SU wrestling sees growth through season’s midpoint
The Shippensburg University wrestling team continued its good form at the Kutztown University Duals, posting two victories in its three contests on Friday and Saturday.
The team had just defeated Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) rival Millersville University earlier in the week and were looking to continue that momentum going into its matchups with LIU Post, the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and American International College.
The Raiders found themselves behind to LIU Post on two occasions in their tie. SU claimed the first victory of the match with a pin to take an early six-point lead.
The Raiders forfeited the next weight class before dropping the following bout by tech fall.
SU drew even again with a tech-fall victory of its own and followed that up with a major decision by Mike Springer. The Raiders dropped the next three bouts and fell behind by an overall score of 15–20.
Senior Evan Ramos, the No. 3-ranked wrestler at 197 pounds, brought the team back with a major decision before Derek Berberick clinched the final bout with a pin to give the Raiders the win.
The team had a brief break before resuming action the next day, facing off first against UNC-Pembroke. The Raiders could not get anything going from the start, falling behind 11–0 before earning their first victory from Cole Rush with a major decision. The next four bouts went in favor of UN- Pembroke and it gained a 33–4 advantage going into the final two matches.
Ramos and Berberick continued their good performances with a pin and major decision, respectively. There was no way back for SU at that point, and it fell by a final score of 32–14. The final matchup of the weekend was against American International. Only three of the scheduled 10 bouts actually took place.
Ryan Narber, Ramos and Berberick were the only wrestlers who had an opponent after several Yellowjackets were not able to make weight. Five of the bouts ended in forfeit victories for the Raiders and two others were no-contests. The overall score for the round was 42–0, giving SU its second win of the weekend and a season record of 6–4.
The Raiders will return to action today at 7 p.m. at Heiges Field House when they host East Stroudsburg University.