TROY, N.Y. – The Columbia wrestling team opened the dual season Saturday with a thrilling 16-15 defeat of the Michigan State Spartans at the Journeyman/Asics Northeast Duals at the Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, N.Y. The Lions also took on Clarion and Lehigh, falling to the Golden Eagles in a close match, 20-16, while the Mountain Hawks came away with a 25-9 victory.
Michigan State Recap
Columbia raced out to a 13-0 advantage through the first four bouts against Michigan State and held on for the 16-15 victory. Penn Gottfried got the Lions off to a good start with a major decision over Brennan Lyon, 11-2. Angelo Amenta followed with his fifth victory of the year with a shutout of Garth Yenter, 4-0, to put the Lions out front 7-0.
The winning continued at 141 pounds with No. 18 Matt Bystol taking the riding time point to slip past Brian Gibbs, 2-1. Connor Sutton pushed the Columbia lead up to 13-0, defeating Matt Pasqualini at 149 pounds with a sudden victory in the second overtime, 5-3.
The Spartans looked to close the gap with two victories via decision at 157 and 165, but Eric Fajardo got Columbia back in the win column at 174 pounds with a 9-7 decision against Kevin Nash. Fajardo’s victory gave the Lions a 16-6, a lead they would not relinquish.
MSU would capture decisions in the final three bouts, but the nine points would leave them one short of a tie, as the Lions secured the 16-15 win in their first dual of the season.
Columbia 16, MSU 15
125: Penn Gottfried (COL) maj. dec. Brennan Lyon (MSU) –11-2, COL: 4-0
133: Angelo Amenta (COL) dec. Garth Yenter (MSU) – 4-0, COL: 7-0
141: No. 18 Matt Bystol (COL) dec. Brian Gibbs (MSU) – 2-1, COL: 10-0
149: Connor Sutton (COL) dec. Matt Pasqualini (MSU) – SV-2, 5-3, COL: 13-0
157: No. 18/19 Ryan Watts (MSU) dec. Markus Scheidel (COL) – 7-4, COL: 13-3
165: Brian Nash (MSU) dec. Josh Houldsworth (COL) – 2-0, COL: 13-6
174: Eric Fajardo (COL) dec Kevin Nash (MSU) – 9-7, COL: 16-6
184: John Rizqallah (MSU) dec. Zack Hernandez (COL) – 3-0, COL: 16-9
197: No. 20 Nick Diarmid (MSU) dec. Matt Idelson (COL) – SV-1, 9-5, COL: 16-12
285: Mike McClure (MSU) dec. Wyatt Baker (COL) – 7-2, COL: 16-15
Gottfried, Amenta and Bystol once again gave the Lions an early lead, but the Golden Eagles were able to rally to knock off Columbia, 20-16, in the second session of the day. Gottfried earned his second win of the day against Clarion’s Jonathan Mele in an 8-4 decision to begin the match.
Amenta notched his second major decision of the year at 133 pounds, shutting out Sam Sherlock, 11-0, to put the Lions ahead, 7-0. At 141, Matt Bystol extended the lead to 10-0 for Columbia in a high-scoring decision over Tyler Bedelyon, 12-10. No. 18 Justin Arthur got Clarion on the board with a technical fall at 149 pounds, and Austin Matthews took the 157-pound bout, 9-2, to get the Golden Eagles with two.
Houldsworth pushed the lead back to five in favor of the Lions, defeating Michael Pavasko, 5-1. Ryan Darch was able to swing the score in favor of the Golden Eagles in the 174-pound bout, earning a fall to put Clarion ahead, 14-13.
After Dustin Conti put Clarion ahead by four, 17-13, with a win at 184, Mike Fetchet responded at 197 for Columbia with his fifth victory of the year, beating Daniel Sutherland, 6-2. With only one point separating Columbia and Clarion, the heavyweight matchup turned into the deciding bout, with Evan Daley posting a 9-4 decision to clinch the match for the Golden Eagles, 20-16.
Clarion 20, Columbia 16
125: Penn Gottfried (COL) dec. Jonathan Mele (CLAR) – 8-4, COL: 3-0
133: Angelo Amenta (COL) maj. dec. Sam Sherlock (CLAR) – 11-0, COL: 7-0
141: Matt Bystol (COL) dec. Tyler Bedelyon (CLAR) – 12-10, COL: 10-0
149: No. 18 Justin Arthur (CLAR) tech. fall Connor Sutton (COL) – COL: 10-5
157: Austin Matthews (CLAR) dec. Markus Scheidel (COL) – 9-2, COL: 10-8
165: Josh Houldsworth (COL) dec. Michael Pavasko (CLAR) – 5-1, COL: 13-8
174: Ryan Darch (CLAR) fall. Eric Fajardo (COL) – CLAR: 14-13
184: Dustin Conti (CLAR) dec. Zack Hernandez (COL) – 8-3, CLAR: 17-13
197: Mike Fetchet (COL) dec. Daniel Sutherland (CLAR) – 6-2, CLAR: 17-16
285: Evan Daley (CLAR) dec. Wyatt Baker (COL) – 9-4, CLAR: 20-16
Bystol scored his third win of the day and Houldworth registered his second fall of the year, but Lehigh was victorious in the other eight bouts to down Columbia, 25-9, in the final session Saturday.
Trailing 6-0, Bystol edged by No. 20 Laike Garnder, 3-2, for his 10th win of 2013. Houldsworth was also able to get Columbia within three points of the Mountain Hawks, pinning Billy Ramsey in 2:24 to make it a 12-9 match, but Lehigh would win the final four bouts for the 25-9 victory.
The Lions will take almost a full month off from competition before heading to Evanston, Ill. to compete in the 51st Midlands Championships at Northwestern on Dec. 29-30.
Lehigh 25, Columbia 9
125 – Darian Cruz (LH) dec. Penn Gottfried (COL) - 3-1, LH: 3-0
133 – No. 6 Mason Beckman (LH) dec. Angelo Amenta (COL) - 4-2, LH: 6-0
141 – No. 18 Matt Bystol (COL) dec. No. 20 Laike Gardner (LH) - 3-2, LH: 6-3
149 – Mitch Minotti (LH) dec. Connor Sutton (COL) - 9-4, LH: 9-3
157 – No. 8/11 Joey Napoli (LH) dec. Markus Scheidel (COL) - 3-2, LH: 12-3
165 – Josh Houldsworth (COL) fall Billy Ramsey (LH) - 2:24, LH: 12-9
174 – Elliot Riddick (LH) dec. Shane Hughes (COL) - 8-4, LH: 15-9
184 – Zach Diekel (LH) maj. dec. Troy Hembury (COL) - 13-5, LH: 19-9
197 – John Bolich (LH) dec. Mike Fetchet (COL) - 6-2, SV-2 LH: 22-9
285 – Doug Vollaro (LH) dec. Wyatt Baker (COL) - 2-0 LH: 25-9