Avino captures victory with fall

Taylor Avino (c) 2014 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Taylor Avino (c) 2014 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Deadlocked at 18-all, Taylor Avino (Fair Haven, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven) recorded a first-period fall to lift McDaniel to a 24-18 Centennial Conference (CC) wrestling victory over Gettysburg on Wednesday.

The Green Terror (8-8, 3-2 CC) won the final two bouts to take six wins overall in the victory.

Pat Thomas led the Bullets (4-14, 1-5 CC) with a 2-minute, 4-second pin at 174.

After Thomas knotted the match at 15-all with three matches to go, Jared Leon recorded a 10-5 victory at 184 to put the hosts in front by three.

Dakota Wilhelm (La Plata, Md./La Plata) notched a 6-2 win at 197 to make the heavyweight bout a winner-take-all match.

Avino tallied his eighth pin of the season in 1:21 to give McDaniel the victory.

Holt Johnson and Ryan O'Boyle (North Reading, Mass./Central Catholic) exchanged forfeits to start the night before Alvontae Dummond (Lincoln, Del./Milford) gave the Green Terror a three-point edge with a 9-5 victory at 141.

Mason Goretsas (Hampstead, Md./North Carroll) earned an escape in the third period and then won his bout on riding time 5-4 to stretch the lead to 12-6.

A Matt Capobianco third-period escape proved to be the difference in a 5-4 bout at 157, pulling Gettysburg back within three.

The Green Terror stretched the lead back to six on a Luke Yox (Westminster, Md./Liberty) rally at 165. An escape and takedown in the third period knotted the bout at 5-all before Yox earned the point for time advantage and a 6-5 victory.

McDaniel returns to action at home against Ursinus and NYU on Saturday. Action begins at 11 a.m.

McDaniel 24, Gettysburg 18
125: Holt Johnson (G) won by forfeit; 133: Ryan O'Boyle (M) won by forfeit; 141: Alvontae Drummond (M) dec. Matt Spano 9-5; 149: Mason Goretsas (M) dec. Brandon Carcuffe 5-4; 157: Matt Capobianco (G) dec. Erik Meyer 5-4; 165: Luke Yox (M) dec. Tyler Cunningham 6-5; 174: Pat Thomas (G) pinned Ricky Tisinger 2:04; 184: Jared Leon (G) dec. Nick Cross (M) 10-5; 197: Dakota Wilhelm (M) dec. Lukas Iorio 6-2; HWT: Taylor Avino (M) pinned Nick Diunizio 1:21.