first dual of the year and fall to 4-1.
Starting the match at 157 pounds, Hofstra's eighth-ranked senior James Strouse (17-2) bounced back from a 5-3 first period deficit to post a 10-6 victory over PSU senior Nathan Galloway. Pride senior All-American Mike Patrovich (7-0), ranked third, overwhelmed sophomore Jason Lapham by tech fall, 18-2, at 165 pounds for a 8-0 lead.
At 174 pounds, Hofstra sophomore Alton Lucas, who cracked the top 20 rankings for the first time this week with a number 17 placement, posted a takedown with 53 seconds remaining in the third period to break a 1-1 tie and give him a 3-2 victory over second-ranked senior James Yonushonis. Lucas improved to 11-2 on the season. Pride junior Joe Rovelli, ranked seventh at 184, kept the momentum going with a 13-6 victory over sophomore Phil Bomberger. Rovelli (15-3) was down 5-0 to open the match but rallied to close the deficit to 5-4 at the end of the first period and then posted two near-falls in the second to build an 11-4 lead.
Hofstra senior All-American Chris Weidman, ranked sixth at 197 pounds, posted his second victory over a number one ranked wrestler in nine months with a 5-4 victory over junior Phil Davis on the riding time point. Weidman (13-1) entered the third period down 3-2 but posted a reversal to take a 4-3 lead.
Following the break,
But Hofstra's 19th-ranked junior Charles Griffin (12-3) slammed the door on the Nittany Lions, bouncing back from a 5-3 deficit entering the third period, to post a 9-5 victory over junior Bryan Heller. Pride red-shirt freshman Mitch Smith (6-1) sealed the deal at 149 with a 16-5 major decision over freshman Dan Vallimont. Hofstra, which defeated
#5 Hofstra 24, #8 Penn State 10
157 - #8 James Strouse (H) dec. Nathan Galloway (PS) 10-6
184 - # 7 Joe Rovelli (H) dec. Phil Bomberger (PS) 13-6
285 - #12 Aaron Anspach (PS) maj. dec. Matt Pollock (H) 17-6
125 - #3 Mark McKnight (PS) dec. #8 Dave Tomasette (H) 5-2
133 - #7 Jake Strayer (PS) dec. #20 Lou Ruggirello (H) 6-0
141 - #19 Charles Griffin (H) dec. Bryan Heller (PS) 9-5
149 - Mitch Smith (H) maj. dec. Dan Vallimont (PS) 16-5