Forman Repeats as 174-Pound Centennial Conference Champion
2017 Centennial Conference Wrestling Championships - Complete Results
HOBOKEN, NJ - Johns Hopkins senior Jared Forman stepped onto the mat for the 140th time in his career in the 174-pound title match at the Centennial Conference Championships on Saturday. Seven minutes later, he had the second conference title of his career to his credit as he topped Gettysburg's Daniel Ebert, 9-4. The victory improved Forman's season record to 23-12 and makes him the sixth Johns Hopkins wrestler to win two or more Centennial Conference titles.
Johns Hopkins placed seventh in the final team standings with 27.0 points. Stevens claimed the team title with 95.5 points, while Ursinus (79.5), Gettysburg (61.5), Washington & Lee (57.0) and the Merchant Marine Academy (46.0) rounded out the top five.
Forman earned the top seed and topped McDaniel's Ronald Wuest, 6-1, in the quarterfinals, and then drew fifth-seeded Corey Markovitch of Ursinus in the semifinals. Markovitch had beaten Forman, 9-2, earlier this season, but there would be no repeat of that result as Forman earned his third consecutive trip to Centennial Conference finals by pinning Markovitch at the 4:49 mark.
Forman and the third-seeded Ebert went nearly the entire first period with no scoring before Forman scored a late single-leg takedown to grab a 2-0 lead. Ebert got a point back by escaping before the period ended and then escaped quickly from the bottom position to start the second and that period ended 2-2.
Working from the bottom to start the third period, Forman quickly earned an escape of his own and then scored a strong double-leg takedown that he used to put Ebert right to his back and earn two near-fall points. Ebert sandwiched a pair of escapes around another Forman takedown to account for the final scoring in Forman's 9-4 victory.
Forman collected the 29th pin of his career with his second period fall of Markovitch and is now just three wins shy of 75 for his career.
Johns Hopkins Wrestlers With Two or More Centennial Titles
In addition to Forman's first-place finish, the Blue Jays also got a third-place finish at 149 from junior Tommy Grifa.
Working as the number five seed, Grifa opened with an impressive 11-4 win over fourth-seeded Ben Peck of Muhlenberg. After falling to top-seeded Zach Wilhelm of Stevens in the semifinals, Grifa topped McDaniel's Clint Wright, 4-2, in the consolation semifinals and capped his impressive showing with a 9-3 decision of third-seeded Zachary Papin of Washington & Lee.
The wins against Peck and Papin avenged narrow regular-season losses for Grifa, who picked up his 60th career victory in the third-place match against Papin.
Johns Hopkins will be back in action on February 25 when the Blue Jays participate in the NCAA East Regional Championships.
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