PA Grabs 3 NCAA Division III National Championships in Hershey

The GIANT Center in Hershey, PA held a weekend full of wrestling but it wasn’t the usual PIAA wrestling. In fact, it was a homecoming for many of the top NCAA Division III wrestlers who competed in the GIANT Center during their high school careers.

Three Pennsylvania wrestlers earned the highest honor by claiming a NCAA Division III National Championship.

matthew_grossmannAt 133 lbs. Wilkes University true freshman Matt Grossman (Manheim Township) entered as the fifth seed but advanced into the semifinals where he faced fellow Keystone State wrestler and #1 seed Nathaniel Giorgio (Coast Guard/Schuylkill Valley). In that match true frosh Grossman won (3-1) to advance into the NCAA Finals at 133 lbs. In the finals Grossman faced an unseeded wrestler Chad Bartschenfeld of Augsburg. Grossman, a former PIAA State Runner-up and 2014 PIAA State Medalist for Manheim Township, reached new heights winning a (4-3) decision to capture his first career NCAA Division III Championship.

c_palmerFollowing up at 141 lbs. was former Delaware Valley wrestler Carey “CJ” Palmer of Hunter College in New York City. Palmer is a 2012 graduate of Delaware Valley where he was a 2x PIAA State Third Place Medalist. The redshirt sophomore entered as the #5 seed at 141 lbs. and after defeating the #4 seed Palmer advanced into the semifinals where he met returning NCAA Division III Champion Kaleb Loht (Messiah College/Indian Valley). In that match Palmer escaped to earn a (3-2) victory and advance into the NCAA Division III National Finals. In order to claim the National Championship Palmer had to get through #2 seed Drew Van Anrooy of Luther. After a a tied score in regulation Palmer secured the National Championship with a takedown (4-2 OT). Returning National Champion Kaleb Loht bounced back and finished in third place for Messiah.

player_CarrAt 157 lbs. former South Fayette wrestler and PIAA State Champion Nick Carr returned to the NCAA Division III Tournament with a vengeance. Last season Carr was a NCAA National runner-up at 165 lbs. in his first season at Washington & Jefferson College. This season Carr dropped to 157 lbs. and entered the Tournament undefeated at (23-0). Carr nearly missed a chance for a National Championship in the first round when he needed overtime to get by Reed Van Anrooy of Luther (6-4 OT). Carr followed up the narrow victory with two convincing wins to advance into his second straight National finals. In the finals Carr faced #2 seed Reece Lefever of Wabash who was an All-American last season at 157 lbs. In the finals Carr became W&J’s first ever National Champion in wrestling with a (6-2) decision capping his undefeated season (27-0). The 2x PIAA State Finalist and 1x Champion matched his high school accomplishments becoming a 2x NCAA Finalist and 1x Champion with another year of eligibility remaining.

In total 14 Pennsylvania Natives earned All-American honors in Hershey, PA.


125 Results

1st Place – Mike Fuenffinger of Augsburg
2nd Place – Lucas Malmberg of Messiah
3rd Place – Paul Bewak of Johns Hopkins (Hempfield Area)
4th Place – Jesse Gunter of Baldwin Wallace
5th Place – Jake Agnitsch of Wartburg
6th Place – Guesseppe Rea of Wilkes (Stroudsburg)
7th Place – Daniel Page of Central (IA)
8th Place – Brian Amato of Worcester Polytechnic Institute

1st Place Match
Mike Fuenffinger (Augsburg) 34-1, Sr. over Lucas Malmberg (Messiah) 40-3, So. (MD 15-2).

3rd Place Match
Paul Bewak (Johns Hopkins) 38-4, Sr. over Jesse Gunter (Baldwin Wallace) 6-3, RS So. (Dec 6-3).

5th Place Match
Jake Agnitsch (Wartburg) 28-7, Sr. over Guesseppe Rea (Wilkes) 35-5, RS Jr. (Dec 3-2).

7th Place Match
Daniel Page (Central (IA)) 27-8, Sr. over Brian Amato (Worcester Polytechnic Institute) 14-7, So. (MD 13-0).


