Hofstra Sweeps Through CAA Duals to Improve to 8-0


Fairfax, VA – Five Hofstra wrestlers posted 3-0 records as the Pride won all three of its matches at the 2012 Colonial Athletic Association Duals at the George Mason Field House Saturday. 

The Pride defeated Old Dominion (21-12), George Mason (36-3) and Boston University (31-6) to improve to 8-0 on the season. Hofstra has now won 13 consecutive dual matches dating back to a loss to then-number one Cornell last February 5. 

Senior Ben Clymer (20-5) at 184, juniors Steve Bonanno (19-5) at 125, Justin Accordino (16-8) at 149 and Paul Snyder(14-7) at 285 and sophomore Luke Vaith (13-7) at 141 each posted 3-0 marks Saturday. Senior P.J. Gillespie (19-5) at 165, junior Tyler Banks (8-8) at 157 and sophomoreJamie Franco (14-8) at 133 each posted two wins at the Duals. 

Hofstra’s most competitive match of the day was the Pride’s first match against Old Dominion. It was a match of streaks with nine of the 10 matches going to decision. Hofstra captured the first four matches of the day to take a 12-0 lead over the Monarchs. 13th-ranked junior Steve Bonanno, the number one-ranked wrestler in the CAA at 125 pounds, started the festivities with a 6-0 victory over Jerome Robinson. Bonanno improved to 17-5 with his fourth consecutive win. Sophomore Jamie Franco, ranked second in the CAA, boosted the Pride lead to 6-0 at 133 pounds with a 6-1 win over Scott Festejo, ranked fourth in the CAA. Franco allowed only a third period escape to record his fourth straight win and improve to 14-7. Sophomore Luke Vaith erupted in the second and third period to post a 9-4 win over Justin LaValle, ranked third in the CAA, at 141 pounds. Vaith, who is ranked fourth in the CAA, improved to 11-7. Junior Justin Accordino gave the Pride a 12-0 lead in the match with an 8-4 win over Brennan Brumley, ranked fourth in the CAA, at 149 pounds Accordino, who posted his fourth consecutive win, improved to 14-8 on the season. 

The Monarchs of Old Dominion got on the board at 157 as John Nicholson, ranked fourth in the CAA, knocked off junior Tyler Banks. Banks slipped to 6-8 on the year, At 165, Hofstra senior P.J. Gillespie, ranked 19th nationally and second in the CAA, was upset by Tristan Warner, 7-3 on a big third period by the Monarch. Warner opened the third with a reversal and two, two-point nearfalls to erase a 3-0 deficit. Gillespie is now 17-5. The Monarchs made it three-in-a-row at 174 to close to within three at 12-9 as Te Edwards also posted a big third period to record a 7-6 win over Pride freshman Jermaine John. Edwards trailed 4-3 entering the third but opened with a reversal and a two-point nearfall for the victory. John is now 7-8 on the year. 

Hofstra came back at 184 behind Ben Clymer‘s 4-0 shutout win over Billy Curling. After a scoreless two periods, Clymer posted an escape, takedown and the riding time point for the victory. Clymer’s win was key as ODU rebounded with a 6-0 win at 197 from Joe Budi over Hofstra sophomore Matt Loew, who was making his first appearance since December 8. With the Pride leading 15-12 entering the final match, Pride junior Paul Snydersealed the victory with a pin of Michael Chapman in 1:56 to close out the 21-12 win. 

In the second match of the day for the Pride, against George Mason, Hofstra won nine of the 10 matches with Accordino and Snyder recording wins by fall. Accordino pinned Kevin Timothy at 149 in 29 seconds while Snyder posted his second pin of the day, against Hunter Manspile, in 3:25. Ben Clymer added a 19-4 tech fall win over Corey Smith while Gillespie posted a career-best 21 points in a 21-7 major decision over Dustin Dwyer.

In the finale against Boston University, the Pride won eight of the 10 matcheson the way to a 31-6 victory over the Terriers. Justin Accordino tallied a 15-0 tech fall over Peter Ishiguro at 149, Steve Bonanno recorded a 15-4 major win over Ryan Dowd at 125 pounds, and sophomore Tim Murphy tallied a 13-0 major win over Michael Wrin at 197.Paul Snyder also tallied his third straight six-point decision with a win by forfeit at 285. 

The Pride return to action on Friday, January 27 when they travel to New Brunswick, New Jersey to face the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers at 6:30 p.m. 

Hofstra 21, Old Dominion 12 
125- Steve Bonanno (HU) dec. Jerome Robinson (ODU), 6-0
133- Jamie Franco (HU) dec. Scott Festejo (ODU), 6-1
141- Luke Vaith (HU) dec. Justin LaValle (ODU), 9-4
149- Justin Accordino (HU) dec. Brennan Brumley (ODU), 8-4
157- John Nicholson (HU) dec. Tyler Banks (HU), 9-3
165- Tristan Warner (ODU) dec. P.J. Gillespie (HU), 7-3
174- Te Edwards (ODU) dec. Jermaine John (HU), 7-6
184- Ben Clymer (HU) dec. Billy Curling (ODU), 4-0
197- Joe Budi (ODU) dec. Matt Loew (HU), 6-0
285- Paul Snyder (HU) WBF Michael Chapman (ODU), 1:56

Hofstra 36, George Mason 3
125- Steve Bonanno (HU) dec. Vince Rodriguez (GMU), 6-2
133- Jamie Franco (HU) dec. Brian Benton (GMU), 8-2
141- Luke Vaith (HU) dec. Denny Herndon (GMU), 3-2
149- Justin Accordino (HU) WBF Kevin Timothy (GMU), 0:29
157- Tyler Banks (HU) dec. Jaaziah Bethea (GMU), 6-2
165- P.J. Gillespie (HU) maj. dec. Dustin Dwyer (GMU), 21-7
174- Jermaine John (HU) dec. Steve Swayze (GMU), 6-0
184- Ben Clymer (HU) tech fall Corey Smith (GMU), 19-4 (5:52)
197- Bagna Tovuujav (GMU) dec. Tim Murphy (HU), 12-6
285- Paul Snyder (HU) WBF Hunter Manspile (GMU), 3:25

Hofstra 31, Boston University 6 
125- Steve Bonanno (HU) maj. dec. Ryan Dowd (BU), 15-4
133- Fred Santaite (BU) dec. Jamie Franco (HU), 3-2
141- Luke Vaith (HU) dec. Tyler Scotton (BU), 6-4
149- Justin Accordino (HU) tech fall Peter Ishiguro (BU), 15-0 (7:00)
157- Tyler Banks (HU) dec. Nick Tourville (BU), 4-2 in SV
165- P.J. Gillespie (HU) dec. Mitchell Wightman (BU), 10-3
174- Kyle Czamecki (BU) dec. Jermaine John (HU), 4-2
184- Ben Clymer (HU) dec. Hunter Mays (BU), 4-0
197- Tim Murphy (HU) maj dec Michael Wrin (BU), 13-0
285- Paul Snyder (HU) wins by forfeit

Courtesy: Hofstra Athletic Communications


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