Philadelphia – Drexel wrestling fell to Pittsburgh at the DAC 25-13 as the Panthers won seven of ten bouts over the Dragons. Drexel (1-1) split matches this weekend picking up a 25-10 victory over Franklin & Marshall Saturday night before dropping to Pittsburgh Sunday afternoon. Frank Cimato, Joe Booth and Kyle Frey all pick up their second wins of the season in the loss.
Booth started things off for the Dragons at 165 pounds when he edged Pittsburgh's Tyler Wilps in a 3-2 decision giving Drexel the early lead. Senior Alex Rinaldi narrowly missed out on boosting Drexel's lead in a 5-6 loss to the Panther's Patrick Tasser at 174 pounds. Drexel then dropped its next two match-ups before picking up its next win. Frey, Drexel's senior heavy weight dominated Pittsburgh's Joel Yahner in a 10-2 decision to cut the Panther's lead to within three.
Pittsburgh picked up the next two matches at 125 and 133 pounds but Cimato, Drexel's junior 141 pounder, answered back when he pinned Pittsburgh's Travis Shaffer just 2:18 into the first period to get Drexel back within six points of the Panthers. However, Pittsburgh took the next two bouts and earned the final win sending the Dragons even on the season.
Drexel will be back in action Saturday, Nov. 19th as the Dragons travel to Ithica, N.Y. for the Cornell Body Bar Invitational. They return back to the DAC for a 1:00 p.m. home dual against Virginia on Saturday, Dec. 18th.
165: Joe Booth (DU) decision Tyler Wilps (Pitt) 3-2
174: Patrick Tasser (Pitt) decision Alex Rinaldi (DU) 6-5
187: Andy Vaughan (Pitt) major decision Ethan Keiser (DU) 10-0
197: Matt Wilps (Pitt) decision Brandon Palik (DU) 8-5
HWT: Kyle Frey (DU) decision Joel Yahner (Pitt) 10-2
125: Anthony Zanetta (Pitt) tech fall Michael Gomez 27-9
133: Shelton Mack (Pitt) major decision Franco Ferriana (DU) 18-5
141: Frank Cimato (DU) win-by-fall Travis Shaffer (Pitt) 2:18
149: Tyler Nauman (Pitt) decision Shane Fenningham (DU) 6-0
157: Donnie Tasser (Pitt) decision Austin Sommer (DU) 8-4