133 Results

1st Place – Matthew Grossmann of Wilkes (Manheim Township)
2nd Place – Chad Bartschenfeld of Augsburg
3rd Place – Evan Obert of Luther
4th Place – Alex Gomez of Ithaca
5th Place – Nathaniel Giorgio of U.S. Coast Guard Academy (Schuykill Valley)
6th Place – Nathan Pike of New York University
7th Place – Zac Haynes of Delaware Valley (Council Rock North)
8th Place – Connor Campo of Wartburg

1st Place Match
Matthew Grossmann (Wilkes) 35-6, Fr. over Chad Bartschenfeld (Augsburg) 30-12, Sr. (Dec 4-3).

3rd Place Match
Evan Obert (Luther) 27-7, Sr. over Alex Gomez (Ithaca) 20-5, Sr. (Dec 9-4).

5th Place Match
Nathaniel Giorgio (U.S. Coast Guard Academy) 41-2, Sr. over Nathan Pike (New York University) 25-9, So. (Dec 8-5).

7th Place Match
Zac Haynes (Delaware Valley) 29-9, Sr. over Connor Campo (Wartburg) 27-7, So. (Dec 5-4).


141 Results

1st Place – Cary Palmer of Hunter (Delaware Valley)
2nd Place – Drew Van Anrooy of Luther
3rd Place – Kaleb Loht of Messiah (Indian Valley)
4th Place – Brandon Jones of New York University
5th Place – Nick Steger of Loras
6th Place – Layten Binion of North Central (IL)
7th Place – Matt Adcock of Wisconsin-Whitewater
8th Place – Michael Ferinde of Johnson & Wales (RI)

1st Place Match
Cary Palmer (Hunter) 35-1, Jr. over Drew Van Anrooy (Luther) 25-3, RS Jr. (SV-2 4-2).

3rd Place Match
Kaleb Loht (Messiah) 39-1, Sr. over Brandon Jones (New York University) 25-5, RS Sr. (Fall 1:41).

5th Place Match
Nick Steger (Loras) 28-3, So. over Layten Binion (North Central (IL)) 16-6, RS So. (Dec 4-1).

7th Place Match
Matt Adcock (Wisconsin-Whitewater) 6-2, RS So. over Michael Ferinde (Johnson & Wales (RI)) 35-11, Sr. (Dec 3-2).


149 Results

1st Place – Kenneth Martin of Wartburg
2nd Place – Vincent Fava of Delaware Valley
3rd Place – Brad Mayville of Rochester Institute Of Technology
4th Place – Derek Arnold of Ursinus
5th Place – Elroy Perkin of Wisconsin-Whitewater
6th Place – Dan Mirman of John Carroll
7th Place – Will Keeter of Augsburg
8th Place – Luke Lohr of Waynesburg (Somerset)

1st Place Match
Kenneth Martin (Wartburg) 30-3, So. over Vincent Fava (Delaware Valley) 26-4, RS Sr. (Dec 8-3).

3rd Place Match
Brad Mayville (Rochester Institute Of Technology) 33-5, Sr. over Derek Arnold (Ursinus) 38-3, So. (Fall 5:58).

5th Place Match
Elroy Perkin (Wisconsin-Whitewater) 10-3, RS Jr. over Dan Mirman (John Carroll) 27-4, Jr. (Fall 2:48).

7th Place Match
Will Keeter (Augsburg) 33-13, Sr. over Luke Lohr (Waynesburg) 39-7, RS Sr. (Dec 11-9).


157 Results

1st Place – Nick Carr of Washington And Jefferson College (South Fayette)
2nd Place – Reece Lefever of Wabash
3rd Place – Jorge Lopez of Williams College
4th Place – Steven DeWitt of Loras
5th Place – Drew Wagenhoffer of Wartburg
6th Place – Kevin Collins of Ithaca
7th Place – Jon Garrison of Mount Union
8th Place – Antonio Mancella of The College Of New Jersey

1st Place Match
Nick Carr (Washington And Jefferson College) 27-0, RS Jr. over Reece Lefever (Wabash) 22-2, RS Jr. (Dec 6-2).

