Hopkins Places Fifth at Waynesburg Invitational
Waynesburg Invitational Results
WAYNESBURG, PA – The Johns Hopkins wrestling team closed out the tournament part of its 2016-17 regular season with its best performance to date as the Blue Jays had seven individuals place in the top six to help Hopkins to a fifth-place finish in the final team standings at the Waynesburg Invitational. Heidelberg won the team title with 148 points, while Ohio Northern (145.5 points), Waynesburg (124.0), Washington & Jefferson (94.5) and Johns Hopkins (90.5) rounded out the top five in the 11-team tournament.
Forman, Grifa Reach Earn Milestone Wins: Senior Jared Forman (174) and junior Tommy Grifa (149) both scored milestone victories on the day. Forman earned his 60th career victory as he went 4-2 on the day, while Grifa notched his 50th career win as he won five-of-six matches.
Grifa’s third-place finish highlighted the Blue Jay efforts on the day. After opening with a win by decision, Grifa dropped a tough 8-4 decision to eventual champion Dallas O’Green of Heidelberg. Working in the consolation bracket, Grifa posted four straight wins, including wins by technical fall and major decision in his first two matches to build accumulate a team-best 21.5 team points.
Forman went 4-2 on the day with both losses by narrow decision to eventual third-place finisher Kyle Deeter of Ohio Northern. Among Forman’s four wins were two by fall and two by decision. Forman’s first pin of the day, which came in just 80 seconds in his first match against Spencer Geil of Heidelberg, was the 25th pin of his career.
Escobar Places Fourth: Junior Lucas Escobar earned 14 team points with a 3-2 record and a fourth-place finish at 141. Escobar scored wins by major decision and decision to advance to the semifinals before falling to eventual runner-up Brandon Conrad of Heidelberg, 7-4. He bounced back with a second-period pin of Maverick Meeks of Ohio Northern before falling to Filippo Crivelli of Waynesburg, 3-2, in the third-place match.
Three for Five: A trio of Blue Jays earned fifth-place finishes on the day as senior Alex McLaughlin (157), junior Christian Vallis (133) and sophomore Miles Gilliam (197) all finished fifth and combined to earn 25 team points.
McLaughlin advanced to the semifinals with a pair of wins by decision and posted a 3-2 record on the day, while Vallis dropped his first match and then picked up wins by fall and technical fall in the consolation bracket before slipping into the fifth-place match. McLaughlin and Vallis both won the fifth-place match by injury default.
Gilliam made an impressive run through the consolation bracket after dropping his first match of the day. All three of his wins earned bonus points as he scored a pin in 35 seconds (fastest pin by a Blue Jay this season) and added victories by major and technical fall.
Morgan Sixth at 165: Sophomore Dane Morgan rounded out Johns Hopkins’ place-winners on the day as he finished sixth at 165 with a 3-3 record. All three of Morgan’s wins came in the consolation bracket as he fought back from a tournament-opening loss to the eventual fourth-place finisher with three straight wins. Among his victories were a 17-0 technical fall win over Zach Willard of Ohio Valley and a first-period pin against Connor Gordon of Case Western.
What’s Next: Johns Hopkins will return to action on Saturday, January 14 when the Blue Jays host the Merchant Marine Academy at Goldfarb Gymnasium.
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