Friday, Jan. 19, the Elizabethtown College wrestling team defeated the Gettysburg College Bullets on the road 5-4 for the Jays’ first win over Gettysburg since 2013.
Etown got off to a strong start with back-to-back wins in the 125- and the 133-pound weight classes. Senior Phillip Torresani won on a 2-1 decision over Gettysburg senior Lenny Ogozalek.
First-year John McLaughlin pinned Gettysburg senior Louis Carusillo 4:22 into the match, making the score 9-0 Etown after two matches.
Sophomore Colton Rex lost to Gettysburg first-year Sean Thompson in the 141-pound weight class. Thompson pinned Rex 2:18 into the match.
Etown came back strong and won the next two matches. Senior Joe Ghione won the 149-pound weight class by major decision.
Senior Chris Kummerer won the 157-pound weight class by pinning his opponent in under one minute.
The Jays’ last two wins of the night were from seniors Quinn Ruble and Rocco Hladney.
Ruble won by forfeit and Hladney won over Gettysburg first-year Mike Iodice by major decision 17-5.
Sophomore Dan Jerrems, first-year Tyler Mentzer and senior Eric Eckstein also competed for the Jays. Jerrems was pinned at 1:36 by Gettysburg junior Colin Kowalski in the 165-pound weight class.
Mentzer was defeated 8-4 in the 174-pound weight class and Eckstein lost by major decision 12-4 in the 285-pound weight class.
The team will compete at the Pete Willson-Wheaton Invitational in Wheaton, Illinois Friday, Jan. 26 beginning at 12 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 27 at 10 a.m.
Following the invitational, the team will have three more dual meets to prepare for the NCAA Division III Mideast Regional Championships Saturday, Feb. 24 and Sunday, Feb. 25.