2010 Centennial Conference Wrestling Championship; Merchant Marine Eyes Third-Straigh

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    HOBOKEN, N.J. (February 19, 2010) – Stevens Institute of Technology will serve as host of the 2010 Centennial Conference Wrestling Championships on Saturday, February 20 in Hoboken, N.J. Seven teams, including the host Ducks, will be looking to end the United States Merchant Marine Academy’s two-year run as conference champions. The Mariners, however, may have something to say about that as they were a perfect 7-0 in the Centennial Conference (CC) regular season and are currently ranked 13th in the Brute-Adidas/National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Division III Poll.

    Merchant Marine topped the conference standings at 7-0, and Ursinus College was second with a mark of 5-1. McDaniel College was 5-2, while Stevens finished 4-3. Johns Hopkins University and Gettysburg College had three and two Centennial wins, respectively, and Washington & Lee University and Muhlenberg College were both winless in the regular season.

    Though the 13th-ranked Mariners are the favorite, a lot can happen in a championship tournament and all eight teams are holding out hope for a chance at winning several of the 11 individual NCAA berths on the line or making a run at the team championship.

    125 lbs.
    Six grapplers will be competing for an NCAA berth at 125 lbs. and that group is headlined by Merchant Marine junior Jordan Alfaro. Alfaro took second in 2008, won the title in 2009 and was a perfect 7-0 in the Centennial Conference this season. Adam Stevens of Johns Hopkins and Earl Eppard of McDaniel were both 5-2 in the conference regular season. Both wrestlers have double-digit wins in total with Eppard compiling a 15-13 overall mark and Stevens notching 10 wins against 15 losses. Sophomore Ben Ersing of W&L joins Alfaro (16-13) and Eppard (15-13) as the only other 125 pounders to have overall marks above .500. Ersing was 3-2 in the CC and 9-8 overall. Looking to make some noise will be freshman Connor Gregory of Ursinus (2-3 CC) and sophomore Brad Warren of Stevens (2-5 CC).

    133 lbs.
    The 133-lb. weight class will have a new winner in 2010 as two-time defending champion Phil Greene has graduated from the USMMA. The favorite at 133 has to be McDaniel sophomore Tommy Goretsas who was a perfect 7-0 in the conference and had a league-high 24 wins in the 2009-10 regular season. Though Goretsas is the favorite, the Green Terror sophomore will have some serious competition throughout the day. Sophomore Alex Blank of Ursinus was 22-8 overall, 4-1 in the conference, and was strong in his first Centennial Conference Championship appearance in 2009. Hopkins freshman Paul Marcello has been solid all year as well and can definitely give either Goretsas or Blank a good run. Marcello only wrestled four bouts in the conference (3-1) but was 14-5 overall for the Blue Jays.

    Muhlenberg’s Tommy Gazza is the next most-tested grappler at 133 pounds, going 3-3 in the league and 6-14 overall. Stevens junior Kyle Brisson (3-6 overall, 2-2 CC) and Merchant Marine’s Ian Nisely (2-3 CC) will be in contention as well.

    141 lbs.
    Two undefeated athletes will lead the way at 141. Stevens sophomore Ryan Bridge missed the beginning of the year due to injury but has been excellent since returning to the mat. He was 7-0 in the Centennial Conference and 12-2 overall. He is coming into the championship tournament on a nine-match winning streak. Freshman Sam Campbell of W&L is also undefeated in the conference (5-0) but did not wrestle Bridge when the two teams battled earlier this month.

    Dan Glover of Ursinus has also been impressive, compiling a 4-1 conference record. His only loss came at the hands of Bridge, an 11-3 major decision. Kevin Homan of Muhlenberg (12-11 overall, 4-2 Centennial) is the only other wrestler over .500 at 141 pounds. Gettysburg sophomore Matt Danielson, Merchant Marine’s Garrick Skubon, McDaniel freshman Michael Tancredi, Ursinus’ Dan Glover, and freshman Matt Nelson of Hopkins will all look to make a run.

    149 lbs.
    The clear-cut favorite at 149 lbs. is the undefeated Connor McCormick of Ursinus. McCormick comes in with a mark of 17-0 overall but was only 2-0 in the conference. Martin Bell of the Merchant Marine Academy had a strong conference regular season (5-1) and was 13-10 overall. Junior Brent Lowe of McDaniel recorded 23 wins against just 10 losses for McDaniel and will almost certainly make noise at 149, while Stevens freshman Ryan Owens (3-2 CC) has also been wrestling well of late. Also in the mix will be Matt Parker of Muhlenberg, Michael Slabinski of Gettysburg, J.P. Welsh of W&L, and Ben Kaufman of JHU. The foursome has totaled three conference wins this year.

