Morales Wins 184 Pound Title at CC Championships, JHU Places 5th
By Ernie Larossa
Associate AD/Director of Athletic Communications
LEXINGTON, VA – The Johns Hopkins wrestling team placed fifth at the 2018 Centennial Conference Wrestling Championships Saturday at Washington & Lee University. Head coach Keith Norris’s Blue Jays had one champion, one runner-up and four others placed in the top four to lead the way for Johns Hopkins.
Stevens, which is ranked 17th in the nation, totaled 100 points to easily claim its fourth consecutive team title. The Ducks produced six individual champions en route to the team title. Merchant Marine placed second (61.5 points), while Washington & Lee (56.5), Gettysburg (56.0) and Johns Hopkins (51.0) rounded out the top five in the team standings.
Morales Wins Title at 184
Junior Isaac Morales claimed the top seed at 184 and went 3-0 to earn his first Centennial Conference title. He opened his run with a 9-0 major decision victory over Ronald Wuest of McDaniel and slipped past Ben Maack of Ursinus, 2-0, in the semifinals. In the title match, he went to overtime with second-seeded Rexx Hallyburton (W&L) and scored a 3-2 victory to secure the championship. He is the 23rd Centennial Conference Champion in Johns Hopkins history and his title at 184 is the third for JHU at that weight class. Eric Fishel won back-to-back 184-pound titles in 2007 and 2008. The title for Morales also gives the Blue Jays at least one Centennial Champion in each of the last nine years.
Cavallo Grabs Silver at 133
Junior Ricky Cavallo drew the number two seed and advanced to the finals before finishing as the runner-up. He needed less than a full period to score a 17-1 technical fall victory over Matt Muller of Washington & Lee in the quarterfinals and then edged eventual third-place finisher Austin Sherman of Muhlenberg, 6-5, in the semifinals. In the finals, he met top-ranked Troy Stanich of Stevens and battled the unbeaten Stanich tough before falling 6-2.
Other Top Performers
125 – Senior Christian Vallis placed fourth at 125. After opening with a 17-0 technical fall victory over Ethan Hartman of Washington & Lee, he fell to the consolation round after dropping a 13-6 decision to second-seeded Yoseph Borai of Stevens. He then topped Jacob Reid, 8-3, in the consolation semifinals before dropping a 6-2 decision to Lenny Ogozalek of Gettysburg in the third-place match.
141 – Senior Lucas Escobar received a first-round bye and dropped into the consolation bracket with a loss to top-seeded and third-ranked Brett Kaliner of Stevens. In the consolation bracket, he pinned Jahmally Willie of McDaniel in 2:59 then knocked off Sean Thompson of Gettysburg, 8-6, to finish third.
149 – Senior Connor Joyce went 2-2 on the day to finish fourth. He topped Charles Franchina of Merchant Marine, 9-6, in the quarterfinals before top-seeded Dylan Van Sickell of Stevens topped him 12-4 in the semifinals. In the consolation semifinals he slipped past Muhlenberg’s Ben Peck, 7-4, before losing by third-period fall to Gettysburg’s Colin Devlin in the third-place match.
157 – Freshman Dominick Reyes made his first appearance at the Centennial Championships a successful one as he went 3-1 to place third. He needed just 72 seconds to score a pin of Gettysburg’s Jake Bracken in the quarterfinals before suffering a tough 5-2 loss to top-seeded and fourth-ranked Zach Wilhelm of Stevens in the semifinals. In the consolation bracket, he pinned Jarrett DiGiantomasso in the third period and scored a 4-3 overtime victory against Washington & Lee’s Shane Conners in the third-place match.
165 – Sophomore Nathan Wertheimer advanced to the semifinals and went 1-2 on the day. He opened with a dramatic 4-2 overtime win against Alec Horne of Washington & Lee before top-seeded Thomas Poklikuha topped him in the semis. He was eliminated with a tough 4-1 loss in the consolation semifinals.
174 – Junior Miles Gilliam also advanced to the semifinals and posted a 1-2 record on the day. He opened with an 11-1 major-decision victory over Anthony Cutrufello of Ursinus and then fell to top-seeded Joshua Glantzman of Merchant Marine in the semifinals. He dropped a hard-fought 9-6 decision to Gettysburg’s Austin Roskos n the consolation semifinals.
The Blue Jays will return to action on February 23-24 when they compete in the NCAA East Regional Championships.
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