Saturday, January 20, 2018

Wilkes Wrestling Finishes Third at MAC Championships; Dimarsico Wins 133-Pound Crown

WILKES-BARRE – The Wilkes University wrestling team finished in third place at the 2018 Middle Atlantic Conference Wrestling Championships on Saturday afternoon hosted by King’s College in the Scandlon Gymnasium. Jake Dimarsico led six Colonels who earned All-Conference honors taking home the title at 133-pounds.

Wilkes finished with 121.5 total teams points in third place. Messiah College captured the championship with 152.5 team points while Delaware Valley University followed in second place with 130 team points. Lycoming College finished in fourth place with 114.5 team points while host King’s rounded out the championships finishing fifth with 45 team points.

Dimarsico earned his first ever conference title starting with a 10-8 decision over Ka’au Estrella of Messiah. He posted an 11-3 major decision in the semifinals over Lycoming’s Jacob Chamberlin before beating Delaware Valley’s Brenden Velez in the finals.

Dylan O’Connor took home third place at 133 earning Honorable Mention honors. He began the day with an 8-3 decision over Lucas Drick of Lycoming in the first round. After falling to Velez in the semifinals, O’Connor wrestled back with a 7-1 win and 13-1 major decision in the third place bout to secure all-conference honors.

Kyle Trout finished runner up at 125-pounds wrestling in his first championship event. After scoring a win in the first round, Trout posted a 7-3 decision over Lycoming’s Cameron Terry in the semifinals to reach the final bout. There he lost to Kordell Rush of Delaware Valley by a 13-1 count.

Matthew Grossmann was another runner up finalist for Wilkes at 141-pounds. Grossmann earned a bye in the first round before winning 11-6 in the second round and 11-3 in the semifinals to advance to the championship bout. Grossmann fell to Tim Ambacher of Delaware Valley 3-2 in a hard-fought final match earning his second All-Conference honor in the process.

At 149-pounds Josh Evans was another second place finisher for Wilkes. Evans went back-to-back extra point victories to start the day advancing to the final bout. He scored a 16-0 technical fall and 13-4 major decision on way to the finals. There he fell 5-3 to Stephen Maloney of Messiah in the finals.

Ashton Gyenizs was the final Colonel to earn all-conference honors taking home second place at 165-pounds. After a bye in the first round, Gyenizs scored a 10-1 major decision over Brian Shermeyer of Messiah before a thrilling 3-2 decision win over teammate Justin Morel to reach the finals. There he fell to Messiah’s Jeff Hojnacki 6-2 in the finals to settle for runner up.

Wilkes returns to the mat Sunday, January 28th hosting the John Reese Duals at 11:00 a.m. The Colonels will wrestle Washington and Jefferson, RIT and Oneonta during the three-match event.

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