The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


March 22, 2014

NCAA wrestling: Locals bow out in Round 3

By The Daily Item

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK -- Session three at the 2014 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships was not kind to the Bloomsburg University wrestling team, nor to Bucknell's entries.

The Huskies, who started Friday with five wrestlers still in the running, went to the late evening session with just one remaining: Josh Veltre.

Veltre started the day for Bloomsburg wrestling in the 165-pound quarterfinals against No. 4 seed Steven Monk, of North Dakota State. With Monk leading 4-0 late in the match, he turned Veltre and scored the win by fall in 6:40.

Veltre fell into round four of the consolations where he met up with No. 15 seed Daniel Zilverberg of Minnesota.

While a win would guarantee Veltre All-American honors, the Husky gave up two takedowns to Zilverberg, who also got a bonus point for riding time, to lose by a score of 5-2.

Bryce Busler started the day facing the sixth seed, Jake Sueflohn of Nebraska, in round two of 149-pound consolation bracket with Busler losing 8-0 to end his season.

At 174-pounds Mike Dessino faced No. 14 seed Mark Martin of Ohio State in round two of the consolations and pulled out a dramatic 5-4 win to advance. Dessino jumped out to a 3-0 lead after one period and led 4-2 with less than 10 seconds to go. Martin got a takedown with just three seconds to go to tie the match, but Dessino quickly reacted and escaped to win at the buzzer, 5-4.

In the consolation round three Dessino took on No. 12 seed Tanner Weatherman of Iowa State. Dessino led 2-0 after one period, but Weatherman took a 3-2 lead in the second with an escape and a takedown before he got a point for riding time to win 4-3 and end the tournament for the Huskies 174-pounder.

At 197 pounds Richard Perry beat Abram Ayala of Princeton by major decision, 14-6, dominating the action getting six takedowns and having more than a minute of riding time. The win advanced Perry to the third round of consolations where he faced No. 3 seed Morgan McIntosh, of Penn State.

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