HOFSTRA BLANKS ARMY 41-0
November 15, 2006
       The dual started at 174 pounds where
two - time  state   champion   Alton   Lucas
(West   Babylon)   hit   a   lightning    quick
duck   under   for   a   2-0   lead  and added
three  other   takedowns,   as  he coasted  to  
a    10-5    decision.   Lightweights    Dave
Tomasette  (125)  and  Lou  Ruggirello (133)
added  decisons  over  their  foes and  helped
the  Pride   to   a   comfortable   26 - 0   lead.
Tomasette,  is  a  junior and currently ranked
20th in the nation,  posted  a  9-1 verdict and
Ruggirello  edged  his  Army  foe  with a 2-1
decision.   Both wrestlers traded escapes but
Ruggirello  added a  riding  time point for his
margin  of  victory.  Highly  regarded  junior
Charles  Griffin,  ranked 14th in the country,
countered   a  strong single leg attack  with  a
spectacular  scramble  takedown  for  a  2-0
lead and cruised to an 11-0 major decision at
141   pounds.    Mike   Patrovich,   currently
ranked  third  in  the  nation,   dominated  his
opponent   with   his   single  takedowns  and 
converted    a    front   headlock   into   back 
points  for  an entertaining,   22 - 8  romp  at
165  pounds.  Junior  Joe  Rovelli,  is  ranked 
seventh, and used a barrage of takedowns for
a solid 14-3 victory at 184 pounds.  Weidman,
ranked  sixth  in  the  country,  controlled  his
opponent and posted the first fall for the Pride
at 197 pounds.  First year coach Tom Shifflet
has  the  Pride  off  to a fast start as they now
have  shutout  two  opponents on consecutive nights. Shifflet commented on his team's early success, "I am very pleased with they way we are wrestling, we are riding tough and have been real aggressive."

MAT NOTES...
    Hofstra defeated Wagner, 56-0, in a match that lasted just 42 minutes. Coach Tom Shifflet hails from Sweet Home HS ( Buffalo area) and was a three-time All-American at Edinboro University (PA). He becomes the 10th head wrestling coach at Hofstra, the first coach was Walter "Brick" Stone in 1947. This is Hofstra's 59th season of intercollegiate wrestling.  Assistant coach Joe Dubuque is a two-time NCAA champion from Indiana University. The match against the Black Knights of Army was Chief Ray Downey, Sr. Memorial Scholarship Fund Night, in memory of the late FDNY hero who was killed in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. The recipients of this year's scholarship grants are James Strouse and Mike Patrovich. Strouse (MacArthur HS) and Patrovich (Islip HS) are both former NYS champions. Ruggirello  is a true freshman and won three state titles along with a National HS championship during his stellar career at Valley Central HS. The 11th-ranked Pride extended their conference dual match undefeated streak and have posted 46 consecutive victories. They will compete in the East Stroudsburg Open this Saturday and then take on the top ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers at 10:00 AM at the Journeymen/Brute Northeast Duals, Guilderland Center, NY, on Nov. 25th...

                                        
HOFSTRA  41     ARMY 0

           125 -
Dave Tomasette (H) major dec. Fernando Martinez, 9-1.
          
133 - Lou Ruggirello (H) dec. Matt Kyler, 2-1.
          
141 - Charles Griffin (H) major dec. Lief Gilsdorf, 11-0.
          
149 - Mike Parziale (H) dec. Brian Rowan, 6-4.
          
157-  James Strouse (H) major dec. Dan Geib, 11-3.
          
165-  Mike Patrovich (H) major dec. John Drew, 22-8.
          
174 - Joe Rovelli (H) major dec. Scott Ferguson, 14-3.
          
197 - Chris Weidman (H) pinned Connor Sanders, 4:21
          
285 - Matt Pollock (H) pinned Michael Sprigg, 3:26.
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Hofstra's, James Strouse lifts Army's Dan Geib in the 157 pound match which Strouse won by a score of 11-3.
Alton Lucas of Hofstra works for a takedown against Ryan Mergen of Army. Lucas went on to win 10-5 at 174 pounds.