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PSU’s McIntosh eliminates Perry

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, March 21, 2014 – A successful collegiate wrestling career came to an end Friday night for former Middletown High wrestler Richard Perry of Bloomsburg University at the NCAA Division I wrestling championships.

Sophomore Morgan McIntosh of Penn State, the No 3 seed at 197 pounds, outlasted Perry in a third round consolation bout, 6-4 to end Perry’s season. Both wrestlers suffered one-point losses in the second round on Thursday night.

McIntosh led 3-2 after one period with a takedown and an escape. Perry had a reversal. Perry (33-3) tied the bout at 3-3 with a second period escape but McIntosh took a 5-3 lead with a takedown with 31 seconds left in the second period. A Perry escape in the final seconds cut the lead to one, 5-4. In the third period, McIntosh escaped with 1:54 left and held Perry at bay for the remainder of the bout.

Perry easily won his first consolation round match with six takedowns in a 14-6 win over Abram Ayala of Princeton. Leading by three after two periods, 6-3, Perry had three takedowns in the final two minutes to earn the win. Perry, the sixth seed at 197, went 2-2 in the tournament.

Sophomore Dominick Malone (133) of Northwestern was eliminated Friday morning in a second round consolation bout by Stanford’s Ryan Mango, 8-4. Malone, who grew up in Granby, trailed by two after two periods, 3-1.

Malone (17-17) cut the lead to one with an escape with 1:53 remaining in the match. But Mango got a takedown with 1:33 left to extend his lead to three, 5-2. A Malone reversal with 58 seconds cut the lead to one, 5-4, but Malone gave up a takedown eight seconds later. Mango got a late takedown for the four-point win. Malone, unseeded and making his first NCAA Tournament appearance, went 1-2 in the tournament.

Perry and Malone were the only two Connecticut-born wrestlers in the tournament.

Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of Connecticut Wrestling Online. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 30 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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