Wilkes University sophomore Felipe Queiroz won the 125-pound title at the King’s College Monarch Tournament on Saturday at the Scandlon Gymnasium.
Wilkes finished second behind York College in the team standings. The Spartans had 162 points, while the Colonels finished with 147.5 points. Oneonta State was third with 125.5. King’s finished fourth with 117 points, while Army was fifth with 110.5 points.
Queiroz, the number-two ranked wrestler in his weight class in Division III, won all four of his matches by decision, including a 3-0 win over Mike gummerson from Centenary College in the championship match.
At 133 pounds sophomore Josh Pauling earned a berth in the championship match. Pauling scored a technical fall in his opening bout, before notching two wins by decision. In the final he suffered a hard-fought 7-6 loss to Centenary’s Ricky Redd.
Wilkes had two of the top three performers at 141 pounds. Freshman Donny Clark had two wins by fall and a victory by decision to advance to the championship match. There, he dropped a 9-7 decision to Muhlenberg College’s Rob Kein. Adam Penberthy, who dropped a 5-3 decision to Kein in the semi-finals, bounced back to finish third with a 6-0 win over Bill Platt.
Freshman Derek Brownmiller was a finalist at 149 pounds for the Colonels. Brownmiller copped a pair of decisions in his first two matches of the day. In the semi-finals he upset the York College’s Tim Bohlman, who entered ranked sixth in Division III, 3-2. Brownmiller was topped in the final by Gettsyburg College’s Matthew Shank, 3-1.
Another Wilkes freshman, 165-pounder Rich Clocker secured a fourth-place finish. Clocker won four of his first five matches before losing by fall to Centenary’s Jared Duffy in the consolation final.
Senior D.J. Giancola garnered a third-place finish at 174 pounds. Giancola won five matches on the day, including a win by default over Muhlenberg’s Justin Fitch in the consolation final.
At 184 pounds, freshman Josh Ballan garnered a win by major decision in the quarterfinals and a win by decision in the semi-finals to earn a place in the final bout. However, Elizabethtown College’s Zach Wilkinson stopped Ballan by fall in 1:40 to claim the crown.