Pennsylvania high school wrestling legend Gavin Teasdale set to transfer out of Penn State – York Dispatch

LAUREN MUTHLER, Centre Daily Times (TNS)
Published 11:57 a.m. ET Jan. 23, 2019 | Updated 12:39 p.m. ET Jan. 23, 2019

Freshman Gavin Teasdale, a legend in Pennsylvania high school wrestling, intends to transfer from Penn State, head coach Cael Sanderson confirmed Tuesday. `

“He’s being removed form the roster probably right now,” Sanderson told reporters. “So don’t expect to see Gavin.”

Sanderson didn’t give a reason for the four-time Pennsylvania state champ’s decision but said he wishes him the best.

Teasdale is one of just 13 wrestlers to win four Pennsylvania state titles. One of the others is Kennard-Dale High School graduate Chance Marsteller, who is currently wrestling for Lock Haven. Marsteller and the Bald Eagles will wrestle vs. Arizona State at 7 p.m. Friday at Red Lion High School.

Teasdale, a Jefferson-Morgan High School product, initially enrolled at Penn State during the summer semester, along with fellow four-time state champs Brody Teske, of Iowa, and Roman Bravo-Young, of Arizona. Teasdale was expected to wrestle at 125 pounds for the Nittany Lions.

In November, Teasdale announced he was leaving school for health reasons and would return in January. He was added back to the roster and registered for the Southern Scuffle on Jan. 1-2 and traveled with the team to Chattanooga, Tenn., but ended up not wrestling. He was also registered in but did not wrestle the “Shorty” Hitchcock Memorial Classic on Jan. 12.

Sanderson never confirmed why Teasdale didn’t wrestle in either tournament.

Teasdale’s decision to transfer was made within the “past couple days,” Sanderson said, and the program is working with him through the transfer process.

“We care about Gavin and wish him all the best,” Sanderson said. “We’re going to help him land somewhere, whatever we can do for him.”

Without Teasdale on the roster, it’s likely sophomore Devin Schnupp (5-9) will continue to see time for the Nittany Lions at 125 pounds. Teske also still has his redshirt, and Sanderson said there is a chance he could start this year. The Fort Dodge product has seen limited action so far this season, going 2-1 unattached at the Southern Scuffle before taking a medical forfeit.

Penn State also has a commitment from FloWrestling’s No. 1-ranked 126-pounder Robert Howard, of Bergen Catholic, who is slated to join the Nittany Lions in 2020. Howard is projected to wrestle at 133 pounds in college.

Despite the loss of Teasdale, Sanderson didn’t seem too concerned about the future of his program.

“There’s a lot of changes and moving parts in college athletics,” Sanderson said, “and this is just another example of that.”

Rasheed seeking sixth year: Penn State All-American wrestler Shakur Rasheed is seeking a sixth year of eligibility and will “probably not” compete this weekend due to a minor injury, according Cael Sanderson.

Rasheed was long rumored to be a candidate for a sixth year, as he redshirted as a rookie in 2014-2015 after shoulder surgery and then missed most of the 2016-2017 season with another injury. But Sanderson’s comments Tuesday acted as the first official confirmation of the potential move.

Sanderson was initially asked whether heavyweight Anthony Cassar was yet granted his sixth year, but the head coach didn’t have any updates. “But he’s pretty solid, I would say, in that regard,” Sanderson added.

Then the head coach was asked if anyone else was seeking an additional year of eligibility.

“I think Shak’s going to apply, and that’s in the process, too. Yeah,” Sanderson responded. “(Nick) Nevills, I don’t know if he has that option right now.”

Rasheed has been a fan favorite the last two seasons and has pin-balled from one weight class to another. He started out at 165 pounds, then 174, and then 197 last season, when he made a name for himself at the Southern Scuffle and zoomed from third on the depth chart to first.

He ended up seventh at NCAAs. So far this season, at 184 pounds, he is 14-0 with 12 bouts earning bonus points.

Rasheed did not compete against Nebraska on Sunday due to an unspecified injury. But Sanderson said Tuesday it’s not considered serious.

“Day to day,” Sanderson said about his status. “Will he wrestle this weekend? I would say probably not, just because we want to give him as much time as we can, just to get him ready to go for March, which is obviously most important.”

