Saturday, February 24, 2018

Wrestling - Grossmann Takes Third at 141 for Second Career NCAA Berth; Wilkes Finishes 9th Overall at Southeast Regional

ROCKY MOUNT, VA – Matthew Grossmann earned his second career berth into the NCAA Championship Tournament finishing third at 141-pounds to lead four Colonels who placed in the top six at the 2018 Southeast Regional hosted by Ferrum College Sunday afternoon.

As a team Wilkes finished ninth of the 18-team regional totaling 62 team points. Messiah College captured the regional title with 147 total team points while York (Pa.) finished second with 133 points.

Grossmann was almost into the finals before falling in sudden victory 6-4 in the semifinals to eventual champion Zach Bylykbashi of Washington and Lee. From there the senior took a thrilling 5-4 decision over King’s Jacob Taylor to reach the third place bout and wrestle for his chance at an NCAA berth. There he came through with a 10-3 decision over Zachary Rainess of Greensboro to earn his second career NCAA qualification. Grossmann became the 11th Colonel to win a national title as a freshman in 2014 when he claimed the crown at 133-pounds.

Josh Evans was the second top-six finisher for Wilkes barely missing his opportunity to earn an NCAA berth. He began the day with a tough 11-3 major decision loss to eventual champion and nationally ranked Gregory Warner of York (Pa.) in the semifinals. He battled back with a pin in 2:26 to reach the third place bout before falling in a heart-breaking 3-1 sudden victory to Lycoming’s Trevor Corl for the final bid in the weight class to settle for fourth place.

John Ritter was the third place-winner for Wilkes finishing in fifth place at 174-pounds. Ritter wrestled through the consolation bracket with a fall in :44 and a 6-2 decision to reach the consolation semifinals. There he fell 12-3 before taking the fifth place bout over Greensboro’s Tyron Dudley by fall in :32.

At 165-pounds Ashton Gyenizs was the final place-winner for Wilkes taking sixth place in the bracket. He began wrestling through the consolations with a 13-2 major decision before moving into the consolation semifinals with a 3-2 decision over Greensboro’s Quaevon Cannon. Gyenizs finished the day with a fall in the consolation semifinals and a 4-2 decision in the fifth place bout to settle for sixth overall.

Grossmann will now travel to the NCAA Division III Championships on March 9-10 in Cleveland, Ohio hosted by Baldwin Wallace.

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