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JCU wrestling ends regular season with win over Muskingum

February 23rd, 2012

Momentum is something that every team values, especially with conference championships just around the corner. Momentum is also exactly what the Blue Streaks built as they defeated the Muskingum University Fighting Muskies at home in the Tony DeCarlo Varsity Center on Friday, Feb. 17 by an impressive score of 34-6.

Coming into what would be their final meet of the 2011-12 regular season, the Blue Streaks were in search of an impressive, collective team effort to defeat the Fighting Muskies. Knowing that the Ohio Athletic Conference Championships are right around the corner, on Saturday, Feb. 25 in Tiffin, Ohio, the Blue Streaks wanted to end the season with a win under their belt and momentum on their side. Not only did the Blue Streaks want to end the season on a high note, but they also wanted to send their graduating seniors out in style as well by picking up a win on Senior Night.

After picking up a forfeit victory in the 125-pound weight class, JCU continued to reel in the victories as senior Kevin Nycz defeated his opponent by a final score of 8-1 to give the Blue Streaks the 9-0 lead. Freshman Phil Kail earned a victory at 141 with a hard fought 4-2 decision in his favor and senior Greg Ryan followed by pinning his opponent in only 57 seconds in the 149-pound weight class.

After losing their first match of the night in the 157-pound weight class, the Blue Streaks responded by winning four consecutive matches by major decisions as senior Sean Gill, junior Connor Suba, junior Bryan Steinmetz and senior Jim Nemunaitis all picked up necessary wins for JCU.

With the 34-6 win over Muskingum, the Blue Streaks accomplished both their goals of not only defeating the Fighting Muskies, but ending the season and Senior Night on a good note.

“It was great for our seniors to be recognized and have the opportunity to compete in front of the home crowd tonight,” said coach Kerry Volkmann. “These six guys have offered a lot of leadership, especially this season, and they’ve all had a special year in six different ways.”

With the 2011-12 regular season now over, the Blue Streaks (6-5, 3-2 OAC) will prepare for the OAC Championships this coming weekend at Heidelberg University. Wrestling will begin at 10 a.m.