American University wrestlers took home three titles and Rutgers grabbed a pair of titles to cap the 78th Annual Wilkes Open on Tuesday.
Freshman Myzar Mendoza won the only title for host Wilkes University as he took the 125 pound weight class with an 8-2 finals win over Mike Rhone of Lock Haven. Mendoza also earned a fall in 4:40 in the first round.
A trio of freshmen earned titles for American, starting with 141 pounder Matthew Mariacher. The newcomer posted four consecutive wins while outscoring his opponents 36-6, including a 12-2 win in the final. He was joined by Daniel Mitchell, who outscored his opponents 31-7 to take the title the 197 pound bracket. Mitchell defeated unattached Rex Harris, who had rolled to 17-1, 9-0 and 17-4 victories to reach the championship.
Blake Herrin won the third title for the Eagles, taking the 285 pound title by holding his foes in the semifinals and final scoreless. Herrin won five consecutive matches to earn the championship, defeating David Agu, 5-0, for the title.
Rutgers freshman Jordan Beverly won his bracket at 149 pounds and scored the most points in the tournament to earn the Marv Antinnes Most Points Award. Beverly was also named the John G. Reese Outstanding Wrestler. Beverly earned first-period pin falls in his first four matches including one in 41 seconds against Kyle Hinton of Wilkes. In the finals, Beverly took a 9-4 victory over Bryan Smith of Bloomsburg.
Beverly’s teammate Greg Zannetti won the title at 174 pounds by recording a major decision and a fall before using an injury default from Pitt-Johnstown’s Steve Makin to reach the final. In the championship, Zannetti cruised to a 12-5 win over Franklin & Marshall’s Matt Fullowan. Rutgers also had three third-place finishes.