Wrestling Preview: Messiah Petrofes Invitational

Junior Tyler Johnston (Lyndhurst/Brush) went 3-1 for the Raiders in the Mount Union Duals
Junior Tyler Johnston (Lyndhurst/Brush) went 3-1 for the Raiders in the Mount Union Duals

Mount Union's wrestling team heads to Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania to compete in the Messiah Petrofes Invitational, which is held on the campus of Messiah College. 

The Purple Raiders are coming off competing in the Mount Union Duals where they had a 2-2 record, with wins coming over Gettysburg (39-8) and Washington & Jefferson (35-7), and the losses coming at the hands of Notre Dame, Ohio (39-3) and Messiah (18-7). 

Last year, Mount Union placed fifth in the Messiah Petrofes Invitational with a score of 118.5 points. 

Teams competing this in Invitational this weekend are: Bridgewater State, Gettysburg, Lycoming, Messiah, McDaniel, Muhlenberg, SUNY Cortland, Springfield, Ursinus, Wilkes, and Worchester. 

Senior Nick Terifaj (Brook Park/Strongsville) and junior Tyler Johnston (Lyndhurst/Brush) both led the Raiders with 3-1 records on the afternoon.  After each lost their first match, they both reeled off three straight victories.

In his first match, Terifaj lost a 4-3 decision to Orlando Scales (Notre Dame). He pinned his next two opponents: James Vautier (Washington and Jefferson) at the 2:14 mark, and Nick Diunizio (Gettysburg) at 1:03, and defeated Charles Jones (Messiah) by a 5-3 decision in his last match. 

In last year's invitational, Terifaj advanced to the finals at 285 lbs, but was defeated by a 7-1 decision. 

Johnston was pinned at the 1:37 mark in his first match, and in his next three matches, he scored a 3-1 decision, a 12-4 decision, and a 6-4 decision. 

Senior Jeremy Regula (Dundee/Claymont), junior Nick Rajcsak (Stow/Stow), sophomores Jon Garrison (Fairlawn/Copley), Bryant Roby (Westchester, Ill./St. Joseph), Brent Kirk (Adena/Buckeye Local), Dan Hoberney (Wickliffe/Eastlake North), and freshman Jeremy Border (Caldwell/Caldwell) each had two wins apiece for the Raiders. 

Junior Joe Schindel (Tallmadge/Akron Hoban) and freshman Lucas Dies (Akron/Manchester) each chipped in with one win. 

Final Team Scores
1. Cortland               165.5
2. Wilkes                  159.5
3. Springfield            131
4. Messiah                128
5. Mount Union         118.5
6. McDaniel               89
7. Johns Hopkins       63
8. Bridgewater State  58.5
9. Ursinus                 55
10. Lycoming            53
11. Gettysburg          52.5
12. Muhlenberg         6