In 2013, the NCAA introduced a new qualifying method for the Division III wrestling championship. Two Green Terror grapplers took advantage – a senior and a freshman.
First things first, senior Joe Camlin won the title at heavyweight to lead McDaniel at the 2013 Centennial Conference wrestling championship hosted by Johns Hopkins on Saturday, Feb. 23.
Camlin opened his gold-medal run with a 9-0 win over Johns Hopkins' Joey Tilson before notching a pair of pins to capture the crown. He topped New York University's Anthony Chu in 5:41 before better Ursinus' Robert Scarmuzza in 4:37.
In past years, that would have earned Camlin a spot in the national field. In 2013, however, there was one more step. Camlin needed to finish in the top three at the inaugural NCAA Division III East Regional hosted by Gettysburg on Saturday, Mar.
He finished second, punching his ticket for the national tournament after a 3-1 day at heavyweight. Camlin's day opened with a 1-minute, 8-second pin of Mt. St. Vincent's Victor Vasquez before adding a fall in 1:58 of Gettysburg's Kevin Poplaski. In the semifinals, he added a third pin, topping NYU's Anthony Chu in 1:23. In the championship bout, top-seeded Joseph Zitrone (Centenary) prevailed over the second-seeded Camlin, 9-4.
In the freshman's initial Centennial Conference championship meet, Ryan O'Boyle added a second-place showing at 133 as one of five Green Terror wrestlers to place in the top four of their respective weight class.
O'Boyle downed Ray Yaglosky (Johns Hopkins) 5-3 to reach the finals. In the title bout, NYU's Brandon Jones notched a 9-2 win over the freshman.
The conference's Rookie of the Year would just need to repeat that showing the next week at Gettysburg. And, he did.
O'Boyle finished second at 133 but still punched his ticket to Cedar Rapids with a 3-1 day. O'Boyle opened his day with a 33-second pin of Muhlenberg's Patrick Fruehling before adding a 9-3 win over Stevens' Ryan Wilson to advance to the semifinals. In the semifinals, O'Boyle, the third seeded, upended second-seeded Myzar Mendoza of Wilkes 7-3 but fell to NYU's Brendon Jones for the second week in a row. Jones notched a 3-1 win in sudden victory.
So, what would happen at the national championship?
Ryan O'Boyle and Joe Camlin both won one match on Friday, Mar. 5 at the 2013 NCAA Division III wrestling championship.
The duo both went 1-2 at their respective weight classes. O'Boyle finished one win shy of making it to Saturday and achieving All-America status as a freshman while Camlin came up two victories shy.
O'Boyle, the eighth seed going into the championship, dropped a 6-3 decision to Derek Adams (Olivet) to open the day and was relegated to the consolation bracket. He started his way back through the bracket with a big third period, finishing it with a pin of York (Pa.)'s Joey Glaccio just before the final horn sounded. Needing a win to make it to Saturday, O'Boyle ran into second-seeded Nathan Fitenreider (North Central), who prevailed 5-0 to eliminate O'Boyle.
Camlin's day started outside of the round of 16 after the random draw of unseeded wrestlers. Jake Ceslick (Olivet) prevailed in the bout 10-7 to relegate Camlin to the consolation bracket. Camlin's first match resulted in a 3-minute, 27-second pin of Western New England's Jamison Sacco. In his next bout, Camlin took a 2-0 lead on Corey James (SUNY Cortland) before his opponent earned a third-period point and was awarded a point on advantage time to force sudden victory. James got a takedown early in the first extra period for a 4-2 win, eliminating Camlin.