WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Coming into the 23rd annual Budd Whitehill National Duals, the Lycoming College wrestling team didn’t have a win over a ranked opponent. So what better time to get one than in the opening round of the 20-team event in its own home, Lamade Gym?
The Warriors opened the duals with a 24-13 stunner against 21st-ranked Springfield College and advanced to the quarterfinals with a 33-9 win against King’s (Pa.) before falling to Ohio Northern, 31-10, in the afternoon session. The Warriors will face Rhode Island College in the consolation quarterfinals at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14 to see if they can place at the event for the 18th time.
Williams College faces Ohio Northern University in one semifinal and SUNY Cortland faces the College of New Jersey in the other at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14. The finals are set for 3 p.m.
Senior Mike Maurer (Towanda, Pa./Towanda Area) led the Warriors with three wins at 141 pounds and senior Isaiah Britton (Williamsport, Pa./Loyalsock Township) went 3-0, including a forfeit, for the Warriors.
The Warriors began the duals with an impressive upset over No. 4-seed and 21st-ranked Springfield, routing the Lions, 24-13, thanks to several strong performances from Lycoming.
Junior Stephen Hinton (Montclair, Pa./Forest Park) got the Warriors on the board with a 9-5 win as he posted a five-point first period to down Dru Thomas at 125 pounds. After a major decision for Springfield at 133 pounds, Maurer survived a seven-point flurry in the third period to down Corey Kozimar.
After a forfeit at 149 pounds, sophomore Colton Eyer (Orangeville, Pa./Millville) posted a 7-5 win against Devin Biscaha to give the Warriors a 15-4 lead. The Lions took a pair of decisions to cut the lead to 15-10, but senior Troy Hayre (McLean, Va./McLean) delivered a huge pin at the end of the first period against Nick Camera to give the Warriors a 21-10 lead. After a Lions’ decision at 197 pounds made it 21-13, junior Zach Eckstrom (Cranberry Township, Pa./Seneca Valley) closed out the upset with a 7-3 win against Rich Wigglesworth at heavyweight.
The Warriors advanced to the quarterfinals with a 33-9 win against King’s (Pa.) taking advantage of bonus points in five matches to cruise to the victory.
After a King’s forfeit at 125 pounds, senior Andrew Lewis (Great Bend, Pa./Wyalusing Valley) posted a 5-0 win against Mike Laporta at 133 pounds. Maurer added a major decision over Anthony Dietrick at 141 pounds, 11-1 and Britton added a 15-0 technical fall of Donny Hollenbeck to give the Warriors an 18-0 lead.
King’s won three of the next four matchs, with a forfeit at 174 pounds giving Lycoming a 24-9 lead. Senior Russ Korbul (Asbury, N.J./Northhampton C.C.) notched six team points with a pin at 197 pounds of Brenden Dwyer and Eckstrom closed out the meet with a 4-3 win at heavyweight over Anthony Corigliano, scoring a reversal in overtime to take the decision.
Ohio Northern cut the Warriors’ Cinderella story dreams short in the quarterfinals, using bonus points in four matches to take a 31-10 decision.
A senior trio of Maurer, Britton and Hayre posted wins in the meet for the Warriors, as Maurer posted a 9-1 major decision against Jonathon Hoopes at 141 pounds before Isaiah Britton added a 5-0 decision against Kenneth Hoopes at 149 pounds. Hayre notched a 7-0 win against Kyle Raber at 184 pounds, stopping a 15-0 run that gave Ohio Northern a 22-7 lead.