Vikings Extend Win Streak Over Blue Streaks

Vikings Extend Win Streak Over Blue Streaks

CLEVELAND, Ohio - The Cleveland State University wrestling team took care of visiting John Carroll Saturday afternoon, 35-12, as the Vikings extended their win streak over their long-time local foe inside Woodling Gymnasium.

Five of CSU's seven wins were of the bonus-point variety with redshirt freshman Cameron Lathem (125) and true freshmen Georgio Poullas (165) and John Kelbly (197) collecting wins via fall.

The dual began at heavyweight where sophomore Collin Kelly picked up the full six points for the Vikings.

Lathem soon doubled the CSU advantage as he netted his first pin in a CSU uniform, winning by fall in under two minutes. He is now 3-3 in duals this season.

Redshirt junior Andrew Coghill had a 6-1 lead in the third period at 133 pounds but was unable to hold on as the Blue Streaks grabbed their first win of the day.

Junior Sam Matzek then faced John Carroll's Jarrod Brezovec, who entered with a 13-0 record on the season. However, Matzek would score early and often in handing his opponent his first loss of the campaign. The junior took a 6-0 lead with a takedown and four near-fall points in the first period and would go on to claim a 10-7 win, his first of the season.

The 149-pound bout was scoreless through two periods before the Blue Streaks claimed a slim, 3-1, win.

Redshirt sophomore Ryan Montgomery got CSU back in the win column by netting a victory for the second straight day. With the match tied after the first period (0-0) and the second period (2-2), Montgomery used a third-period escape to get the winning point. He is now 3-1 in dual action this season.

Poullas had used six takedowns to take a 12-5 lead after the opening frame. With a commanding advantage, he put the match away for good in just under four minutes as he tallied his first pin in a CSU singlet.

After a three-point setback at 174 pounds, redshirt senior Nick Corba effectively clinched the team win for CSU at 184. Corba used 12 near-fall points in the second period to break open the match and would finish it off with a takedown in the third as he posted an 18-2 technical fall victory.

With the team win in the bag, Kelbly added some style points in finishing out the proceedings. He used four takedowns in the first period to take an 8-3 lead after three minutes. Starting in the down position to begin the second frame, Kelbly used a quick reversal and then pinned his opponent with the period fewer than 30 seconds old.

Kelbly is now 7-6 on the season and is tied for the team lead with four pins. Corba now owns a team-leading 14 wins, seven of which are of the bonus-point variety.

Redshirt sophomore Caleb Stockmaster made his debut in dual action for Cleveland State Saturday.

The Vikings will remain at home next weekend as they host the annual Cleveland State Open with action set to commence at 9:00 a.m. inside Woodling.

Cleveland State 35, John Carroll 12
285: Collin Kelly (CSU) over N/A (JCU) - Forfeit | CSU leads, 6-0
125: Cameron Lathem (CSU) over Alex Reyes (JCU) - Fall 1:53 | CSU leads, 12-0
133: Dominic Devine (JCU) over Andrew Coghill (CSU) - Fall 5:37 | CSU leads, 12-6
141: Sam Matzek (CSU) over Jarrod Brezovec (JCU) - 10-7 dec. | CSU leads, 15-6
149: Jarrad Lasko (JCU) over Ryan Ford (CSU) - 3-1 dec. | CSU leads, 15-9
157: Ryan Montgomery (CSU) over Austin Victor (JCU) - 3-2 dec. | CSU leads, 18-9
165: Georgio Poullas (CSU) over Vittorio Santillo (JCU) - Fall 3:58 | CSU leads, 24-9
174: Blake Dixon (JCU) over Caleb Stockmaster (CSU) - 11-8 dec. | CSU leads, 24-12
184: Nick Corba (CSU) over Jimmy Suhayda (JCU) - 18-2 TF 5:19 | CSU leads, 29-12
197: John Kelbly (CSU) over John Szep (JCU) - Fall 3:22 | CSU wins, 35-12