The Elizabethtown College men’s wrestling team battled with Gettysburg College on Friday, Jan. 20 at Thompson Gymnasium. The Blue Jays jumped on top of the Bullets early in the dual match, leading 6-0 after two bouts. Junior Phil Torresani defeated Gettysburg’s Lenny Ogozalek, 5-3, at 125 pounds to kick off the match. Senior Bryan Pflanz followed Torresani with a 4-3 decision over Noah Malamut.
The Bullets fought back to tie the match at six, winning the next two bouts at 141 and 149 pounds. Junior Chris Kummerer put the Blue Jays back in front with a pin at 157 pounds over Henry Scavone. Gettysburg’s Quinn Merrigan pinned in the next bout to help the Bullets draw even with Etown again.
Gettysburg took three of the final four bouts to clinch a 24-16 victory over the Blue Jays. Junior Rocco Hladney earned a major decision victory at 184 pounds for Etown’s final win of the night. The Blue Jays were without nationally-ranked senior Luke Fernandez, which allowed Gettysburg to earn six crucial points toward the match victory.
Etown will be back in action Friday, Jan. 27 when they travel to Wheaton, Illinois for the Pete Willson-Wheaton Invitational.