Match of the Week: Wilkes vs. TCNJ

TCNJ Lions

TCNJ Lions

Eric Bach and William Fletcher ended a three-bout losing streak to help propel the Colonels’ wrestling team to a 19-13 victory over the 25th-ranked College of New Jersey Feb. 7.

The victory was the 799th victory for the wrestlibng program, and gives the Colonels a shot at No. 800 when it hosts Ithaca College at 7 p.m. Feb. 14 at Marts Center.

Bach won the 197-pound class to put the Colonels ahead 16-13 and Fletcher put the martch away with a win in the 285-pound class.

Guesseppe Rea
Guesseppe Rea

Wilkes jumped to a 7-0 lead after 125-pound Guesseppe Rea, 133-pound Myzar Mendoza and 149-pound Mark Hartenstine each won. Kristopher Krawchuk, 157-pound, gave Wilkes a 13-4 lead before the Lions won the next three bouts.

The Colonels were anticipating the big matchup.

“It’s a big match this week because we are chasing the 800 win mark and (College of New Jersey) is tough,” freshman 141-pounder Jake

Mike Hartenstine
Mike Hartenstine

Dimarsica said. “The atmosphere is really intense and we are getting pushed to work even harder.”

The Colonels were coming off of a second place finish at the MAC Championships crowning two champions, Mark Hartenstine and Kris Krawchuk, and most recently a tri-meet where the Colonels went 3-0 beating down Washington and Jefferson College 36-3 and Trinity College 47-3.

“Losing isn’t an option we want to win out the rest of the season,” Dimarsica said.

Myar Mendoza
Myar Mendoza

The Colonels were currently ranked No. 9 in the country with a 15-3 record and an impressive 6-0 mark at home.

After Friday nights match the Colonels headed to Grantham, Pa., for the Messiah Open Feb. 8 and then finish out the rest of their dual meet season with powerhouse Ithaca College and then King’s College both home at the Marts Center.

Grant RogersSports Writer

and Wilkes Sports Information Department