LANCASTER, Pa. - The Sacred Heart wrestling team dropped a hard-fought 19-17 dual match at Franklin & Marshall Saturday night.
Sacred Heart started the night off slow as the Diplomats won the first three matches in the dual. Aaron Moldoff overpowered Gerard Daly in the first match winning 14-4 by major decision in the 125-pound class. Scott Stevens beat Timothy Johnson 5-0 by decision in the 133-pound class, and Rick Durso defeated Alex Harnsberger by technical fall 15-0 in 5:41 in the 141-pound class. The Diplomats were up 12-0 after the three matches.
The Pioneers started a comeback in the 149-pound class with Brandon Levesque winning a close battle against Jason Bing 10-6. Sacred Heart won the next two matches with Jordan Velez defeating Brandon Giovanetti in another close match 6-3, and Matt Fisher beat Michael Marano in dominating fashion 16-0 by technical fall in 4:48. After six matches, SHU cut the deficit to one, 12-11.
Johnny Vrasidas couldn't keep the winning streak going as he lost in the 174-pound class to Joshua Young 17-8 by major decision. Sacred Heart, fortunately, would get two more wins from Elliott Antler in the 184-pound class 7-3 and Sasha Oliinyk 11-5 at 197 to take a 17-16 lead.
It all came down to the last match of the night. It took place in the 285-pound class between Duke Sherwood and Antonio Pelusi. The two wrestlers battled to a 1-1 tie, forcing overtime. Sherwood was unable to get anything going as Pelusi took him down to win in overtime 3-1 by sudden victory, giving Franklin & Marshall the 19-17 win.
The Pioneers will be back in action March 4th as they head to Princeton University to compete in the EIWA Championships.
F&M 19, Sacred Heart 17
125: Aaron Moldoff (F&M) over Gerard Daly (SHU) (MD 14-4)
133: Scott Stevens (F&M) over Timothy Johnson (SHU) (Dec 5-0)
141: Rick Durso (F&M) over Alex Harnsberger (SHU) (TF 15-0 5:41)
149: Brandon Levesque (SHU) over Jason Bing (F&M) (Dec 10-6)
157: Jordan Velez (SHU) over Brandon Giovanetti (F&M) (Dec 6-3)
165: Matt Fisher (SHU) over Michael Marano (F&M) (TF 16-0 4:48)
174: Joshua Young (F&M) over Johnny Vrasidas (SHU) (MD 17-8)
184: Elliot Antler (SHU) over Anthony Mancini (F&M) (Dec 7-3)
197: Sasha Oliinyk (SHU) over Charles Kerkesner (F&M) (Dec 11-5)
285: Antonio Pelusi (F&M) over Duke Sherwood (SHU) (SV-1 3-1)