February 23, 2013

Perfect Ten

BALTIMORE, Md. – For the tenth time in school history, the Centennial Conference Wrestling Championship will belong to Ursinus. 

The Bears captured four first-place finishes, four second-place finishes and a third to earn 113 points and their first title since the 2006-07 season.

"These kids worked hard all season and it paid off," said head coach Bill Racich. "Our young kids stepped up while our seniors won some key bouts for us. All around, it was a team effort." 

Senior Curtis Watkins (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield-Ward) won his bracket at 149, sophomore Richard Jasinski (Sellersville, Pa./Pennridge) captured his bracket at 157, while sophomore Dan Manganaro (Horseheads, N.Y./Horseheads) (184) and sophomore Christian Psomas (Staten Island, N.Y./Monsignor Farrell) (197) all took top honors.

Freshman Robert Scaramuzza (Springfield, Pa./Malvern Prep) (285), sophomore 125 pounder Christopher Donaldson (Wilmington, Del./Salesianum School), junior 141 pounder Elisha Gaylor (West Reading, Pa./Wyomissing) and freshman 165 pounder Hans Seri (Bergenfield, N.J./Bergenfield) all took second.

A third place finish was earned by senior Michael Williams (Bronx, N.Y./Westtown) at 174. 

Watkins started his day with a pin of Dylan Lojac of New York University in 4:55, then advanced to the finals with a 12-5 win over Matthew Parker of Muhlenberg. In the title bout, he pinned Duncan Crystal of Hopkins in 1:19.

Jasinski started his title run with a pin of Sam Lyscas of Merchant Marine in 2:07, then decisioned Leo Wortman of Stevens 6-2. In the title tilt, he out lasted Christian Salera 5-4. 

Manganaro started with a pin of Morgan Moskal of Washington & Lee in 3:37, then took a 6-4 decision over Greg Potemken of Merchant Marine. In the title bout, he scored a takedown in overtime to defeat Kyle Spangler of Johns Hopkins, 3-1.

Psomas pinned William Sharkey of Stevens in 1:57, then blanked Evan Johnson of Johns Hopkins 4-0. Against Ricky Fisher of Merchant Marine, he scored an 8-0 major decision. After the bout, Psomas celebrated by jumping into a large crowd of student supporters that made the trip down to Baltimore for the tournament. 

Donaldson started with a 16-3 major decision of Constantine Rerras of Merchant Marine, then advanced to the title bout with an 8-2 win over Mike O'Boyle of McDaniel. Against Paul Bewak of Johns Hopkins, Donaldson dropped a close 2-1 decision.

Gaylor started his route with a 13-3 major decision win over Tyler Kaelin of Washington & Lee, then decisioned Corbin Lee of NYU, 7-2. In the title bout, he dropped a 10-3 decision to Paul Marcello of Hopkins. Marcello would go on Chris Clifford Award, named to the senior wrestler who has earned the most amount of points during his four years in the tournament. 

Scaramuzza started with a pin of Jared Schlett of Gettysburg in 1:41, then took a 5-3 decision over Chris Galletta of Muhlenberg. He was pinned by Joe Camlin in the championship in 4:37.

Seri started with a 7-3 win over Joe Fiore of Gettysburg, then won 5-3 over Connor Bass of Stevens. In the title bout, he lost 11-0 to Christian Ostrowski of Johns Hopkins. 

Finally, Williams dropped his opening match at 174 to Nicholas Cross of McDaniel 5-3. In the wrestle backs, he defeated Ron Tassoni of W&L, 5-3, then defeated Chris Amro of NYU 4-3 in double overtime. In the third place bout, he defeated Cross, 3-2.