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Blue Jays Place Sixth at 16-Team Waynesburg Invitational

Junior Isaac Morales went 5-1 and placed third at the Waynesburg Invitational; he is now 20-9 on the year.
Jan. 6, 2018

2018 Waynesburg Invitational - Complete Results

WAYNESBURG, PA – The Johns Hopkins wrestling team closed out the in-season tournament portion of its 2017-18 schedule with a strong sixth-place finish in the 16-team Waynesburg Invitational on Saturday. The Blue Jays used third-place finishes by juniors Ricky Cavallo (133) and Isaac Morales (184) and a fifth-place finish from freshman Dominick Reyes (157) to fuel their sixth-place showing.

Mount Union, which is ranked 13th in the most recent NWCA Poll, placed first with 206.5 points. The Purple Raiders were followed by Wisconsin Eau Claire (131.5 points), 22nd-ranked Waynesburg (131.5), Washington & Jefferson (110.0) and Gettysburg (108.5) in the top five in the final team scoring with the Blue Jays grabbing the sixth spot in the 16-team field.

Cavallo, Morales Place Third
Cavallo earned his third top-three tournament finish of the season with his third-place showing at 133. He posted a 4-1 record on the day with three bonus-point wins, including a 22-second pin of Kyle Eberle and a second-period fall of Casey Hedrington, who both wrestle at Wisconsin Eau Claire. Cavallo added a 16-1 technical fall of Mount St. Joseph’s Jahday Daniels; his only loss came to Mount Union’s Nolan Wochna, 5-4, in the semifinals. Cavallo improved to 16-4 on the year with is 4-1 effort on the day.

Morales posted a 5-1 record on the day with three bonus-point wins of his own leading the way to his third-place finish. After opening with a 20-second fall in his opening bout, Morales edged Waynesburg’s Mike Millero, 3-2, in the round of 16 before scoring a 12-3 major decision of Penn St. Behrend’s Jake Paulson. He fell to the consolation bracket with a loss by decision to seventh-ranked Isaiah Watson-Kirksey of Mount Union, but pinned Millero late in the first period in the consolation semifinals and topped Avery Jones of Thomas More, 11-5, to claim bronze. Morales is now 20-9 on the year; his 20 wins lead the team.

Reyes Places Again
Reyes continued his solid freshman campaign with his fifth-place finish as he went 3-3 on the day. Reyes opened with a pair of victories, including a 9-5 victory over Hunter Neely of Washington & Jefferson; Neeley is ranked in the top 20 in the nation by Reyes added another win by decision in the quarterfinals before falling to eventual runner-up Andrew Munn of Case Western in the semifinals. Neely came back to top Reyes in the consolation semifinals and Reyes won by injury default in the fifth-place match.

Contributions Throughout the Lineup
In addition to the three top-five finishers, the Blue Jays got solid contributions throughout the lineup. • Senior Lucas Escobar (141) went 2-2 on the day with one of his two wins coming by fall.
• Senior Connor Joyce (157) also posted a 2-2 record, including a win by major decision. He is now 15-11 on the year.
• Sophomore Nathan Wertheimer (165) had a pair of bonus-point wins to his credit with a victories by fall and technical fall to his credit. His only two losses came to the eventual third and fourth-place finishers.
• Junior Dane Morgan (165) finished 2-2 on the day with a second-period pin of Waynesburg’s Dillon Charlton highlighting his effort. His two losses came to the eventual runner-up and fifth-place finisher.
• Junior Miles Gilliam (174) won both of his matches by fall and finished 2-2. His two losses also came to the eventual runner-up and fifth-place finishers.

What’s Next
Johns Hopkins will host Washington & Lee and Penn College in Goldfarb Gymnasium on Sunday, January 14. The match against the Generals will be the first of seven Centennial Conference dual meets for the Blue Jays.

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