Dec. 29, 2012
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. - Five Maryland wrestlers won places on the podium Friday led by individual championships for 285-pound Spencer Myers and 125-pound Paul O'Neill at the 80th annual Wilkes Open at the Marts Center.
Myers, competing in his first tournament of the season, powered through the heavyweight bracket with three falls and a decision. Myers pinned Zachary Baker of Pittsburgh-Johnstown, Lex Knapp of Rutgers, and Dan Garwood of Virginia Tech to reach the finals.
In the championship, Myers defeated Virginia Tech's Ty Walz by a 4-1 margin.
O'Neill won four matches on Friday including falls over Bloomsburg's Nick O'Donnell and Rutgers' Anthony Gianacola to begin the tournament. In the semifinals, O'Neill won a 4-2 decision over Pittsburgh-Johnstown's Evan Link before knocking off John Pellegrino of Nassau Community College, 9-5, in the championship bout.
The Terps also received standout performances from Shyheim Brown and Shane Arechiga at 141 pounds and Chris Jastrzebski at 184 pounds. Brown finished third and Arechiga placed fifth, while Jastrzebski took fourth.
Brown earned a technical fall over Tyler Chesney of Pittsburgh-Johnstown before falling to Princeton's Kevin Moylan by a narrow 4-3 margin. In the wrestleback, Brown won four consecutive matches including a technical fall and two major decisions. Brown defeated Pittsburgh-Johnstown's Dave Cawley, 15-2, in the third-place match.
Arechiga opened the day with an 8-1 decision over Alex Gosch of Messiah and a 2-1 decision over David Charles of Millersville. After losing to William Switzer of Lehigh in the semifinals and his first match in the wrestleback, Arechiga defeated Lehigh's James Carucci, 5-2, in the fifth-place match.
Jastrzebski worked his way through the wrestleback to take fourth place. The freshman pinned Marlon Duqes of Wilkes in the first round, but lost an 8-5 decision to Daniel Sutherland of Nassau Community College in the following round.
Jastrzebski won five consecutive matches in the wrestleback including three by fall. Jastrzebski pinned Marc Wagner and Virginia Tech's John Dickson to reach the third-place match.