By Michael Otero
In their first meet of the season on Saturday, Nov. 7, junior Vinny Turano was the star as he earned the 141-lb title. LIU as a whole placed seventh at the Monarch Invitational. Turano had close bouts in the semi-final against Wilkes University’s Pankil Chander, which he won 13-7, and then against York College’s Gregory Warner. He upended Warner and won the bracket.
In addition to Turano, sophomore Jake Horton placed third at the 197-lb weight class while fellow sophomore Matt Langan finished one spot lower at four in the 149-lb class. The Pioneers return to the mat on Wednesday, Nov. 11, against Shippensburg University and York College. The matches get underway from Pennsylvania at 4 p.m.