Lions place seventh at invitational

By Christine Houghton 
Staff Writer

The wrestling team traveled to York College to compete in the New Standard Invitational on Friday, Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 1. The College placed seventh out of 16 total teams, placing three wrestlers in the finals.

Junior Dan Kilroy, weighing in at 174, finished the day with a second-place win in his weight category. Kilroy won four matches to advance to the final round, but fell to his opponent by a score of 9-5.

Sophomore Daniel Surich was able to pin two of his four opponents on his way to the match for third place in the 184-pound category. He was finally able to secure third place with another pin against his opponent.

Garda sizes up his opponent in the semi-final round. (Photo courtesy of the Sports Information Desk)

The team’s last wrestler in the finals was freshman John Garda, who was able to advance to the semi-final round for the 165-pound title. After a roller coaster of wins and losses, Garda landed himself in the match for third place, but fell 7-1 and took fourth place.

Sophomores Anthony Rua and Robert Dinger, both at 141 pounds, senior Mark Gerstacker at 157 pounds and freshman Matt Surich at 149 pounds, all won three matches over the course of the competition.

The Lions return to action Sunday, Dec. 9 when the team travels to Kings Point, New York to compete in the Mariner Duals at the United States Merchant Marine Academy.

Over break, the team has a quad-match at home on Jan. 4, a dual match on Jan. 11 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania and another quad-match in Williamsport on Jan. 19.

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