GRANTHAM, PA - The Johns Hopkins wrestling team opened the 2017-18 season with a fifth-place finish at the Messiah Invitational. The Blue Jays had one individual champion and a runner-up and totaled 53 points to finish fifth in the 10-team field.
Messiah claimed the team title with 142.5 points, while Lycoming (90.5), Gettysburg (75.5), Ursinus (56.5) and Johns Hopkins rounded out the top five in the team standings.
Cavallo Claims First Career Title
Junior Ricky Cavallo scored three bonus-point victories en route to the finals and then topped Messiah's Hunter Harris, 10-8, in overtime to win the 133-pound title. Harris was ranked 10th in the NWCA preseason rankings.
Cavallo opened with a 16-0 technical fall of Messiah's Bryton Stidfole, added an 11-0 victory over Zach Martin of Elizabethtown and scored his second tech fall of the day, 19-1 against Ray Calderaio of Ursinus to move into the championship bout.
Reyes Takes Silver in First Career Tournament
Freshman Dominick Reyes made an impressive career debut as he finished second at 157 in the first tournament of his career.
Reyes scored a 14-5 major decision victory against Gettysburg's Josh Newman in his first career match and then pinned Nathaniel Martin of Wheaton to move into the semifinals. There, he scored an impressive 12-10 decision against Messiah's Kevin Edwards before falling to Lycoming's Hadyn Swartwood, 7-2, in the title match.
Other Top Performers
• Junior Isaac Morales placed fourth at 184 as he won three of his five matches on the day. He topped Ben Maack of Ursinus, 5-3, in overtime to open the day and added a 5-3 decision of McDaniel's Ronald Mattox and pinned Maack in the third period of the consolation semifinals before dropping a 9-4 decision to Messiah's Victor DeFrance in the third-place match.
• Junior Miles Gilliam picked up two wins by fall at 174, including a 99-second pin of McDaniel's Neal Rinker in his opening match.
• Sophomore Nathan Wertheimer posted a 3-2 record on the day at 174 with bonus-point wins against Ronald Wuest (fall/6:54) and Garrett Vandervalk (15-2) - both of McDaniel - in the consolation bracket.
• Senior Connor Joyce went 3-2 at 149 with a major, a decision and pin to his credit. Joyce's only two losses came to the eventual third and fourth-place finishers.
• Connor Mauriello went 2-2 on the day at 133. He scored a 3-1 overtime decision against Gettysburg's Louie Carusillo in his first match and added a 12-1 major against Sean Ferguson of Wheaton.
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