By Maxime Devillaz
“Pioneers” echoed from the Pratt Recreation Center stand on Thursday, Feb. 19, both in words and on the mat, as the wrestling team ripped off their opponent’s one defeat after another.
The referee raised Pioneer fists in the air on shuffle mode, all but twice throughout the evening. The home team whipped Mount Saint Vincent to numbness in the first dual, 56-0, and conquered NYU just hours later by a score of 32-8.
The first match against Mount Saint Vincent started off in favor of the Pioneers; however, Mount Saint Vincent was subject to five forfeits in various weight classes, which counted for 30 of the final Pioneer points. But the handful of Pioneers who did see action in the first leg all won nonetheless.
In the second match, the home side suffered backlash right off the bat. Freshman Joe Paterno’s suit wasn’t warm enough, as he was left with a forfeit victory earlier on. But sophomore Joe Calderone quickly tied the match up, and thereafter the Pioneers saw wins in seven out of the remaining eight battles.
With the two victories, the Pioneers evened up their regular season record at 11-11. Head coach Joe Patrovich now prepares his team for the NCAA Division II Super Region I Tournament on Friday, Feb. 26, at Mercyhearst University.