Columbia Falls Short at Penn, Roars Back to Beat Rider

LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. – The Columbia wrestling team dominated Rider Saturday night for a 31-10 victory to bounce back from a close loss at Penn earlier in the afternoon.

Columbia (6-4) won seven matches, including the final four to close out the day with 22 unanswered points. Shane Hughesand Nick Mills recorded pins and Stephen West had a major decision as the Lions snapped Rider’s three-match winning streak.

Rider (9-8) jumped out to a 3-0 lead when Chuck Zeisloft defeated Robert Dyar (14-15), 8-4 , in the opening match at 125 pounds. Kyle Gilchrist (22-11) edged Jimmy Morris, 3-2, at 133 to knot the score at 3-3. But the Broncs retook the lead following the 141 bout when Jimmy Kirchner defeated Ryan Ponte (9-6) by major decision, 9-0.

The Lions responded with back-to-back wins at 149 and 157. Steve Santos (17-6) shutout Conor Brennan 4-0 and Jake O’Hara (24-10) took a 4-3 win over Ramon Santiago, giving Columbia a 9-7 advantage.

After Rider briefly took a 10-9 lead when James Brundage defeated Columbia’s Eren Civan (7-8) by a score of 7-2 at 165, the Lions roared back as some of its bigger wrestlers came up with big points in their victories.

At 174, Stephen West (26-10) won by major decision over Brandon Lintner, 11-1, to put Columbia back in the lead, 13-10.

Hughes (18-9) followed with a pin of Clint Morrison in 4:59 at 184 and Mills (10-12) notched a pin against Donald McNeal in 4:04 at 197 to seal the victory for Columbia. Kevin Lester (25-9) won by forfeit at 285.

Columbia returns to University Gymnasium on Feb. 18 to host Brown at 1 p.m. and Harvard at 3 p.m. The Lions will close out their dual schedule on Feb. 19 when they host Hofstra at 1 p.m.

Columbia 31, Rider 10 
125: Chuck Zeisloft (RU) dec. Robert Dyar (C), 8-4 – Rider ahead 3-0
133: Kyle Gilchrist (C) dec. Jimmy Morris (RU), 3-2 – Tied 3-3
141: Jimmy Kirchner (RU) maj. dec. Ryan Ponte (C), 9-0 – Rider ahead 7-3
149: Steve Santos (C) dec. Conor Brennan (RU), 4-0 – Rider ahead 7-6
157: Jake O’Hara (C) dec. Ramon Santiago (RU), 4-3 – Columbia ahead 9-7
165: James Brundage (RU) dec. Eren Civan (C), 7-2 – Rider ahead 10-9
174: Stephen West (C) maj. dec. Brandon Lintner (RU), 11-1 – Columbia ahead 13-10
184: Shane Hughes (C) wbf. Clint Morrison (RU), 4:59 – Columbia ahead 19-10
197: Nick Mills (C) wbf. Donald McNeal (RU), 4:04 – Columbia ahead 25-10
285: Kevin Lester (C) won by forfeit, Columbia wins 31-10

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Penn 19, Columbia 18

PHILADELPHIA – Shane Hughes recorded his seventh pin on the season and Robert Dyar, Jake O’Hara and Stephen West won by major decision, but the Columbia wrestling team came up just short against Ivy League rival Penn on Saturday at The Palestra as the Quakers edged the Lions, 19-18.

Columbia (5-4, 1-2 Ivy League, 2-3 EIWA) enjoyed a 4-0 lead after the first bout of the day when Dyar (14-14) dominated Karim Shafi for a 15-2 major decision at 125 pounds.

Penn (6-6, 2-2 Ivy League) won the next three matches to pull ahead 10-4. At 133, No. 14 Bryan Ortenzio defeated Kyle Gilchrist (21-11), 6-1. No. 12 Zack Kemmerer scored the Quakers’ only major decision of the day when he shutout Ryan Ponte, 12-0 at 141. Steve Robertson upset the Lions’ No. 20 Steve Santos (16-6), 6-4, at 149.

O’Hara (23-10) halted Penn’s run when he took a 12-2 major decision over Troy Hernandez at 157.

After Lorenzo Thomas defeated Columbia’s Eren Civan (7-7), 9-3, at 165, Stephen West  (25-10) brought the Lions to within 13-12 when he defeated Ian Korb by major decision, 9-1, at 174.

Hughes (17-9) pinned Erich Smith in 3:10 at 184 to give Columbia an 18-13 advantage with two bouts to go.

No. 10 Micah Burak defeated Nick Mills (9-12), 10-3, at 197 and Steven Graziano’s 5-2 decision over Kevin Lester (24-9) at heavyweight clinched the win for the Quakers.

Penn 19, Columbia 18 

125 – Robert Dyar (C) MD Karim Shafi (Penn), 15-2 Columbia leads, 4-0
133 – No. 14 Bryan Ortenzio (Penn) DEC Kyle Gilchrist (C), 6-1 Columbia leads, 4-3
141 – No. 12 Zack Kemmerer (Penn) MD. Ryan Ponte (C), 12-0 Penn leads, 7-4
149 – Steve Robertson (Penn) DEC No. 20 Steve Santos (C), 6-4 Penn leads, 10-4
157 – Jake O’Hara (C) MD Troy Hernandez (Penn), 12-2 Penn leads, 10-8
165 – Lorenzo Thomas (Penn) DEC Eren Civan (C), 9-3 Penn leads, 13-8
174 – Stephen West (C) MD Ian Korb (Penn), 9-1 Penn leads, 13-12
184 – Shane Hughes (C) PINS Erich Smith (Penn) 3:10 Columbia leads, 18-13
197 – No. 10 Micah Burak (Penn) DEC Nick Mills (C), 10-3 Columbia leads, 18-16
285 – Steven Graziano (Penn) DEC Kevin Lester (C), 5-2 Penn leads, 19-18

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