|Wisconsin's 16th ranked Ben Jordan can't hold down Hofstra's P.J. Gillespie. The 5th ranked Gillespie won this 165 pound match up 3-0.
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| HOFSTRA TOPPLES WISCONSIN
By Jim & Tony Nordland
Hofstra (1-0) upended Big ten power Wisconsin (5-1), 25-12, before 1,056 fans at the David S.Mack Sports Complex. The Pride won seven of the ten bouts contested in the dual and were led by returning All-American Paul Gillespie at 165 pounds.
The dual started at 125 where Steve Bonanno (3-1) scored with a barrage of single leg takedowns and tight waist/arm bar tilts and rolled to an 18-2 tech fall. Hofstra won the next two bouts, as Jamie Franco (133) rallied with a third period high crotch takedown to knot his bout at 3-3. In the overtime stanza Franco escaped for an exciting 4-3 decision over Tom Kelliher. Luke Vaith used his leg ride and tilts and coasted to a 16-0 tech fall at 141 pounds to give the host team a comfortable 13-0 lead.
The Badgers got on the scoreboard with a 7-2 victory by Cole Scmidt at 149, but the Pride responded with Tyler Banks (157) with a key third period reversal and emerged with a solid 3-0 decsion. In the marquee match of the dual with featured two unbeatens and both nationally ranked wrestlers, the Pride's Paul Gillespie (6-0), currently ranked fifth in the nation, scored with a single leg takedown and added a second period escape to edge Ben Jordan (5-1), 3-0, in the 165-pound bout.
Hofstra's Jermaine John was leading 3-0 in his match and caught in a tight overhead cradle by Frank Cousins for a stunning fall at the 5:53 mark at 174 pounds, his win brought the team score to 19-9. The Pride won two of thethree final bouts as Ben Clymer (4-1) blanked Tim McCall, 2-0, at 184 and junior Paul Snyder (6-1) scored with a second period switch and later used a slick shrug takedown for a 5-2 victory at 285 pounds.
Congratulations to first year head coach Rob Anspach on his opening dual meet victory. Next up for the Pride is the Cliff Keen-Las Vegas Invitational on December 2nd-3rd.
HOFSTRA 25 WISCONSIN 12
125- Steve Bonanno (Hof) tech fall Shane McQuade 18-2
133- Jamie Franco (Hof) dec. Tom Kelliher 4-3 OT
141- Luke Vaith (Hof) tech fall Thomas Glenn 16-0
149- Cole Schmidt (Wis) dec. Justin Accordino, 6-2
157- Tyler Banks (Hof) dec. Shawn Perry 3-0
165- Paul Gillespie (Hof) dec. Ben Jordan 3-0
174- Frank Cousins (Wis) pinned Jermaine John 5:53
184- Ben Clymer (Hof) dec. Tim McCall 2-0
197- Jackson Hein (Wis) dec. Matt Loew 11-6
285- Paul Snyder (Hof) dec. Cole Tobin 5-2