Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Wilkes Wrestling Set for 2018 MAC Championships Saturday

Wilkes (8-11) at 2018 MAC Championships
Saturday, January 20 - Start Time: 10:30 a.m.
Wilkes-Barre, PA • McGrane Gymnasium (King’s College)

2018 MAC Wrestling Pre-Championship Coaches' Poll
1. Messiah, 16 (4)
2. Delaware Valley, 10
2. Lycoming, 10
2. Wilkes, 10
5. King's, 4

The 73rd conference championship event is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. at McGrane Gymnasium at King’s College. Admission at the gate is $6 for adults, $4 for senior citizens, $2 for students and children under the age of six are free. Directions and parking information can be found on the championship central page.

Live results and video coverage will be available on the championship central page. The entire championship can be followed by live results, but only the championship bouts will have live video coverage. Five institutions will be competing for the MAC Wrestling Championship, including Delaware Valley University, King's College, Lycoming College, Messiah College and Wilkes.

Delaware Valley and Lycoming lead all current and former conference members with 15 conference wrestling (team) titles. Wilkes is third with 14 titles. The Aggies won four-straight (2002-06) titles. Since 1977, Lycoming and Delaware Valley have combined for 28 of the 31 titles. From 1966-75, Wilkes won seven-straight titles. The only other team to claim that many consecutive titles was former MAC member Gettysburg College from 1949-55. Lycoming leads all schools with 110 individual MAC titles, while Delaware Valley has 108. Wilkes has 66 individual titles to sit fourth behind Gettysburg, Messiah has 35 and King’s has 19.

Matthew Grossmann won the 141-pound conference title in 2016 with a 3-2 decision over Delaware Valley’s Tim Ambacher. Grossmann opened the championship with a pin (1:15) followed by a 16-1 technical fall and then a 6-1 decision. Grossmann also finished runner-up in 2015 in the 133-pound weight class.

John Ritter and Kyle Medrow each finished third at the event last season as Ritter wrestled at 157-pounds and Medrow 149-pounds in 2017. Each return this year but will wrestle at different weight classes (Medrow 157/Ritter 174).

Wilkes' last conference championship team title came in 2009 when the Colonels won the Metropolitan crown.

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