GRANTHAM, Pa. (February 20, 2021) – No. 11 Stevens Institute of Technology wrestling earned victories in five of the eight contested matches, but fell to Messiah University in a non-conference dual Saturday afternoon at Hitchcock Arena.
First-years Luke Hoerle and Nick Boggiano joined sophomore Kyle Slendorn, senior Brett Kaliner and junior Michael Dooley in earning victories for the Ducks, who also added an additional seven wins in exhibition bouts, in falling to 0-4. Messiah won three matches in the dual and added two forfeit victories to even its record at 3-3. The Falcons have won the last three meetings between the programs. Today’s matchup was the first-ever dual between the teams on Messiah’s campus and is the first meeting that didn’t take place at the North-South Duals since January 2005.
“We know every time we see Messiah that it’s going to be a battle,” said assistant coach Anthony Bonaventura. “Our guys were up for the challenge today. It was a highly competitive dual and we came up a little short. [We] needed to capitalize in certain bouts to secure more bonus points to close the gap in the team score but the effort was there. Proud to see progress is being made in areas we continue to work on and we are excited to continue to build as we look to close out the dual season in the next 10 days.”
The day began with a forfeit victory for the hosting Falcons at 285. The first contested match was at 125 between first-year Andrew Finateri and Asa Brunk. Finateri was able to score four escapes, but was unable to score a takedown and fell to his opponent 7-4.
For the second straight dual, it was Hoerle scoring points on the dual scoreboard for the Ducks, winning a 5-3 decision over Hunter Rinehart at 133. Trailing 2-1 after the opening period, Hoerle started in the down position to start the second and escaped seven second into the frame to even the score. The Westfield, New Jersey native would connect on a takedown with 30 seconds left in the period to grab a 4-2 advantage through two stanzas. Hoerle would hold the advantage for most of the final period, conceding only an escape point, and finished with a riding time advantage to secure the decision.
Slendorn, ranked eighth at 141 by the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) and third by D3Wrestle, scored the Ducks’ first bonus-point win of the day, defeating Dalton Daugherty via an 11-2 major decision.
Although Daugherty scored a takedown in the bout’s first 30 seconds, it was Slendorn that dominated the majority of the match, scoring the next 11 points, including a four-point near-fall in the final minute of competition. Over the course of the match, the Howell, New Jersey native compiled an impressive 3:19 of riding time.
Kaliner, ranked second by the NWCA and first by D3wrestle at 149, earned his fourth win of the year and put Stevens in front on the scoreboard with a spirited 18-12 decision over Garret Cornell.
Cornell scored the first points of the match with a takedown in the second minute, only for Kaliner to score the reversal shortly thereafter. The 2-2 score would hold until Cornell was able to escape Kaliner’s grip 30 seconds into the second period. Following the escape, Kaliner quickly regained the advantage just 13 seconds later with a takedown, only for Cornell to escape again. All totaled, Kaliner would score 10 points in the frame on five takedowns, including a final one with just three seconds left in the frame.
With Kaliner holding a 12-7 lead at the start of the final period, Cornell used his advantage at the start of the frame to score a four-point near-fall to pull within one. Once Kaliner earned the escape, he was able to score his sixth takedown of the match to create a little separation on the scoreboard. Kaliner would score his seventh takedown in the final seconds and added a riding time point (1:47) to produce the final margin of victory.
The Ducks were able to increase their advantage on the scoreboard thanks to Boggiano, who scored a 13-6 decision over Nick Barnhart. A back-and-forth affair over the first two periods, Boggiano was able to score six points over a 15-second span in the final minute to secure the outcome. Barnhart tied the match at six with a takedown with 35 seconds remaining. Boggiano quickly reversed and scored a four-point near-fall with 15 seconds left to reclaim the advantage. A riding time point for Boggiano provided the final margin.
Messiah would score decision wins at 165 and 174 to reclaim the lead in the dual, before a forfeit at 184 provided the Falcons with a 21-13 advantage.
Dooley closed out the dual with a 13-1 major decision over Spencer Clements. The Hillsborough, New Jersey native scored with a takedown just 13 seconds into the match and never relinquished control. Dooley scored with a four-point near-fall at the end of the opening period and added to his total with a takedown in the second and another in the third. Over the course of the match, Dooley accumulated 4:07 in riding time to provide the final margin. Clements scored an escape point midway through the third period for his only point.
Following the dual, the teams took to the mats for 10 exhibition matches, where the Ducks were victorious in seven of the 10 bouts. Finateri and Slendorn earned victories in the extra bouts along with sophomores Trevor Mastorio, Pasquale Vizzoni and Jonah Schechtman. First-years Joel Martsinovsky and Will Fernandez rounded out the exhibition wins, with Fernandez’s 15-2 major decision over Joshua Flores accounting for his first collegiate victory.
Dual Box Score
Final Score: Messiah University 21; No. 11 Stevens: 17
HWT: Carter Urich (M) wins by forfeit; Messiah leading 6-0
125: Asa Brunk (M) won by decision over Andrew Finateri (S), 7-4; Messiah leads 9-0
133: Luke Hoerle (S) won by decision over Hunter Rinehart (M), 5-3; Messiah leads 9-3
141: #8/#3 Kyle Slendorn (S) won by major decision over Dalton Daugherty (M), 11-2; Messiah leads 9-7
149: #2/#1 Brett Kaliner (S) won by decision over NR/#9 Garret Cornell (M), 18-12; Stevens leads 10-9
157: Nick Boggiano (S) won by decision over Nick Barnhart (M), 13-6; Stevens leads 13-9
165: #9/#5 Matt Pangle (M) won by decision over Joe Schneider (S), 10-4; Stevens leads 13-12
174: #8/#7 Brian Shermeyer (M) won by decision over Joel Martsinovsky (S), 9-3; Messiah leads 15-13
184: #7/#3 David Stevens (M) won by forfeit; Messiah leads 21-13
197: #3/#3 Michael Dooley won by major decision over Spencer Clements, 13-1; Messiah leads 21-17 [Final bout]
165: John Sumner (M) pinned James Snyder (S), 1:33
125: Andrew Finateri (S) won by decision over Payton Jackson (M), 6-2
141: #8/#3 Kyle Slendorn (S) win by technical fall over Joshua Flores (M), 22-5 (2:13)
141: Trevor Mastorio (S) won by decision over Dalton Daugherty (M), 7-6
149: Pasquale Vizzoni (S) won by decision over Jake Coniglio (M), 6-4
165: Jonah Schechtman (S) won by decision over Tyler Riley (M), 8-2
165: John Sumner (M) won by decision over Jarrett Weir (S), 6-3
174: Joel Martsinovsky (S) won by major decision over Max Martin (M), 14-2
174: Dan Swarr (M) won by decision over James Snyder (S), 7-3
141: Will Fernandez (S) won by major decision over Joshua Flores (M), 15-2
The dual began at heavyweight.
Up Next: No. 11 Stevens returns to Canavan Arena for a dual against New Jersey City University Friday evening at 6 p.m. It will be the first meeting between the Hudson County schools as the Gothic Knights are in their first competitive season as a wrestling program.
Please note that all event times, dates and opponents are subject to change and fans remain prohibited from attending Stevens’ home athletic events.
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