2010-11 Wrestling: NCWA Mid-East Conference Championships-Lafayette College
February 26, 2011
Two Penn College Wrestlers qualified for the national tournament in Macon, Ga.
EASTON, Pa. - The Pennsylvania College of Technology wrestling team exceeded the expectations of many Saturday afternoon as sophomore Tyler Myers (Centre Hall) and freshman Derek Anderson (Ellsworth) earned their first trip to the National Collegiate Wrestling Association (NCWA) national tournament by qualifying at the regional tournament Saturday. Penn College sent six wrestlers to the NCWA Mid-East Conference Tournament in Easton, Pa. on the campus of Lafayette College and had four place in the top six in their respective weight classes.
“We’re very proud of the effort and toughness our kids showed today,” head coach Schuyler Frey reported. “We’re looking forward to even more challenges in Georgia.”
In addition, senior Mike Tompakov (Luray, Va.) and freshman Ed Turner (Home) earned wildcard spots and have a chance to compete should any of the qualifiers in their class be unable to compete.
In the 149 pound weight class, freshman Robert Burns (Schwenksville) lost his opening round match to Daniel Hong of Lehigh University by a fall at 2:20. Later in the consolation bracket, he fell to Tim Casula from Williamson Trade School by fall and had to bow out of the tournament.
In the 235 pound bracket, senior Pat Dunkle (Bedford, N.H.) lost a tough quarter-final match to Tom Dwyer of West Chester University by fall in 2:34 before bouncing back with a victory by a second period fall over Connor McGrath of the University of Delaware. Dunkle later lost his consolation quarter-final by fall to Matt Karpinski of the University of Delaware.
In the 141 pound class, Tompakov and Turner wrestled tough hard physical matches all day to finish in sixth and fifth places respectively earning their wildcard spots. Tompakov opened with a 14-2 major decision over Aman Ali of Lehigh before dropping a decision to Kasey Haines of Penn State Dubois 7-2. In the consolation bracket, Tompakov won by fall over Anthony Baldi of Valley Forge Military Academy and Ryan Skinner of West Chester University by fall at 4:23 before losing a decision to Jason Scanlon of the University of Delaware 4-1. He then withdrew from further competition due to injury. Meanwhile, Turner began his day with a fall over Baldi from Valley Forge Military Academy before dropping his quarterfinal match to Luke Bilyeu of West Chester. In the consolation bracket, Turner wrestled back by pinning Ali of Lehigh and Garrett Zarecky of Penn State Dubois before being decisioned by Sean Irvine of Penn State University Park.
At 157, Myers was surprised in his semifinal match 11-9 by Max Barsky of West Chester. After defeating Jordan Knaub of West Chester by fall in 1:13 of the consolation semifinals, Myers again squared-off against Barsky for third place in the consolation final. In a tough physical match, the two grapplers fought to a 5-2 score when Myers hit Barsky with a head-lock for a near-fall. Then, in one of the most controversial calls of the tournament, Myers was called for an illegal hold and Barsky was declared the victor by medical default. Myers was then forced to take 4th place and an automatic berth in the national championships.
In the 197 pound bracket, Anderson pinned Matt London of Slippery Rock University in 53 seconds to advance to the semifinal round where he fell to Lou Gardone of Penn State New Kennsington in 1:59. In the consolation final for third place, Anderson decisioned Tim Kierman of Slippery Rock for third place and an automatic bid.
As a team, Penn College finished a respectable fifth among the 14 team field with 44.5 points. The United States Military Academy Preparatory finished fourth, with the University of Delaware capturing third. Penn State Dubois took second place and West Chester University was crowned the team champions.
Frey and assistant coach David Livermore will now direct the teams’ preparations for their first national showing over the next week and a half. The tournament will be held at Mercer University in Macon, Ga. starting on March 10th.