COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. – Ryan O'Boyle (North Reading, Mass./Central Catholic) went 3-0 with three pins to win the 133-pound weight class and lead McDaniel to a fifth-place finish at the 2014 Centennial Conference (CC) wrestling championship hosted by Ursinus on Saturday.
O'Boyle led a contingent of seven placewinners for the Green Terror, who finished with 48 points. Ursinus won the team title with 102.5 points to nearly double-up second-place Stevens, which finished with 65 points.
O'Boyle, the top seed, downed Merchant Marine's Isaac Hammond in the first round midway through the final period before topping Sean Billings (NYU) late in the first period to advance to the title tilt. In the championship bout, O'Boyle made it 3-for-3 with falls, downing second-seeded Ray Yagloski (Johns Hopkins) in 2:25.
The seeds held true at 141, where Alvontae Drummond (Lincoln, Del./Milford) finished third. Drummond topped sixth-seeded Nick Matthews (NYU) 9-5 in the opening round before falling to the consolation bracket after dropping a 7-2 decision to second-seeded Eli Gaylor (Ursinus). In the consolation bracket, Drummond recorded an 8-2 win over Nathan Twito (Merchant Marine) and a 7-3 win over Gettysburg's Matt Spano in the third-place match.
Luke Yox (Westminster, Md./Liberty) made it a second third-place finish after the seeds also held at 165. Yox opened with a 4-2 win over Washington and Lee's Mac Evarts before falling to second-seeded Connor Bass (Stevens) 4-1 in the semifinals. In the consolation bracket, Yox topped Buddy Watson (Merchant Marine) 5-4 and bettered Tyler Cunningham (Gettysburg) 7-5 in the third-place match.
Mason Goretsas (Hamspstead, Md./North Carroll), Erik Meyer (Fallston, Md./Archbishop Curley), Nick Cross (Centreville, Md./Queen Annes County) and Taylor Avino (Fair Haven, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven) each finished fourth in their respective weight classes.
Goretsas, the fourth seed at 149, opened with a 5-1 win over Jack Walsh (Merchant Marine) before being pinned by top seed Mike Polizzi (Stevens). In the consolation bracket, Goretsas took a 13-4 major decision before falling 4-2 in the third-place bout.
Meyer, unseeded at 157, dropped a 4-1 decision to open the day before notching wins of 7-1 and 2-1 to reach the third place match, where he fell to Ben Stallings (Merchant Marine) – the same person who defeated him to open the day – by a 3-0 margin.
Cross, the sixth seed at 184, opened his day with a 4-2 win over third-seeded Kyle Spangler (Johns Hopkins) before falling 18-6 to second-seeded Daniel Manganaro (Ursinus). In the consolation bracket, Cross notched a 6-3 win before falling 6-5 in the third-place bout.
Avino, the fourth seed at heavyweight, opened with a 2-minute, 29-second pin before dropping to the consolation bracket with a 5-2 loss to top-seeded and eventual champion Chris Florek (Stevens). Avino added a fall in 3:46 before falling 3-2 in the third-place match.
Dakota Wilhelm (La Plata, Md./La Plata) went 1-2 on the day at 197, notching a 9-3 victory in the consolation bracket.
The Green Terror returns to action at the NCAA Division III East Regional at King's on Sunday, Mar. 2. Action begins at 10 a.m.
Team Scores: 1. Ursinus (U) 102.5, 2. Stevens (S) 65, 3T. Johns Hopkins (J) 52, 3T. Merchant Marine (MM) 52, 5. McDaniel (Mc) 48, 6. Washington and Lee (W) 25.5, 7. Gettysburg (G) 19, 8. New York University (N) 8.5, 9. Muhlenberg (Mu) 4.5.
McDaniel Results: 125: none; 133: No. 1 Ryan O'Boyle pinned Issac Hammond (MM) 5:50, O'Boyle pinned Sean Billings (N) 2:49, O'Boyle pinned No. 2 Ray Yagloski (J) 2:25; 141: No. 3 Alvontae Drummond dec. No. 6 Nick Matthews (N) 9-5, No. 2 Eli Gaylor (U) dec. Drummond 7-2, Drummond dec. Nathan Twito (MM) 8-2, Drummond dec. No. 4 Matt Spano (G) 7-3; 149: No. 4 Mason Goretsas dec. No. 5 Jack Walsh (MM) 5-1, No. 1 Mike Polizzi (S) pinned Goretsas 4:53, Goretsas maj. dec. Chayoot Chengsupanimit (Mu) 13-4, No. 3 Duncan Crystal (J) dec. Goretsas 4-2; 157: No. 4 Ben Stallings (MM) dec. Erik Meyer 4-1, Meyer dec. Alex Niemann (W) 7-1, Meyer dec. No. 3 Leo Wortman (S) 2-1, Stallings dec. Meyer 3-0; 165: No. 3 Luke Yox dec. Mac Evarts (W) 4-2, No. 2 Connor Bass (S) dec. Yox 4-1, Yox dec. No. 5 Buddy Watson (MM) 5-4, Yox dec. No. 4 Tyler Cunningham 7-5; 174: No. 1 Ron Tassoni (W) pinned Ricky Tisinger 5:57, No. 3 Zach Bass (S) pinned Tisinger 1:21; 184: No. 6 Nick Cross dec. No. 3 Kyle Spangler 4-2, No. 2 Daniel Manganaro (U) maj. dec. Cross 18-6, Cross dec. Brian Anderson (N) 6-3, No. 4 Sam Fry (MM) dec. Cross 6-5; 197: No. 4 Dan Brereton (N) dec. No. 5 Dakota Wilhelm 7-4, Wilhelm dec. Doug Medrano (S) 9-3, No. 2 Tyler Russell (MM) pinned Wilhelm 4:58; HWT: No. 4 Taylor Avino pinned No. 5 Grant Cokeley (W) 2:29, No. 1 Chris Florek (S) dec. Avino 5-2, Avino pinned Anthony Chu (N) 3:46, No. 2 Brian Walker dec. Avino 3-2.