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2005-06 Recaps

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(3/4) NCAA Championships - Day Two
WilkesUniversity junior Brandon Kelly fashioned a third-place finish and freshman Felipe Queiroz garnered a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Division III Championships hosted by the College of New Jersey. This marks the first time since the Colonels returned to Division III that they have had two All-Americans in the same season. Kelly’s third-place finish is also the highest for a Wilkes wrestler during that time span. 

The performance of the Colonels duo allowed Wilkes to finish in 12th out of 60 teams at the NCAA Championships. The Colonels finished with 25.5 points. Wartburg College won their third title in four season by amassing 145.5 points. Wisconsin-Lacrosse was second with 106 tallies. Augsburg College rounded out the top three with 84.5 tallies.

"I am very proud of both Felipe and Brandon," commented Wilkes head coach Jon Laudenslager. "I am so heppy for each of them and for our team. This has been a great group to work with all season long and it is nice to culminate it with this kind of effort from Felipe and Brandon. They both wrestled very well throughout the tournament and deserve All-American honors."

Kelly (25-5) suffered a 6-3 loss to the fourth-ranked James Swanson from Wisconsin-LaCrosse in the 197-pound semifinals. Swanson, who is a returning All-American, took a 2-0 lead with a takedown early in the first period. Kelly made it 2-1 with an escape, but Swanson converted a takedown and two near fall points to forge in front 6-1. Kelly would score an escape at the end of the period and another to start the second to make it 6-3. However, that is as close as he would get as neither wrestler was able to score in the third period.

Kelly moved into the third-place bout after he rebounded from his first loss with his third win over a seeded opponent. This time it was the number-five seed, Michael McCabe from Coe College, that was the victim. Kelly claimed an early 2-0 lead with a takedown in the first period. He would then put McCabe on his back and was awarded three back points for a 5-0 advantage. Moments later Kelly again turned McCabe on to his back and scored the win by fall at 1:35 of the first stanza.

In the third-place bout, Kelly met Tyler Miller from Wartburg for the second straight day. Miller, who was the number-one seed and ranked first in the nation, had dropped a 3-1 overtime verdict to Kelly in the quarterfinals. This time the match was not quite as dramatic. Kelly scored an escape to begin the second period and Miller was hit with a stalling call to up the lead to 2-0. A take down by Kelly extended the lead to 4-0. Kelly would give up a point on a stall of his own and Miller earned a third period escape to cut the final deficit to 4-2.

Queiroz (26-9) was denied his opportunity to wrestle for a national championship when he suffered a 10-3 loss to returning All-American and third-seeded Ty Klofta from Ohio Northern University in his 125-pound semifinal. Klofta, a senior who improved to 38-3 with the win, took a 2-0 lead after one period with a takedown. He would begin the second period in the bottom position and garnered an escape and takedown to make it 5-0. Queiroz would gain an escape at the end of the second period to cut the deficit to 5-1, and then scored a takedown to begin the third stanza to close to within 5-3. But, that is the final point that Queiroz would score as Klofta pulled away for the win. 

Queiroz found the going tough as he tried to bounce back from his first loss, falling 16-3 to fifth-seeded Brian Dempsey from The College of New Jersey in the consolation semifinals. Dempsey jumped out to an 8-0 lead after a period thanks to a takedown and six near fall points. Queiroz was never able to recover from there.

In the fifth-place bout Queiroz met fourth-seeded Terry Morgan from Loras College. Morgan, who finished third at last season’s NCAA Championships, would score three takedowns and Queiroz had three escapes in the first period as the Loras wrestler owned a 6-3 lead after one period. Morgan would add three more takedowns in the second period, while Queiroz was able to secure just two escapes to extend the gap to 12-5 heading into the final stanza. Morgan out-scored Queiroz 3-1 in the last two minutes to secure a 15-6 win. 

(3/3) NCAA Championships - Day One

WilkesUniversity wrestlers Felipe Queiroz and Brandon Kelly have both advanced to the NCAA Division III semifinals in their respective weight classes after both wrestlers posted a pair of victories over seeded opponents on Friday at the College of New Jersey. By virtue of their performances both grapplers are assured of earning All-American status at the conclusion of the event.

Queiroz and Kelly are the first Wilkes wrestlers to advance to the championship semifinals since the Colonels returned to the Division III ranks in 1999. They are also just the second and third Wilkes grappler to earn All-American honors during that span, joining John Conte, who earned the honor in 2000. Queiroz will look to continue his march on Saturday when he meets third-seeded Ty Klofta from OhioNorthernUniversity at 10:30 a.m. Kelly’s semifinal opponent will be the fourth-seed, James Swanson, from the University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse. 

Queiroz opened his day when he squared off with second-seeded Brandon McDonough from Johnson & Wales at 125 pounds. Queiroz would quickly assume control of the match with two takedowns, four back points and a reversal in the opening period to jump out to a 10-5 lead. McDonough, who entered with a record of 42-1 overall, scored the only point of the second stanza when he pulled off an escape to make it 10-6 heading into the final period. Queiroz would begin the third period on bottom and scored an early reversal for a 12-6 lead. He would add two more near fall points to extend his advantage to 14-6, before settling for a 15-7 win by major decision.

