No. 1 ranked 197-pounder Brandon Kelly is in control during his 7-4 win over Jason Reilly. Kelly, a returning All-America, improved to 6-0 with the victory.
Visiting Wilkes University won six of 10 matches, including a pin, technical fall, and major decision as the 17th
ranked Colonels posted a 27-12 victory over host King’s College Wednesday in Scandlon Gymnasium.
With the win the Colonels, who claimed the team title at the R.I.T. Tournament on Saturday, improved its dual meet record to 2-0. King’s fell to 0-3 with all three losses coming to teams ranked in the top 20 of NCAA Division III.
Wilkes would take a quick 6-0 lead when returning all-American Felipe Queiroz picked up a forfeit victory at 125-pounds. Queiroz, who improved to 13-2 with the win, is ranked seventh in Division III.
At 133, Wilkes’ Josh Pauling scored an early second period escape to take a 1-0 lead over King’s All-American Dave Morgan, who is ranked third in the latest Division III poll. Morgan would post a takedown, but Pauling followed with an escape to knot the score at 2-2. Morgan would escape to start their third period then added a takedown with 0:23 left for a 5-2 lead Pauling earned an escape with 0:07 left as Morgan would secure a 5-3 win while improving to 13-2 on the year.
At 141, Wilkes’ Don Clark registered a quick first period takedown of Anthony Miele and used two sets of back points for a 7-0 lead. Miele would then score a late reversal to trail 7-2 entering the second period. Clark would take a 9-2 lead into the final frame with a second period reversal and subsequent ride out. Miele would choose the top position where Clark added another reversal en route to an 18-2 technical fall at 6:31 to give the Colonels an 11-3 lead in the team scoring.
In the 149-pound match, Erik Smith of Wilkes scored a first period takedown of Chris Poleto, then added a second period reversal for a 4-0 advantage. Smith would add three back points to enter the third period with a 7-0 lead and eventually posted a 14-1 major decision as the Colonel lead grew to 15-3.
At 157, Frank Heffernan of Wilkes broke open a scoreless match with a second period escape, but Drew Dehaut answered with an escape in the third period to tie the score at 1-1. The match would enter overtime where neither wrestler would score during the first extra stanza. Heffernan would escape 0:11 into the second overtime period to take a 2-1 lead. In the third overtime frame Heffernan would turn Dehaut to his back for two back points and a 4-1 victory that extended the Colonels advantage to 18-3.
At 165 pounds Wilkes’ wasted little time in disposing of Bob Baresse. Barowski threw Baresse to his back less than a minute into the first period before securing a win by fall just 1:02 into the match. The victory allowed Wilkes to push their lead to 24-3.
In the 174-pound match, Josh Ballan of Wilkes scored an early takedown to take a 2-0 lead over Zach Dietrick. Dietrick would quickly escape then score a takedown at the buzzer to enter the second period with a 3-2 lead. Balan would escape to tie the match at 3-3 heading into the third period. Dietrick would escape to take a 4-3 lead, then added a late takedown to secure a 6-3 decision and cut the Wilkes lead to 24-6.
At 184, King’s Zack Wilkinson scored an early takedown of Colin Nagy, then added three near fall points for a 5-1 first period lead. Nagy would escape to start the second period but neither wrestler would score the remainder of the frame. Wilkinson would register a third period escape en route to a 6-2 decision while bringing King’s to within 24-9.
In the feature match of the evening at 197-pounds, Brandon Kelly of Wilkes, the top-ranked wrestler at his weight in Division III, and King’s Jason Reilly would battle through a scoreless first period. Reilly posted a second period escape, but Kelly immediately answered with a takedown to register a 2-1 lead. Reilly would then send the match into the third period tied at 2-2 with an escape. But, Kelly countered with a quick reversal to start the period and take a 4-2 lead. Reilly would cut the advantage to 4-3 with another escape, but Kelly added a takedown with 0:41 left for a 6-3 lead. Reilly (13-2) would pick up a point for stalling, but a riding time point would give Kelly (6-0) a 7-4 victory.
In the final match at 285-pounds King’s Justin Bender took a 2-0 lead with a takedown of Keith Altiery, but the Colonel senior would escape to cut the lead to 2-1 heading into the second period. Bender would escape to build a 3-1 advantage before winning a 6-2 decision to bring the final score of the match to 27-12.
Wilkes 27 King’s 12
125 – Felipe Queiroz (W) won by forfeit
133 – David Morgan (K) dec. Josh Pauling (W), 5-3
141 – Don Clark (W) tech fall Anthony Miele (K), 18-2, 6:31
149 – Erik Smith (W) major dec. Chris Poleto (K), 14-1
157 – Frank Heffernan (W) dec. Drew Dehaut (K), 4-1, OT-3
165 – Justin Barowski (W) pinned Bob Baresse (K), 1:03
174 – Zach Dietrick (K) dec. Josh Ballan (W), 6-3
184 – Zach Wilkinson (K) dec. Colin Nagy (W), 6-2
197 – Brandon Kelly (W) dec. Jason Reilly (K), 7-4
285 – Justin Bender (K) dec. Keith Altiery (W), 6-2