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Forman Wins 174-Pound Centennial Title - JHU Places 4th

Feb. 13, 2016

2016 Centennial Conference Wrestling Championships - Complete Results

WESTMINSTER, MD – Junior Jared Forman became the 21st Centennial Conference champion in Johns Hopkins wrestling history and the Blue Jays added one second, one third and two fourth-place finishers to accumulate 36 points and finish fourth at the 2016 Centennial Conference Wrestling Championships at McDaniel on Saturday. Stevens totaled a tournament-record 121 points and easily claimed the team title. Merchant Marine finished second with 69.5 points, while Gettysburg (50.5), Johns Hopkins and Washington & Lee (35.5) rounded out the top five.

In addition to becoming the 21st Blue Jay to win a Centennial Conference wrestling title, Forman was also named the tournament’s most outstanding wrestler. His title also gives Johns Hopkins at least one individual champion in each of the last seven years and 10 of the last 11.

174: Forman was seeded second and picked up three wins to become the first 174-pound champion from Johns Hopkins since David Kraus in 2006. He opened with a 6-2 win over Washington & Lee’s Brandon LeFore as first and third-period takedowns and a pair of escapes provided the points needed to advance.
In the semifinals, Forman drew Muhlenberg’s Jake Gordon. An escape for each sent the match into the final minute of regulation knotted at 1-1 before Forman used a hip toss to send Gordon right to his back on the edge of the mat and the pin officially came at 6:14 to lock up a second straight trip to the title bout.
In a finals rematch from a year ago, Forman met top-seeded Phil Woods of Stevens and led 3-0 after the first and 5-4 at the end of the second. Woods scored a third-period escape to knot the match and nearly had a takedown at the end of regulation, but the match went to overtime and it was Forman avenging his loss to Woods in last year’s title bout by scoring a takedown near the edge in the first overtime period to claim his conference title with a 7-5 win.

165: Junior Alex McLaughlin was seeded third and opened with a 19-2 technical fall victory over Christian Willoughby of Merchant Marine. McLaughlin jumped to a 10-0 lead at the end of the first period and added eight near-fall points in the second to secure the win.
Matched with NYU’s Austin Oliver in the semifinals, McLaughlin trailed 4-0 midway through the second period before scoring a reversal to gain control. From there, he worked to a near-fall position, which Oliver battled for more than 20 seconds before McLaughlin secured a spot in the finals with a pin just two seconds before the period ended.
In the final, he drew top-seeded Colin Navickas of Stevens, who took the crown with a 13-2 victory. Navickas led 4-2 after the first period and 6-2 entering the third, but an early escape, a takedown and a near fall boosted the final margin to 13-2.

184: Freshman Isaac Morales was Hopkins’ third medalist as he claimed a third-place finish at 184. Morales had a first-round bye and fell to eventual runner-up Ron Tassoni of W&L in the semifinals.
Working in the consolation bracket, he topped Ethan Pentz of Muhlenberg, 5-3, to move into the third-place match, where he drew NYU’s Gaaret Marinelli. Marinelli jumped to an 8-3 first-period lead with a pair of takedowns and four back points, but Morales jumped back in the match with a four-point near-fall in the second period and added a stalling point, an escape and a point from riding time to close out a 10-8 come-from-behind win.

125: Senior Evan Krumheuer drew the number four seed and had a bye into the semifinals. There, he drew top-seeded Rob Murray of Stevens. Krumheuer battled Murray to a scoreless draw into the second period before Murray got in deep on a single. Near the edge of the mat and working to free himself, Krumheuer was twisted awkwardly and he was unable to continue. Despite not being able to wrestle in the consolation bracket, Krumheuer officially placed fourth as there were only five entries in the weight class.

157: Sophomore Tommy Grifa grabbed a fourth-place finish as he went 1-2 on the day. After falling to Merchant Marine’s Erik Bashada in the first round, he topped Erik Meyers of McDaniel, 7-5, in the consolation semifinals to move into the third-place match. There, he met Bashada again and nearly erased a 5-1 deficit with two escape points and a takedown in the third period, but Beshada held on for a 7-5 win to claim the bronze medal.

After an open week, the Blue Jays will return to action on Saturday, February 27 when they travel to Washington & Lee for the NCAA Regional Championships.

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