Queiroz would secure his status as an All-American with his 10-6 semifinal win over seventh seeded Ryan Gadsby from CortlandState. Queiroz scored three takedowns in the first period, while Gadsby had two escapes, as the Wilkes grappler assumed a 6-2 lead after the initial stanza. Gadsby would select the down position to begin the second period and scored the only points with a reversal to make it 6-4 heading into the third period. Queiroz opted to take the neutral position and quickly scored a takedown to extend his lead to 8-4. Gadsby would gain one point with an escape and another when Queiroz was hit for stalling to close to within 8-6. But, Queiroz ended the match with a takedown to gain the 10-6 victory.

Kelly’s first round opponent at 197 pounds was eighth-seeded Ben Strandberg from Buena VistaCollege. Kelly scored a first period takedown, but Strandberg gained a reverse to make it 2-2. After Kelly escaped to take a 3-2 lead, he scored another takedown with five ticks left in the opening period to forge ahead 5-2. Kelly would start the second period with an escape and then added a takedown and two near fall points to push his advantage to 10-2. Strandberg would close to within 10-3 with an escape before the end of the stanza. Strandberg would cut Kelly’s lead to 13-9 midway through the third period. However, Kelly would score on an escape, a takedown, two near fall points and a riding point to pull away for the 19-9 major decision.

In his quarterfinal round bout, Kelly met top-seeded and number-one ranked Tyler Miller from national power WartburgCollege. After a scoreless first period, Kelly scored an escape in the second stanza after starting in the down position to go on top 1-0. However, Miller would return the favor to start the third period and the match headed to overtime tied at 1-1. In the extra period Kelly would catch Miller with a double-leg takedown just 21 seconds into the one minute period to score the 3-1 victory.  

