Appalachian State wins six of 10 bouts to beat Indiana, 21-13 in NWCA Dual Series

By Applachian State Athletics | Feb. 21, 2016, 9:14 p.m. (ET)
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Competing in the NWCA National Duals Championship Duals for the first time, Appalachian State University wrestling topped Indiana, 21-13, on Sunday in University Gymnasium in its final dual match of the season. The Mountaineers (12-4, 6-1 SoCon) won the final three matches of the afternoon to complete their come-from-behind victory of the Hoosiers (6-7, 3-6 Big Ten).

“I’m so proud of this team and how they fought when our backs were against the wall,” said head coach JohnMark Bentley. “This is a very big statement for our program, athletics department, and university.”

The match started with the 157-pound match. David Peters-Logue got the Apps off to a great start with a 6-4 decision win in overtime. Indiana then won the next three matches to open up a 10-3 lead. Forrest Przybysz dropped a close 5-4 decision to Bryce Martin in the 165-pound match.

Nick Kee faced No. 11 Nate Jackson, the highest ranked wrestler for Indiana. Jackson defeated Kee by major decision, 12-4. Taylor Jackson fell to Matt Irick in another close decision at 184 pounds.

Randall Diabe got the Mountaineers back on the winning track when he topped Jake Masengale, 6-3. Diabe’s win brought the team score to, 10-6. Denzel Dejournette capped his dual season with a 5-1 win over Garret Goldman to bring the Apps back within one point of Indiana.

Vito Pasone led the 125-pound match for the majority of the match over No. 19 Elijah Oliver. Oliver rallied late and used a takedown in the final seconds of the third period to edge Pasone, 10-9.

With Indiana up 13-9, the Apps won the final three matches to close out the dual. First, Irvin Enriquez earned a 6-2 decision over Alonzo Shepard to close the gap to a single point. Michael Longo came up huge for the Mountaineers in the 141-pound match versus Tommy Cash. Longo pinned Cash late in the third period to give the Apps their first lead since the opening match. Matt Zovistoski sealed the win with a 6-5 decision win over Luke Blanton.

The win wrapped up the regular season for the Mountaineers. App State will be back in action on Mar. 5 for the Southern Conference Championship held in Asheville, N.C.

Appalachian State 21, Indiana 13
at Bloomington, Ind.

157: David Peters-Logue (App) dec. Jake Danishek (IU), SV-1 6-4 // App, 3-0
165: Bryce Martin (IU) dec. Forrest Przybysz (App), 5-4 // Tied, 3-3
174: No. 11 Nate Jackson (IU) maj. dec. Nick Kee (App), 12-4 // IU, 7-3
184: Matt Irick (IU) dec. Taylor Jackson (App), 7-5 // IU, 10-3
197: Randall Diabe (App) dec. Jake Masengale (IU), 6-3 // IU, 10-6
285: No. 6 Denzel Dejournette (App) dec. Garret Goldman (IU), 5-1 // IU, 10-9
125: No. 19 Elijah Oliver (IU) dec. Vito Pasone (App), 10-9 // IU, 13-9
133: Irvin Enriquez (App) dec. Alonzo Shepherd (IU), 6-2 // IU, 13-12
141: Mike Longo (App) pinned Tommy Cash (IU), Fall 6:53 // App, 18-13
149: Matt Zovistoski (App) dec. Luke Blanton (IU), 6-5 // App, 21-13