Seniors P.J. Gillespie at 165 and Ben Clymer at 184, junior Steve Bonanno at 125 and freshman Jermaine John at 174 each posted major decision wins and the Pride grabbed two more decisions by sophomore Jamie Franco at 133 and junior Justin Accordino at 149.
The match opened at 165 pounds with 19th-ranked senior P.J. Gillespie giving the Pride a 4-0 lead in the contest with an 11-2 major decision over American junior Tanner Shaffer. Gillespie improved to a team-best 17-4 on the season. Freshman Jermaine John made it two straight major wins for Hofstra with a 14-5 win over junior Phillip Barreiro at 174 pounds, John tallied an escape and two takedowns in the third period to record his second major of the season and his third straight win. He is now 6-8 on the season. Senior Ben Clymer, ranked 11th this week, made it three in a row with an 11-3 major decision over junior Thomas Barreiro at 184 to boost the Pride lead to 12-0. Clymer posted his third straight win to improve to 17-5 on the year.
But The Eagles of American erased the deficit in the next two matches on wins by fall. At 197 pounds, 19th-ranked Daniel Mitchell (12-6) pinned Pride sophomore Tim Murphy in the second period at the 4:11 mark. Murphy slips to 9-12. Pride junior Paul Snyder had the task of facing the undefeated, number one ranked wrestler at 285 pounds in American senior Ryan Flores (7-0). Flores jumped on Snyder early and posted the pin at the 43 second mark to tie the match at 12-12. Snyder fell to 11-7.
Hofstra rebounded with back-to-back wins at 125 and 133. Junior Steve Bonanno tallied his third consecutive victory and the Pride’s fourth major win of the match with a 12-0 win over senior Thomas Williams at 125. It was Bonnano’s third shutout of the season and improved the 13th-ranked wrestler’s record to 16-5 this year. Hofstra sophomore Jamie Franco boosted the Pride lead to 19-12 with a 6-1 decision over Corey Borshoff at 133 pounds. Franco allowed a first period escape to record his third straight victory and improve to 12-7 this season.
The Eagles closed the gap to 19-15 with a win at 141 pounds as 12th-ranked Matt Mariacher (16-5) defeated Pride sophomore Luke Vaith, 6-4. Vaith was only able to must a first period takedown and escapes in the second and third to slip to 10-7.
But Hofstra junior Justin Accordino sealed the victory for Hofstra with a 9-5 victory at 149 pounds over junior Kevin Tao behind a big second period, Accordino posted a reversal, a takedown and a two-point nearfall in the second to improve to 13-8 on the season.
Fourth-ranked American senior Ganbayar Sanjaa closed the match with a 5-1 decision over Pride junior Tyler Banks at 157 pounds. Ganjaa wouldn’t let Banks to go on the offensive as he improved to 13-1 on the year. Banks is now 6-7.
The Pride now travel to Fairfax, Virginia to compete in the CAA Duals at the George Mason Field House on Saturday, January 21. Hofstra will face Old Dominion at noon, George Mason at 2 p.m. and Boston University at 4 p.m.
165- #19 P.J. Gillespie (HU) major dec. Tanner Shaffer (AU), 11-2
174- Jermaine John (HU major dec. Phillip Barreiro (AU), 14-5
184- #11 Ben Clymer (HU) major dec. Thomas Barreiro (AU), 11-3
197- #19 Daniel Mitchell (AU) WBF Tim Murphy (HU), 4:11
285- #1 Ryan Flores (AU) WBF Paul Snyder (HU), 0:43
125- #13 Steve Bonnano (HU) major dec. Thomas Williams (AU), 12-0
133- Jamie Franco (HU) dec. Corey Borshoff (AU), 6-1
141- #12 Matt Mariacher (AU) dec. Luke Vaith (HU), 6-4
149- Justin Accordino (HU) dec. Kevin Tao (AU), 9-5
157- #4 Ganbayar Sanjaa (AU) dec. Tyler Banks (HU), 5-1