|HOFSTRA EDGES LOCK HAVEN|
| HOFSTRA 20 LOCK HAVEN 19
By Jim & Tony Nordland
Hofstra (2-2-1) nipped Lock Haven (0-2), 20-19, at the David S. Mack Sports Complex on Sunday afternoon. The Pride was the beneficiary of a forfeit win by Luke Vaith at 141 pounds and after a close defeat at 149, the host team had a 6-3 lead. Hofstra reeled off four consecutive victories, starting with senior Jonny Bonilla-Bowman (3-2) as he scored with an onslaught of takedowns for a 24-11 major decision at 157 and sophomore PJ Gillespie (15-4) followed suit with a dominating 13-1 decision at 165 pounds. The Pride would get decisions by Ryan Patrovich (12-4) with a solid 5-0 verdict at 174 and sophomore Ben Clymer (12-4) edged Lock Haven's Jeremie Cook, 3-2, at 184 and gave the host team a commanding 20-3 lead.
The Bald Eagles would claimed wins in the next four weight classes, starting at 125 pounds. The bout was the debut of highly-regarded sophomore Steve Bonanno. Bonanno had been sidelined with an early season leg injury and suffered misfortune in the opening stanza, as 30 seconds into his bout with Nick Hyatt, he injured his arm and was forced to default, this brought the team score to 20-16. True freshman Jamie Franco wrestled a calculated match and prevented John Trumbetti the major decision, as he dropped a 8-2 decision, and enabled the Pride to eke out the 20-19 victory.
Hofstra has four nationally ranked wrestlers; Bonanno (13th), Bowman (18th), Gillespie (17th) and Patrovich (10th), according to the Amateur Wrestling News. Next up for the Pride will be the Southern Scuffle on December 29-30th, in Greensboro, NC. Hofstra then returns home to face former Pride coach Tommy Ryan and the third-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes on Sunday, January 3rd, 2010, at 11:00 AM.
HOFSTRA 20 LOCK HAVEN 19
125- Nick Hyatt (Lock Haven) won by injury default over Steve Bonanno.
133- John Trumbetti (LH) dec. Jamie Franco, 8-2.
141- Luke Vaith (Hof) won by forfeit.
149- Brock Parker (LH) dec.Tyler Banks, 4-2.
157- Jonny Bonilla-Bowman (Hof) major dec. Seth Creasy, 24-11.
165- PJ Gillespie (Hof) major dec. Kevin Dufresne, 13-1
174- Ryan Patrovicj (Hof) dec. Aaron Ernest, 5-0.
184- Ben Clymer (Hof) dec. Jeremie Cook, 3-2.
197- Harry Turner (LH) dec. Anthony Tortora, 5-1.
285- Dan Craig (LH) major dec. Paul Snyder, 16-7.