Columbia Takes Down Franklin & Marshall on the Road

LANCASTER, Pa. — Jake O’Hara won by technical fall and Robert Dyar and Kevin Lester recorded pins as the Columbia wrestling team took a 32-12 victory over EIWA foe Franklin & Marshall on Friday night at the Mayser Center.

Columbia improved its dual record to 4-2 and evened its EIWA mark to 1-1 with the win over the Diplomats (0-11).

O’Hara’s 22-7 technical fall victory in 5:59 over Eric Norgard was the highlight of the meet. O’Hara (21-9) has now won his last five bouts and is tied with Stephen West with a team-high three wins by technical fall.

At 125 pounds, Dyar (12-13) gave the Lions a quick 6-0 lead when he pinned Franklin & Marshall’s David Hershberger in 1:56. The pin was Dyar’s second on the season and first in dual format. Dyar improved to 5-1 over his last six bouts.

Senior captain Kyle Gilchrist notched his 20th win of the year at 133, improving to 20-9 after besting Robert Ruiz, 6-0. Gilchrist now has two seasons with 20 or more wins. Back in 2009-10, he went 24-12.

Franklin & Marshall climbed to within 9-3 following Richard Durso’s 3-2 win over Columbia 141-pounder Matt Bystol (18-12), but the Lions would take the next four weights to take command of the meet.

At 149, Steve Santos (14-5) defeated Andrew Murano, 6-1, to extend his match winning streak to six.

Adam Fondale (19-8) took a win at 165 by forfeit.

Stephen West (23-10) picked up his 23rd win of the season, edging Matt Fullowan, 5-2.

The Diplomats took some wins at the heavier classes, as Matt Latessa edged the Lions’ Shane Hughes, 11-9, at 184 and Colin Ely pinned Matt Idelson at 197.

Senior captain Kevin Lester continued his hot streak at 285, pinning Alexander Henry in 4:15. Lester (23-7) has won his last 13 bouts, a stretch that includes seven pins and one major decision. Lester now has a team-high 10 wins by fall this season.

Columbia opens Ivy League action on Feb. 4 when it heads makes its third trip this season to Ithaca, N.Y., to take on Cornell. The Lions return to the friendly confines of University Gymnasium on Feb. 18 when they host Brown and Harvard.

Columbia 32, Franklin & Marshall 12
125: Robert Dyar (C) pinned David Hershberger (F&M), 1:56.
133: Kyle Gilchrist (C) dec. Robert Ruiz (F&M), 6-0.
141: Richard Durso (F&M) dec. Matt Bystol (C), 3-2.
149: Steve Santos (C) dec. Andrew Murano (F&M), 6-1.
157: Jake O’Hara (C) tech. fall Eric Norgard (F&M), 5:59 22-7.
165: Adam Fondale (C) won by forf.
174: Stephen West (C) dec. Matt Fullowan (F&M), 5-2.
184: Matt Latessa (F&M) dec. Shane Hughes (C), 11-9.
197: Colin Ely (F&M) pinned Matt Idelson (C), 2:46.
285: Kevin Lester (C) pinned Alexander Henry (F&M), 4:15.

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