(2/18) MAC Championships (3rd of 7)
Freshman Felipe Queiroz won the 125-pound weight class to lead WilkesUniversity to a third-place finish at the Middle Atlantic Conference Wrestling Championships on Saturday at ElizabethtownCollegeDelawareValley claimed their fifth straight team title with 129.5 points. Lycoming was second with 123 points, while the Colonels ended the day with 111 points.
Queiroz, who was named the conference’s Rookie of the Year, and the other nine weight class winners earned automatic berths into the NCAA Division III Championships that will be held on March 2nd and 3rd at the College of New Jersey. Wilkes 197-pound standout Brandon Kelly and Lycoming 133-pounder Sean Cullen will also be wrestling at the NCAA event after receiving the conference’s two wild card berths as voted on by the coaches. 
Wilkes had five wrestlers advance to the championships bout in their respective weight classes. But, only Queiroz was able to secure and individual title. Entering as the top-seed, he had an opening round bye at 125 pounds to advance to the semi-finals. Queiroz then posted a 13-8 win over Josh Cragg from Messiah to earn a berth in the final. In the title bout he held off second-seeded Josh Proctor from DelawareValley, 4-3, to earn a trip to the NCAA
Third-seeded Adam Penberthy drew a bye into the semifinals at 141 pounds. He would gain a berth in the title match thanks to a 3-2 win by decision over number-two seed Kyle Hopkins from Lycoming. In the final, Penberthy and top-seeded Dan Hall from DelawareValley were knotted at 2-2 with less than a minute remaining in the final period. However, Hall would score a takedown late in the period to win his third-straight MAC title, 4-2.
Erik Smith advanced to the semi-finals at 149 pounds by virtue of a 4-3 victory over Messiah’s Kevin Gin. Smith, seeded fourth, then pulled off one of the tournament’s biggest upsets when he squeezed out a 4-3 win over top-seeded and previously unbeaten Donell Young from Scranton in the semifinals. In the championship bout DelawareValley’s Jaryd Steinbacher, the number-three seed, used a five-point move to post a 7-5 win over Smith.
Top-seeded 184-pounder Rex Harris advanced to the semi-finals thanks to a bye in the quarterfinal round. Harris secured his spot in the championship bout with a win by fall over Zack Wilkinson from King’s at 3:20 of the second period. But, in the final DelawareValley’s Mike Berlanda, the number-two seed, avenged an early loss this season to Harris with a 7-4 victory. 
Kelly, seeded third, garnered a bye in the quarterfinal round at 197 pounds to set up a showdown with second-seeded Jason Reilly from King’s. Reilly, ranked eighth nationally, and Kelly headed into overtime with the score tied at 2-2. After a scoreless first overtime period, Kelly scored an escape and garnered a point due to a violation by Reilly to assume a 4-2 lead heading into the final 30-second overtime session. There, Kelly was able to put Reilly to his back and earn three back-points to earn the 7-2 win. In the championships bout Kelly was not as fortunate, dropping a 3-2 decision to the nation’s second-ranked wrestler Jamall Johnson from DelawareValley.
At 133 pounds Josh Pauling scored a 7-2 win over Ryan McDaniel from the University of Scranton in his quarterfinal bout. Pauling, the third seed, dropped into the consolation bracket after falling to second-seeded Sean Cullen from Lycoming, 7-0 in the semi-finals. Pauling would rebound from the loss to earn a 7-4 win over Craig Gin from Messiah to move into the third-place bout. Pauling would take third thanks to a 3-1 win over DelawareValley’s Justin Shorts.
In the 157 pound weight class, Justin Barowski, the number-three seed, made quick work of his quarterfinal opponent when he pinned Trey Speers from Messiah in 1:37. In the semifinal round Barowski suffered an 11-3 loss by major decision to second-seeded Ryan Herwig from DelawareValley. Barowski would recover from the loss to finish third with a 2-0 win over Jason Smith from Lycoming.
The Colonels Steve Franko lost to fourth-seeded Heath Oberlin by major decision 8-0 in his quarterfinal bout at 165 pounds. In his opening round consolation bout, Franko fell behind second-seeded John Powell from DelawareValley. However, Powell was disqualified after throwing a punch at Franko, which allowed Franko to advance to the third-place bout. In his match for third place, Franko dropped his second major decision of the day to Oberlin, falling by a count of 9-0.
At 174 pounds, Wilkes’ Tom Leggio dropped a 7-1 decision to Zach Dietrick in the quarterfinal round. Leggio would fall into the fifth-place bout after a 6-2 loss to third-seeded Ryan Pope from DelawareValley in a consolation semifinal bout. Leggio would take home fifth-place with a win by fall over Scranton’s Robert Schwarting in 2:15.
In the 285 pound weight class Wilkes’ Keith Altiery suffered a 9-1 loss by major decision to fourth-seeded Trevor Needham from Scranton to fall into the consolation bracket. Altiery’s chance to place third came to an end in his first consolation bout, when he dropped a 7-4 decision to third-seeded Jim Bishop from King’s. Altiery wound up in the sixth position after suffering a 5-0 loss to Needham in the fifth-place bout.
(2/11) Scranton 27 Wilkes 26
125 – Rich Russell (S) by forfeit (6-0)
133 – Ryan McDaniel (S) pinned Shaun Farnham, 5:12 (12-0)
141 – Adam Penberthy (W) pinned Robert May, 1:50 (12-6)
149 – Donell Young (S) pinned Peter George, 1:42 (18-6)
157 – Steve Gray (S) pinned Andrew Franko, 6:21 (24-6)
165 – Steve Tatum (S) dec. Steve Franko, 9-5 (27-6)
174 – Justin Barowski (W) tech. fall Bob Schwarting, 17-0 (27-11)
184 – Tom Leggio (W) by forfeit (27-17)
197 – Rex Harris (W) pinned Dave Rohan, 1:48 (27-23)
285 – Brandon Kelly (W) dec. Trevor Needham, 11-4 (27-26)
(2/8) College of New Jersey 27 Wilkes 10
125 – Brian Dempsey (TCNJ) dec. Felipe Queiroz, 6-4 ot (3-0)
133 – Ray Sarinelli (TCNJ) maj. dec. Shaun Farnham, 15-2 (7-0)
141 – Adam Penberthy (W) dec. Chris Prihoda, 10-4 (7-3)
149 – John Biango (TCNJ) dec. Erik Smith, 4-1 (10-3)
157 – Joey Galante (TCNJ) dec. Justin Barowski, 5-2 (13-3)
165 – Lenny Goduto (TCNJ) tech. fall D.J. Giancola, 17-2 (18-3)
174 – Jeff Harrington (TCNJ) maj. dec. Bill Bleiler, 17-4 (22-3)
184 – Rex Harris (W) dec. Greg Osgoodby, 6-3 (22-6)
197 – Brandon Kelly (W) maj. dec. Brett Jankos, 13-1 (22-10)
285 – Keith Bjorhus (TCNJ) tech. fall Keith Altiery, 18-3 (27-10)
(2/4) Wilkes 25 Ithaca 11
125 – Felipe Queiroz (W) pinned Macario Alvarez, 2:42 (6-0)
133 – Josh Pauling (W) dec. Tim Gammons, 9-5 (9-0)
141 – Adam Penberthy (W) maj. dec. Scott Aronowitz, 12-1 (13-0)
149 – Erik Smith (W) dec. Michael Toscano, 7-4 (16-0)
157 – Justin Barowski (W) dec. Jad Duca, 6-5 (19-0)
165 – Brian Lockard (I) dec. Steve Franko, 5-4 (19-3)
174 – Matthias Keib (I) tech. fall Bill Bleiler, 4:08 (19-8)
184 – Robert Stubbs (I) dec. Rex Harris, 3-2 (19-11)
197 – Brandon Kelly (W) dec. Nick Calandrino, 5-2 (22-11)
285 – Keith Altiery (W) dec. Tyler Daffinee, 8-4 (25-11)
(1/28) Wilkes 28 Messiah 6
125 – Felipe Queiroz (W) dec. Josh Cragg, 14-8 (3-0)
133 – Josh Pauling (W) dec. Craig Gin, 8-2 (6-0)
141 – Adam Penberthy (W) dec. Matt Gorkos, 6-3 (9-0)
149 – Erik Smith (W) dec. Kevin Gin, 8-6 (12-0)
157 – Justin Barowski (W) maj. dec. Trey Speeers, 12-3 (16-0)
165 – Derek Ricker (M) dec. Steve Franko, 6-2 (16-3)
174 – Anthony Dill (M) dec. Bill Bleiler, 14-7 (16-6)
184 – Rex Harris (W) maj. dec. Mike Orfanos, 12-3 (20-6)
197 – Brandon Kelly (W) tech. fall Mike Lengel, 17-2 (25-6)
285 – Keith Altiery (W) dec. Ethan Bucarey, 12-6 (28-6)

