|HOFSTRA TOPS THE TERPS 22-17|
| HOFSTRA DEFEATS MARYLAND
By Jim & Tony Nordland
Hofstra (2-2-1) defeated the University of Maryland (5-3), 22-17, before 682 fans at the Physical Education Building. The 18th-ranked Pride won five bouts, but scored two decisive falls in the meet, with the bonus points becoming the margin of victory. At 125 pounds, Steve Bonanno (7-5) worked his front headlock to score a series of takedowns and a wrist tilt for back points en route to a solid 13-2 major decision. At 133 pounds, senior Lou Ruggirello (10-2) applied a tight bar arm to registered a first period fall and gave the host Pride a comfortable 10-0 lead. Sophomore Justin Accordino (8-5) opened the scoring with a fireman's carry and later added a shrug to a single leg takedown for a 7-3 victory at 149 pounds.
The bout at 165 pounds featured two nationally ranked wrestlers, junior PJ Gillespie (8-2), ranked fifth, and unbeaten Josh Asper (16-0), who is currently the third-ranked wrestler in the country. Asper scored with a second period escape and added a riding time point to edge Gillespie, 2-0, and bring the team score to 13-10, in favor of the Pride. In the pivotal bout of the the dual at 174, Ryan Patrovich (7-3) countered a single leg takedown attempt by Mike Letts (15-2) with a switch/spladle and converted that into a vice-grip overhead cradle to stun the Terrapin at the 1:49 mark of the first period. That fall propelled Hofstra to a 19-10 leadwith three bouts remaining in the dual. Junior Ben Clymer scored with a second period switch and emerged with to a 2-1 decision in the 184 pound class.
Redshirt senior Lou Ruggirello now boasts a 109-23 career mark and is currently ranked fourth in the nation by Amateur Wrestling News. He is a former Gorrarian Award winner (Most Pins) and many wrestling experts feel he is a potential NCAA finalist The Pride is 25-14-2 in its last 41 home matches dating back to the start of the 2003-04 season. Since the start of the 2006-07 season, Hofstra is 50-32-5 under coach Tom Shifflet The Terrapins head coach is former Longwood HS star and NYS champion Kerry McCoy. McCoy went on to claim two NCAA titles at heavyweight for Penn State. Next up for the Hofstra Pride will be the Southern Scuffle at Greensboro, NC, on December 29th-30th...
HOFSTRA 22 MARYLAND 17
125- Steve Bonanno (Hof) major decision Shane Gentry, 13-2.
133- Lou Ruggirello (Hof) pinned Lou Ruland, 1:26
141- Jon Kohler (Maryland) dec. Vince Varela, 6-3.
149- Justin Accordino (Hof) dec. Ben Dorsay, 8-3.
157- Kyle John (Maryland) major decision Zach Clemente, 13-4.
165- Josh Asper (Maryland) dec. PJ Gillespie, 2-0.
174- Ryan Patrovich (Hof) pinned Mike Letts, 1:49
184- Ben Clymer (Hof) dec. Corey Peltier, 2-1.
197- Christian Boley (Maryland) major decision Matt Loew, 17-6.
285- Spencer Myers (Maryland) dec. Paul Snyder, 1-0.
|Hofstra's Mike Patrovich works his overhead cradle ...|
|... to a first period fall at 174 pounds.|