Mosquera's Win at 197 Helps Hopkins Top Gettysburg, 22-18
Feb. 1, 2012
BALTIMORE, MD - Junior Reid Mosquera used a series of takedowns to fuel a 16-9 victory over Gettysburg's Marshall Puls in the 197-pound weight class and clinch Johns Hopkins' 22-18 Centennial Conference victory over the visiting Bullets at Goldfarb Gymnasium Wednesday evening. The win improves the Blue Jays' record to 4-11 overall and 3-1 in the Centennial, while the Bullets fall to 5-9 overall and 1-4 in the Centennial.
The Blue Jays led 19-15 entering the 197-pound match and Mosquera, the defending Centennial Conference champion at this weight class, wasted little time taking control. He led 7-3 late in the first period and maintained the advantage throughout the second and third periods before Puls scored a late takedown to make it 13-9. Mosquera closed with a reversal of his own and tacked on a point of riding time to account for the 16-9 final score and secure the team victory for the Blue Jays.
A match-clinching win at 197 didn't look like it would be necessary early on as the Blue Jays jumped out to a 19- 4 lead by taking four of the first six matches. In the featured bout of the evening at 125, Johns Hopkins freshman Paul Bewak stunned Gettysburg senior Abe Evans with a first-period pin just 2:36 into the match. Bewak quickly maneuvered Evans to his back after his second takedown of the first period and held him tight to stake JHU to a quick 6-0 lead.
Matt Spano pulled the Bullets within two with an 8-0 major decision at 133, but Duncan Cyrstal followed with an 11-2 major of his own at 141 and sophomore Matt Fusaro added a 10-3 victory over Gettysburg's Joe Fiore after Henry Stauber won by forfeit at 149 to give the Blue Jays the 19-4 lead.
Gettysburg jumped back into the match with three straight wins at 165, 174 and 184. Freshman Zach Thomson, currently ranked fifth in the nation at 165, topped JHU's Jody Gowen, 11-2, and Jared Leon followed with a 10-2 victory over Travis Laska. A late reversal gave the Bullets' Anthony Iorio an 8-6 win over Ben Finelli at 184 to set the stage for Mosquera's match-clinching win at 197. Kevin Poplaski earned a tough 1-0 win over JHU's Evan Johnson at 285 to account for the 22-18 final score.
Johns Hopkins-22, Gettysburg-18
125 - Paul Bewak (J) pin Abe Evans (G) (2:36)
133 - Matt Spano (G) maj. dec. Michael Koren (J), 8-0
141 - Duncan Crystal (J) maj. dec. Tony Stanell (G), 11-2
149 - Henry Stauber (J) win by forfeit
157 - Matt Fusaro (J) dec. Joe Fiore (G), 10-3
165 - Zach Thomson (G) maj. dec. Jody Gowen (J), 11-2
174 - Jared Leon (G) maj. dec. Travis Laska (J), 10-2
184 - Anthony Iorio (G) dec. Ben Finelli (J), 8-6
197 - Reid Mosquera (J) dec. Marshall Puhls (G), 16-9
285 - Kevin Poplaski (G) dec. Evan Johnson (J), 1-0
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