Mercyhurst leads Notre Dame (Ohio) by .5 after day 1 of East Regional
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. -- Seventh-ranked Mercyhurst could not have asked for much better after day one of the Division II East Super Regional tournament at Pittsburgh-Johnstown. The Lakers, entering the tournament ranked second in the region, lead the overall team standings after the opening day, and all 10 individuals remain alive to qualify for the national tournament heading into Sunday's final day of competition.
Mercyhurst has 30.5 team points after day one, half a point ahead of top-ranked Notre Dame (Ohio). Pitt-Johnstown is right behind, in third place, with 28.5 team points. Kutztown is fourth with 20 points, while Gannon and Shippensburg round out the top half of the standings.
Seven of the Lakers' ten grapplers did not suffer a loss on Saturday and are heading to the semifinals on Sunday. The other three lost in the championship side of the bracket but earned victories in the wrestlebacks to continue their seasons on Sunday.
Redshirt junior Ryan Bohince, seeded fourth in the 125-pound bracket, advanced to Sunday's semifinal against top-seeded Matt Turek of Gannon with victories against Wheeling Jesuit's Brad Kakos and West Liberty's Zach Brown. Bohince defeated Kakos by technical fall and then knocked off fifth-seeded Brown by a 6-2 decision.
At 133, redshirt sophomore Kody Young will wrestle in Sunday's semifinals after blanking Gannon's Adam Weinell in the quarterfinals by a 4-0 final. Young, who received a bye in the first round, will square off with Kutztown's Evan Yenolevich in the semis. Young improved to 19-6.
Sophomore Dylan D'Urso defeated Shippensburg's Simon Rice in the quarterfinals via major decision, 14-5, to advance to Sunday's semifinals where he will take on Kutztown's Mitch Voelker. D'Urso, seeded second in the 141-pound bracket, received a bye in the first round before defeating Rice to improve to 26-2 overall.
Redshirt sophomore Jeremy Landowski entered the tournament as the top seed at 149 pounds and made quick work of Gannon's Rocco Wellek and Seton Hill's Kevin Laubach to advance to the semifinals. Landowski won both matches by major decision to improve to 20-4 on the season.
Francis Mizia, a redshirt freshman at 157 pounds, will also be involved in Sunday's semifinals after earning a technical fall win against Shippensburg's Mark Lentz and a major decision victory against Bryan Skoff of West Liberty.
Redshirt senior Clint Schaefer, wrestling at 165 pounds, earned a bye in the first round and then was pinned by UPJ's Gary Lantz in the quarterfinals. Schaefer, trying to get back to the NCAA tournament for the second consecutive year, defeated Wheeling Jesuit's Anthony Smith in the wrestlebacks and is scheduled to wrestle American International's Nicholas Giulietti in Sunday's wrestleback quarterfinals.
Redshirt sophomore August Mizia had an easy time on Saturday to advance to Sunday's semifinals. The older Mizia brother pinned Shippensburg's Brett Pastore in just 32 seconds to start his day and then defeated Pitt-Johnstown's Nikos Garofola by major decision in the quarterfinals. Mizia, who is 24-4 overall, will wrestle second-seeded Brendan McKeown of East Stroudsburg in the semifinals.
Freshman Dakota DesLauriers, getting his first taste of postseason action on Saturday, started strong at 184 pounds. He defeated Millersville's Shane Gilmore in his opening match and then gave third-seeded Garrett Lineberger of Notre Dame everything he could handle in the quarterfinals before falling 4-3. In his opening bout in the wrestlebacks, DesLauriers pinned Seton Hill's Tyler Dombrowski to advance to the wrestleback quarterfinals on Sunday.
Redshirt sophomore Brian Beattie, competing at 197 pounds, opened with a bye before losing to top-seeded Brandonn Johnson of Notre Dame College in the quarterfinals. In his opening match of the wrestlebacks, Beattie defeated Seton Hill's Morris Lawson to remain alive in the tournament.
Finally, freshman Andrew Welton earned two victories in the heavyweight bracket to advance to Sunday's semifinals. He pinned Seton Hill's Ryan Simonica and then earned a 5-2 decision againstUPJ's Josh Duplin. Welton is 23-6 in his rookie season and will wrestle West Liberty's Aaron Silverio to open up his action on Sunday.