No. 24 Hofstra Roars by Columbia, 28-9

New York, NY – Junior Steve Bonanno posted a major decision at 125 and the Pride captured eight of the 10 matches as 24th-ranked Hofstra defeated Columbia, 28-9 at University Gymnasium Sunday afternoon. The Pride, who ended the dual match portion of the regular season Sunday, improved to 12-3 on the year. Columbia slipped to 6-5 on the year. 

The Pride won the first six matches of the contest to jump out to a 22-0 lead after the 165-pound contest. 14th-ranked juniorSteve Bonanno started off the match with a 10-1 major decision over Robert Dyar at 125 pounds. Bonanno won his fourth straight match to improve to 25-6 on the year. Sophomore Jamie Franco boosted the lead to 7-0 with a 3-1 sudden victory decision over Kyle Gilchrist on a takedown in the waning seconds over the 133-pound extra period. Franco improved to-19-10 on the season. At 141, sophomore Luke Vaith won his fourth straight match taking an injury default win after leading Matt Bystol, 11-1 in the contest. Vaith, who is now 19-8 on the season, gave the Pride a 13-0 lead in the match. 

Pride junior Justin Accordino recorded a big third period on the way to a 5-2 victory over Steve Santos at 149 pounds. Accordino posted a takedown and a two-point near-fall in the third for his 11th victory in the last 13 matches. He is now 21-10. Junior Tyler Banks gave the Pride a 19-0 lead at 157 pounds with a 4-2 decision over Jake O’Hara. Banks won his second straight match to improve to 12-11 on the year. 19th-ranked senior P.J. Gillespie posted one of the most exciting wins of the day at 165 with a 5-4 decision over Eren Civan in the second sudden victory period. Gillespie has now won nine-in-a-row to improve to 26-5. 

Columbia got on the board at 174 pounds as Stephen West pinned Jermaine John (7-15) in 2:08 of the match to close the deficit to 22-6. But 12th-ranked junior Ben Clymer boosted the lead for Hofstra at 184 with a 4-1 decision over Shane Hughes. Clymer posted his 12th win in 13 matches to improve to 26-6. In another exciting contest, Nick Mills posted a takedown in the second sudden victory period to defeat Hofstra’s Tim Murphy, 4-2, at 197 pounds. Murphy slipped to 10-20 on the season. In the match finale, Pride junior Paul Snyder defeated Kevin Lester, 5-2, at 285 in a rematch of the 2011 New York State Collegiate Championship final that Lester won, 4-0. Snyder improved to 17-11 on the season as Hofstra posted the 28-9 victory. 

The Pride will now prepare for the 2012 Colonial Athletic Association Championships to be held at Binghamton University on Saturday, March 3 

#24 Hofstra 28, Columbia 9 
125- Steve Bonanno (H) maj. dec. Robert Dyar (C), 10-1
133- Jamie Franco (H) dec. Kyle Gilchrist (C), 3-1
141- Luke Vaith (H) wins by inj. def. Matt Bystol (C),
149- Justin Accordino (H) dec. Steve Santos (C), 5-2
157- Tyler Banks (H) dec. Jake O’Hara (C), 4-2
165- P.J. Gillespie (H) dec. Eren Civan (C), 5-4 in OT2
174- Stephen West (C) WBF Jermaine John (H), 2:08
184- Ben Clymer (H) dec. Shane Hughes (C), 4-1
197- Nick Mills (C) dec. Tim Murphy (H), 4-2 in SV2
285- Paul Snyder (H) dec. Kevin Lester (C), 5-2

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