W&J Opens Home Wrestling Schedule With 26-17 Win; Prairie Earns First Victory as Presidents’ Head Coach
WASHINGTON, Pa. -- Washington & Jefferson College junior 149-pounder Chris Leva’s (Perrineville, N.J./Notre Dame) victory by fall helped the Presidents defeat Manchester 26-17 on Friday evening in non-conference wrestling action at the Henry Memorial Center.
Leva pinned Chuck Holmquest in 2:53 to record the fall which helped W&J jump out to a 15-0 lead. The dual-meet victory marked the first at W&J for Head Coach Tommy Prairie.
Senior 133-pounder Zach Cecchetti (Freeport, Pa./Kiski Area) led off the match with a 16-0 technical fall win (3:39) over Johnnie Carter. Sophomore Josh Etzel (Elizabeth, Pa./Elizabeth-Forward) followed with a 20-7 major decision at 141 pounds.
After the Spartans’ first win, sophomore 165-pounder David Dibenedetto (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) recorded a 17-9 major decision over Grant Anglemeyer.
Manchester closed the gap to 19-17 with three-straight triumphs, but senior heavyweight Taylor Potts (Wellsburg, W.Va./John Marshall) defeated Jimmy King by a 6-2 margin and freshman Josh Tropp (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) closed the match with a 13-2 major decision at 125 pounds.
W&J continues the early portion of its schedule tomorrow when hosting its annual open invitational at 10:00 am.
125 – Josh Tropp (W&J) def. Garth Simpson (MAN), 13-2
133 – Zach Cecchetti (W&J) def. Johnnie Carter (MAN), Tech. fall at 3:39 (16-0)
141 – Josh Etzel (W&J) def. Mike Achenbach (MAN), 20-7
149 – Chris Leva (W&J) def. Chuck Holmquest (MAN), Fall at 2:53
157 – Cam Brady (MAN) def. Brett Jeffries (W&J), 15-6
165 – David Dibenedetto (W&J) def. Grant Anglemeyer (MAN), 17-9
174 – Ryan Monce (MAN) def. Eric Kohr (W&J), Fall at 6:51
184 – Drew Graber (MAN) def. Steve Thornton (W&J), 9-0
197 – Chad Ulmer (MAN) def. Theron Mitchell (W&J), 3-2
285 – Taylor Potts (W&J) def. Jimmy King (MAN), 6-2