Valley Sports Report
WILKES-BARRE — A trio of Athens grads, led by sixth-place finisher David Galasso, a freshman at Penn College, wrestled here at the Ned McGinley Invitational.
Roger Horton and Brock Horton — both juniors at Wilkes University — both went 2-2 on the day.
At 184 pounds, Galasso, after receiving a bye in the first round, recorded a 10-1 major decision over SUNY Oneonta’s Tim Rathbun.
In the quarterfinals, sixth-seeded Galasso scored a takedown in the finals seconds of the second period to take a 6-4 lead over Muhlenberg College’s Mike Cannon, then locked up the win in the third period with a pair of takedowns en route to an 11-5 win.
Galasso dropped a 10-1 major decision to second-seeded and eventual champ Anthony Malfitano of Roger Williams University. Galasso was injured in the match and was forced into medical forfeits in his next two bouts to finish sixth.
On Nov. 3, Galasso earned his first collegiate wins at the Lycoming Open, where he posted a 2-1 record in the 184-pound weight class.
At 285 pounds, sixth-seeded Roger Horton, after a scoreless first period, scored an escape early in the second period, and rode Penn College’s Brendan McGinley. He earned a riding-time point for a 2-0 win.
In the quarterfinals, second-seeded Jonathan Solorzano turned Roger Horton for two near-fall points in the second period, and made it stand in a 2-0 decision.
In the consolation round-of-8, Roger Horton scored a takedown with 7 seconds remaining in the third period to win a 3-1 decision.
In the consolation round-of-4, Cortland’s Zach Herbert scored a takedown and awarded a stalling point in the final 43 seconds to earn a 7-4 win to eliminate Roger Horton.
At 133, Brock Horton scored a takedown of York College’s Tommy Luke late in the first period for a 2-0 lead. He recorded an escape early in the third period, then locked the bout up with a takedown. He was awarded a riding-time point for a 6-0 win in the opening round.
Brock Horton dropped a 12-2 major decision to Oneonta’s Mikey Smith in the round-of-16, but bounced back with a 4-3 win over Southern Virginia’s Aaron Friedhof in the consolation round-of-16.
Brock Horton scored a takedown early in the first period and racked up nearly two minutes of riding time before Friedhof registered an escape with 18 seconds remaining.
Brock Horton was penalized for stalling with 6 seconds remaining in the second period, and trailed 3-2 heading into the final two minutes.
Brock Horton scored an escape off the third-period whistle to tie the bout at 3-3. The two remained on their feet for the final 1:57 of the bout, and Brock Horton was awarded a riding-time point for a 4-3 win.
Brock Horton’s day came to an end in the next round with a 14-4 major decision loss to second-seed Andy Lombard of Roger Williams.
IN PHOTO 1: David Galasso. IN PHOTO 2: Roger Horton. IN PHOTO 3: Brock Horton.
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