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Cavallo Second, Blue Jays 10th at New Standard Invitational

Junior Ricky Cavallo scored four bonus-point wins on his way to a second-place finish at the New Standard Corp Invitational.
Dec. 2, 2017

2017 New Standard Invitational Complete Results

YORK, PA – The Johns Hopkins wrestling team competed in its final tournament of the first half of the 2017-18 season and had several strong performances en route to a 10th-place finish in the 17-team New Standard Corp Invitational at York College on Saturday. The Blue Jays totaled 46 points and had one runner-up to earn their 10th-place finish.

Johnson & Wales won the tournament as the Wildcats had four champions and totaled 141.5 points to claim the team title. Ithaca placed second with 135.5 points, while Baldwin Wallace (130.5 points), North Central (88.0) and host York (71.5) rounded out the top five in the final team scoring.

Cavallo Finishes Second
Junior Ricky Cavallo advanced to the title match and finished as the runner-up at 133. In the finals, Cavallo drew second-ranked Jay Albis, the 2017 NCAA runner-up, and fell 7-1. Albis used a takedown and two-point near fall in the first period and another takedown and escape later in the match to hold off Cavallo, who finished 4-1 on the day.

Cavallo earned his trip to the final with first-period pin of TCNJ’s Anthony Rua in the semifinals. Cavallo scored an early takedown and a quick four-point near fall to jump out to a 6-0 lead less than one minute into the match. Working from the top on a restart, Cavallo worked another four-point near fall and then put Rua to his back for the third time and stuck him this time to secure his spot in the championship match.

Cavallo made quick work of his first three opponents to cruise into the semfiinals. He needed just 31 seconds to pin Williams’ Dietrich Hartman in the first round and then added a 13-2 major decision of Merchant Marine’s Tyler Craig in the round of 16. He then needed less a full period to score a 16-1 technical fall of Dante Ginnetti in the quarterfinals as he used a strong tilt to post three sets of four near-fall points to quickly build his lead.

Other Top Performers
Isaac Morales (184) – Morales was one of three other Blue Jays to advance to the quarterfinals as he won his first two matches to make it to the final eight. He opened with a third-period pin of North Central’s Evan Singily (6:37) and added another bonus-point victory with a 15-0 technical fall victory over Averett’s Triston Kechtr in the round of 16. Morales was bumped to the consolation bracket by fifth-ranked and eventual champion Jake Ashcraft of Ithaca and stayed alive there with a tight 5-4 win against TCNJ’s Dan Surich. He was then eliminated by Baldwin Wallace’s Zeckary Lehman by decision (6-2).

Christian Vallis (125) – Vallis advanced to the quarterfinals with wins in his first two matches. He opened with an 8-2 win over York’s Brandan McDonough and then scored gutty 6-5 win over Elizabethtown’s Phil Torresani. In the quarterfinals, he dropped a 15-1 decision to fourth-ranked and eventual runner-up Chris Doyle of Baldwin-Wallace and then fell to Averett’s Sam Braswell, 8-7, to finish 2-2 on the day.

Dominick Reyes (157) – Reyes advanced to the quarterfinals before being bumped to the consolation bracket and then dropped a tough match in consolation quarterfinals. Reyes pinned Williams’ Jake Savoca in 3:45 in the first round and then topped Jawan Jones of Ithaca, 6-4, in the round of 16. He drew fourth-ranked and eventual champion Zach Wilhelm of Stevens in the quarterfinals and fell 12-2 before Cortland’s Greg Chery eliminated Reyes by decision (3-1).

Connor Joyce (149) – Joyce drew a tough assignment in Ithaca’s top-seeded San Schneider in the first round and fell to the consolation bracket, but he went to work there and won three consecutive matches before being eliminated. He started his run with a 13-5 major of Elizabethtown’s Daniel Smith, won by medical forfeit against CJ Labate of Cortland then scored an impressive 11-9 overtime victory against Ithaca’s Demitri D’Orsaneo. Joyced trailed O’rsaneo 8-5 late in third period, but scrambled to force overtime and then won it with a takedown in the first extra period. He was eliminated by Stanley Bleich of Baldwin Wallace by decision (7-1) in his next match.

Lucas Escobar (141) – Escobar went 2-2 on the day with a pair of bonus-point victories. After dropping his first match to eventual third-place finisher Joao Vicente of Johnson & Wales, Escobar pinned Ferrum’s Tatom Tyree (4:33) and then needed less than a period to pin Caleb Harmon of Averett (2:40). He dropped a tough 8-4 decision to Baldwin-Wallace’s Tanner McHugh in his final match of the day.

What’s Next
Johns Hopkins will return to action on Sunday, December 10 when the Blue Jays take on NYU at Madison Square Garden as part of the day-long Grapple at the Garden.