COLLEGVILLE, Pa. – Penn State Mont Alto wrestling team returned to action Saturday at the North/South Duals on the campus of Ursinus College. The Nittany Lions improved to 6-5 in duals on the season with three victories.
How it Happened
Mont Alto opened the meet edging out Hunter College (N.Y), 24-23 before defeating Keystone College (Pa.), 48-12. The team ended the afternoon with a dominant 40-18 showing against Camden County College.
After going down 15-3 in the first three weight classes against Hunter College, John Halbrendt (Gettysburg, Pa./Gettysburg Area) earned a first round pin in 1:20. Ron Schilpp (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) picked up an 8-0 win over Mentor Gjonbalaj that brought it to 15-13. Nick Kostyak (Carlisle, Pa./Boiling Springs) scored the 16-0 major decsion over his opponent from the Hawks at 174 pounds. Davon Williams (Chambersburg, Pa./Chambersburg Area) picked up the final win at 197 pounds that gave PSUMA the narrow win.
Against Keystone College, the Nittany Lions earned wins in every weight class except 125 and 149 pounds. Mason Blank (Lancaster, Pa./Lampeter-Strasburg) earned the first win. Jack Coulston (Carlisle, Pa./Boiling Springs) scored a first round pin over Ethan Harvey. PSUMA picked up a pair of forfeit wins that was followed up by a Nick Kostyak (Carlisle, Pa./Boiling Springs) pin over Jon Grimm. At 184 pounds, Colby Mattice (Colonie, N.Y./Colonie Central) picked up an exciting pin in the second round.
PSUMA were just as dominant against Camden County College with their opponents scoring wins at 125, 197 and 285. Mason Blank (Lancaster, Pa./Lampeter-Strasburg), John Halbrendt (Gettysburg, Pa./Gettysburg Area) and Nick Kostyak (Carlisle, Pa./Boiling Springs) picked up quick victories in their respective weights. Mattice put together several good combinations for the 11-1 win over Chris Esposito for Mont Alto.
Mont Alto is idle for week before competing again at 8 a.m. next Saturday at the Will Abele Invitational.
Frank Maira is Assistant Director of Athletics/SID at Penn State Mont Alto