NEW YORK - The Columbia wrestling team put together a solid performance Friday night in the University Gym, posting seven bout victories that included three major decisions, to take down visiting Binghamton, 24-9.
After dropping the opening bout, Angelo Amenta got the Lions on the board in the 133-pound bout. The first 2:50 of the opening period played out to a draw until Amenta was able to take down Mike Sardo with nine seconds left. After a scoreless second period, Amenta picked up his third point with an escape to start the final period. Sardo, trailing 3-0, secured his first points with a takedown 30 seconds later, but Amenta was able to escape once again and added the riding time point for the 5-2 decision.
Columbia recorded its first major decision of the match in the 141-pound bout, with Matt Bystol posting an 11-3 score against Nick Tighe. Bystol posted a takedown in the first period and extended his lead to 6-1 after the second period with a reversal and takedown. Tighe added two points to his tally in the third period via escape, but Bystol countered with two takedowns and then added the riding time point to create an eight-point cushion.
At 149-pounds, Ryan Ponte held Dylan Caruana scoreless, capturing a 4-0 decision. Ponte got on the board early with a takedown 24 seconds into the action, serving as the only scoring until the final period. Starting the third period on the bottom, Ponte was able to escape from Caruana, ensuring he would keep enough riding time to add his fourth point at the final buzzer.
First-year Markus Scheidel jumped out to an early 6-2 advantage on Colton Perry in the 157-pound bout, cruising to a 12-4 major decision. Scheidel registered a takedown in each minute of the opening period and then added another late in the second period. In the third period, Scheidel escaped Perry and then was able to get him on the ground for the fifth time to go up 11-4. The riding time point gave him his seventh major decision of his rookie campaign.
The winning continued for Columbia at 165 pounds, as Josh Houldsworth used a four-point third period to take a 6-1 decision from Vincent Grella. A 2-1 bout heading into the third, Houldsworth notched an escape and takedown, plus the riding time point, to secure the victory.
In the 174-pound bout, Binghamton’s Jack McKeever got off to a good start with a takedown at the 1:29 mark of the first period, but it would be the only points he would score the rest of the way. Columbia’s Shane Hughes, fresh off a runner-up finish at Midlands, escaped McKeever and then ended the period with a takedown and three-point nearfall to sprint ahead 6-2. The second period passed without either grappler scoring, but Hughes earned an escape, takedown and the riding time point in the third to pick up his third major decision of the season.
Zack Hernandez capped the Columbia scoring in exciting fashion, winning the 184-pound bout in sudden victory. Trailing 6-3 heading into the third, Hernandez was able to escape Caleb Wallace in the initial seconds and then took him down with 51 seconds remaining. Time expired without riding time as a factor, so the bout headed to the first overtime period where it took just 16 seconds for the resurgent Hernandez to take Wallace down again for the 8-6 win.
The Lions will hit the mats next Friday, Jan. 17, when Buffalo visits the Big Apple for a 7 p.m. tilt in the University Gym.