In his place this weekend, the starting spot at 184 pounds will likely fall to redshirt freshman Austin Hoopes and/or junior Francisco Bisono. Sanderson intimated he’ll likely split the matches, with one competing against Purdue and the other taking on Indiana.

Redshirt freshman Mason Manville, who bumped up two weight classes to fill in for Rasheed against Nebraska on Sunday, plans to compete in a Greco-Roman tournament this weekend, per Sanderson.

The Purdue bout starts 7 p.m. Friday and the Indiana contest begins 1 p.m. Sunday.

Josh Moyer of the Centre Daily Times contributed to this report.

You Voted: Best flyweight in high school wrestling is – Battle Creek Enquirer

We came up with our list of the top ‘flyweights’ among city/area high school wrestling teams in search of the B.O.B. – the Best Of Battle Creek

We came up with our list of the flyweights among the city/area high school wrestling teams in search of the B.O.B. – the Best Of Battle Creek.

Then we asked you for your opinion in our Battle Creek Enquirer poll.

After all the votes were in, you have given us your answer.

According to the readers of the Enquirer, the B.O.B. — the Best Of Battle Creek among ‘flyweights’ (103-119 pounds) — is Lakeview’s Armando Callejas

Callejas had 37 percent of the vote to finish first in our poll. Bryce Trimm of Harper Creek was second.

Here is the winning bio:

Armando Callejas

School: Lakeview

Class: Senior

Why he is the best flyweight in the city/area? Callejas has been All-City twice, earned all-league honors and already owns 100 career wins. The senior is also a three-time regional qualifier. He is 20-2 this season. According to the coach, “Armando has always been super competitive and steps up to meet any challenge including competing at high weights each year to help his team.”

The Enquirer will continue to look at the B.O.B. for each weight division among city high school wrestling teams in the coming weeks. Return on Wednesday when we will vote on the best lightweights (125-135 pounds) in the city/area.

Return daily and vote early and often for who you think is the top wrestler each position in high school boys basketball.

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Astros' Josh Reddick and fiancée tie the knot wearing custom wrestling belts – Chron

Josh Reddick is officially off the market. The Astros outfielder married his sweetheart, Georgette ‘Jett’ Elkins, on Saturday at Jekyll Island Club Resort in Georgia, according to a post on the MLB player’s Instagram account.

In a move that comes to no surprise to Reddick fans, both the avid professional wrestling enthusiast and Elkins donned custom wrestling belts on their big day.

RELATED: Josh Reddick introduces WWE belt as daily Astros reward

Engaged since June, the pair turned to WildCat Belts in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to make their one-of-a-kind creations.

“Jett and Josh asked around the WWE, and someone gave them my name. She contacted me and told me what she needed,” Wildcat Belts owner Andrew Lazarchik tells

“I’ve actually done belts for weddings before. It’s not that uncommon,” he adds.

The newlywed’s his-and-her belts feature a Spider-man theme. Reddick is also on record as being a big fan of the web-slinging superhero.

His belt predominantly features a black spider, while her belt showcases a blonde caricature of the professional snow and wakeboarder standing next to the Marvel comic book character.

RELATED: Houston Astros OF Josh Reddick proposes to girlfriend Jett Elkins at Space Center Houston on off day

Both belts display three meaningful dates to the couple: Their wedding date on January 19, 2019, the day they met on April 28, 2008, and the day they got engaged: June 21, 2018.

“She wanted the Spider-man logo, the caricature (of herself) and the dates. I came up with the rest of the design,” he adds.

The custom belts by Wildcat took around two weeks to make. “We made them back in September or October,” Lazarchik notes. The price range for Wildcat’s unique pieces begins at $375 and goes up to $1,400 each.

“We do about 80 percent of the WWE belts. These are the same quality and got the same attention as those,” says Lazarchik.

Wildcat Belts, which originally served the needs of the pro wrestling and MMA industry, has caught the attention of several celebrities and former pro wrestlers who’ve purchased belts for their private collections.

From the Reddicks to singer Darius Rucker to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, click through the photos above to see some celeb custom designed belts by Wildcats.

