Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Five Warriors in initial d3wrestle rankings

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. ­Coming off the team’s third straight top-25 finish at the NCAA Division III Championships, the Lycoming College wrestling team will start 2017-18 with five wrestlers listed in the d3wrestle.com individual rankings, release on Monday, Oct. 30 by the website.

Senior Brandon Conrad (174, Bloomsburg, Pa./Bloomsburg Area) and sophomore Hadyn Swartwood (157, Jersey Shore, Pa./Jersey Shore Area) are listed in the contender portion of the rankings and junior Andy Aguilar (141, Muncy, Pa./Muncy Area), junior Bradley Miccio (184, Bloomsburg, Pa./Benton Area) and sophomore Travis Ogden (197, Clearfield, Pa./Clearfield Area) are listed as honorable mention.

Conrad occupies the top spot on the contenders list at 174 pounds, sitting just outside the top 10 in the country after he finished 31-8 during his junior season and placed at the NCAA Regionals for the second time in his career. Swartwood is listed fifth on the contenders list at 157 pounds after he earned MAC Rookie of the Year honors in a campaign that saw him go 30-9 and win two matches at the NCAA Regionals.

Listed in the third honorable mention slot, Miccio will look to recover from an injury-marred sophomore season in which he went 12-10, but managed to win two matches at the NCAA Regional. Ogden, listed fifth in the honorable mention rankings, also had a strong showing during his rookie year, finishing 27-11 and winning three matches during the regional. Listed in the eighth and final honorable mention spot, Aguilar will step back into a starting role as a junior after going 9-8 as a backup at 141 pounds as a sophomore.

The Warriors enjoyed one of the finest seasons in the 24-year career of head coach Roger Crebs in 2016-17, as the team posted an 18-3 dual meet record, finished third at the Budd Whitehill National Duals, won the RIT Invitational, its first tournament win in 12 years, and also hit a high-water mark by taking seventh at the NCAA Mideast Regional.

The team will open the 2017-18 season at the Messiah Invitational on Saturday, Nov. 4, at 10 a.m.

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