The 18th-ranked Wilkes University wrestling team opened their 2006-07 season by squeezing out a 17-16 win over 14th-ranked York College on Saturday night in the Marts Center.
The Colonels jumped out to a 6-0 lead by winning each of the first two matches. Felipe Queiroz, ranked second in the nation at 125 pounds, opened the match with an 8-3 decision over Kyle Flickinger to give Wilkes a 3-0 advantage. Josh Pauling would follow with a 4-3 victory over Zach Tolbert at 133 pounds to increase the lead to 6-0.
The Spartans would rally with three straight wins to take their only lead of the night. At 141 pounds, Alex Binder topped Adam Penberthy 12-5 to cut the Wilkes lead to 6-3. Tim Bohlman, ranked sixth in Division III, evened the team score at 6-6 with a 5-2 win over Erik Smith at 149 pounds. John Niedrich put York on top 9-6 with an 8-2 win by decision over Frank Heffernan at 157 pounds.
Justin Barowski tied the score at 9-9 for Wilkes when he notched a 5-1 decision over Brian Alwine at 165 pounds. The Colonels would go back on top at 174 pounds when Kyle Lenio pulled out a 5-4 victory over Jerry Bowne to make it 12-9. Bowne entered the match ranked second in the nation at 165 pounds.
Steve Johnson would once again tie the team score for York. Johnston was a 6-2 winner over Josh Ballan in the 184 pound weight class to even things at 12-12.
At 197 pounds, Wilkes’ Brandon Kelly put his number-one national ranking on the line against Kevin Ruff. Kelly had no problems, cruising to a 17-1 win by technical fall that secured five critical team points and gave the Colonels a 17-12 lead with one match remaining.
York’s Luke Panizzi and Wilkes’ Keith Altiery took the mat at 285 pounds. Panizzi earned a 12-2 major decision to make the final score 17-16.
Wilkes will return to the mat next Saturday when they head to King’s College for the Monarch Invitational Tournament beginning at 11:00 a.m.
#18 Wilkes 17 #14 York 16
125 – Felipe Queiroz (W) dec. Kyle Flickinger, 8-3 (3-0)
133 – Josh Pauling (W) dec. Zach Tolbert, 4-3 (6-0)
141 – Alex Binder (Y) dec. Adam Penberthy, 12-5 (6-3)
149 – Tim Bohlman (Y) dec. Erik Smith, 5-2 (6-6)
157 – John Niedrich (Y) dec. Frank Heffernan, 8-2 (6-9)
165 – Justin Barowski (W) dec. Brian Alwine, 5-1 (9-9)
174 – Kyle Lenio (W) dec. Jerry Bowne, 5-4 (12-9)
184 – Steve Johnston (Y) dec. Josh Ballan, 6-2 (12-12)
197 – Brandon Kelly (W) tech. fall Kevin Ruff, 17-1/5:40 (17-12)
285 – Luke Panizzi (Y) maj. dec. Keith Altiery, 12-2 (17-16)