Marcy de Luna is a digital reporter specializing in social media, the famous, and food. You can follow her on Twitter @MarcydeLuna and Facebook @MarcydeLuna. Read her stories on our breaking news site,, and on our subscriber site, | | Text CHRON to 77453 to receive breaking news alerts by text message

Wrestling: Girls division gets one step closer to reality in Colorado – Boulder Daily Camera

Numbers suggest desire is greater than ever to have a CHSAA-sanctioned female division

Clarissa Batrez is a wrestler, not a girl who wrestles.

Her father and older brother both wrestled so Batrez was raised in a wrestling environment all her life. Batrez speaks glowingly of the sport and loves that it gives her a competitive avenue through which she can channel her “inner power” and natural aggression.

The Erie High School freshman isn’t always as crazy, however, about all the extra stuff that comes along with being a young female athlete in a male-dominated sport. Wrestling against boys, being the only girl at weigh-ins, those are just a couple of things she considers to be extra and only serve to distract from what she and others are attempting to accomplish.

Batrez just wants wrestling to be wrestling.

Fortunately for Batrez and female wrestlers like her in Colorado, her home state now has a pilot program for girls wrestling that’s rounding into form this January. If things keep progressing, there’s a good chance Batrez will have the opportunity to wrestle for a sanctioned state title before she graduates high school.

“I think it’s awesome,” Batrez said. “It’s a lot better because wrestling with the guys is really hard and there are a lot of problems. I feel like having girls-only wrestling puts us on an even playing field. If you think about it, you don’t really see girls in this sport so I got really excited about seeing the girls league.

“I love the sport of wrestling and in girls wrestling, it’s a little less about being seen as a girl or kind of just as an easy win. It’s more about just being seen as a wrestler.”

Batrez is one of several girls who will wrestle as members of the first St. Vrain Valley School District team that is, and will continue to be, open to any SVVSD girls wrestler. After a regular week of practicing with the Erie boys team, Batrez entered the Mead wrestling room Jan. 11 for Mead’s first girls-only practice and shared the experience with four other SVVSD girls — Cloey Bonge (Silver Creek), Sara Gomez (Mead), Jenna Joseph (Longmont) and Kassandra Reyes (Mead).

Thornton’s Kaylie Catalano tries to prevent Poudre’s Elise Golyer from escaping during their bout at the NCCT in December. Girls wrestling is

Thornton’s Kaylie Catalano tries to prevent Poudre’s Elise Golyer from escaping during their bout at the NCCT in December. Girls wrestling is going through the process of gaining CHSAA sanctioning by the 2020-21 school year. (Brad Cochi/

Pilot programs like this one are popping up all over Colorado but could soon be much more.

Alongside fellow pilot sports unified bowling and boys volleyball, a girls wrestling proposal was presented to the Colorado High School Activities Association’s Equity Committee this past Thursday. It was a critical step in the sport’s ongoing quest for CHSAA sanctioning.

It passed.

Girls wrestling must now go before the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee and the Classification and League Organizing Committee. If all three committees recommend that the proposal proceed through the sanctioning process, girls wrestling will be eligible to go before the Legislative Council during the upcoming April meeting and be voted on to officially become a CHSAA-sanctioned sport for the 2020-21 school year.

In just a few short years, girls wrestling in Colorado has come a long way.

Frederick High School hosted Colorado’s first girls-only wrestling tournament on Jan. 14, 2017, as an exploratory step towards CHSAA possibly adding girls wrestling in the future. Over eighty wrestlers from 42 schools competed in the seven weight-class event. Last year’s end-of-season girls tournament, which was not a CHSAA-sanctioned state championship but was essentially just that, had already grown to feature roughly 200 wrestlers spread across 10 weight classes.

With participation numbers increasing by triple figures in each of the past two years, Ernie Derrera, the CHSAA assistant commissioner who oversees wrestling, said roughly 325 girls from 114 different schools are wrestling in Colorado right now.

The interest has become clear to Derrera, as has the need to provide female wrestlers with more opportunities.

“It’s grown a lot in the past few years,” Derrera said. “It will be interesting to see how those numbers are affecting everything else in terms of participation numbers in other sports we have during the winter. Are we seeing girls that are just wrestling? Or are they coming away from swimming or basketball to wrestle? By and large, I think we’re seeing that most of these girls that are wrestling or are experimenting with wrestling weren’t doing another sport beforehand.

