Feb. 21, 2010

Courtesy of Delaware Valley College

DOYLESTOWN (PA) - It was home sweet home for the Delaware Valley College wrestling team as the fifth-ranked and host Aggies crowned six individual champions and one runner-up, en route to its fourth consecutive NCAA Division III Midwest Regional championship. All seven Aggie finalists will represent the squad at the upcoming Division III national tournament.

Terrance Clendenin (125), Jesse Harrington (157), Justin Barowski (165), Dan Daddino (174), Martin Porter (197) and Kyle Bilquist (285) took home crowns in their respective weight classes and earned an automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Championships, which will be held in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on March 5 and 6. They will be joined at nationals by 149-pound runner-up Emmanuel Ajagbe, who earned one of the regional's six wild-card bids. In addition, Brandon Totten was named the Coach of the Year and Elliott Spence the Assistant Coach of the Year.

Delaware Valley registered 134.5 points to easily distance runner-up and 19th-ranked Trine University's 94.5 points. Olivet College (89 points), Waynesburg University (87) and College of Mount St. Joseph (84) rounded out the top five.

Clendenin, a former national qualifier for Division I Lehigh University was seeded third for the regional, notched a pin in his opening match and followed major decisions over the two wrestlers seeded ahead of him to win the title. He pinned No. 6 Alex Filer (Manchester) in 2:46 and reached the finals with a 10-1 major over No. 2 Zach Cecchetti (Washington & Jefferson). In the finals, Clendenin scored early and never looked back, en route to a 14-5 major decision top-seeded Alex Crown (Waynesburg). Clendenin is now 7-2 on the season.

Harrington will make a second trip to nationals, the first as a regional champion (he was a wild-card back in 2008). The top seed and number one ranked wrestler in Division III pinned eighth-seeded Chandler Pogue (Manchester) in 1:47 in the quarters, and followed with a 4-2 decision over fourth-seeded Dominick Demor (Washington & Jefferson) in the semifinals. He then battled No. 2 Bryan Massong (Mount St. Joseph) in the finals and earned a 2-1 decision for the title. Harrington is now 22-4 on the year.

Barowski, a senior, will head to the NCAA Championships for the first time in his career. The top seed pinned Clay Criss (Case Western) in 2:11 and followed with an 11-4 decision over No. 5 James Neal (Olivet) to reach the finals. Barowski then grabbed the regional crown and improved to 23-5 on the season with a 7-1 decision over second-seeded George Markou (Trine).

Daddino, a junior college transfer, will head to the NCAAs in his first year with the Aggies. He was seeded second for the tournament and advanced to the finals with a 19-5 major decision over Nolan Karwoski (Mount St. Joseph) and a 9-5 decision over No. 3 Trevor Tyler (Olivet). He used a pair of takedowns in the third period to notch a 7-5 decision over fourth-seeded Ryan Pieper (Trine). Daddino is now 29-11 in the season.

Porter will also make his first trip to nationals as the senior and number two seed earned a 9-5 decision over top-seeded Michael Burke (Wabash) in the finals. He reached the finals with a pin in 2:41 over Sean Brooks (Mount St. Joseph) and a 9-3 triumph over third-seeded Alex Fleet (Trine). Porter has won 30 of 37 matches this season

Ajagbe was the top seed in his weight and the rookie reached the finals with an 11-9 decision over Steven Mena (Olivet) and an 8-0 blanking of fourth-seeded Thomas Fehring (Mount St. Joseph). However, second-seeded and 2009 national qualifier Isaac Dukes downed Ajabe by a 10-3 decision in the finals. Ajagbe will take a 27-7 record to the NCAA Championships.

Delaware Valley had two other placewinners in Zak Andrews and Zac Haynes. Andrews, was the sixth seed and upset No. 3 Jesse Byerly (Waynesburg) by fall in the opening round. He dropped his next matches but rallied with a 9-3 decision over fifth-seeded Thomas Pompei (Trine) to place fifth and finish the year with a 32-15 record.

