This past Saturday we competed at the Body Bar Tournament in Cornell. We were without four of our typical starters and it showed in the team score. Our top place finishers were Nick Gwiazdowski, Nate Schiedel, and Donnie Vinson. Gwiazdowski finished 2nd in the heavyweight division. He made some freshman mistakes in the finals. Fortunately, he should wrestle Frey (from Drexel) multiple times this year and will work to turn around the result. He wrestled well his first two matches. In the semifinals, I would have liked to have seen him create more scoring opportunities. Schiedel won his first two matches by a combined score of 24-3. He wrestled hard and scored a lot of points. He dropped a tight match in the semifinals where he got tilted right off a takedown and was unable to recover against #15 Jon Fausey of Virginia. He finished third with a nice 10-2 major decision. Vinson won his first two matches 11-4 and 11-2. In the semifinals, he saw a familiar face in Santos of Columbia. The two did not put very many points on the board by wrestled an exciting match. Vinson nailed a great headlock that planted his opponent on the mat but the referee did not signal for a takedown and Santos scrambled out of it. Santos scored in the tiebreaker with a suck-back to win. Vinson won his third place match and toughed his way through some adversity to win. He showed a lot of heart in his third place match.
Derek Steeley had a better performance this week than last and went 4-2 on the day. He actually lost to the back-up from Army but then responded by pinning Army’s starter. He lost in the round to place to #5 ranked Matt Snyder of Virginia. Joe Bonaldi saw some stiff competition this weekend. He dropped his first match to #17 ranked Nevinger of Cornell before winning his next two matches. Then, Bonaldi dropped a decision to #12 ranked Nick Nelson of Virginia. Patrick Hunter beat a familiar foe his first round in Ricardo Gomez of Ithaca, whom Hunter beat in the junior college national finals. Joe Chamish picked up a in the first round. Brian St. James lost on riding time to returning national qualifier Childress of Lock Haven. Mike Sardo, Tyler Deuel, and Mike McKeever also competed this weekend.
We hope to get our full line-up back for our four duals this weekend. This Saturday we will dual Arizona State (6th last year at the NCAA Championships), Purdue (28th last year at the NCAA Championships), Army (recently beat Iowa State in a dual meet), and Eastern Michigan (fresh off of a win over Michigan State University). Our redshirts will be competing at the Mat Town Open at Lock Haven on Saturday. I will preview both of these events later in the week.