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The Bloomsburg University wrestling team will be looking for its first dual victory of the season on Thursday night when it entertains George Mason University in the home opener at the Nelson Field House. It also marks the Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) opener for both schools.
PROJECTED MATCHUPS (Overall Record, Dual Record)
125 - Willy Girard (Williamstown, Pa/Williams Valley) (10-5, 1-1) vs Talha Farooq (1-5, 0-1) or Spencer Reed (0-2, 0-0)
133 - Lewis Williams (Bloomsburg, Pa./Central Columbia) (5-6, 1-1) vs Mel Ortiz (8-7, 0-1)
141 - Aaron Coleman (Iselin, N.J./John F. Kennedy Memorial) (2-6, 0-2) or Tim Kane (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Warde) (2-8, 1-1) vs FORFEIT
149 - Grant Bond (Carlisle, Pa./Boiling Springs) (2-1, 0-0) or Alex Carida (Hackettstown, N.J./Hackettstown) (2-6, 0-0) vs Tejon Anthony (7-3, 1-0) or Justin Yorkdale (4-6, 0-0)
157 - Nate Newberry (Biglerville, Pa./Biglerville) (5-7, 1-1) vs Kolby Ho (6-3, 1-0)
165 - Gavin Hale (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown West) (0-7, 0-2) vs Colston DiBlasi (9-5, 0-1) or Cornelius Schuster (4-3, 1-0)
174 - Anthony Vetrano (Middletown, N.J./Middletown North) (3-7, 0-2) vs Philip Stolfi (4-6, 1-0)
184 - Trevor Allard (Mexico, N.Y./Mexico) (8-7, 1-1) vs Paul Pierce (2-4, 0-0)
197 - Kyle Murphy (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) (2-4, 0-0) vs Eli Spencer (11-4, 0-0) or Alex Donahue (2-7, 0-1)
285 - Bruce Graeber (Feasterville, Pa./Neshaminy) (5-6, 2-0) vs Matthew Voss (9-0, 1-0)
Bloomsburg leads the all-time series against George Mason, 8-3. Last season, the Huskies snapped an 18-match EWL losing streak with an 18-17 victory over the Patriots in Fairfax, Virginia. It marked Bloomsburg's first EWL win since a 36-3 victory over George Mason back on February 9, 2014. Andy Schutz (Exeter, Pa./Wyoming Area) won at 133 pounds before the Huskies rattled off four consecutive wins to take an 18-11 lead. Kevin Laubach Jr. (Berwick, Pa./Berwick), Nate Newberry (Biglerville, Pa./Biglerville), Kyle Murphy (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan), and Trevor Allard (Mexico, N.Y./Mexico) gave the Huskies the seven-point advantage before the Patriots won the last two matches by decision as Bloomsburg was able to hold on for the win.
Bloomsburg enters Thursday's dual with an 0-2 record on the season after suffering losses against then-#17 Purdue and Sacred Heart back on November 10. Junior Bruce Graeber (Feasterville, Pa./Neshaminy) leads the Huskies with a perfect 2-0 record in duals and was the only Bloomsburg wrestler to go unscathed through the first two duals of the year. Junior Willy Girard (Williamstown, Pa/Williams Valley), junior Lewis Williams (Bloomsburg, Pa./Central Columbia), freshman Tim Kane (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Warde), junior Nate Newberry (Biglerville, Pa./Biglerville), and redshirt junior Trevor Allard(Mexico, N.Y./Mexico) each went 1-1 in the two duals. Overall, Girard leads the team with a 10-5 record which includes a pair of bonus-point victories (one fall, one major decision). He has placed in all three tournaments he has competed in, going third in both the Clarion Open and the Journeymen Collegiate Classic while placing fourth at the Black Knight Invitational. Allard is next with an 8-7 mark on the year while Graeber, Newberry, and Williams each have five victories on the season. Allard leads the team with three bonus-point victories all coming via major decision.
SCOUTING GEORGE MASON
The Patriots are 1-0 on the year after a season-opening 20-17 victory at Virginia Military Institute on November 2. VMI led by two points going to the heavyweight bout before Matthew Voss won by technical fall to earn the victory for George Mason. Voss is certainly the name to watch for the Patriots as he is 9-0 on the season with two technical falls and three falls. He is ninth in the country according to the NWCA and 10th in the Intermat polls. Eli Spencer leads the team 11 victories and is 11-4 overall. Other names to watch include Tejon Anthony (7-3), Colston DiBlasi (9-5), Kolby Ho (6-3), and Mel Ortiz (8-7).
Bloomsburg will head to Kutztown University to compete in the 2018 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Championships on Saturday, December 8. Action is scheduled to get underway at 10:00 a.m.
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