Hopkins Tops Nationally-Ranked NYU, 25-20, at Madison Square Garden
• Score: Johns Hopkins-25 • #10/#27 NYU-20
• Records: Johns Hopkins (1-0), NYU (4-3)
• Location: New York, NY (Madison Square Garden)
• The Short Story: The Johns Hopkins wrestling team jumped out to a 16-0 lead and held off nationally-ranked NYU, 25-20, in the Grapple at the Garden Sunday morning. The Blue Jays used three bonus-point victories to jump to the early lead and used a come-from-behind overtime victory at 184 to retake the lead for good.
Blue Jays Take Control Early
Johns Hopkins got off to a quick start as Christian Vallis (125), Ricky Cavallo (133) and Lucas Escobar (141) all scored bonus-point victories to give the Blue Jays the quick 16-0 lead.
Vallis used a pair of four-point near-falls to highlight a 10-0 victory against John Luke Destefano at 125 to set the stage for back-to-back pins by Cavallo and Escobar.
In the featured bout of the match, Cavallo, who is currently ranked 10th nationally by D3wrestle.com, drew previously unbeaten Matt Noble, who is ranked sixth by the NWCA and eighth by D3wrestle.com; Noble entered the match at 7-0 on the year with all seven wins coming by first-period pins.
Looking for his second win over a top-10 opponent on the year, Cavallo worked into the second period with Noble before catching him in a cradle early in the frame. Noble fought the combination for more than 20 seconds before Cavallo earned the fall at the 3:46 mark to give the Blue Jays a 10-0 lead.
Escobar's pin was even more unlikely than Cavallo's as NYU's Anthony Calvano caught him in a cradle almost immediately off the opening whistle; Escobar was able to fight out of it, but still trailed 6-0 after the takedown and near fall.
The six-point deficit was down to 6-5 entering the third period and Escobar used a quick reversal and a deep half to put Montanaro to his back and he secured the fall just 25 seconds into the period.
NYU Battles Back
Hopkins' early 16-point lead was gone entering the final three bouts as the Violets got wins by a decision at 149 and 165, a major decision at 157 and a second-period pin at 174 to enter the final three bouts even at 16-16.
Morales Comeback Win Decisive
With NYU forfeiting at 197, the key match down the stretch took place at 184, where the Blue Jays' Isaac Morales and the Violets' Jackson Kligerman would need extra time. Kligerman built a 3-0 lead, but Morales used a two-point near fall in the third period and a point of riding time to force overtime and then scored a takedown in the first sudden death period to secure the victory and give the Blue Jays a 19-16 lead. The forfeit win at 197 officially clinched the victory for Johns Hopkins.
What it Means
• Johns Hopkins evens its record at 1-1 against NYU in the Grapple at the Garden.
• The victory is the 75th for Keith Norris as the head coach at Johns Hopkins. He ranks second in school history in career wins by a wrestling coach; only Andy Janquitto, who won 106 from 1983-96, ranks ahead of Norris.
Inside the Box Score
• The major decision for Vallis is the 16th bonus-point victory of his career.
• Cavallo improved to 12-3 on the year with 10 of the 12 wins of the bonus-point variety.
• Escobar's pin is the 13th of his career -- most among all active Johns Hopkins wrestlers.
• Morales picked up his team-leading 15th victory of the season and improved to 15-8 on the year.
• The Blue Jays will return to action on Saturday, January 6 when they travel to Waynesburg to participate in the Waynesburg Invitational.
Johns Hopkins-25, NYU-20
125 -- Christian Vallis (J) major dec. John-Luke Destefano (N), 10-0
133 -- Ricky Cavallo (J) pin #6 Matt Noble (N), (3:46)
141 -- Lucas Escobar (J) pin Anthony Calvano (N) (5:25)
149 -- Matt Coppola (N) dec. Connor Joyce (J), 10-6
157 -- #8 Raymond Jazikoff (N) major dec. Dominick Reyes (J), 10-2
165 -- Owen Jones (N) de. Dane Morgan (J), 9-6
174 -- Blaise Benderoth (N) pin Miles Gilliam (J) (4:19)
184 -- Isaac Morales (J) dec. Jackson Klingerman (N), 5-3 (sv)
197 -- Max Fleming (J) win by Forfeit
285 -- Santino Pelusi (N) major dec. Henri Behaeghel (J), 15-3
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