    157 lbs.
    David Dennis of W&L and Dan Twito of Merchant Marine headline the group at 157. Dennis was undefeated in the Centennial Conference in 2009-10 (5-0), and Twito was the 149-lb champion a year ago. Twito is 6-1 in the Centennial and a remarkable 26-6 overall. Charles Favia of Stevens will be a dark horse at 157 as the senior turned in a 5-2 conference mark and has been coming on strong at the end of the season. Sophomore Michael Testa of JHU is the only other competitor with a winning conference record (3-2). Keith Swanson of Muhlenberg (12-14 overall), Matt Peters of McDaniel, and Joe Fiore of Gettysburg will all look to make some noise.

    165 lbs.
    Defending champion Vincent Renault of the Merchant Marine Academy seems primed for a repeat as the junior turned in a 7-0 conference regular season and was 20-3 overall. Stevens sophomore Joe Favia, last year’s runner-up, is 23-6 this season, and his only conference loss came to Renault. Eric Levenseller of Hopkins has also been solid (19-10 overall, 5-2 CC), falling to Renault and Favia in good bouts.

    The bottom half of the 165-lb. weight class will feature Harris Papas of Ursinus, Patrick Doherty of Gettysburg, Kenneth Ludwig of Muhlenberg, junior Keith Jaworski of Washington & Lee, and freshman Tony Vorndran of McDaniel.

    174 lbs.
    The 174-pound weight class should be a treat for everyone as Stevens junior Bobby Bishop, Justin Diesel of Merchant Marine, and Andrew Giannascoli of Hopkins could all realistically take the title. Bishop was 5-0 in the Centennial Conference, 19-7 overall, and defeated Diesel in a head-to-head bout in early February. Diesel was 6-1 in league action and is ranked eighth in the country. He has an overall mark 23-7. Giannascoli, a freshman, is just 6-4 overall but went 5-1 in the conference.

    Mike Kevlin of Ursinus, D.J. Neri of Gettysburg, Scott Forrester of McDaniel have all carded a pair of conference wins thus far and will look to make a name for themselves with an upset win or two. Eric Veres of W&L will also be in the hunt.

    184 lbs.
    The 184-lb. weight class should be interesting and wide-open. Nate Murren of Ursinus comes in with an unblemished 4-0 Centennial Conference record and is 20-3 overall. Murren, probably the favorite, should be challenged by McDaniel senior Will Yeo (19-12 overall, 5-2 CC), and Stevens junior Vincent Termini (3-1 CC). Luke Mitchell of Gettysburg also has the potential to pull an upset, earning three conference victories and compiling 13 wins overall. Eric Schott of Merchant Marine carded three conference wins and definitely has the ability to knock off anyone in the field. Ben Finelli of Hopkins and Jon Brown of W&L will also be in the mix.

    197 lbs.
    Connor McNamara of Ursinus is 5-0 in conference and 27-3 overall. Defending conference champion Eric Vincent of the Merchant Marine Academy is 24-3 overall and 4-1 in the conference. These two are the clear-cut headliners in this weight class and should face each other in the final.

    Though there are definite favorites, formidable foes will provide significant obstacles from the start as Stevens senior Ernie Guaimano and McDaniel sophomore Joe Camlin both tallied four conference wins this year and can get a victory against any given foe. Marshal Puls of Gettysburg and Reid Mosquera of Hopkins each earned three Centennial wins this season and can make some noise in addition to Richard Knack of W&L.

    Heavyweight
    Like most years, the heavyweights should be entertaining and close but reigning champion Brock Glotfelty of McDaniel is the favorite. Glotfelty is 7-0 in the conference and 35-4 overall. He leads the conference in falls (15) and wins (35) and is also the ninth-ranked heavyweight in the nation. Judd Connell of Merchant Marine has been solid, compiling a 6-1 conference record and a 16-6 overall mark. Bobby Christopher of Gettysburg is another extremely capable heavyweight going 5-1 in the conference at 21-5 overall. He placed second at last year’s championship. Others in the mix with be James Roarty of Stevens who finished fourth last year, Chris Galletta of Muhlenberg, Ed Minelli of Ursinus, Zak Colangelo of W&L, and Rick Danilkowicz of Hopkins.

    Action will begin at 10 a.m. from the Canavan Arena in Hoboken, N.J. Visit www.stevensducks.com/visitors/index.asp for directions and more information about Stevens. There will be a free webcast of the finals beginning at approximately 4:30 p.m. on www.PennAtlantic.com/main.php.
     