“We’ve been watching the numbers for a long time in (youth) wrestling and those numbers have always been strong with girls. And they’ve grown. We’ve always had girls wrestling in our state but it seems like when they get to the middle school level, and particularly at the high school level, those numbers drop off drastically. My theory was that they just didn’t want to wrestle boys, or their parents didn’t want them to wrestle boys, whatever the reason may be. But they definitely wanted to wrestle.”

As a joint effort last February, the Continental League and Centennial League provided girls wrestling with the required league sponsorship for it to become a pilot program and it was approved. Recognized but not sanctioned, and also remaining unsanctioned at the national level by the National Federation of State High School Associations, girls wrestling became a pilot program for the current two-year cycle.

Colorado’s growing interest in girls wrestling mirrors a national trend.

“The growth has just been amazing,” Joan Fulp, co-chair of USA Wrestling’s Girls High School Development Committee, said. “In 2012, we had 8,235 girls wrestling according to NFHS data. This past year, there were 16,562, so it has more than doubled in those last seven years. This year, looking at the National Wrestling Coaches Association’s weight hydration numbers, we’re probably up over 18,000 and that’s without several states reporting. The basic thing is that numbers are increasing significantly nationwide every year.”

It took 20 years for the first six states to sanction girls wrestling at the high school level. Hawaii was the first to do it in 1998 and Texas followed in 1999. Washington sanctioned the sport in 2007, California added girls wrestling in 2011, Alaska in 2014 and Tennessee in 2015.

Six new states — Georgia, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey and Oregon — will hold an official girls wrestling state championship this school year. Girls wrestling has achieved emerging sports status with the Arizona Interscholastic Association and, of course, is a pilot program in Colorado. Plenty of other states are creating more and more opportunities for girls wrestlers.

“The momentum is real,” Fulp said, who added that she believes growing and promoting girls wrestling helps grow the sport as a whole.

Girls, or women’s wrestling at the collegiate and national team levels, has been around a lot longer than it would seem, even in states like Colorado where high school programs are new.

Women’s freestyle wrestling was added to the Summer Olympics in 2004 and Colorado has produced Team USA wrestlers. A Denver native and graduate of Bear Creek High School, Adeline Gray went on to be become a four-time women’s wrestling world champion and reached the quarterfinals at the 2016 Summer Olympics. At that same Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Helen Maroulis became the first American to win Olympic gold in women’s freestyle wrestling.

Even at the high school level in Colorado, it has become a regular occurrence for a female wrestler to reach the state tournament at the Pepsi Center. Golden’s Brooke Sauer did it first in 2006. Soroco’s Lauryn Bruggink became the first girl to qualify in back-to-back seasons and also the first to win a match at state, winning her first and second consolation matches as a sophomore in 2010. In her third time qualifying for state, Grand Valley’s Cody Pfau was the first to win a non-consolation match when she won her first match of the tournament as a senior in 2012.

Wrestling at Jefferson this season, Cayden Condit has a good chance to become the first female wrestler to place at Colorado’s boys state championships this February. Other Colorado girls like Kaden Campbell and Jaslynn Gallegos are ranked nationally by USA Wrestling’s Future Olympian Rankings.

Starting in this pilot season, female wrestlers will have to declare whether they will wrestle with the boys or girls-only for the postseason. For the girls-only postseason, Eaglecrest and Mead will host two regional tournaments on Feb. 2, out of which the top four placers in each of the 10 weight classes will then qualify for a state tournament on Feb. 9 at Thornton High School.

There are 13 girls tournaments listed on the CHSAA wrestling home page for this season, but the opportunity to host a regional will be unique for MHS.

The Mavericks’ first coach will be Brian Bianco, a former collegiate wrestler who currently is a boys assistant coach. As much time as he has spent in the wrestling world, coaching an all-girls wrestling team is new to Bianco and so is organizing a district-wide program.

If girls wrestling is sanctioned in Colorado, there are challenges that many new programs will likely face as they are founded and constructed. But the idea of adding CHSAA-sanctioned girls wrestling has a lot of people excited, and it appears they’re ready to take whatever steps necessary to make it a reality.

