Thursday, February 22, 2018

Wrestling - Warriors out to make an impact in postseason

Junior Garrett Wesneski and the Warriors are set for the NCAA Regional.
(Photo courtesy of Lycoming Sports Information)
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – With three wrestlers in the top 10 of both the NWCA and rankings, the Lycoming College wrestling team will step into the waters of the postseason on Friday, Feb. 23 when they begin the two-day NCAA Southeast Regional at Franklin County High School in Rocky Mount, Va.

After finishing the regular season with a 12-5 dual meet record, the Warriors enter the postseason ranked 21stin the country by, buoyed by four grapplers in the website’s individual rankings.

Despite the high expectations, the Warriors will be running out one of the most inexperienced lineups in Roger Crebs’ 25 years as coach. The team will roll out just three wrestlers that have previously competed at the event, with only senior Brandon Conrad (Bloomsburg, Pa./Bloomsburg Area) having placed.

The top three placewinners in each weight class will receive bids to the NCAA Championships, which will be held in Cleveland on March 2-3.

Junior heavyweight Garrett Wesneski (Canton, Pa./Canton Area) heads the contingent on its way to Virginia, as the University of Maryland transfer has posted a 33-2 record this year while rising to fifth in the rankings and sixth in the NWCA, with his only losses coming to Oneonta’s third-ranked James Bethel and  Waynesburg’s sixth-ranked Jake Evans.

Wesneski’s road to the national tournament will likely come as the event’s top seed, although the heavyweight class comes stacked with ninth-ranked Pail Triandafilou of Gettysburg and honorable mention rankees Stefanos Karpontis of York and Dylan Otis of Penn College.

Conrad, a two-time placewinner at the NCAA Mideast Regional at 174 pounds, brings a 27-4 record into the regional, where he will look to qualify for the NCAA Championships for the first time. Ranked sixth by the NWCA and 10th by, the Bloomsburg grad has posted a 107-43 record in his career and is just three wins from reaching 30 in a season for the third time in his career.

Conrad’s path to the national tournament will go through a tough field at 174, which includes Messiah’s third-ranked Ben Swarr, and honorable mention pick Joseph Sindoni of York.

Junior Trevor Corl (Howard, Pa./Bellefonte Area) will try to become the third straight Warrior to qualify out of the 149-pound weight class, joining Seth Lansberry, who earned All-American honors in 2016 and 2017. Corl stepped into the weight class and has posted a 29-2 record, rising to seventh in the NWCA rankings and ninth in

Corl has already won titles at the Messiah, Washington & Jefferson and RIT Invitationals, but he will also face a crowded field to reach the NCAA Championships, as York’s fourth-ranked Greg Warner and honorable mention pick Josh Evans of Wilkes.

Sophomore Hadyn Swartwood (Jersey Shore, Pa./Jersey Shore Area) also enters the regional with the chance to earn a top-three seed after finishing 20-7 in the regular season. The 157-pounder is listed as honorable mention in the latest rankings, but sits behind only Messiah contender Kevin Edwards in’s rankings. However, Johns Hopkins’ Dominick Reyes and Washington & Lee’s Shane Connors are both listed as honorable mention as well.

Freshman Ethan Landis (Canton, Pa./Canton) will compete at 141 pounds after going 10-12 in his rookie year, while fellow freshman Shane Rose (Glenside, Pa./Abington) will take the mat at 165 after going 7-7. Juniors 184-pounder Bradley Miccio (Bloomsburg, Pa./Benton Area) (9-11) and 197-pounder Loc Long (Lock Haven, Pa./Central Mountain) (10-12) will also see the mat.

Freshman 125-pounder Shane Casey (Catawissa, Pa./Southern Columbia) (7-5) and sophomore 133-pounderEric Hunt (Muncy, Pa./Warrior Run) (2-3) will also step into the lineup for regionals after recovering from injury-filled seasons.

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