The Belmont Abbey wrestling team wrapped up the 2014-15 home schedule with a 22-15 victory over the visiting Limestone Saints this evening inside the Wheeler Center.
The Crusaders won the first six bouts of the evening but had to hold off a late Saints charge and the issue was still in doubt until Chaas Delgado earned a 2-0 win at heavyweight in the final bout of the evening to secure the 22-15 victory.
Patrick Mestrez, ranked seventh nationally and atop the regional rankings at 125, moved the Abbey ahead 3-0 with a 4-0 victory, securing a third period takedown and a riding time point after leading just 1-0 on a stall penalty in the first.
Will Rees then outlasted Christopher Diaz Rivera at 133 by a 9-5 count, scoring six of his nine points in the third.
Will James, one of four seniors competing for the final time on the Wheeler Center mat, scored a 2-0 win at 141, using a second period escape point and a riding time of 1:51 to secure a 2-0 victory.
The next match saw Scott Bosak outlast Nicholas Leitten in the 149 pound match by a 7-6 score. Bosak, who had only surrendered just one point in 11 bouts, moved his season record to a sterling 12-0.
Daniel Callahan, the fourth-ranked wrestler in the region at 157, won for the ninth time in his last ten matches with an easy 11-3 major decision victory, and Jake Glunt pushed the Crusaders lead to 19-0 with an 11-5 victory (which included a riding time of 5:30) at 165.
Limestone then made things interesting, as it won the next two bouts by fall to cut the Abbey lead to 19-12. At 174, Patrick Argast was leading Matthew Ostermiller 4-3 with 46 seconds left in the bout until Ostermiller recorded the pinfall.
One bout later, at 184, Limestone's Caleb Rivera pinned Gerry Vassil just 1:26 into the bout to cut the lead to 19-12.
With two bouts left, Limestone cut the deficit to 19-15 with Justin Tribble's 6-1 win at 197, but Delgado preserved the win with two points in the third period, scoring an escape and a riding time point.
Belmont Abbey 22, Limestone 15
125 Patrick Mestrez (Belmont Abbey) def. Kyle Lowe (Limestone) 4-0
133 William Rees (Belmont Abbey) def. Christopher Diaz Rivera (Limestone) 9-5
141 Will James (Belmont Abbey) def. Terrence Dugay (Limestone) 2-0
149 Scott Bosak (Belmont Abbey) def. Nicholas Leitten (Limestone) 7-6
157 Daniel Callahan (Belmont Abbey) def. Zachri Nelson (Limestone) Major Decision 11-3
165 Jake Glunt (Belmont Abbey) def. Matthew Farmer (Limestone) 11-5
174 Matthew Ostermiller (Limestone) def. Patrick Argast (Belmont Abbey) Fall, 6:14
184 Caleb Rivera (Limestone) def. Gerry Vassil (Belmont Abbey) Fall, 1:26
197 Justin Tribble (Limestone) def. Coburn Burroughs (Belmont Abbey) 6-1
285 Chaas Delgado (Belmont Abbey) def. Cody Vandeline (Limestone) 2-0