(1/28) Wilkes 37 Elizabethtown 10
125 – Felipe Queiroz (W) pinned Peter Achilles, 5:23 (6-0)
133 – Josh Pauling (W) by forfeit (12-0)
141 – Peter George (W) pinned Justin Martin, 1:23 (18-0)
149 – Jeremey Heisey (E) maj. dec. Mike Sciulara, 11-3 (18-4)
157 – Rob Bosart (E) dec. Andrew Franko, 11-7 (18-7)
165 – D.J. Giancola (W) maj. dec. Rob Rosario, 15-5 (22-7)
174 – Tom Leggio (W) by forfeit (28-7)
184 – Rex Harris (W) dec. Rob Mount, 12-6 (31-7)
197 – Jim Campolongo (E) dec. Andrew Drake, 13-9 (31-10)
285 – Keith Altiery (W) by forfeit (37-10)


(1/28) Lycoming 25 Wilkes 14
125 – Felipe Queiroz (W) pinned James Saxton, 3:56 (0-6)
133 – Sean Cullen (L) maj. dec. Ken Nagle, 13-0 (4-6)
141 – Kyle Hopkins (L) dec. Adam Penberthy, 8-3 (7-6)
149 – Drew Barder (L) dec. Erik Smith, 3-1 (10-6)
157 – Justin Barowski (W) dec. Eric Miller, 7-5 (10-9)
165 – Chris Myrwin (L) dec. Steve Franko, 6-4 (13-9)
174 – Derek Crane (L) dec. Bill Bleiler, 7-4 (16-9)
184 – Matt Miller (L) dec. Rex Harris, 5-2 (19-9)
197 – Brandon Kelly (W) tech. fall Bryan Kopesky, 17-1 (19-14)
285 – Tommy Snyder (L) pinned Keith Altiery, 1:40 (25-14)


(1/20) Delaware Valley 31 Wilkes 12
125 – Felipe Queiroz (W) pinned Josh Proctor, 6:44 (0-6)
133 – Justin Shorts (DVC) dec. Shaun Farnham, 5-4 (3-6)
141 – Adam Penberthy (W) dec. Dan Hall, 10-3 (3-9)
149 – Jaryn Steinbacher (DVC) dec. Mike Sciulara, 10-3 (6-9)
157 – Ryan Herwig (DVC) pinned Andrew Franko, 3:12 (12-9)
165 – John Powell (DVC) maj. dec. D.J. Giancola, 13-5 (16-9)
174 – Ryan Pope (DVC) injury default over Angelo Dileo, 1:48 (22-9)
184 – Rex Harris (W) dec. Mike Berlanda, 3-2 (22-12)
197 – Jamall Johnson (DVC) dec. Brandon Kelly, 5-4 (25-12)
285 – Kevin Orr (DVC) pinned Keith Altiery, 2:45 (31-12)


(1/15) Wilkes 25 Kutztown 21

157 – Andrew Franko (W) dec. Kevin Kalbach, 12-6 (3-0)
165 – Jon Shaffer (K) dec. D.J. Giancola, 8-7 (3-3)
174 – Ryan Wasser (K) pinned Tom Leggio, 6:43 (3-9)
184 – Rex Harris (W) dec. Bret Wade, 8-1 (6-9)
197 – Brandon Kelly (W) maj. dec. Curtis Beardsell, 15-3 (10-9)
285 – Andrew Freas (K) pinned Keith Altiery, 6:58 (10-15)
125 – Felipe Queiroz (W) pinned Cory Weiss, 4:07 (16-15)
133 – Brandon Clemmer (K) pinned Ken Nagle, 2:46 (16-21)
141 – Adam Penbethy (W) dec. Brett Martinez, 10-4 (19-21)
149 – Erik Smith (W) by disqualification over Chris Chambers (25-21)