“I graduated high school in the 90’s and there weren’t a lot of girls wrestlers then but now there is,” Bianco said. “There’s been a big boom in the past 10 years and now it’s in the Olympics. There have been girls wrestling for a long time and it’s cool to be able to start a program in the St. Vrain and see where we can take it.”

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Sandia female wrestling assistant aspires to lead own program – Albuquerque Journal

Tiffany South has come a long way from those days as a young girl in rural Iowa.

“I was allowed to wrestle one tournament in my third-grade year. I got third place. But then I was told I was a girl and I wasn’t allowed to wrestle anymore,” she said matter-of-factly.

“So then I was a wrestling partner for my brothers. It was, ‘Tiffany, get down, so your brothers can practice this move on you.’ ”

South is now 39. Her day job is as a commercial accounts manager at a local car dealership.

But wrestling remains as much in her bloodstream now as it was as a small girl, probably even more so now that she is the mother of a wrestler at La Cueva, and even as she serves in her capacity as a volunteer assistant wrestling coach at Sandia.

Which places South in quite a small sorority around here, as women wrestling coaches at the prep level are extraordinarily rare. Not that she feels like an outsider. There may not be another state as mad about wrestling as Iowa. She was born and raised in tiny Cumberland, Iowa, population roughly 250.

“They allow to you wrestle (in Iowa), but it wasn’t encouraged by any means,” said South during a break Saturday at the Joe Vivian Classic at Albuquerque High.

“It’s funny, because that’s how I started playing rugby. There was a flier (I saw that said), ‘Were you not allowed to play football or any of the sports you wanted to? If so, come play rugby.’ ”

They were looking for tough girls.

“I thought, I am a tough girl,” South said, laughing. She pitched softball in high school, but in college played rugby and was part of a national championship team at the University of Northern Iowa.

And she does, in fact, coach rugby here in Albuquerque. But wrestling is her true passion.

While this is her first season at the high school level, South said she has logged many years coaching juniors at the club level (including La Cueva’s junior wrestlers), most recently with the 505 club. Her son, La Cueva sophomore Gavin Armijo, qualified for state last season.

“I think she’s a good coach,” Armijo said. “She is good at working with kids, but she can be strict, too. But she gets the respect she deserves.”

South met Sandia head coach Clemente Narvaiz through the 505 club.

“He knew I wanted to be a high school wrestling coach,” South said. “He knew that was my goal, something I had been striving for. He said, ‘Why do you want to do it?’ I told him my passion is working with these young athletes and helping them to develop skills that will help them on the wrestling mat and in life. My ultimate goal is to develop respectful, and respectable, young athletes.”

Said Narvaiz: “She brings a lot to the table. It’s great having her around.”

South works with both the girls (there are three) and boys inside Sandia’s wrestling room.

“I’ve been around the Albuquerque scene for so long, and these kids have all seen me as a youth coach,” said South, a mother of four children. “I’ve earned the respect of nearly every single coach and referee in the state that I’ve come across, just by my knowledge of wrestling, knowing the moves and knowing the rules and being able to coach the kids in an effective manner.”

While she did not wrestle in high school, South was emphatic that it doesn’t preclude her from coaching the sport. (Another recent example that falls under this umbrella is A.J. Monsivais, a female assistant varsity football coach at AHS whom the Journal profiled in 2017).

“She’ll be the first one to hop down on the mat and school you,” said Sandia 170-pound senior Tyler Shepherd.

South said she is willing to work her way up the coaching chain to achieve her goal of becoming a head coach, and points out that Texas has two women coaching a boys high school wrestling varsity team.

Both, she added proudly, are Iowans like she is.

“I would love to be a head coach someday,” she said. “I think that’s my ultimate goal, whether it’s an all-female team or a mixed team, it doesn’t matter.”

Tiffany South counsels Sandia wrestler Josh Robinson before his 106-pound match at Saturday’s Joe Vivian tournament. South has been coaching wrestling for several years.

College wrestling: Nick Suriano suffers second straight loss – Asbury Park Press


Rutgers’ Nick Suriano was defeated 3-2 in the second sudden victory period by Oklahoma State’s Daton Fix on a penalty point
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The Iowa Hawkeyes continue to have Nick Suriano’s number.

