NEW YORK - Wrestling for the first time this season at home in the University
(Blue) Gym, the Columbia grapplers did not disappoint the favorable crowd,
downing American, 24-13.
Josh Houldsworth notched the first of three major decisions
for the Lions in the opening bout of the match. Wrestling at 165 pounds,
Houldsworth recorded a takedown and near fall in the opening period to build a
5-0 advantage. He continued to build on that the next two periods, coming away
with the 13-2 major decision.
No. 22 Stephen West mimicked Houldsworth, posting another
major decision in favor of the Lions to give Columbia an 8-0 lead. West held a
7-0 lead after two periods of wrestling before adding three late points in the
third with an escape and takedown to go up 10-2. With the riding time point,
West came away with an 11-2 major decision.
Thomas Barriero got American on the board in the 184-pound
bout, downing Drew Rebling, 5-2. Nick Mills came back right back for Columbia
with a pin of Devon Bradley in the 197-bout. Mills victory in 3:12 ended up
being a seven-point swing in favor of the Lions, as Bradley was called for
unsportsmanlike conduct at the conclusion of the match, docking American a
point to put Columbia ahead 14-2.
American would rally though, winning the following three
matches, two by major decision to close the gap to 14-13 heading into the
141-pound bout. First-year Alec Mooradian got the Lions back on track,
registering a climatic 3-1 sudden victory in overtime to give Columbia a
four-point cushion, 17-13.
No. 8 Steve Santos secured the team victory for Columbia in
the next match with a one-point decision, 4-3, over Kevin Tao. The match went
into the final 30 seconds all knotted at 3-3, but Santos was able to escape
from Tao to notch the winning point and put Columbia up 20-13.
No. 17 Jake O'Hara put the exclamation point on the win with
a 12-3 major decision over Mark Cirello. O'Hara went up 5-0 in the first period
following a near fall and added two takedowns in the final period.
Columbia is back on the mats tomorrow, Jan. 27, at Hofstra.
Match time against the Pride is set for 1 p.m. The Lions return home next
Saturday, Feb. 2 when they host No. 8 Cornell for a 6 p.m. Ivy League battle.
RESULTS - Columbia 24, American 13
165 - Josh Houldsworth (C) wins by major decision over Phillip Barriero (A),
174 - Stephen West (C) wins by major decision over Keithen
Cast (A), 11-2
184 - Thomas Barriero (A) wins by decision over Drew
197 - Nick Mills (C) pins Devon Bradley (A), 3:12
Note: Bradley cited for unsportsmanlike conduct, AU lost
285 - Blake Herrin (A) wins by major decision over Chris
125 - David Terao (A) wins by decision over Penn Gottfried
133 - Esteban Gomez-Rivera (A) wins by major decision over
Robert Dyar (C), 12-3
141 - Alec Mooradian (C) wins by decision over John Boyle
(A), 3-1, SV1
149 - Steve Santos (C) wins by decision over Kevin Tao (A),
157 - Jake O'Hara(C) wins by major decision over Mark
Cirello (A), 12-3