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Bonson repeats as Mat Town USA Open Champion

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. – Matt Bonson (Lewistown, Pa./Lewistown/UVA) repeated as the 141-pound champion today as he led the Lock Haven University wrestling team at the sixth annual Mat Town USA Open.

Fred Garcia (Donora, Pa./Ringgold) also took home gold for the Bald Eagles after claiming the title at 184.

Owen Wilkinson (Hartland, Mich./Hartland) was second overall at 149 after going 3-1 on the day

Bonson was 4-0 on the day. He opened the day with a 12-1 major over Samuel MacGregor (UNA – Univ. of Virginia). He followed that up with a 7-0 decision over Matthew Hicks (UNA – Bloomsburg) and 15-3 win over Ronnie Garbinsky (UNA – Pitt) on the way to the finals.

Bonson took home the 141 title by way of a forfeit over teammate Daniell Neff (Quarryville, Pa./Solanco), who was wrestling unattached today for the Bald Eagles. Neff was 3-0 heading into the championship bout.

Garcia looked tough from the start today and opened the tournament with a dominating 17-1 tech fall (4:42) over Paul Alessandrini of Franklin and Marshall. Garcia followed that up with a commanding 12-4 major over Michael Mirra (UNA – Bloomsburg).

Garcia took home the title at 184 with a hard-fought 2-0 win over John Bolich (UNA – Lehigh). Garcia scored on a first-period takedown.

Owen Wilkinson (Hartland, Mich./Hartland) continued his early season tear and pinned his way into the championship bout. Three straight pins (1:36, 2:02 & 5:46) set up a title-bout with 2011 All-American Derek Valenti, who was wrestling unattached (UVA) today. Wilkinson was edged 3-2 in the finals.

Bobby Rehm Lancaster, Pa./Penn Manor), Jake Kemerer (Greensburg, Pa./Hempfield) and Harry Turner (Howell, N.J./Howell) all took third for Lock Haven today.

The Bald Eagles, who are 3-1 on the year in dual action, will welcome perennial Big Ten contender Michigan State to Thomas Fieldhouse on Saturday, December 3 at noon.

*UNA – Unattached

Full Results: 2011 Mat Town

Courtesy of Douglas C. Spatafore Jr., Director of Sports Information, Lock Haven University

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