Friday evening the wrestling team faced off against Wheeling Jesuit in their last home match of the season. The team honored their two seniors before the match, allowing their families to come down to the mat and take pictures with them. The match began with Millersville going up four to nothing after winning the first round. Then Wheeling Jesuit came back in the next weight class and won. Making the score four to three with Millersville senior Tommy Nulty’s weight class up next. Nulty was down early but made a push in the last two periods to eventually tie up the score of his match at 14. With the momentum of the match in his favor he then took control and pinned his opponent, giving his team a commanding 10 to three lead overall. This was a big win for the senior in his very last match at Puccillo gymnasium in front of his family. Unfortunately his teammates that followed him in the next two weight classes were not able to keep the intensity high and lost the next two matches. This tied everything up at 10 at the halfway point in the match.
At this point Wheeling Jesuit had won three of the five weight classes. The only reason the score was tied was because of Tommy Nalty’s huge pin in his match. The second half of the match didn’t favor the Marauders either. Dropping the first match after the halfway point nine to seven. The overall match score now leaning in favor of Wheeling Jesuit ten to thirteen with four more matches still to come. The next match ended with another Millersville pin propelling them back in front now sixteen to thirteen. However, there was still a lot more wrestling to be done at this point. Millersville won the next match and pushed their lead to six making it hard for Wheeling Jesuit to make a comeback. Unfortunately Wheeling Jesuit was up to the task and won the last two weight classes and tied the overall score once more. Since it ended with a tie, the victory went to the team with the greatest number of individual match wins. If that is tied as well, then the second criteria is the number of pins that each team had throughout the match. Wheeling Jesuit however, had won six matches overall and Millersville had only won four.
This was one of the closest matches of the year for the Marauders and it unfortunately resulted in a loss. The bright spot in the match though was when senior Tommy Nalty won his last match in Puccillo gymnasium. That was a great send off to a wrestler that has been in the program for all four years that he has attended Millersville. Nalty is a perfect example of what happens when an athlete sticks with the same program for four years and develops his skills to become a leader on their team. The Marauders have one more match at Franklin and Marshall on February 18. Come out and support the marauders as they try to get one last win of the season.