Shaun Farnham is in control on his way to earning a major decision at 125 pounds
The No. 8 College of New Jersey wrestling team fought off a valiant effort from No. 13 Wilkes University before notching a 21-16 win in a dual match in the Marts Center on Wednesday night. The win improves the Lions to 17-1 overall, while the Colonels see their dual match record fall to 10-7.
Wilkes took a 4-0 lead after one bought thanks to Shaun Farnham’s 11-2 major decision over Tom Roberto at 125 pounds.
The College of New Jersey would respond with consecutive wins to take their first lead of the night. Ray Sarinelli, ranked seventh in the nation at 133 pounds, scored a 6-3 decision over Josh Pauling to close to within 4-3. Tyler Branham followed at 141 pounds and used a second period escape to notch a 1-0 win over Peter George to give the Lions a 6-4 advantage.
Erik Smith put Wilkes back on top, 7-6, with a 2-1 decision over Chris Prihoda at 149 pounds. But, the College of New Jersey came up with three consecutive victories to take the lead for good.
Joey Galante begin the string of wins for the Lions when he was awarded a medical default over Andrew Franko at 157 pounds, giving his team a 12-7 advantage. Lenny Goduto would contribute a 7-5 overtime victory over Frank Heffernan at 165 pounds to extend the lead to 15-7. Nationally-ranked Greg Osgoodby capped the run for the College of New Jersey by topping Justin Barowski, 3-1, to make it 18-7 with three matches remaining.
Colin Nagy scores a takdown during his win at 184 pounds
Wilkes would not go away quietly thanks to wins at 184 pounds and 197 pounds. Colin Nagy scored a takedown in overtime to earn a 4-2 win over Jim Tomczuk at 184 pounds and move the Colonels within 18-10.
At 197 pounds, Wilkes’ Brandon Kelly, ranked sixth in Division III, returned following an almost three week lay-off due to an injury, to pin Shawn Vanwingerden in 1:12 to cut the deficit to 18-16 with one match to go.
In the final match of the evening the College of New Jersey’s Steve Carbone scored a second period escape and a riding point to top Keith Altiery, 2-0, at 285 pounds to close out the win for the Lions.
Wilkes will return to the mat on Saturday when they travel to 14th
-ranked Ithaca College for a dual match at 2 p.m.
College of New Jersey 21 Wilkes 16
125 – Shaun Farnham (W) maj. dec. Tom Roberto, 11-2 (0-4)
133 – Ray Sarinelli (TCNJ) dec. Josh Pauling, 6-3 (3-4)
141 – Tyler Branham (TCNJ) dec. Peter George, 1-0 (6-4)
149 – Erik Smith (W) dec. Chris Prihoda, 2-1 (6-7)
157 – Joey Galante (TCNJ) medical default Andrew Franko (12-7)
165 – Lenny Goduto (TCNJ) dec. Frank Heffernan, 7-5 OT (15-7)
174 – Greg Osgoodby (TCNJ) dec. Justin Barowski, 3-1 (18-7)
184 – Colin Nagy (W) dec. Jim Tomczuk, 4-2 OT (18-10)
197 – Brandon Kelly (W) pinned Shawn Vanwingerden, 1:12 (18-16)
285 – Steve Carbone (TCNJ) dec. Keith Altiery, 2-0 (21-16)