Columbia Athletics 2/21/15 – Despite a 5-5 split in match wins, the Columbia wrestling team came out on top, knocking off Brown, 19-15, in the final dual match of the season. Angelo Amenta and Garrett Ryan added bonus points helping the Lions improve to 6-5 in duals.
Brown earned the first points of the day, when Billy Watterson got by Johnson Mai with an overtime takedown. In the next match, the Lions would take back the lead, when Angelo Amenta earned a first round fall over Zeke Salvo. The pin for Amenta was his first on the season.
The Lions earned three more points at 141, when Matthew Leshinger put up a 10-5 win over Jimmy Bell. Brown would battle back, grabbing wins at 149 and 157 to tie the dual, 9-9.
Columbia won the next two bouts, which were both tight decisions. Tyrel White came out on top with a 6-2 win over Richard Muniz at 165, and Shane Hughes won an overtime match at 174.
After two Brown wins in the 184 and 197 matches, the team scores were tied 15-15 heading into the heavyweight bout. Garrett Ryan would not let the tie last, earning a 10-0 major decision over Augustus Marker, helping the Lions to the 19-15 win.
Columbia will get next weekend off, then head to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania for the 2015 EIWA Championships. Lehigh will host the EIWA’s, March 6-7.