WESTMINSTER, Md. – Brock Glotfelty (Grantsville, Md./Northern Garrett) finished first at heavyweight to lead McDaniel to a third-place finish at the 2009 Centennial Conference (CC) wrestling championships at home on Saturday.
Glotfelty improved to 35-1 on the season, going 3-0 on the day to earn the championship and berth to the 2009 NCAA Division III Championships in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Mar. 6-7.
As a team, the Green Terror finished third with 54 points behind Merchant Marine, which successfully defended its title with 116 points, and Ursinus (66 points). The Mariners grabbed six of the 10 individual championships to win their second consecutive conference title.
Muhlenberg finished fourth, one-half point behind McDaniel.
Glotfelty opened his day with a 2-minute, 29-second fall of Ursinus’ Fernando Jones before notching his 21st pin of the season, downing John Christopher (Washington and Lee) in 1:35 to advance to the championship bout for the second straight year.
In the championship bout, Jud Connell (Merchant Marine) notched a takedown in the waning seconds of the third period to knot the match at 4-all but Glotfelty had more than one minute of advantage time to take the title, 5-4.
Four other Green Terror wrestlers finished in the top four of their respective weight class.
Brent Lowe (Dumfries, Va./Forest Park) started the parade of McDaniel competitors in the consolation finals, winning 10-0 to place third. Lowe added a 15-0 technical fall one minute into his 149-pound opening-round bout. He added a 1-minute, 4-second pin for a 3-1 day.
Zach Hetrick (Hanover, Pa./South Western) also finished third, taking the consolation final match of the 165-pound bracket by an 8-2 margin. Hetrick also finished 3-1, adding a 14-4 win and a second-period technical fall, 16-0.
Ryan Deiter (Clarksville, Md./River Hill) recorded an authorative pin of Johns Hopkins’ Hector Cintron, who he lost to in the opening round, in 1 minute, 8 seconds into the 184-pound third-place match to finish the day 3-1 in third place. After dropping his opening match, Deiter recorded a pin in 2:16 and 11-2 victory to advanc e to the consolation final.
Will Yeo (Lexington Park, Md./Great Mills) finished fourth at 197, going 2-2. He dropped a 4-3 decision in the first tie-breaker period before added a second-period fall and 1-0 win to advance to the consolation final.
Team Scores: 1. Merchant Marine (MMA) 116, 2. Ursinus (UC) 66, 3. McDaniel (MCD) 54, 4. Muhlenberg (MUHL) 53.5, 5. Stevens (SIT) 47, 6. Gettysburg (GC) 29, 7. Washington and Lee (WL) 27, 8. Johns Hopkins (JHU) 19.
McDaniel Results: 125: #3 Ben Ersing (WL) pinned Sean Ensign 1:54, Frank Masselli (SIT) dec. Ensign 7-3; 133: #2 Steve Kingsland (UC) pinned Tim Hall 1:17, #5 Billy Hall (MUHL) pinned T. Hall 2:04; 141: Sean McGarry tech. fell Jack Bostram (GC) 16-0 (4:05), #1 James Beshada (MMA) pinned McGarry 4:00, #2 James Bloom (UC) dec. McGarry 9-3; 149: #3 Brent Lowe tech. fell Mike Vecchiolo (JHU) 15-0 (1:00), #2 Dan Twito (MMA) dec. Lowe 14-12, Lowe pinned Robert Bolomey (SIT) 1:04, Lowe maj. dec. #4 Connor McCormick (UC) 10-0; 157: #2 Leo Dormann (SIT) maj. dec. Matt Peters 10-1, Keith Swanson (MUHL) maj. dec. Peters 11-3; 165: #3 Zach Hetrick tech. fell Ken Ludwig (MUHL) 16-0 (4:16), #2 Joe Favia (SIT) dec. Hetrick 3-2, Hetrick maj. dec. #4 Rob Terrin (WL) 14-4, Hetrick dec. Eric Levenseller (JHU) 8-2; 174: #1 Ryan Dormann (SIT) dec. Courtney Nightengale 7-0, Nightengale med. for. Jonathon Brown (WL), #3 Justin Fitch (MUHL) dec. Nightengale 7-2; 184: #2 Hector Cintron (JHU) dec. Ryan Deiter 5-3, Deiter pinned Jonathon Paul (GC) 2:16, Deiter maj. dec. Sean Patrick (MMA) 11-2, Deiter pinned Cintron 1:06; 197: #4 Connor McNamara (UC) dec. #3 Will Yeo 4-3 (TB1), Yeo pinned Zak Colangelo (WL) 4:35, Yeo dec. #3 Val Riazanov (SIT) 1-0, McNamara dec. Yeo 6-4; HWT: #1 Brock Glotfelty pinned Fernando Jones 2:29, Glotfelty pinned #5 John Christopher (WL) 1:35, Glotfelty dec. #6 Jud Connell (MMA) 5-4.