(1/11) Wilkes 29 Oneonta St. 9

125 – Josh Pauling (W) dec. Scott Gorman, 4-1 (3-0)
133 – Shaun Farnham (W) maj. dec. Walter Moore, 8-0 (7-0)
141 – Adam Penberthy (W) maj. dec. John Leech, 12-3 (11-0)
149 – Devan Witman (O) dec. Erik Smith, 2-0 (11-3)
157 – Andrew Franko (W) pinned Dave Ballard, 2:58 (17-3)
165 – Steve Franko (W) dec. Ryan Higgins, 9-7 (20-3)
174 – Kyle Hauptfleisch (O) dec. Tom Leggio, 7-1 (20-6)
184 – Rex Harris (W) pinned Dave Carroll, 4:03 (26-6)
197 – Brandon Kelly (W) dec. Dennis Norton, 5-2 (29-6)
285 – Trevor Hiffa (O) dec. Keith Altiery, 9-6 (29-9)


(1/7) Wilkes 48 Waynesburg 6

125 – Josh Pauling (Wi) by forfeit (6-0)
133 – Shaun Farnham (Wi) tech. fall James Weishaar, 17-1 (11-0)
141 – Ken Nagle (Wi) by forfeit (17-0)
149 – Erik Smith (Wi) dec. Ken Laird, 4-3 (20-0)
157 – Justin Barowski (Wi) maj.. dec. Jacob Benczo, 14-1 (24-0)
165 – D.J. Giancola (Wi) by forfeit (30-0)
174 – Tyler Allen (Wa) pinned Tom Leggio, 5:52 (30-6)
184 – Rex Harris (Wi) pinned Matt Baker, 0:10 (36-6)
197 – Brandon Kelly (Wi) by forfeit (42-6)
285 – Chris Olsen (Wi) pinned L.R. Neubauer, 4:42 (48-6)


(1/7) Wilkes 32 Gettysburg 15

125 – Josh Pauling (W) maj. dec. Rich Mosella, 16-2 (4-0)
133 – Shaun Farnham (W) by forfeit (10-0)
141 – Adam Penberthy (W) by forfeit (16-0)
149 – Andrew Goldstein (G) dec. Erik Smith, 11-7 (16-3)
157 – Caleb Seufert (G) dec. Andrew Franko, 8-2 (16-6)
165 – Josh Kaplan (G) pinned Steve Franko, 4:20 (16-12)
174 – Bill Bleiler (W) pinned James Stevenson, 4:32 (22-12)
184 – Rex Harris (W) maj. dec. John Leinberger, 14-4 (26-12)
197 – Brandon Kelly (W) pinned Jeff Morgan, 2:22 (32-12)
285 – Michael Pattanite (G) dec. Keith Altiery, 7-6 (32-15)


(1/7) Wilkes 22 Washington & Lee 12

125 – Felipe Queiroz (W) pinned Tom Hosford, 0:30 (6-0)
133 – David Shubick (W&L) dec. Ken Nagle, 12-8 (6-3)
141 – Adam Penberthy (W) dec. Rob Terrin, 7-3 (9-3)
149 – Peter Lawrence (W&L) dec. Erik Smith, 8-2 (9-6)
157 – Justin Barowski (W) dec. Tim Manson, 10-3 (12-6)
165 – Anthony Boniello (W&L) dec. D.J. Giancola, 9-3 (12-9)
174 – Jesse Sataloff (W&L) dec. Bill Bleiler, 14-7 (12-12)
184 – Rex Harris (W) dec. Max Courtney, 10-4 (15-12)
197 – Brandon Kelly (W) maj. dec. Kirk Adamson, 14-6 (19-12)
285 – Keith Altiery (W) dec. John Christopher, 9-2 (22-12)


(1/4) Wilkes 35 Stevens Institute of Technology 12

125 – Ian Gorham (ST) dec. Felipe Queiroz, 9-5 (0-3)
133 – Ken Nagle (W) injury default over Mark Bistis (6-3)
141 – Adam Penberthy (W) maj. dec. Patrick Conrad, 10-2 (10-3)
149 – Charles Favia (ST) dec. Erik Smith, 4-1 (10-6)
157 – Justin Barowski (W) maj. dec. Ryan Bennick, 11-3 (14-6)
165 – Brandon MacWhinnie (ST) pinned Steve Franko, 2:45 (14-12)
174 – Bill Bleiler (W) dec. Colin McAuliffe, 12-10 (17-12)
184 – Rex Harris (W) pinned Pasquale Perrone, 3:08 (23-12)
197 – Brandon Kelly (W) by forfeit (29-12)
285 – Chris Olsen (W) pinned Will Young, 1:10 (35-12)


(1/4) Wilkes 42 Trinity 9

125 – Josh Pauling (W) maj. dec. Keith Hernandez, 14-4 (4-0)
133 – Shaun Farnham (W) by forfeit (10-0)
141 – Pete George (W) pinned William Moyet, 0:51 (16-0)
149 – Erik Smith (W) by forfeit (22-0)
157 – Justin Barowski (W) by forfeit (28-0)
165 – D.J. Giancola (W) dec. Jeff Marra, 10-3 (31-0)
174 – Joe Hern (T) pinned Steve Franko, 3:49 (31-6)
184 – Rex Harris (W) pinned Jason Ray, 3:24 (37-6)
197 – Brandon Kelly (W) tech. fall Niko Harovas, 16-0, 4:04 (42-6)
285 –Mike Blair (T) dec. Keith Altiery, 8-4 (42-9)


