Pitt-Bradford Wrestling Hangs Tough With Behrend In Historic First Dual

Elijah Hernandez picks up the first NCAA win in Pitt-Bradford wrestling history.
Elijah Hernandez picks up the first NCAA win in Pitt-Bradford wrestling history.

ERIE, Pa. -- The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford wrestling team made history Friday evening at Penn State-Behrend, competing in the first-ever NCAA Division III event in program history.

The second-year program Behrend came out on top, 28-17, over the Panthers in the dual meet.

"I'm extremely pleased with the way we wrestled," Head Coach Colin Johnston said. "I think everyone wrestled well. I know some things we need to work on, but overall we did really well today. I'm super proud of the guys and I think we're heading in the right direction."

At 133, Elijah Hernandez earned the first win in program history, digging deep for an overtime decision win at 8-7. 

Derek Ridgeway grabbed the second win of the day for the Panthers at 165, a 14-2 major decision. 

Pitt-Bradford earned the final two matchups of the meet as Mitch Dowd earned the first pin in Panthers history, downing his 197 opponent in just 51 seconds to bring the overall score to 28-13.

Sam Colebert sent the Panthers home on a high note with a 9-2 major decision in the heavyweight matchup, wearing down his opponent and pushing through a tough match.

Colton Davis (141) and Neiko Kuntz (149) both lost their matches on technical falls.

Victor Elias (157) lost by decision, and Deven Simpson (174) lost on a major decision and Quentin Ellis (184) lost in a technical fall.

Up next, Pitt-Bradford will compete in its first ever invitational on Saturday, Nov. 10, hosted by Washington & Jefferson.