Merchant Marine Rolls To Third Straight Centennial Conference Title
Feb. 21, 2010
Courtesy of StevensHOBOKEN, 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.
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.
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.
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.).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.