(1/4) Wilkes 48 Waynesburg 9

125 – Felipe Queiroz (Wi) by forfeit (6-0)
133 – Ken Nagle (Wi) pinned James Weishaar, 0:55 (12-0)
141 – Adam Penberthy (Wi) by forfeit (18-0)
149 – Ken Laird (Wa) dec. Mike Sciulara, 9-2 (18-3)
157 – Andrew Franko (Wi) pinned Jacob Benczo, 4:22 (24-3)
165 – Steve Franko (Wi) by forfeit (30-3)
174 – Tyler Allen (Wa) pinned Bill Bleiler, 2:22 (30-9)
184 – Andrew Drake (Wi) pinned Matt Baker, 1:11 (36-9)
197 – Rex Harris (Wi) by forfeit (42-9)
285 – Keith Altiery (Wi) pinned L.R. Neubauer, 2:23 (48-9)


(1/4) Wilkes 26 Baldwin-Wallace 17

125 – Felipe Queiroz (W) pinned Mike Ham, 2:27 (6-0)
133 – Brian Bucher (BW) maj. dec. Shaun Farnham, 18-10 (6-4)
141 – Adam Penberthy (W) pinned Scott Haber, 4:57 (12-4)
149 – Mohamed Salem (BW) dec. Erik Smith, 12-5 (12-7)
157 – Gino Russo (BW) dec. Justin Barowski, 9-4 (12-10)
165 – Steve Franko (W) dec. T. Terry, 11-8 (15-10)
174 – Sterling Sebek (BW) dec. Bill Bleiler, 8-2 (15-13)
184 – Rex Harris (W) tech. fall Jeremy Feador, 16-0, 3:14 (20-13)
197 – Brandon Kelly (W) pinned Bryan Gulich, 1:40 (26-13)
285 – Brian Kmetz (BW) maj. dec. Keith Altiery, 11-2 (26-17)

(12/7) Wilkes 30 King’s 15

165 - Drew Dehaut (K) pinned D.J. Giancola, 1:38 (0-6)
174 - Angelo Dileo (W) dec. Zach Dietrich, 8-1 (3-6)
184 - Rex Harris (W) maj. dec. Zach Wilkerson, 14-0 (7-6)
197 - Brandon Kelly (W) pinned Buck Raymond, 0:57 (13-6)
285 - Justin Bender (K) pinned Keith Altiery, 3:10 (13-12)
125 - Josh Pauling (W) dec. Jeff Mazurek, 6-1 (16-12)
133 - John Houssock (K) dec. Shaun Farnham, 7-5 (16-15)
141 - Adam Penberthy (W) dec. Dave Morgan, 6-1 (19-15)
149 - Erik Smith (W) pinned Ryan Trees, 2:41 (25-15)
157 - Justin Barowski (W) tech. fall. Bobby Williard, 17-0, 5:16 (30-15)

(12/3) R.I.T. Invitational (2nd of 18)
The 19th-ranked Wilkes University wrestling team fashioned a second place finish at the Rochester Institute of Technology Invitational Tournament on Saturday. The Colonels amassed 101.5 points in the 18-team event, finishing behind only Johnson & Wales, which tallied 118 points. SUNY Cortland, ranked 13th nationally, was third with 98.5 points, while Baldwin and Wallace finished fourth with 94.50 points.

Freshman Justin Barowski led six Wilkes wrestlers who placed in the event. Barowski, the number-one seed, copped the 157-pound title by disposing of sixth-seeded Nate Baumann from R.I.T. 6-3 in the final. Barowski opened the day with a 7-5 win over Joe Boucher from Johnson & Wales. He then knocked off eight-seeded Josh Stenglein from Oswego, 5-2. In the semi-final, Barowski was a 6-3 victor over fourth-seeded Russ Tischer from Case Western.

Freshman Angelo Dileo, who was seeded first, garnered a third-place finish at 174 pounds. Dileo was upset in the quarterfinals by John Rudell from John Carroll, losing by fall in 1:33. He bounced back from the loss to win four consecutive matches, including a 7-2 victory over Tyler Allen from Waynesburg in the third-place bout.

Senior Rex Harris placed third at 184 pounds. Harris was the number-two seed, but lost by fall to Jon Gaffney by fall in 4:48 in the quarterfinals. Harris would put together four straight wins to cop third-place honors. He knocked off third-seeded Jonathon Jagatnarian from Oswego 4-2 in overtime in the consolation final.

Freshman Erik Smith advanced to the semi-final round before settling for a fourth-place finish at 149 pounds. Smith, seeded third, dropped a 9-1 verdict to number-two seed Nolan Ciper from Norwich in the semi-finals. After scoring a 3-1 victory over Cortland’s Jason Chase in the consolation semi-finals, he suffered a 10-1 loss to Dane LaPlante from Oswego in the third-place match.

