The College continued its winning ways, crowning four champions at the Ursinus College Fall Brawl on Sunday, Nov. 18.
The first title was won by No. 7 senior Ray Sarinelli (133 pounds). Sarinelli won all four matches, raising his season record to 10-0.
Sophomore Tyler Branham (149 pounds) won his class decidedly with an 11-0 major decision over Muhlenberg College’s Rob Klein. Branham is ranked fourth nationally in his weight class and earned his 50th career victory with his second win of the day.
The College won back-to-back weight classes at 165 and 174 pounds with freshman Justin Bonitatis and junior Greg Osgoodby, respectively.
Bonitatis earned the title with five wins, securing the victory with a pin of junior teammate Al Wonesh (165 pounds) at 1:50. These wins elevated Bonitatis’ varsity record to 13-1 on the season.
Osgoodby won his second tournament of the year with an 18-1 technical fall of Lycoming College’s Troy Hayre. Osgoodby’s other wins included a second technical fall, a pin and a major decision.
Wonesh’s second-place finish was one of the five by the College at the Fall Brawl. Freshman Kyle Kinchen (125 pounds) fell in overtime to York College’s Kyle Flickinger, who is ranked seventh nationally. Freshman John Barnett (141 pounds) dropped a close bout (5-3) to Damian Rose of Thiel College.
Sophomore Dan DiColo (157 pounds) was on the wrong side of a 7-6 decision against seventh-ranked John Niedrich of York. At heavyweight, 10th-ranked senior Steve Carbone (285 pounds) fell by a narrow margin of 3-0 to ninth ranked York College’s Luke Panizzi.
Junior Jon Biango (157 pounds), freshman Mike Denver (174 pounds) and senior Shawn Vanwingerden (197 pounds) placed third.
On Wednesday, Nov. 14, the College defeated Hunter College 30-9 to extend their dual meet winning streak to 15.
Kinchen (125 pounds) opened the meet with a 10-5 victory over junior Evan Velez and said afterward he thought his team “wrestled really well.”
Hunter won at 133 pounds as freshman Adam Coleman wrestled to an 8-7 decision in the final seconds tying the match at three. The College then took control of the meet, stringing together numerous victories.
Head coach David Icenhower Sr. attributes their dual meet success to the “balanced lineup” the College boasts.
“The team is progressing well,” Icenhower said. However, he acknowledges that the College will come across tough opponents like York in the future.
“We have been training really hard, but there is definitely still room for improvement and I think a lot of our guys know that” Sarinelli said. “It’s obvious every single person on this team wants to win, and when we wrestle it really shows.”
The team will look to continue its success on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at King’s College for more dual-meet action.