NEW YORK – The Columbia wrestling team capped the 2014 regular season in thrilling fashion Sunday at University Gym, reeling off seven bout wins, six with bonus points, dismantling visiting Brown, 33-9. The match was preceded with a Senior Day ceremony honoring the Lions eight seniors.
One of those seniors got things going in the right direction early for Columbia, as Matt Bystol recorded his fourth fall of the year in the 141-pound bout. Bystol and Zach Tannenbaum were knotted at 1-1 as the second period was coming to a close, but Bystol took control and earned the takedown with just two seconds remaining.
With Columbia ahead 6-3, first-year Markus Scheidel picked up his 23rd win of the season at 157 pounds, racking up seven takedowns against Richard Muniz for the 15-7 major decision. The win extended Columbia’s lead to 10-3 and marked Scheidel’s 10th major decision of the season.
The 165- and 174-pound bouts both ended with 10-2 major decisions in favor of the Lions. Senior Josh Houldsworth held a 4-1 lead on Philip Marano heading into the final period when he exploded for six points on an escape, two takedowns and the riding time point for his 21st win on the year.
Shane Hughes followed up with an almost identical performance against Ricky McDonald. After scoring a three-point nearfall in the second period to go ahead 5-0, Hughes used two escapes, a takedown and the riding time point to tally five more points in the final period, capturing his 20th victory.
At 197 pounds, Matt Idelson showed his strength with a powerful takedown against Sebastien Levin late in the first period. The takedown injured Levin, ending the match via injury default, pushing the Lions lead to 24-6.
Brown picked up three points in the heavyweight bout, but the Lions closed out the match with wins at 125 and 133 pounds. Penn Gottfried and Vincent Moita engaged in a scoreless opening period before Gottfried snared control of the bout with a 7-1 second period that was highlighted by a three-point nearfall in the closing seconds. Gottfried added three more points in the third period to post the 10-3 decision.
Sophomore Angelo Amenta put the exclamation point on the Lions’ win with his first fall of the season, downing Anthony Finocchiaro just 29 seconds into the second period.
Columbia will now turn its attention to the EIWA Championships slated for March 8-9 in Philadelphia, Pa.