Sunday, December 9, 2018

BU Wrestling - Bond, Newberry Win Individual Titles At PSAC Championships Saturday

Image Courtesy of Bloomsburg University Sports Information

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - Redshirt junior Grant Bond (Carlisle, Pa./Boiling Springs) and junior Nate Newberry (Biglerville, Pa./Biglerville) became the Bloomsburg University wrestling team's first Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) individual champions since the 2013 season as the Huskies competed at this year's PSAC Championships, hosted by Kutztown University.

This season, the PSAC Championships featured a new structure. Continuing the tradition of the past 75-plus years, individual champions at the each of the 10 respective weight classes were recognized. However, beginning this year, no team champion was determined from the tournament. At the end of the season, a Division I PSAC and Division II PSAC champion will be crowned based on dual results within the conference vs. respective NCAA-level opponents.

Mike Dessino (Middlesex, NJ/Middlesex) (174), Richard Perry (Meriden, CT/Middletown) (197), and Justin Grant(Easton/Easton) (285) were Bloomsburg's last PSAC individual winners back in 2013 before Saturday afternoon.

Bond captured the 149-pound title by winning all four of his matches - all by bonus points. He started the afternoon by pinning Millersville's DJ Miele befoe upsetting second-seeded Logan McKoy of Seton Hill by technical fall, 15-0, in the quarterfinals. He then pinned Mercyhurst's Mike Clark 24 seconds into the second period in the semifinal round to set up a title match against top-seeded Jon Ross of Lock Haven. Bond needed just 70 seconds to earn his third pin of the afternoon as he took out Ross to claim Bloomsburg's first individual title in five years. 

Bond improved to 6-2 on the year and moved to 15-17 in his career.

Newberry, the second seed at 157 pounds, followed suit as he earned the conference title by going 3-0 following an opening-round bye. In his first match of the afternoon, Newberry earned a 10-2 major decision victory over East Stroudsburg's Marquan Payne before edging Edinboro's Tim Suter, 5-3, in the semifinals to earn a spot in the title match. The junior claimed Bloomsburg's second straight title as he defeated Mercyhurst's Kevin Kinyua, the top seed in the bracket, 4-2, to win his first individual title.

With his perfect afternoon, Newberry improved to 8-8 this season and 19-35 in his collegiate career.

Other highlights of the day were junior Bruce Graeber (Feasterville, Pa./Neshaminy) taking fourth at 285 pounds and junior Kyle Murphy (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) placing fifth at 197 pounds. 

Murphy started his day with a 13-1 major decision victory over East Stroudsburg's Nicholas Klinoff before suffering a 3-2 decision to top-seeded Dylan Reynolds of Edinboro in the quarterfinals. In the consolation bracket, Murphy posted a 17-2 technical fall over Mercyhurst's Jeff Thompson before dropping a 6-4 decision to Clarion's Shae Bloom to get bumped to the fifth-place match. In that bout, Murphy won by major decision, 11-0, over Seton Hill's Jody Crouse to place fifth.

Murphy went 3-2 overall and moved to 5-7 this season and 34-42 in his career.

Graeber, meanwhile, earned an opening-round bye before starting his afternoon with a 2-0 sudden victory over Mercyhurst's Jacob Robb in the quarterfinals. He then suffered a loss to Kutztown's Andrew Dunn in the semifinals to get knocked to the consolation bracket. There, Graeber pinned Derek Berberick of Shippensburg in 1:22 to move on to the third-place match where Robb got some revenge by pinning Graeber in 4:45 to send Graeber to a fourth-place finish.

Graeber went 2-2 on the day to move to 7-9 overall and 39-40 in his career.

At 141 pounds, freshman Aaron Coleman (Iselin, N.J./John F. Kennedy Memorial) went 2-2 on the afternoon but did not place. One of his victories was by fall. Freshman Gavin Hale (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown West) went 0-2 at 165 pounds as did redshirt freshman Michael Porreca (Barto, Pa./Boyertown) at 184 pounds to conclude Bloomsburg competitors on the afternoon.

The Huskies are off until they host Lock Haven University at the Nelson Field House on Sunday, December 16. Start time is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

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