Feb. 4, 2012
The Boston University wrestling team fell to Drexel by a score of 21-14 on Saturday afternoon at Case Gym. The Terriers now stand at 12-5 on the season.
BU took an early lead with wins from sophomore Bubba McGinley (125) and senior Fred Santaite (133) and did not relinquish it until the late stages of the match.
With the Terriers holding a 14-9 advantage though seven bouts following junior Kyle Czarnecki's 4-0 win at 174, the Dragons responded with a 4-0 victory of their own from Nick Becattini at 184.
BU forfeited the 197 match to allow the visitors to take their first lead of the match at 18-14. In the final match of the day, Drexel's Kyle Frey edged Kevin Innis, 3-1, at 285 to create the 21-14 final.
McGinley opened the match with a 9-5 triumph over Franco Ferriana and Santaite followed with a 21-6 technical fall - thanks to riding time - in his bout against Joshua Yurasits to make it a 9-0 lead for the Terriers. Santaite is now a perfect 12-0 this season.
Drexel (6-8) came back with hard-fought wins at 141 and 149, as sophomore B.J. Suitor fell to Frank Cimato, 10-7, and freshman Tyler Scotton dropped a 3-1 decision to Shane Fenningham.
Sophomore Nick Tourville jumped out to a big lead early in his 157-pound match with Austin Sommer and turned in a 12-8 victory to give BU a 11-6 lead at the midway point.
At 165, Drexel's Joe Booth posted a 4-1 victory over freshman Mitchell Wightman before Czarnecki countered with his win against Alex Rinadi.
For the second time in as many days, senior Andrew Swank turned in an admirable performance while giving up nearly 20 pounds wrestling up in the 184 match.
The Terriers will return to action on Friday (Feb. 10) when they visit Brown for a 1 p.m. dual.
Drexel 21, Boston University 14
125: Bubba McGinley (BU) dec. Franco Ferriana (D), 9-5
133: Fred Santaite (BU) tech. fall Joshua Yurasits (D), 21-6 (7:00)
141: Frank Cimato (D) dec. B.J. Suitor (BU), 10-7
149: Shane Fenningham (D) dec. Tyler Scotton (BU), 3-1
157: Nick Tourville (BU) dec. Austin Sommer (D), 12-8
165: Joseph Booth (D) dec. Mitchell Wightman (BU), 4-1
174: Kyle Czarnecki (BU) dec. Alex Rinaldi (D), 4-0
184: Nick Becattini (D) dec. Andrew Swank (BU), 4-0
197: Brandon Palik (D) wins by forfeit
285: Kyle Frey (D) dec. Kevin Innis (BU), 3-1