NEW YORK -- Stephen West won by fall and Nick Mills battled through injuries to claim a double-overtime victory, but the Columbia wrestling team could not get past No. 24 Hofstra, falling to the Pride, 28-9, on Sunday in its 2012 home finale at University Gymnasium.
Columbia (8-5) wrestled tough against the 24th-ranked Pride (12-3) as seven of the 10 bouts were decided by three points or less. Sunday was also Senior Day and Columbia honored seniors Eren Civan, Kyle Gilchrist, Kevin Lester and Shane Strumwasser and their families before the match.
Hofstra built a 4-0 lead when No. 14 Steve Bonnano defeated Columbia junior Robert Dyar (15-17) by major decision, 10-1, at 125.
In the third period of the 133, senior captain Kyle Gilchrist (24-12) scored one point from 1:12 riding time and Jamie Franco had one point from an escape to send the bout into overtime knotted at 1-1. Franco came away with the sudden victory with a takedown.
Columbia sophomore Matt Bystol (20-15) had to bow out of the 141 match due to injury in the second period, giving Luke Vaith the win.
At 149, the Pride’s Justin Accordino took a 1-0 lead in the second period over Steve Santos (19-7) and Santos used an escape to tie things up at the start of the third. Accordino used a takedown and a two-point near fall to claim a 5-1 victory.
Junior 157-pounder Jake O’Hara (25-12) rallied back from a 3-0 deficit with a third-period reversal, but ran out of time, losing to Hofstra’s Tyler Banks, 4-2.
At 165, Civan (8-10) had a thrilling double-overtime bout against No. 19 P.J. Gillespie. Civan tied the bout at 2-2 when he managed an escape at the start of the second period. He took a 4-2 lead with a takedown that period, but Gillespie escapes in the second and third periods sent the match into overtime tied 4-4. In double overtime, Gillespie managed an escape to take the 5-4 win.
West (29-11) got the Lions on the scoreboard at 174, pinning Jermaine John in 2:08 to pull the Lions to within 22-6.
At 184, first-year Shane Hughes (20-10) could not battle back from an early deficit against Ben Clymer. Clymer used takedowns in the first and third periods to come away with a 4-1 victory.
Mills (12-13) had maybe the most thrilling win of the day at 197. Mills and Hofstra’s Tim Murphy had each recorded an escape to send the bout into overtime tied at 1-1. In the second TB period, Mills had to take 52 seconds of injury time after suffering a leg injury. He battled through the pain to manage a sudden victory win with a takedown in the next period. The Lions trailed 25-9 after Mills’ victory.
At 285, Hofstra’s Paul Snyder took a 2-0 lead over senior captain Kevin Lester (27-10) with a takedown. Lester managed two escapes to tie the match at 2-2 in the second period. Snyder had an escape and a takedown in the third period to earn the 5-2 win.
Columbia will next prepare for the EIWA Championships March 3-4 at Princeton’s Jadwin Gym.
NO. 24 HOFSTRA 28, COLUMBIA 9
125: No. 14 Steve Bonanno (H) def. by MD Robert Dyar (C), 10-1 - Hoftra leads 4-0
133: Jamie Franco (H) def. Kyle Gilchrist (C) 3-1 SV - Hofstra leads 7-0
141: Luke Vaith (H) def. Matt Bystol by injury def. - Hofstra leads 13-0
149: Justin Accordino (H) def. Steve Santos (C), 5-2 - Hofstra leads 16-0
157: Tyler Banks (H) def. Jake O’Hara (C), 4-2 - Hofstra leads 19-0
165: No. 19 P.J. Gillespie (H) def. Eren Civan (C), 5-4 2OT - Hofstra leads 22-0
174: Stephen West (C) pins Jermaine John (H) in 2:08 - Hofstra leads 22-6
184: Ben Clymer (H) def. Shane Hughes (C), 4-1 - Hofstra leads 25-6
197: Nick Mills (C) def. Tim Murphy (H), 4-2 2OT - Hofstra leads 25-9
285: (H) def. Kevin Lester (C), 5-2 - Hostra wins 28-9