Flashes Run Winning Streak to 11 Before Falling to Minnesota
PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Kent State (13-5) extended its dual winning streak to 11 Saturday against Rutgers, before it all came to an end against Minnesota at the Cliff Keen/NWCA National Duals. The Golden Flashes took six matches from the host Scarlet Knights in a 19-13 victory, before suffering a 35-3 loss against the top-seeded Gophers.
"Minnesota's a very good team," Head Coach Jim Andrassy said. "And we just did not match up well against them."
The Flashes recorded a number of one-sided wins over Rutgers, but senior Nic Bedelyon (Lewistown, Pa.) was the only one to grab a major decision. Bedelyon tallied takedowns in all three periods and scored a two-point tilt in the second on his way to an 11-0 victory over Vincent Dellefave. In his second match, Bedelyon held a 3-1 lead over No. 2 Zach Sanders (Minnesota) to start the third period, but things started to unravel when he was called for a penalty point in an eventual 8-4 loss.
"It was a good match and I'm glad we got to see him now," Andrassy said. "I think Nic will take a little different strategy if he runs into him again."
Sophomore Tyler Small (Littlestown, Pa.) surrendered an opening takedown against Billy Ashnault (Rutgers), but it would be the only points allowed by Small in a 4-2 victory.
Senior Marcel Clopton (Shaker Hts., Ohio) dropped decisions against a pair of Top 10 opponents. Clopton was tied 2-2 after two periods against Dylan Ness (Minnesota), but was turned in the third and allowed riding time in a 6-2 setback.
Junior Mallie Shuster (Newville, Pa.) scored takedowns in all three periods of his 9-2 victory over Dave Seidenberg. Shuster made it a 2-0 day with an 8-4 win over Alec Ortiz. The only takedown Shuster allowed came in the final seconds of the match.
Senior Ross Tice (Brookfield, Ohio) worked his tight-waist tilt for three first period points in a 9-3 win over Doug Hamann (Rutgers).
Junior Casey Newburg (Union, Ohio) led throughout his match against Dan Seidenberg (Rutgers) and was never under threat in a 7-4 triumph.
Senior heavyweight Brendan Barlow (Westerville, Ohio) went to overtime in each of his two matches Saturday. Barlow topped Carl Buchholz (Rutgers) 4-2 in sudden victory, before dropping a 5-4 decision to No. 4 Anthony Nelson (Minnesota), following a second tiebreaker.
"I thought Brendan was more aggressive," Andrassy said. "And the only difference was four seconds of riding time."
The Golden Flashes will close out the dual portion of their season Friday, Feb. 17, visiting regional rival Clarion.
Kent State 19 Rutgers 13
125 - Nic Bedelyon (Kent State) over Vincent Dellefave (RU) Maj. Dec. 11-0
133 – Joe Langel (Minnesota) over Stevie Mitcheff (Kent State) Dec. 5-4
141 - Tyler Small (Kent State) over Billy Ashnault (RU) Dec 4-2
149 –Mario Mason (RU) over Marcel Clopton (Kent State) Dec. 7-3
157 – Mallie Shuster (Kent State) over Dave Seidenberg (RU) Dec 9-2
165 – Ross Tice (Kent State) over Doug Hamann (RU) Dec 9-3
174 – Greg Zannetti (RU) over Brandonn Johnson (Kent State) Maj. Dec. 8-0
184 –Casey Newburg (Kent State) over Dan Seidenberg (RU) Dec 7-4
197 – Dan Rinaldi (RU) over Keith Witt (Kent State) Dec 5-3
HWT - Brendan Barlow (Kent State) over Carl Buchholoz (RU) Dec 4-2 SV
Minnesota 35 Kent State 3
125 – Zach Sanders (Minnesota) over Nic Bedelyon (Kent State) Dec. 8-4
133 – Chris Dardanes (Minnesota) over Stevie Mitcheff (Kent State) Maj. Dec. 12-3
141 - Nick Dardanes (Minnesota) over Tyler Small (Kent State) Maj. Dec 12-4
149 –Dylan Ness (Minnesota) over Marcel Clopton (Kent State) Dec. 6-2
157 – Mallie Shuster (Kent State) over Alec Ortiz (Minnesota) Dec 8-4
165 – Cody Yohn (Minnesota) over Ross Tice (Kent State) Pin 1:22
174 – Logan Storley (Minnesota) over Brandonn Johnson (Kent State) Maj. Dec. 13-3
184 –Kevin Steinhaus (Minnesota) over Casey Newburg (Kent State) TF 16-1
197 – Sonny Yohn (Minnesota) over Keith Witt (Kent State) Dec 3-1
HWT - Anthony Nelson (Minnesota) over Brendan Barlow (Kent State) Dec 5-4 TB2