Freshman Felipe Quieroz posted a fifth-place finish at 125 pounds. The number-two seed entering the event, Quieroz won his first three matches of the day before dropping a 6-0 decision to John Spinner from Oswego in the semi-finals. Quieroz was relegated to the fifth-place bout after he lost a 5-3 overtime decision to Walter Sosnowski from Oswego in the consolation semi-finals. Quieroz ended the day by defeating Anthony Duffield from Thiel 12-1 to finish fifth.

Sophomore Adam Penberthy was seeded fifth and finished fifth at 141 pounds. Penberthy won his first two bouts before dropping to the consolation bracket following a loss by fall to fourth-seeded Mike Pietrowski from R.I.T. in 4:34 in the quarterfinals. After winning two bouts to advance to the consolation semi-finals, Penberthy was topped 3-1 by third-seeded Luke Baum from R.I.T. He bounced back to post a 10-1 victory over sixth-seeded Josh Le Vea from Oswego in the fifth-place bout.

(11/20) Red Dragon Invitational (1st of 11)
19th-ranked Wilkes University had nine individual place-winners, including two champions, in claiming the team title at the 11-team Oneonta State University Red Dragon Invitational on Sunday.

The Colonels finished with 141 points, while 13th-ranked SUNY Cortland was the runner-up with 127.5 points. The same two teams finished first and second at last Saturday’s Monarch Invitational at King’s College. New York University was third with 118.5, while host Oneonta was fourth with 101.

Justin Barowski claimed the title at 157 pounds for Wilkes. Barowski, seeded third, opened the day with a 4-1 win over Mike Cucolo from Cortland. He then topped sixth-seeded Tommy Hashimoto from NYU by major decision, 12-4. In the semi-final bout Barowski was a 7-3 winner over #2 seed Marcus Moyer from Southern Maine. He posted a 2-1 win over NYU’s Vinny Russo in the championship bout.

Rex Harris was the individual champion at 184 pounds. Harris pinned Oneonta’s Kelvin Roopchand in 43 seconds and Southern Maine’s Matt Andrikut in 4:32 to advance to the semi-finals. The senior moved into the final with a 12-1 major decision over fourth-seeded Adam Kreitman from WPI, before topping Cortland’s Mark Maglione, the number-two seed, 11-6 in the final.

Felipe Quieroz finished second at 125 pounds for Wilkes, while teammate Josh Pauling was fifth in the weight class. Quieroz, the top-seed, pinned Murturza Zuaizar from RIT and Jeff Dascoli from Oneonta in the first two rounds to set up a semi-final match with the fourth-seeded Pauling. Pauling moved into the semi-finals with a technical fall victory over Pat Davenport from Southern Maine and with a 3-1 decision over fifth-seeded Scott Gorman from Oneonta. Quieroz would squeeze out a 3-2 win over Pauling to advance to the final, where he suffered a 7-2 loss to second-seed Stephen Valastro from Southern Maine. Pauling would move into the consolation bracket, where he dropped a 4-3 verdict to Joe Razenbach from NYU, before besting Gorman 9-3 in the fifth-place bout.

Third-seeded Erik Smith posted a second-place finish at 149 pounds. Smith pinned Morrisville’s Trever Gale in 3:15 and earned a 15-0 technical fall over Josh Schneider from RIT to begin his day. After pinning Matt Wainwright from WPI, he scored a 6-0 win over second-seeded Devan Witman from Oneonta in the semi-finals. Smith’s run to a title came to a close with a 9-4 loss to #1 seed Gene Kobilansky from NYU in the final.

At 197 pounds Brandon Kelly was the top-seed entering the event. Kelly was a winner by major decision 15-4 over Tyler Schmidt from Johns Hopkins in his first bout. He followed that up with a win by fall in 1:08 over Jim Pacelli from Plymouth State, before knocking off Dennis Norton from Oneonta by major decision 13-4 in the semi-finals. However, Kelly was unable to compete in the title bout after suffering an injury and RIT’s Zach Greenberg was awarded a medical forfeit.

Fifth-seeded Angelo Dileo finished third for Wilkes at 174 pounds, while also claiming the tournament award for most falls with four. Dileo pinned his first three opponents of the day, landon Nelson from Plymouth State in 25 seconds, Drew Solomon from Cortland in 2:34, and Jake Treadwell from Southern Maine in 21 seconds. Dileo suffered a tough 3-1 loss in overtime to top-seeded Kyle Hauptfleisch from Oneonta in the semi-finals. He rebounded to earn a 5-4 win over #4 seed Chris Vacher from WPI in the consolation semi’s, before pinning sixth-seeded Rob Schoner from Southern Maine in 3:27 to claim third.