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    Seven Mariners are in the finals. Is a three-peat sewn-up CPASteve?:thumb:
     
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    3rd Straight Title

    Just hear it announced. More info to come. 125 (Alfaro) - 157 (Twito) and 165 (Renault) going to Nationals. Vincent loses match on questionable call @ 197 in OT. :thumbdown:

    Congrats to Team and Coaches!!! :thumb:

    Thank you
     
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    Team Scores

    1 88 USMMA
    2 78 Ursinus
    3 70.5 Stevens
    4 52 Johns Hopkins
    5 48 McDaniel
    6 18.5 Wash. & Lee
    7 17.5 Muhlenberg
    8 9.5 Gettysburg
     
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    Story from Stevens Ducks Website

    HOBOKEN, N.J. (February 20, 2010) – Junior Bobby Bishop and sophomore Ryan Bridge took home top honors at 174 pounds and 141 pounds, respectively, as the Stevens Institute of Technology wrestling team earned a third-place finish at the 2010 Centennial Conference Championships in Hoboken, N.J. Sophomore 165-pounder Joe Favia, who finished second in the 165-pound weight class, was selected by the conference’s eight head coaches as the Wild Card representative. The United States Merchant Marine Academy, which boasted three individual champions, captured its third-straight league title with 88 points, while Ursinus College finished second with 78 points.

    Johns Hopkins University took fourth-place with 52 points, while McDaniel College (48) and Washington and Lee University (18.5) took fifth and sixth-place, respectively. Muhlenberg College came in seventh with 17.5 points, while Gettysburg College rounded out the field of eight with 9.5 points.

    125 lbs.
    After earning a quarterfinal bye, USMMA’s top-seeded junior Jordan Alfaro (Fayetteville, N.C) advanced to the final round with a 13-1 victory over Johns Hopkins’ Adam Stevens (New York, N.Y.), setting up a bout with second-seeded Earl Eppard (Baltimore, Md.), who downed Washington and Lee’s Ben Ersing (Beverly, Mass.), 8-1. Alfaro would go on to win the 125-title with a closely-contested, 3-2, decision over Eppard. Stevens, meanwhile, outlasted Ersing, 9-5, to take third.

    133 lbs.
    JHU freshman Paul Marcello (Pembroke Plains, Fla.) advanced to the final of the five-man bracket with victories over USMMA’s Ian Niseley (Camp Hill, Pa.) (8-3), and Ursinus’ Alex Blank (Ridgefield, Conn.) (4-3). Marcello then downed McDaniel’s Tommy Goretsas (Baltimore, Md.) – who defeated Stevens’ Kyle Brisson in the bracket’s other semifinal – to take home the 133-lb. title. Blank took third overall with a 9-0 shutout over Brisson.

    141 lbs.
    Bridge began his march to the 141-championship with a 17-4 triumph over McDaniel’s Mike Tancredi (Wall, N.J.). The Galloway, N.J. native then ousted fourth-seeded Rocky Barilla (New York, N.Y.), 16-3, earning a berth in the championship bout.

    Muhlenberg’s Kevin Homan (Robbinsville, N.J.) fought his way to the final with a victory over Gettysburg’s Matt Danielson (Bethesda, Md.) and an upset win over second-seeded Dan Glover (Bergenfield, N.J.) of Ursinus, but the sophomore wrestler’s run would end at the hands of Bridge, losing the final match, 17-2. Glover coasted into third with an 11-6 victory over USMMA’s Garrick Skubon (Charlestown, W.V.).

    149 lbs.
    After downing Muhlenberg’s Matt Parker (Roxbury, N.J.) and Hopkins’ Ben Kauffman (Phoenix, Ariz), Ursinus’ top – seeded Connor McCormick (Pottstown, Pa.) earned a finals matchup with third-seeded Martin Bell (Eaton Rapids, Mich.). Bell, who reached the finals with wins over Gettysburg’s Michael Slabinski (Alexandria, Va.) and second-seeded Brent Lowe (Dumfries, Va.), would fall to McCormick, 14-4, giving the Bears their first individual championship of the evening. Lowe took home third-place honors with a close 11-9 victory over Kauffman.

    157 lbs.
    Second-seeded Dan Twito (Cedar Falls, Iowa) reached the finals with wins over Muhlenberg’s Keith Swanson (Hackettstown, N.J.) and Stevens senior Charles Favia. His opponent, David Dennis (Sherman, W.V.) of Washington and Lee University, earned his place in the final bout with victories over Gettysburg’s Joe Fiore (Hicksville, N.Y.) and Hopkins’ Michael Testa (Wayland, Md.). Twito would prevail in the final, downing Dennis, 5-3, while Favia took third with a 7-2 win over Swanson.

