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Blue Jays Take on Nationally-Ranked NYU, UPJ in Grapple at the Garden

Junior Tommy Grifa scored a win by major decision against nationally-ranked NYU.
Nov. 27, 2016

NEW YORK, NY – The Johns Hopkins wrestling team participated in the Grapple at Garden, a full day of college and high school wrestling at Madison Square Garden on Sunday. The Blue Jays drew a pair of tough assignments against NYU and Pitt-Johnstown; NYU is currently ranked 16th in Division III, while UPJ is the number three ranked team in Division II. NYU topped the Blue Jays, 27-13, while UPJ grabbed a 55-0 victory.

Madison Square Garden was the site of the 2016 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships last March and is generally considered the most famous arena in the world.

Grifa, Morgan, Morales Win vs. NYU : Johns Hopkins picked up three wins against the Violets. After forfeiting at 125 and dropping three straight by decision, the Blue Jays hopped back in the match as Tommy Grifa (157) won by major decision, Dane Morgan (165) won by injury default and Issac Morales (184) won by decision in a four-match span to slice what was a 15-0 deficit to 18-13 with two matches remaining. The Violets grabbed the last two bouts, one by decision and another by fall, to secure the victory.

What’s Next: Johns Hopkins will return to action on Saturday, December 3 when the Blue Jays travel to York (PA) to participate in the New Standard Corp Invitational.

#16 NYU-27, Johns Hopkins-13
125 – Wayne Yuan (N) won by forfeit
133 – Anthony Calvano (N) dec. Christian Vallis (JH), 12-7
141 – Will Crisco (N) dec. Lucas Escobar (JH), 10-5
149 – Matt Cappola (N) dec. Connor Joyce (JH), 7-3
157 – Tommy Grifa (JH) major dec. Nick Matthews (N), 9-1
165 - Dane Morgan (JH) inj. default Blaise Benderoth (N)
174 – #7 John Messinger (N) dec. Jared Forman (JH), 5-2
184 – Isaac Morales (J) dec. Jackson Klingerman (N) 4-2
197 – Jack Lacorte (N) dec. Miles Gilliam (J), 11-5
285 – Santino Pelusi (N) fall Hayden Good (J) (4:35)



#3 (Division II) Pitt-Johnstown-55, Johns Hopkins-0
125 – Zeke Beatty (PJ) win by forfeit
133 – Nolan Link (PJ) fall Brandon Tran (J) (6:41)
141 – Chris Eddins (PJ) fall Sam Sands (J) (3:46)
149 – Cole Landowski (PJ) fall Claudio Malicdem (J) (0:56)
157 – Steve Edwards (PJ) major dec. Alex McLaughlin (J), 16-5
165 – #1 Tyler Reinhart (PJ) fall Karl Tayeb (J) (0:36)
174 – #9 John Blankenship (PJ) dec. Nathan Wertheimer (J), 6-0
184 – Nico Pecora (PJ) fall Anders Bright (J) (2:30)
197 – Tyler Oliver (PJ) fall Miles Gilliam (J) (1:32)
285 – Allan Beattie (PJ) fall Hayden Good (J) (2:40)

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