Columbia Muscles Past Harvard and Brown

NEW YORK — Steve SantosEren CivanShane Hughes and Kevin Lester notched pins and Matt Bystol triumphed in a second sudden victory as the Columbia wrestling team followed up its 34-4 win over Brown with a 30-12 victory over Harvard on Saturday at University Gymnasium.

Columbia (8-4, 3-2 Ivy League, 4-3 EIWA) got off to a good start when junior Robert Dyar (15-16) opened the conference match with a 10-5 win over Max Mejia. Dyar took command early when he had two takedowns and a two-point near fall to build a 6-1 lead in the first period. He had two key reversals the rest of the way to stay in control.

Senior captain Kyle Gilchrist (24-11) wrestled tough against No. 12 Steven Keith at 133, but Keith pulled away with a 5-0 win to even team scores at 3-3.

Bystol’s thriller at 141 turned the match in Columbia’s favor. The Lions sophomore and the Crimson’s Shay Warren each had an escape in regulation to force extra periods. In the second SV period, Bystol (20-14) used a takedown to earn the win.

At 149, Santos (19-6) had control over Patrick Hogan well into the third period with an 8-0 lead but a sudden surge led to a pin. The time elapsed was 5:34.

The Crimson climbed to within 12-6 when No. 7 Walter Peppelman defeated junior Jake O’Hara (25-11), 5-0.

Senior 165-pouder Eren Civan (8-9) re-established a two-bout lead over Harvard, breaking a 2-2 tie by pinning Ian Roy in the third period. The elapsed time was 6:44. Columbia’s lead was pushed to 18-6.

Harvard’s Josh Popple edged Stephen West (28-11) at 174 by a score of 5-2 to bring the Crimson to within 18-9.

Hughes (20-9) played clincher once again for Columbia, pinning Bryan Panzano 2:22 to give the Lions a 24-9 advantage.

After James Fox earned a 4-2 win over Nick Mills (11-13) at 197, Columbia senior captain and heavyweight Kevin Lester (27-9) pinned David Ng in 24 seconds.

The Lions will close their dual season on Sunday when they host No. 24 Hofstra and celebrate Senior Day.

COLUMBIA 30, HARVARD 12
125: Robert Dyar (C) def. Max Mejia (H), 10-5 – Columbia leads, 3-0
133: No. 12 Steven Keith (H) def. Kyle Gilchrist (C), 5-0 – Match tied, 3-3
141: Matt Bystol (C) def. Shay Warren (H), 3-1 2SV – Columbia leads 6-3
149: Steve Santos (C) pins Patrick Hogan (H) in 5:34 – Columbia leads 12-3
157: No. 7 Walter Peppelman (H) def. Jake O’Hara (C), 5-0 – Columbia leads 12-6
165: Eren Civan (C) pins Ian Roy (H) in 6:44 – Columbia leads 18-6
174: Josh Popple (H) def. Stephen West (C), 5-2 – Columbia leads 18-9
184: Shane Hughes (C) pins Bryan Panzano (H) in 2:22 – Columbia leads 24-9
197: James Fox (H)def. Nick Mills (C), 4-2 – Columbia Leads 24-12.
285: Kevin Lester (C) pins David Ng (H) in 0:24 – Columbia wins 30-12

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COLUMBIA 34, BROWN 4

NEW YORK — Shane Hughes won by fall and Nick Mills picked up a major decision victory as the Columbia wrestling team dominated Brown on Saturday, taking nine of 10 bouts in a 34-4 Lions win at University Gymnasium.

After Harvard (5-10, 2-3 Ivy League) climbed out to a 4-0 win after a major decision in the first bout of the day, Columbia (7-4, 2-2 Ivy League) shut down the Bears the rest of the match. Senior captain Kyle Gilchrist (24-10) got the Lions on the scoreboard at 133 pounds, using two takedowns and 4:52 of riding time to defeat TJ Popolizio, 5-1.

Columbia pulled ahead, 6-4, when sophomore 141-pounder Matt Bystol (19-14) earned a gritty win over over Grant Overcashier thanks to a three-point near fall I the third period that gave him the 7-4 victory.

At 149, junior Steve Santos (18-6) used an escape, takedown and 2:41 of riding time to shut out Ricky Bailey, 4-0.

Junior Jake O’Hara (25-10) jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the first period of the 157 bout and stayed in control the rest of the way to edge Zack Kulczycki, 5-3.

Senior Eren Civan (7-9) also posted a shutout at 165, using two takedowns, an escape and 2:37 of riding time to take a 6-0 win over Jeff Lemmer.

At 174, junior Stephen West (28-10) just needed two takedowns to beat David Foxen, 4-0, and , and give the Lions a commanding 18-4 advantage.

First-year Hughes (19-9) had the big win on the day at 184, taking just 2:07 to pin Brandon Vorrius for his ninth win by fall of the season. Hughes’ victory clinched to Columbia team win as he extended the score to 24-4 with just two possible bouts remaining.

Mills (11-12) continued the Lions’ momentum, dominating Marcos Aranda at 197 for a 10-1 major decision. The Columbia junior had 7-1 advantage after the first period thanks to two takedowns and a three-point near fall. A reversal in the second and 3:49 of riding time handed Mills the major decision.

Senior captain Kevin Lester improved to 26-9 when he won by forfeit at 285.

COLUMBIA 34, BROWN 4
125: Billy Watterson (B)def. by MD Robert Dyar (C), 11-2 – Brown leads 4-0
133: Kyle Gilchrist (C) def. TJ Popolizio (B), 5-1 – Brown leads 4-3
141: Matt Bystol (C) def. Grant Overcashier (B), 7-4 – Columbia leads 6-4
149: Steve Santos (C) def. Ricky Bailey (B), 4-0 – Columbia leads 9-4
157: Jake O’Hara (C) def. Zack Kulczycki (B), 5-3 – Columbia leads 12-4
165: Eren Civan (C) def. Jeff Lemmer (B), 6-0 – Columbia leads 15-4
174: Stephen West (C) def. David Foxen (B), 4-0 – Columbia leads 18-4
184: Shane Hughes (C) pins Brandon Vorrius (B) in 2:07 – Columbia leads 24-4
197: Nick Mills (C) def. by MD Marcos Aranda (B), 10-1 – Columbia leads 28-4
285: Kevin Lester (C) wins by forfeit – Columbia wins 34-4

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