Haynes placed sixth at 133 pounds in his freshman campaign. The fifth seed reached the semifinals with a 13-0 major decision over fourth-seeded Brandon Sansom (Washington & Jefferson). He then dropped three straight matches to finish with a 12-13 mark.

Jake Phillips also competed for Delaware Valley at 184 pounds. He went 2-2 and did not place at the event.


2010 NCAA DIVISION III MIDWEST REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
TEAM STANDINGS
1. Delaware Valley College (DVC)... 134.5 points
2. Trine University (TRI)... 94.5 points
3. Olivet College (OLI)... 89.0 points
4. Waynesburg University (WAY)... 87.0 points
5. College of Mount St. Joseph (MSJ)... 84.0 points
6. Wabash College (WAB)... 81.5 points
7. Washington & Jefferson College (W&J)... 74.5 points
8. Manchester College (MAN)... 51.5 points
9. Thiel College (THI)... 33.0 points
10. Case Western Reserve University (CSR)... 21.0 points

CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS
125 - No. 3 Terrance Clendenin (DVC) by maj. decision over No. 1 Alex Crown (WAY), 14-5
133 - No. 2 Nick Garber (WAY) by decision over No. 1 Corey Brown (THI), 6-0
141 - No. 2 Jake Strausbaugh (WAB) by decision over No. 1 Vince Tucker (OLI), 9-4
149 - No. 2 Isaac Dukes (CWR) by decision over No. 1 Emmanuel Ajagbe (DVC), 10-3
157 - No. 1 Jesse Harrington (DVC) by decision over No. 2 Bryan Massong (MSJ), 2-1
165 - No. 1 Justin Barowski (DVC) by decision over No. 2 George Markou (TRI), 6-1
174 - No. 2 Dan Daddino (DVC) by decision over No. 4 Ryan Pieper (TRI), 7-5
184 - No. 1 Corbin Semple (WAY) by decision over No. 2 Nicholas Kraus (TRI), 10-5
197 - No. 2 Martin Porter (DVC) by decision over No. 1 Michael Burke (WAB), 9-5
285 - No. 1 Kyle Bilquist (DVC) by decision over No. 2 Sean Jameson (MSJ), 3-1

WILD-CARD SELECTIONS
Vince Tucker, 141 pounds (Olivet)
Corey Brown, 133 pounds (Thiel)
Bryan Massong, 157 pounds (Mount St. Joseph)
Nicholas Kraus, 184 pounds (Trine)
Emmanuel Ajagbe, 149 pounds (Delaware Valley)
Michael Burke, 197 pounds (Wabash)

ALTERNATES
1. Sean Jameson, heavyweight (Mount St. Joseph)
2. Alex Crown, 125 pounds (Waynesburg)
3. Kyle Long, 141 pounds (Trine)

Outstanding Wrestler: Jake Strausbaugh, 141 pounds (Wabash)
Coach of the Year: Brandon Totten, Delaware Valley
Assistant Coach of the Year: Elliott Spence, Delaware Valley
Most Falls/Least Time: Steven Mena, 149 (Olivet)


The 10 individual champions along with the wild-card selections will compete at the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships at U.S. Cellular Center (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) on March 5 and 6

HOW DELAWARE VALLEY COLLEGE WRESTLERS FARED
Terrance Clendenin - 125 pounds - Seeded 3rd
Preliminaries: Bye
Quarterfinals: Won by fall over No. 6 Alex Filer (MAN), 2:46
Semifinals: Won by major decision over No. 2 Zach Cecchetti (W&J), 10-1
Finals: Won by major decision over No. 1 Alex Crown (WAY), 14-5
- Clendenin, a senior, advances to the NCAA Division III Championships for the first time (he is a former Division I national qualifier). He holds a 7-2 record -

Zac Haynes - 133 pounds - Seeded 5th
Preliminaries: Bye
Quarterfinals: Won by major decision over No. 4 Brandon Sansom (W&J), 13-0
Semifinals: Lost by decision to No. 1 Corey Brown (THI), 6-4
Consolation Semifinals: Lost by fall to William Sheets (TRI), 4:21
5th Place Match: Lost by fall to Brandon Sansom (W&J), 2:04
- Haynes, a freshman, places sixth and finishes the season with an 11-13 record -

