Jan. 5, 2013
LANCASTER, Pa. - Jenkins Monzey and Spencer Myers won individual championships for the Maryland wrestling team Saturday at the inaugural F&M Open at Mayser Gymnasium on the campus of Franklin and Marshall University.
For Myers, it is his second consecutive tournament title. Myers won the 285-pound title at the Wilkes Open on Dec. 28. The heavyweight is now 8-0 with four pins.
Four other Terrapin wrestlers earned spots on the medal podium. Shyheim Brown placed third at 141 pounds, while Josh Polacek finished fourth at 133. Ben Dorsay and Dylan Devine both placed sixth at 157 and 197, respectively.
Monzey won all four matches by decision at 133. After receiving a bye into the round of 16, Monzey pulled out a 9-8 win over Drexel's Kevin Devoy and knocked off Princeton's Andrew Hirai to reach the semifinals. In the final four, Monzey earned a 12-5 decision over Loch Haven's Colton Dalberth.
In the championship bout, Monzey disappointed the home crowd by defeating Rob Ruiz of Franklin and Marshall by an 8-5 margin.
Myers picked up where he left off at the Wilkes Open. In four matches at Wilkes, Myers pinned three opponents. On Saturday, the Selinsgrove, Pa., native pinned Loch Haven's Mark DeFord to open the tournament. Myers followed with an 8-3 decision over Justin Kozera of Gardner-Webb.
In the semifinals, Myers earned a 17-0 technical fall over Hofstra's Zeal Mcgrew. The junior wrapped up the 285-pound title with a 3-0 decision over Nassau Community College's Yaseen Mudasser.
At 141, Brown reached the semifinals with a technical fall over Hector Paez of Nassau Community College and a 3-0 decision over Columbia's Angelo Amenta before losing a 3-0 decision to Rick Durso of Franklin and Marshall.
Brown bounced back with an 8-3 decision over James Carucci of Lehigh to reach the third-place match and defeated Amenta once again to win the bronze.
Polacek rebounded from an opening round loss and won four in a row to reach the third-place match including a technical fall over VMI's Brandon Goodwyn in the wrestleback semifinals. In the battle for third, Polacek dropped a decision to Devoy.Devine followed a similar path to Brown as he reached the semifinals before bowing out of the championship bracket. At 157, Dorsay won a technical fall over Drexel's Long William to open the tournament and won an 8-6 decision of Kyle Roddy of Princeton in the quarterfinals. Dorsay lost in the semifinals to Penn State's Dylan Alton.