    165 lbs.
    USMMA’s Vincent Renault’s (Plymouth, Mass.) road to 165-gold began with a 16-0 win over Washington and Lee’s Keith Jaworski (Clarksville, Md.). The junior grappler then downed fourth-seeded Harris Papas (Brooklyn, N.Y.) of Ursinus, setting up a matchup with Favia.

    The second-seeded Duck sophomore opened up the bracket with a 16-1 win over McDaniel’s Tony Vorndran (Millville, N.J.) before taking down Hopkins’ Eric Levenseller (Tabernacle, N.J.), 6-1. Favia’s hopes for a 165-championship were cut short however, falling to Renault, 3-2, in a hotly-contested final bout. Levenseller took third with a 5-2 victory over Papas.

    Favia, however, was picked to represent the conference as an at-large selection after the championships had finished. His great overall mark (26-6) against excellent competition and his extremely close match with Renault got the Stevens sophomore the nod.

    174 lbs.
    Bishop opened up competition in the seven-wrestler 174-bracket with a 21-5 victory over McDaniel’s Scott Forester (Manchester, N.J.). Bishop then defeated JHU’s Andrew Gianscolli (Downington, Pa.), 11-0, to advance to the finals.

    Bishop’s opponent Justin Diesel (Minisink Valley, N.Y.) earned a place in the finals with wins over Gettysburg’s D.J. Neri (Fairfax, Va.) and Ursinus’ Mike Kevlin (Manalapan, N.J.). Bishop took home top honors at 174 with a close, 3-1 win over his USMMA counterpart. It was the second win of the season over the nationally-ranked Diesel for Bishop. Kevlin finished third following a 4-2 win over Gianscolli.

    184 lbs.
    Top-seeded Nate Murren (Winchester, Mass.) of Ursinus began his march toward the 184-title with pair of victories over Washington and Lee’s James Williams (Columbia, S.C.) and Gettysburg’s Luke Mitchell (Garden City, N.Y.). Un-seeded Pat Stanley (Yonges Island, S.C.), meanwhile, earned a place in the finals with upset wins over third-seeded Will Yeo (Lexington Park, Md.) and second-seeded Erik Schott (Alliance, Ohio). Murren bested Stanley in the final, 6-3, to take home the 184-crown, while Stevens’ junior Vincent Termini took home third-place accolades with a great 5-2 win over Mitchell.

    197 lbs.
    Ursinus’ Connor McNamara (Winchester, Mass.) placed first at 197, defeating Richard Knack (Woodbridge, Va.) of Washington and Lee, Ernie Guaimano of Stevens, and second-seeded Eric Vincent (Trussville, Ala.). Hopkins freshman Reid Mosquera (Andover, Mass.) finished third after downing Guaimano in the consolation bracket.

    285 lbs.
    McDaniel’s top-seeded Brock Glotfelty (Grantsville, Md.) first downed Hopkins’ Rick Danikowicz (Green Oaks, Ill.) before defeating Ursinus’ Ed Minelli (Hull, Mass.) to earn a finals berth. USMMA’s Judd Connell’s (Hastings, Minn.) road to the finals began with a win over Muhlenberg’s Chris Galletta (Ardsley, N.Y.) before defeating Stevens senior James Roarty, 11-1. Glotfelty captured the 285-title with a 6-3 victory over Connell, while Roarty took third with a 9-4 victory over Minelli.

    Bridge and McNamara were both named the Outstanding Wrestler of the meet as they each recieved an equal number of votes from the coaches. The 197-lb. weight class runner-up Eric Vincent received the Clifford Award for being the most outstanding senior at the tournament.

    On Thursday, the Centennial Conference office named Brock Glorfelty of McDaniel the conference's Wrestler of the Year.
     
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    Congrats KP- 3 Straight championships -Pretty impressive!
     
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    We watched the matches on the webcam. Both Diesel and Vincents matches had some questionable calls which would have affected the outcome. Its disappointing for both of those guys and my heart goes out to them. Its a shame that neither were able to get the wild card.

    There were only six freshman in the entire conference that placed. Of the six who placed four were 125lb weight or lighter. The Merchant Marines freshman at 141lb Garrick Skubon placed 4th. Congratulations!!

    3X Centennial Conference Champions!!! What a great job! You should all be so proud!! :thumb:
     

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