The Shippensburg University wrestling team had four victors Wednesday night in its final regular season dual meet but narrowly fell to No. 17 Kutztown. The Raiders dropped the 26-16 decision in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) matchup at Keystone Arena.
Sophomore Connor Babcock was one of two Raiders to score bonus points on the night. He earned a victory by fall in 4:43 at 174 pounds over Kutztown’s Connor Rogovich, earning him his 10th victory of the season and giving him his team-leading eighth pin.
Redshirt junior Pat Duggan dominated KU’s Mitchell Camp at 157 pounds with four takedowns in the first period, two in the second, and added a near fall in the third with two more takedowns. Duggan earned his 11th victory of the season with the 20-7 major decision.
Redshirt junior Alexi Castro defeated the Golden Bears’ Anthony Emig at 197 pounds with a 5-2 decision. This marks Castro’s fifth straight victory, leaving him 10-5 on the season. Castro used a takedown toward the end of the second period to gain the upper hand before he escaped in the third to win the match.
Redshirt junior DeAndre Reed rallied past Kutztown’s Mike Cusick at 149 pounds with a third period takedown, squeaking by with the 6-4 decision. The win gives Reed three victories out of his last four matches.
In exhibition play, sophomore Jake Downing cruised to victory with a 12-1 major decision at 125 pounds over KU’s Connor Yourkavitch.
Redshirt freshman Dan Scheib was dealt with the tough task of facing undefeated Thomas Killoran at 285 pounds. Killoran won the match by pinning Scheib in 5:40, sealing Kutztown’s victory over the Raiders.
With the loss, the Raiders fall just below .500 to end the regular season at 8-10 (0-7 PSAC). SU will compete in the 2020 NCAA Super Region 1 Championships on Saturday, Feb. 29, in Erie, Pennsylvania, from the Mercyhurst Athletic Center.