The Shippensburg University wrestling team claimed four bouts Wednesday night in its final dual meet of the regular season but came up short at No. 17 Kutztown, dropping a 26-16 dual meet to the Golden Bears in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) clash at Keystone Arena.
How it Happened
Two of the Raider winners on the night scored bonus points. Sophomore Colton Babcock (Sweet Valley, Pa./Northwest Area) scored a victory by fall in 4:43 at 174 pounds over Connor Rogovich, marking his 10th win of the year and his team-leading eighth pin. Babcock yielded a takedown in the first period and was trailing 2-1 when started the second period on offense and turned Rogovich for the win.
Redshirt-junior Pat Duggan (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley (Iowa)) roared past Mitchell Camp at 157 pounds with a 20-7 major decision. Duggan scored four takedowns in the first period, two more in the second period, and two takedowns and a two-point near fall in the third period. It was Duggan’s 11th victory of the season.
Redshirt-junior Alexi Castro (Boca Raton, Fla./Olympic Heights) rallied for a 5-2 decision at 197 pounds over Anthony Emig. Castro equaled the score in the second period with a stalling point and then used a takedown to lead 4-2. He escaped in the third for the lone point of the final frame. It is Castro’s fifth straight win, and he is now 10-5 on the season.
Redshirt-junior DeAndre Reed (Baltimore, Md./Digital Harbor (West Liberty)) used a third-period takedown to get past Mike Cusick by a 6-4 margin at 149 pounds. Reed improved to 5-3 on the season.
Wednesday marked the final match of the regular season for the Raiders. Shippensburg will compete in the 2020 NCAA Super Region 1 Championships Feb. 29 from the Mercyhurst Athletic Center in Erie.
#17 Kutztown 26, Shippensburg 16
125: Joe Renne (KU) wins by forfeit (6-0)
133: Collin Wickramaratna (KU) maj. dec. Bodee Tolbert (SU), 18-4 (10-0)
141: Michael Albergo (KU) dec. Matt Milbrand (SU), 8-1 (13-0)
149: DeAndre Reed (SU) dec. Mike Cusick (KU), 6-4 (13-3)
157: Pat Duggan (SU) maj. dec. Mitchell Camp (KU), 20-7 (13-7)
165: Angelo Bencivenga (KU) dec. Drake Brenize (SU), 5-0 (16-7)
174: Colton Babcock (SU) pins Connor Ragovich (KU), 4:43 (16-13)
184: James Potts (KU) maj. dec. Austin Klucker (SU), 13-3 (20-13)
197: Alexi Castro (SU) dec. Anthony Emig (KU), 5-2 (20-16)
285: Thomas Killoran (KU) pins Danny Scheib (SU), 5:40 (26-16)
133: Jake Downing (SU) maj. dec. Connor Yourkavitch (KU), 12-1
Kutztown: 9-4, 3-3 PSAC
Shippensburg: 8-10, 0-7 PSAC
Bill Morgal is Sports Information Director at Shippensburg University