No. 17 UNCP Splits On Day One Of Super Region I Duals
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – UNCP rebounded from a tough loss to Shippensburg in its weekend opener with a convincing victory over Seton Hill in the nightcap to help the Braves book a 1-1 record after day one of the Super Region I Duals inside Pitt-Johnstown's Sports Center on Friday evening.
The split marked the first action of the new year for the Braves (3-3) who last saw action on December 30 at the Citrus Invitational in southeast Florida. Shippensburg (6-6) improved to 7-1 all-time against the Black & Gold with its victory, while Seton Hill (8-8) lost for the third time in as many meetings with UNCP.
Shippensburg used a forfeit victory at 125 pounds, as well as a decision at 133 pounds, to quickly take a 9-0 lead on the team scoreboard, but the Braves used Daniel Ownbey's 4-2 victory at 141 pounds, as well as a 15-4 major decision from fellow newcomer Kristoff Thomas (149 pounds), to cut their deficit back to 9-7. The Raiders would put the match out of reach by winning the next three bouts, however, including a pin at 157 pounds and a major decision in the 165-pound tussle.
Seton Hill needed just a Stephen Smith decision to take a 9-0 lead on the Braves in the nightcap, but UNCP responded with five-straight victories to give itself plenty of breathing room. Ownbey and junior Mike Williams each keyed the 21-point swing with pins at 141 and 174 pounds, respectively.
UNCP will open up day two action at the Super Region I Duals on Saturday at 1 p.m. when it locks horns with 14th-ranked West Liberty. The Braves will close out their stay in Johnstown at 3 p.m. against 10th-ranked and host Pitt-Johnstown.
#17 UNC Pembroke 33, Seton Hill 12
125: No. 5 Kenny Trumbetta (SHU) forfeit No Entry (UNCP) For
133: Stephen Smith (SHU) dec. Adonis Wright (UNCP) D 3-2
141: Daniel Ownbey (UNCP) pinned Andrew Fisher (SHU) F 5:54
149: Kristoff Thomas (UNCP) dec. Nick Nichols (SHU) D 6-2
157: No. 8 Brendon Parker-Risk (UNCP) dec. Adam Morranduzzo (SHU) OT 7-6
165: K.D. Dixon (UNCP) dec. Kurt McCamley (SHU) D 11-4
174: Mike Williams (UNCP) pinned Randall Wagner (SHU) F 6:07
184: Zach Benzio (SHU) dec. Shiheem Bryant (UNCP) D 6-2
197: No. 8 Shane Nolan (UNCP) forfeit No Entry (SHU) For
285: Chris Giddens (UNCP) inj. def. Ron Oswald (SHU) Inj Def
Starting Weight: 125
Records: Seton Hill 8-8; UNCP 3-3
Shippensburg 25, #17 UNC Pembroke 17
125: Colton Keck (SU) forfeit No Entry (UNCP) For
133: Cody Myers (SU) dec. Adonis Wright (UNCP) D 11-5
141: Daniel Ownbey (UNCP) dec. Simon Rice (SU) D 4-2
149: Kristoff Thomas (UNCP) maj. dec. James Reilly (SU) M 15-4
157: Kenny Stank (SU) pinned K.D. Dixon (UNCP) F 3:49
165: Neal Grudi (SU) maj. dec. Brendon Parker-Risk (UNCP) M 14-4
174: Luke Etter (SU) dec. Ridge White (UNCP) D 5-2
184: Shiheem Bryant (UNCP) maj. dec. Tyler Zittle (SU) M 14-4
197: No. 8 Shane Nolan (UNCP) forfeit No Entry (SU) For
285: Jacob Nale (SU) dec. Chris Giddens (UNCP) D 4-2
Starting Weight: 125
Records: Shippensburg 6-6; UNCP 2-3