Cardinals Wrestling Fall Just Short Against Griffins


GREENSBURG, Pa. An impressive three tech fall Cardinals performances proved to not be enough Saturday night. Seton Hill registered a 24-18 dual match victory over Wheeling Jesuit.

After a Connor Craig dominating tech fall at 157, the Cardinals (5-6) pulled to within five points, 13-8. Seton Hill (14-3), though, edged out close one-point 165 and 174 decisions and WJU's Aiden Pasiuk (184) and Terrance Fanning (285) tech falls were not enough to make up the difference.

"The score could have been flipped, but when you do not execute certain positions in pivotal matches you are going to always be on this side of the score," pointed out Danny Irwin, WJU head coach. "We are close, however, close won't make us happy in two weeks at UPJ. We will learn from this to prepare for our next opportunity and look to seize it!"

Along with the three tech fall victories, WJU had it fourth win of the dual from redshirt freshman Tyler Warner (141) in a 5-2 decision.

Craig registered his Cardinal record 10th tech fall win of the season via a 16-1 final in 4:29. Pasiuk bested that time for his 184-pound tech fall in 2:53 via a 19-0 final. Fanning finished his heavyweight bout between the two times of his teammates in 3:50 for his 17-1 victory.

WJU has it lone home dual of the second semester and Senior Night on Tuesday evening against Lake Erie College. Opening match is set for 7 p.m.

Match Commentary:
125 WJU forfeit [SH 6-0]
133 Rodney Sunday surprised the Cardinals' Dustin Warner with a strong start. Sunday fended off Warner second-period charge and took away the 13-3 major decision upset. [SH 10-0]
141 Tyler Warner took down Seton Hill's Joel Cawoski early in the bout and led 2-1 after one. Warner escaped in the second and added a second takedown in the third on his way to a 5-2 final win. [SH 10-3]
149 All-American Joe Alessandro had all he could handle against WJU's Daniel Romero. The Cardinal senior battled tough and allowed Alessandro only a second-period escape, but he could not answer in a 1-0 loss. [SH 13-3]
157 As has been the case all year, Craig wasted no time in rushing in and taking down Logan McKoy. The No. 9 weight class wrestler turned the takedown into a four-point near fall series and he would lead 10-1 after a period. Craig followed with an escape and another series for the 16-1 tech fall. [SH 13-8]
165 Keegan Driscoll used a double-leg for a 2-0 first-period lead. Zach Voytek tied the match at 3-3 in the second. Driscoll registered his second takedown at 1:47 in the third for a 5-3 lead, but Voytek escaped at 1:06 and shot in for the winning takedown with 13 seconds left for the tight 6-5 decision. [SH 16-8]
174 After being behind 2-1 with one period gone, Justice Avery tied the match with an escape in the second against Damon Greenwald. The Griffin, though, escaped immediately in the third from the down position for a 3-2 lead. Avery scambled out of two third-period bad spots and missed one final attempt at the winning points to fall by the 3-2 margin. [SH 19-8]
184 Pasiuk left his 184-pound match never in doubt against Thomas McChesney. Pasiuk had his first takedown 29 seconds into the bout, turned it into four-straight, four-point near fall series for the commanding 19-0 tech fall in 2:53. [SH 19-13]
197 Jake Temple was able to get the best of a hard-battling Chase Logan of WJU. Logan battled through into the third period before Temple secured the 16-0 tech fall in 7:00. [SH 24-13]
285 Like his other two teammates, Terrance Fanning had his way with the smaller Jody Crouse. Fanning took his foe down 19 seconds into the matchup and added a four-point tilt for a 10-1 lead after one frame. Fanning posted a takedown and another four-point near fall for the 16-1 final to end the night on a high note for the Cardinals. [SH 24-18]

SHU 24, WJU 18
125 Vincent Distefanis (Seton Hill) over Unknown (For.)
133 rodney sunday (Seton Hill) over Dustin Warner (Wheeling Jesuit University) (MD 13-3)
141 Tyler Warner (Wheeling Jesuit University) over Joel Cawoski (Seton Hill) (Dec 5-2)
149 Joseph Alessandro (Seton Hill) over Daniel Romero (Wheeling Jesuit University) (Dec 1-0)
157 Connor Craig (Wheeling Jesuit University) over Logan McKoy (Seton Hill) (TF 17-1 4:29)
165 Zach Voytek (Seton Hill) over Keegan Driscoll (Wheeling Jesuit University) (Dec 6-5)
174 Damon Greenwald (Seton Hill) over Justice Avery (Wheeling Jesuit University) (Dec 3-2)
184 Aidan Pasiuk (Wheeling Jesuit University) over Thomas McChesney (Seton Hill) (TF 19-0 2:53)
197 Jake Temple (Seton Hill) over Chase Logan (Wheeling Jesuit University) (TF 17-0 7:00)
285 Terrance Fanning (Wheeling Jesuit University) over Jody Crouse (Seton Hill) (TF 17-1 3:50)

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