Darrian Michael Hopson
Saturday afternoon at the Pucillo Gymnasium, the Millersville Marauders’ wrestling team outlasted Lycoming 24-12 winning seven matches while doing so. Senior Zach Pincus represented Senior Day accordingly, winning a decision in sudden victory over Brian Watkins (3-1). It would be done in dramatic fashion, as Lycoming mounted a comeback after finding themselves down 12-0 after three matches.
Contributing to that fast start was freshman Austin Camacci, who started the dual meet with a pin over Jake Witmer at the mark of 1:01 in the first period. Followed by that victory came another at 133 pounds, with Thomas Nulty cruising to the win at a 6-2 decision over Lycoming’s Zachary Finn. David Charles gutted out a win after finding himself trailing 3-0 into the second period before notching a takedown to even the score. An escape in the third sealed the 4-3 win for the No. 3-ranked wrestler in the Super Region I, who also pushed his season record to 15-12.
With Lycoming getting on the scoreboard after wins at 149 and 157 from Seth Lansberry and Nolan Barger respectively, Pincus pushed the momentum back in the Marauders favor extending the team lead 15-9. The attempts to score the winning points in the third were to no avail, as the buzzer sounded and the score tied 1-1. In sudden victory, Pincus prevailed secured the quick takedown for the win.
The Warriors would only achieve victory once more at the 184-pound class, where Greg Wetzl earned the nod over Nick Mancini in a 5-0 final score.
Lycoming would never manage to become any closer, as freshman Mitchell Ball pushed the advantage to 18-9 with a decision win coming against Willie Alford (7-3). Officially clinching the match was freshman Aram Moffitt in the 285-pound class, dominating opponent Skyler Ebner in a 7-1 decision.
As a bonus, in the heavyweight class Elijah Flasher notched his first career victory at the 285-pound class by narrowly defeating Nikolas Christine by a margin of 6-4.
The win on Saturday improves Millersville to a record of 4-7, while Lycoming fell to 11-8. In victory, the Marauders also extended their consecutive win streak to four and a winner in four of their last five bouts.
Next in line for Millersville will be Franklin & Marshall on Feb. 21 for the Battle for the Rupp Cup.