Keith Altiery, the number-four seed in the 285 pound weight class, pinned Scranton’s Jim Deese in 1:20 and posted a 3-0 win over #5 seed Jim Layman from NYU to advance to the semi-finals. Altiery dropped an 11-5 decision to top-seeded Trevor Hiffa from Oneonta and then suffered a loss by fall in 5:01 to Dan Waite from Southern Maine to drop to the fifth-place bout. Altiery was awarded the fifth spot when second-seeded Shawn Wilbert from Plymouth State was unable to compete.

Adam Penberthy, seeded sixth, finished sixth in the 141 pound weight class. Penberthy was a 10-1 winner by major decision over Brian Dietzal from Southern Maine in his first match. He followed that up by topping third-seeded Billy St. Pierre from NYU 3-2 in the quarterfinal round. In the semi’s Penberthy dropped 7-4 decision to #2 seed Mike Pietrowski from RIT. He would finish sixth after losing both of his consolation bouts, the first to Luke Baum from RIT 6-0, and the second to St. Pierre 10-2.

(11/12) Monarch Invitational (1st of 12)
The Wilkes University wrestling team amassed 154 points to win the Monarch Invitational hosted by King’s College on Saturday. SUNY Cortland claimed second-place with 151 points, while SUNY Oneonta was third with 125.5 points. King’s finished in the fourth spot with 111.5 points.

Freshman Felipe Queiroz was the only Wilkes wrestler to cop an individual title, winning the 125-pound crown with a 5-2 win over teammate Shaun Farnham. Queiroz advanced to the final with a 6-2 win over Scott Gormen from Oneonta, while Farnham moved into the championship bout with a 3-2 victory over Scranton’s Rich Russell. Another Wilkes freshman, Josh Pauling, finished fourth in the 125-pound class. Pauling posted a 4-2 record on the day.

Adam Penberthy finished third for the Colonels at 141 pounds. Penberthy won his first two matches to move into the semi-finals, where he dropped an 11-2 major decision to eventual champion Paul LeBlanc from Cortland. Penberthy bounced back from the loss to post a 5-3 win over Rob Kein from Muhlenberg before earning a 3-0 win over Centenary’s Bob Whelan in the third-place bout.

Wilkes’ Erik Smith finished third at 149 pounds by scoring a pair of pins after falling the semi-finals. In the consolation semi’s he pinned Joe Decampo from Muhlenberg in 5:44. Smith followed with a pin of Cortland’s Jason Chase in 1:18.

Justin Barowski posted a 4-1 record to finish third at 157 pounds. Barowski, who was pinned by Drew Dehaut from King’s in 2:33 in the semi-finals, earned a 12-0 win by major decision over Adam Bucci from Ursinus to move into the consolation final. Barowski picked up the third-place finish with a win by default over Oneonta’s David Ballard Marfone.

Steve Franko bounced back from an opening round loss to post a fourth-place finish at 165. After losing by fall to eventual champion Troy Tooley from Cortland in his first bout, Franko earned four straight victories, including an 8-2 decision over Oneonta’s Ryan Higgins, to move into the consolation final. In the third-place bout Franko suffered a 4-3 loss to Jared Duffy from Centenary.

At 184 pounds, Rex Harris advanced to the championship match before dropping a 3-2 decision to 2004 NCAA qualifier Mike Troutman from Ursinus. Harris opened the day with a pin of J.J. Weitler from Ursinus in 1:11. He then pinned Ron Pawloski from Luzerne County Community College in 3:45. Harris moved into the final by posting his third straight pin, this time over Treavor LeBlanc from Cortland, in 4:49. Freshman Andrew Drake, who lost to Troutman in the quarterfinals, bounced back to finish fourth. Drake was 4-2 during the tournament.

Brandon Kelly was a finalist for Wilkes at 197 pounds. Kelly topped Scranton’s Dave Rohan by fall in 1:26 in his first bout of the day. He then posted a win by technical fall over Cortland’s Will Lance in 5:58. Kelly moved into the final with a win by fall over Centenary’s Rob Santini in 3:36. In the final, Jason Reilly from King’s earned a 7-3 win by decision over Kelly.

(11/5) York 27 Wilkes 9
133 - Dave Sterner (Y) pinned Shaun Farnham, 0:39 (6-0)
141 - Tim Bohlman (Y) dec. Adam Penberthy, 11-5 (9-0)
149 - Erik Smith (W) dec. Phil DeGaetano, 4-1 (9-3)
157 - Garrett Faulkner (Y) dec. Justin Barowski, 9-5 (12-3)
165 - Jerry Bowne (Y) pinned D.J. Giancola, 2:19 (18-3)
174 - Angelo Dileo (W) dec. Steve Johnston, 7-5 (18-6)
184 - Duane Bastress (Y) dec. Rex Harris, 11-5 (21-6)
197 - Matt Chrzanowski (Y) dec. Brandon Kelly, 8-6 in OT (24-6)
285 - Luke Panizzi (Y) def. Keith Altiery, 6-1 (27-6)
125 - Felipe Quieroz (W) dec. Kyle Flickinger, 6-3 (27-9)
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