Jan. 5, 2002
MILLERSVILLE, Pa.- The Maryland wrestling team turned in a stellar performance to finish in third place at the Millersville Belles Invitational Tournament. The Terps posted a team score of 97.5, placing them behind Rutgers and Appalachian State. For Maryland, it's their second consecutive third place showing in Millersville.
Individually, senior Brandon York (Gaithersburg, Md.) earned his second consecutive title at 141. Saturday's Millersville championship title is the third for York who bulked up to the 141-pound weight class at the start of this season. He defeated Pat Diaz of James Madison, 9-3 in the finals. In addition to the title, he was named the tournament's outstanding wrestler. The Millersville title marks the 11th championship title York has won in his outstanding Maryland wrestling career.
Two other wrestlers posted runner-up finishes in Millersville. After a third place finish in last year's tournament, senior Josh Weidman (Hershey, Pa.) reached the finals where Mark Fee of Appalachian State pinned the Maryland wrestler in 1:36. For Weidman, it is his second runner-up finish of the season after placing second at the Penn State Open earlier in the year. Junior Jake Stork (Mohrsville, Pa.) reached the finals at 184 before losing to No. 17-ranked Tom Tanis of Rutgers by a close, 3-2, decision. Stork has now placed second or better, including two titles, at four of the five tournaments the Terrapins have competed in this season.
Redshirt senior Joe Guzzio (Greensboro, N.C.) placed fifth in the tournament after beating Andrew Tilles of Rutgers, 7-4. Redshirt freshman Patrick Cissne (Huntington Valley, Pa.) placed sixth at 174 and redshirt sophomore Matt Pandullo (Severn, Md.) finished seventh.
Three Maryland wrestlers finished eighth in their respective weight classes. Adam James (Silver Spring, Md.) lost to Luke Palmisano of Duke, 3-1, at 149. Freshman John Antonelli (Norristown, Pa.) placed eighth at 157 after being forced to forfeit his match with Ryan Jantzen of Binghamton due to injury. At 197, junior Bob Vorhies (Morris Knolls, N.J.) finished eighth after losing to Appalachian State's Jared Linderman, 8-5.
Maryland will be back in action next Saturday as they travel to East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania for a noon match with James Madison, Virginia Military Institute and host East Stroudsburg.