Zak Andrews - 141 pounds - Seeded 6th
Preliminaries: Bye
Quarterfinals: Won by fall over No. 3 Jesse Byerly (WAY), 3:24
Semifinals: Lost by technical fall No. 2 Jake Strausbaugh (WAB), 23-6
Consolation Semifinals: Lost by major decision to No. 4 Eric Meyer (MSJ), 10-2
5th Place Match: Won by decision over No. 5 Thomas Pompei (TRI)
- Andrews, a sophomore, places fifth and finishes the season with a 32-15 record -

Emmanuel Ajagbe - 149 pounds - Seeded 1st (Ranked 8th in Division III)
Preliminaries: Bye
Quarterfinals: Won by decision over Steven Mena (OLI), 11-9
Semifinals: Won by major decision over No. 4 Thomas Fehring (MSJ), 8-0
Finals: Lost by decision to No. 2 Isaac Dukes (CWR), 10-3
- Ajagbe, a freshman, places second and was selected as a wild-card for the NCAA Division III Championships. He holds a 27-7 record. -

Jesse Harrington - 157 pounds - Seeded 1st (Ranked 1st in Division III)
Preliminaries: Bye
Quarterfinals: Won by fall over No. 8 Chandler Pogue (MAN), 1:47
Semifinals: Won by decision No. 4 Dominick Demor (W&J), 4-2
Finals: Won by decision over No. 2 Bryan Massong (MSJ), 2-1
- Harrington, a junior, wins his first regional title and advances to the NCAA Division III Championships for the second time in his career. He holds a 22-4 record -

Justin Barowski - 165 pounds - Seeded 1st
Preliminaries: Bye
Quarterfinals: Won by fall over Clay Criss (CWR), 2:11
Semifinals: Won by decision over No. 5 James Neal (OLI), 11-4
Finals: Won by decision over No. 2 George Markou (TRI), 7-1
- Barowski, a senior, wins his first regional title and advances to the NCAA Division III Championships for the first time as well. He holds a 23-5 record. -

Dan Daddino - 174 pounds - Seeded 2nd
Preliminaries: Bye
Quarterfinals: Won by major decision over Nolan Kanowski (MSJ), 19-5
Semifinals: Won by decision over No. 3 Trevor Tyler (OLI), 9-5
Finals: Won by decision over No. 4 Ryan Pieper (TRI), 7-5
- Daddino, a junior transfer, wins his first regional title and advances to the NCAA Division III Championships for the first time. He holds a 29-11 record -

Jake Phillips - 184 pounds - Unseeded
Preliminaries: Won by major decision over Marcus Fridley (MSJ), 14-2
Quarterfinals: Lost by decision to No. 2 Nicholas Kraus (Trine), 11-6
Consolation Preliminaries: Won by decision over Jeremy Pogorzelski (MAN), 6-0
Consolation Quarterfinals: Lost by decision to Bryan Hugo (WAB), 6-1
- Phillips, a junior, finishes with a 5-9 record -

Martin Porter - 197 pounds - Seeded 2nd
Preliminaries: Bye
Quarterfinals: Won by fall over Sean Brooks (MSJ), 2:41
Semifinals: Won by decision over No. 3 Alex Fleet (TRI)
Finals: Won by decision over No. 1 Michael Burke (WAB), 9-5
- Porter, a senior, wins his first regional title and advances to the NCAA Division III Championships for the first time. He holds a 30-7 record -

Kyle Bilquist - Heavyweight - Seeded 1st (Ranked 2nd in Division III)
Preliminaries: Bye
Quarterfinals: Won by major decision over Kraig Smith (THI), 13-2
Semifinals: Won by decision over No. 5 Dylan Forbes (TRI), 4-2
Finals: Won by decision over No. 2 Sean Jameson (MSJ), 3-1
- Bilquist, a senior, wins his third straight regional title and will advance to NCAA Division III Championship for the fourth time. He holds a 27-3 record. -