BALTIMORE – For the 10th time in school history, the Centennial Conference Wrestling Championship belongs to Ursinus.
The Bears captured four first-place finishes, four second-place finishes and a third Saturday inside Johns Hopkins University’s Goldfarb Gymnasium to earn 113 points and their first title since the 2006-07 season.
“These kids worked hard all season and it paid off,” Ursinus head coach Bill Racich said. “Our young kids stepped up while our seniors won some key bouts for us. All around, it was a team effort.”
Senior Curtis Watkins won his bracket at 149 pounds and sophomores Richard Jasinsk (157 pounds), Dan Manganaro (184) and Christian Psomas (197) took top honors.
Sophomore Christopher Donaldson (125 pounds) and junior Elisha Gaylor (141), and freshmen Hans Seri (165) and Robert Scaramuzza (285) all took second.
A third-place finish was earned by senior Michael Williams at 174 pounds.
Watkins started his day with a pin of Dylan Lojac of New York University in 4:55, then advanced to the finals with a 12-5 win against Matthew Parker of Muhlenberg. In the title bout, he pinned Duncan Crystal of Johns Hopkins in 1:19.
Jasinski started his title run with a pin of Sam Lyscas of U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in 2:07, then decisioned Leo Wortman of Stevens 6-2. In the title tilt, he outlasted Christian Salera of Johns Hopkins 5-4.
Manganaro started with a pin of Morgan Moskal of Washington & Lee in 3:37, then took a 6-4 decision versus Greg Potemken of Merchant Marine. In the title bout, he scored a takedown in overtime to defeat Kyle Spangler of Johns Hopkins 3-1.
Psomas pinned William Sharkey of Stevens in 1:57, then blanked Evan Johnson of Johns Hopkins 4-0. Against Ricky Fisher of Merchant Marine, he scored an 8-0 major decision. After the bout, Psomas celebrated by jumping into a large crowd of student supporters that made the trip to Baltimore for the tournament.
Donaldson started with a 16-3 major decision of Constantine Rerras of Merchant Marine, then advanced to the title bout with an 8-2 win over Mike O’Boyle of McDaniel. Against Paul Bewak of Johns Hopkins, Donaldson dropped a close 2-1 decision.
Gaylor started his route with a 13-3 major decision win against Tyler Kaelin of Washington & Lee, then decisioned Corbin Lee of NYU 7-2. In the title bout, he dropped a 10-3 decision to Paul Marcello of Johns Hopkins. Marcello won the Chris Clifford Award, named to the senior wrestler who has earned the most amount of points during his four years in the tournament.
Scaramuzza started with a pin of Jared Schlett of Gettysburg in 1:41, then took a 5-3 decision against Chris Galletta of Muhlenberg. He was pinned by Joe Camlin of McDaniel in the championship in 4:37.
Seri started with a 7-3 win versus Joe Fiore of Gettysburg, then won 5-3 against Connor Bass of Stevens. In the title bout, he lost 11-0 to Christian Ostrowski of Johns Hopkins.
Finally, Williams dropped his opening match to Nicholas Cross of McDaniel 5-3. In the wrestle backs, he defeated Ron Tassoni of W&L 5-3, then defeated Chris Amro of NYU 4-3 in double overtime. In the third-place bout, he defeated Cross 3-2.
Zach Thomson of Gettysburg won the 174-pounds weight class. Entering the tournament as the top seed, he took down Ron Tassoni from W&L by major decision 13-1 and pinned Cross in 2:38 to reach the finals. Against Josh Miller of Merchant Marine, Thomson jumped out to a 2-0 lead with a takedown in the first period. He added a reversal to start the second stanza and rode the period out in the top position. He secured another takedown and held Miller on the mat for most of the third period to close with the riding-time point and a 7-0 win.
The 133-pound weight class was won by NYU’s Brandon Jones. Seeded fourth, Jones posted a 9-1 major decision against top-seed Danny Ventura of Ursinus and then defeated Ryan O’Boyle of McDaniel, ranked No. 6 in the nation, 9-2 in the finals. Jones was selected the championship’s Most Outstanding Wrestler.
Gettysburg and McDaniel Athletics contributed to this report.