The Rutgers University junior 133-pounder was defeated 6-4 by Iowa’s Austin DeSanto on a last-second takedown at the right edge of the mat Friday night in Rutgers’ 30-6 loss to Iowa in a Big Ten Conference at Carver Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa. 

Three of Suriano’s four on-the mat losses in his three-year collegiate career have been to Iowa wrestlers.

He was defeated 3-2 on Jan. 20, 2017, when he was a freshman at Penn State, by Thomas Gilman at 125 pounds and 5-1 in last year’s 125-pound NCAA championship bout by Spencer Lee. 

It was also the second straight loss for Suriano. He was defeated 3-2 in the second sudden victory period on Jan. 13 by Oklahoma State’s unbeaten redshirt freshman Daton Fix. 


DeSanto, a sophomore transfer from Drexel who was defeated in last year’s NCAA Tournament in overtime by Rutgers’ Scott DelVecchio one win shy of a medal.

He led 4-3, but Suriano was in line to get the riding time point and force overtime, when DeSanto he scored the winning takedown in front of the Iowa bench as the home crowd roared. 

“I stayed calm. I’m a little freaked out about what happened at the end,” DeSanto said on the Big Ten Network broadcast. “The key was to stay calm get to my ties. That really helped out at the end.”  

Suriano got the riding time point to account for the final score. 

Iowa was deducted a team point at the end of the bout for unsportsmanlike conduct.  

Suriano led 3-0 in the second period on an escape and takedown before DeSanto got two stalling points while Suriano was riding him and an escape to take a 4-3 lead.

The win by DeSanto, coupled with the team point being deducted gave Iowa an 8-0 lead. 

Sixth-year senior Anthony Ashnault salvaged the night for Rutgers’ two national championship contenders when he defeated Pat Lugo 3-1 on a takedown with 37 seconds left in overtime. Ashnault remained unbeaten on the season.

The two had traded escapes. Lugo’s came midway in the second period and Ashnault’s came midway in the third.

“This is the closest you’re going to get to being a professional wrestler,” said Ashnault, about the enviroment at Carver Hawkeye Arena on the Big Ten Network broadcast. “I enjoyed it. I tried to take all of this in. 

“It was a great match. He’s a great competitor. It was great to go out like and win in an enviroment like this.    

Lugo, who was one win short of an NCAA media two years ago at Edinboro (Pa.), has been majored twice this season by Princeton’s Matthew Kolodzik, ranked No. 1 in the nation. 

Ashnaulti is ranked No. 2 in the nation and will wrestle Koldodzik on Feb. 3 when Rutgers’ hosts Princeton. 

Suriano’s win followed a pin 38 seconds by Lee over Nick DeNora in the 125-pound bout. 

Max Murin (141) increased the Iowa lead to 11-0 with an 8-4 decision over Peter Lipari.

A 5-2 win by Kaleb Young over John Van Brill at 157 pounds on a takedown in the first period, a reversal in the second period and riding time point at the end of the bout increased the Iowa lead to 14-3 at intermission.

A pin by Alex Marinelli (165) over Anthony Olivieri increased the Iowa lead to 20-3.  Marinelli is ranked No.2 in the nation at 165 and was the NCAA sixth-place finisher last year at 165, increased the Iowa lead to 20-3.

Joe Greco (174), a two-time NJSIAA champion in 2015 and 2016 at Bergen Catholic, pulled Rutgers within 20-6 with a 6-3 win over Mitch Bowman 

Iowa 30, Rutgers 6

125: Spencer Lee (I) p. Nick DeNora :38.

133: Austin DeSanto (I) d. Nick Suriano 6-4.
NOTE: Iowa deducted a team point for unsportsmanlike conduct.

141: Max Murin (I) d. Peter Lipari 8-4.

149: Anthony Ashnault (R) d. Pat Lugo 3-1 (OT)

157: Kaleb Young (I) d. John Van Brill 5-2.

165: Alex Marinelli (I) p. Anthony Olivieri 2:37.

174: Joe Grello (R) d. Mitch Bowman 6-3 

184: Cash Wilcke (I) d. Willie Scott 6-1. 

197: Jacob Warner (I) d. Matthew Correnti 5-0 

HWT: Sam Stoll (I) md. Christian Colucci 10-0