SU WRESTLING: Shippensburg falls to Kutztown on Senior Night, 24-12
By LIZI ARBOGAST
SHIPPENSBURG – In their final match before the NCAA Super Region I Championships, the Shippensburg wrestlers fought hard against the nationally-ranked Kutztown squad.
After leading by just one point with four bouts remaining, Kutztown (12-4) got a big pin from Andy Wesner at 174 to put the momentum squarely in the Golden Bears’ favor. They rode that surge to a 24-12 victory over the Red Raiders (12-8) Friday night at Heiges Field House.
“That was really, really awesome,” Kutztown coach Rob Fisher said. “Due to injuries, he’s really had a chance to show what he can do. That was just one of many great efforts we’ve gotten from him.”
Wesner took down Ship’s Dylan Treaster less than 20 seconds into the match. Treaster attempted to work his way back to his feet before Wesner slapped him with a crossface cradle to get a pin in just 51 seconds.
“That was a good pin because it would’ve been a close match,” Wesner said. “I didn’t want to leave it up to the heavyweights because they are usually the ones to win it for us. It was good to get six for the team.”
Shippensburg started the match well, winning decisions in both of the first two bouts. Dereck Enders earned a 6-1 decision over Tony Farace with three takedowns, and Cameron Throckmorton dominated Brandon Davis, 11-4.
“(Enders) looked really good,” Raider coach Seth Bloomquist said. “It’s impressive how every match he’s getting better and better, and Throckmorton also had a very good match tonight. He continues to be one of the top wrestlers in our region, and he just continues to win.”
Kutztown then went on a three-bout win streak to take a 10-6 lead. But Ship’s Neal Grudi broke that with a 4-3 decision, scoring a reversal with 20 seconds remaining. Grudi has been a focus for Bloomquist because he recently moved up a weight.
“That was a big win for him,” Bloomquist siad. “When you move up, obviously things change. But every match since then, he’s improved steadily.”
After Wesner’s pin, SU’s Luke Etter answered with a shutout decision against Matt Cosgrove, but Kutztown won the final two matches to seal up the victory.
Fisher was especially impressed with his heavyweight, Ziad Haddad, who earned a 9-0 major against Dan Estricher.
“The Ship kid is a real respectable, solid college heavyweight, and to beat him that soundly was a really good effort,” Fisher said.
Before the match, Ship honored its eight seniors. Because this is Bloomquist’s fourth year as a coach, this is the first senior class he graduated.
“Some of these guys I recruited and brought them here, so it’s a big night for me in terms of that,” Bloomquist said. “It’s sad in one way. You never want to lose those guys, but if we have that many kids graduating, we’ve done our job both as an educational institution and a wrestling team.”
Senior Night was particularly emotional for Ship’s 149-pounder, Tyler Erdman, who has decided not to participate in the postseason because he wants to focus on his future of joining the Army.
Following Erdman’s very competitive OT loss to Mitch Voelker, he ceremonially removed his shoes and placed them in the middle of the mat.
“It was bittersweet, to be honest,” Erdman said. “I really wish I could’ve gone out with that win, but at the same time, I know I’m getting ready for the future, so you just have to have resilience and drive on.”
Lizi Arbogast can be reached at 262-4788 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
125 – Derrick Enders (S) d Tony Farace, 6-1
133 – Cameron Throckmorton (S) d Brandon Davis, 11-4
141 – Evan Yenolevich (K) md Cody Myers, 12-2
149 – Mitch Voelker (K) d Tyler Erdman, 5-3, OT
157 – Matt Martoccio (K) d John Lindquist, 7-5
165 – Neal Grudi (S) d Ricky Pena, 4-3
174 – Andy Wesner (K) p Dylan Treaster, 0:51
184 – Luke Etter (S) d Matthew Cosgrove, 4-0
197 – Vinny Campanile (K) md Marshall Hobbs, 14-1
285 – Ziad Haddad (K) md Dan Estricher, 10-0
Next match: Friday, in NCAA Super Region I Championships at Kutztown, 5.