Pitt-Bradford Hosts Brockport, Thiel For Program's First Home Wrestling

Victor Elias earns the first Pitt-Bradford home win in school history. (photo by Wade Aiken)
Victor Elias earns the first Pitt-Bradford home win in school history. (photo by Wade Aiken)

BRADFORD, Pa. -- The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford wrestling team celebrated a historic day Saturday as the first-year program hosted the first home event in history as SUNY Brockport and Thiel came to the KOA Arena for a tri-meet.

"I think the guys competed really hard today," Head Coach Colin Johnston said. "I saw a lot of really good stuff that we are working on in the room being used out on the mat today. I think the support we had at our first home match was great. There were tons of people there it was just a great atmosphere."

The day got started with Brockport topping Thiel at 1 p.m.

Then the Panthers hit the mat embellished with their logo, name and colors for the first time.

Brockport took wins in the first four bouts but then stepped in Victor Elias wrestling at 157 lb.

Elias pinned his opponent Zack Brown to earn the first home win in program history and setting off the near-sellout crowd.

A win by decision and three-straight pins gave Brockport a hefty lead heading into the 285 lb. bout.

But Sam Colebert pinned his opponent to bring the final score to 40-12 in favor of Brockport.

Thiel then swapped with Brockport and the Panthers battled the Tomcats.

Pitt-Bradford started strong with wins from Elijah Hernandez (125 lb.), Kendric Moore (133 lb.) and Neiko Kuntz (141 lb.).

Thiel then took the next six matchups, until Colebert earned his second win of the day in the 285 lb. matchup.

The Tomcats eventually took the decision, 31-15.

Pitt-Bradford will hit the road to compete in the Mount Union Open on Jan. 20 before competing in a dual at Alfred State on Jan. 22. The Panthers will then return home for the final home action of the season, a dual against Penn State-Behrend on Feb. 6.

Results

Brockport 35 Thiel 14

125: Matt Caccamise (BRST) over Devyn Giovengo (THIE) (Fall 0:00)

133: Donald McCoy (BRST) over Matthew O`Connor (THIE) (Fall 0:00)

141: Zack Barker (BRST) over Selom Kalin (THIE) (Fall 0:00)

149: Ryan Snow (BRST) over Lukas McClain (THIE) (TF 18-3)

157: Jason Miller (THIE) over Jackson Bell (BRST)  (TF 18-2)

165: Matthew Kline (BRST) over Austin Bonacci (THIE) (Dec 6-3)

174: Bryce Rowe (BRST) over Dylan Proper (THIE) (Fall 0:00)

184: Dominic Farabaugh (THIE) over Tim Collins (BRST) (Dec 8-6)

197: Caleb Garvey (THIE) over Richard Knapp (BRST) (Fall 0:00)

285: Calik Kennedy (BRST) over Tyler Brooks (THIE) (Dec 11-4)

Brockport 40 Pitt-Bradford 12

125: Neiko Scarano (BRST) over Elijah Hernandez (Pit) (Dec 5-3)

133: Donald McCoy (BRST) over Kendric Moore (Pit) (Fall 0:00)

141: Zack Barker (BRST) over Neiko Kuntz (Pit) (MD 10-2)

149: Ryan Snow (BRST) over (Pit) (For.)

157: Victor Elias (Pit) over Zack Brown (BRST) (Fall 0:00)

165: Matthew Kline (BRST) over Daniel Shields (Pit) (Dec 11-5)

174: Christopher Eames (BRST) over Nathan Powley (Pit) (Fall 0:00)

184: Bryce Rowe (BRST) over Quentin Ellis (Pit) (Fall 0:00)

197: Joe Yanis (BRST) over Mitch Dowd (Pit) (Fall 0:00)

285: Sam Colebert (Pit) over Calik Kennedy (BRST) (Fall 0:00)

Thiel 31 Pitt-Bradford 15

125: Elijah Hernandez (Pit) over Devyn Giovengo (THIE) (Dec 7-4)

133: Kendric Moore (Pit) over Matthew O`Connor (THIE) (Dec 6-0)

141: Neiko Kuntz (Pit) over Selom Kalin (THIE) (Fall 0:00)

149: Lukas McClain (THIE) over (Pit) (For.)

157: Jason Miller (THIE) over Victor Elias (Pit) (Dec 18-11)

165: Austin Bonacci (THIE) over Daniel Shields (Pit) (MD 10-1)

174: Dylan Proper (THIE) over Nathan Powley (Pit) (Fall 0:00)

184: Dominic Farabaugh (THIE) over Quentin Ellis (Pit) (Fall 0:00)

197: Gage Gladysz (THIE) over Mitch Dowd (Pit) (Fall 0:00)

285: Sam Colebert (Pit) over Gavin Colligan (THIE) (Dec 6-1)