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Nov. 21, 1997

Cavaliers Place Third at Keystone Invitational

Pozniak, Harding take Titles at Meet

PHILADELPHIA -- Virginia's John Pozniak (State College, Pa./State College) and Martius Harding (Baltimore, Md./McDonough) both won titles this weekend at the prestigious Keystone Classic, helping the Cavaliers to a third-place finish among 14 teams. Pozniak won the title at 142 pounds while Harding was victorious at the 190-pound weight class. The Cavaliers had a top-six placing in each of the ten weight classes as they bested traditional powers Wyoming and Army.

Pozniak defeated four wrestlers on his way to the championship, including victories over athletes from Pennsylvania, who finished 1-2 in the meet.

Harding pinned his first competitor, Dan Schutte from American, in the first period. He then defeated three more wrestlers, one each from Wyoming, Pennsylvania, and Army, to take the 190-pound trophy.

Jason Mutarelli (N. Catasauqua, Pa./Catasauqua) advanced to the finals of the 134-pound weight class, defeating his first two opponents in major decisions and pinning his third-round opponent in 51 seconds. He lost in the finals to Mark Piotrowsky of Pennsylvania 3-8.

Jim Harshaw (Cranberry Township, Pa./Seneca Valley) won the consolation bracket at 158 pounds after pinning his first round opponent in 50 seconds and scoring a major decision over his opponent from Rider in the second round. He lost in the semifinals to the eventual champion, Troy Yegge from Army, 10-15. His opponent in the consolation finals was Virginia freshman Gregory Francesca (Union, N.J./Blair Academy).

Other Cavaliers scoring in the meet included Mike Pacillo (Kenmore, N.Y./Kenmore West), 4th place at 118; Matt Roth (Wescosville, Pa./Parkland), 6th place at 126; Adrian Miles (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Blair Academy), 6th place at 150; John Qualter (Short Hills, N.J./Millburn), 6th place at 167; Gage Short (Clearfield, Pa./Clearfield), 6th place at 177; and Jason Majestic (Patchogue, N.Y./Medford), 5th place at heavyweight.

The Cavaliers return to action on Thursday, December 4, as they host the Keydets from VMI. The match against the Keydets is slated to begin at 7:30 pm.

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