3rd Place Match
Jorge Lopez (Williams College) 29-2, RS Jr. over Steven DeWitt (Loras) 35-4, Sr. (Fall 2:24).

5th Place Match
Drew Wagenhoffer (Wartburg) 30-8, Jr. over Kevin Collins (Ithaca) 24-8, Sr. (Dec 7-0).

7th Place Match
Jon Garrison (Mount Union) 28-6, Sr. over Antonio Mancella (The College Of New Jersey) 27-12, Jr. (Inj. 1:55).


165 Results

1st Place – Farai Sewera of Coe
2nd Place – Tyler Schneider of Wisconsin-La Crosse
3rd Place – Nolan Barger of Lycoming (Clearfield Area)
4th Place – Sam Guidi of Waynesburg (Fort Cherry)
5th Place – Eric Hensel of Augsburg
6th Place – Andrew Steiert of Wartburg
7th Place – Ethan Farmer of Wabash
8th Place – Jesse Bader of Hunter

1st Place Match
Farai Sewera (Coe) 29-2, Jr. over Tyler Schneider (Wisconsin-La Crosse) 23-6, So. (Dec 9-4).

3rd Place Match
Nolan Barger (Lycoming) 36-8, So. over Sam Guidi (Waynesburg) 43-6, Sr. (MD 12-2).

5th Place Match
Eric Hensel (Augsburg) 22-14, Jr. over Andrew Steiert (Wartburg) 18-6, So. (Fall 1:43).

7th Place Match
Ethan Farmer (Wabash) 17-5, RS So. over Jesse Bader (Hunter) 36-7, Sr. (Dec 3-0).


174 Results

1st Place – Conner Lefever of Wabash
2nd Place – Zach Zotollo of The College Of New Jersey
3rd Place – Josh Thomson of Messiah (Mechanicsburg Area)
4th Place – Ryan Harrington of Coe
5th Place – Tory Cain of Rochester Institute Of Technology
6th Place – Sebastian Gardner of Concordia-Moorhead
7th Place – Garrett Chase of Baldwin Wallace (Cathedral Prep)
8th Place – Jordan Newman of Wisconsin-Whitewater

1st Place Match
Conner Lefever (Wabash) 20-1, RS Jr. over Zach Zotollo (The College Of New Jersey) 22-2, RS Sr. (Dec 5-4).

3rd Place Match
Josh Thomson (Messiah) 45-6, Jr. over Ryan Harrington (Coe) 20-6, Fr. (Dec 9-3).

5th Place Match
Tory Cain (Rochester Institute Of Technology) 32-7, Sr. over Sebastian Gardner (Concordia-Moorhead) 25-10, Sr. (Dec 5-2).

7th Place Match
Garrett Chase (Baldwin Wallace) 6-3, RS So. over Jordan Newman (Wisconsin-Whitewater) 5-4, Fr. (M. For.).


184 Results

1st Place – Riley Lefever of Wabash
2nd Place – Devin Peterson of Wartburg
3rd Place – Daniel Olsen of Wheaton College (Illinois)
4th Place – Christoper Chorzepa of Williams College
5th Place – Richard Dowdley of Heidelberg
6th Place – Richard Carlson of Wisconsin-La Crosse
7th Place – Patrick Sheehan of New York University
8th Place – Tyler Beckwith of SUNY-Cortland

1st Place Match
Riley Lefever (Wabash) 20-0, RS So. over Devin Peterson (Wartburg) 16-4, So. (Dec 5-3).

3rd Place Match
Daniel Olsen (Wheaton College (Illinois)) 8-2, Sr. over Christoper Chorzepa (Williams College) 42-3, RS So. (SV-1 12-10).

5th Place Match
Richard Dowdley (Heidelberg) 40-4, Sr. over Richard Carlson (Wisconsin-La Crosse) 27-9, Jr. (Dec 11-4).

7th Place Match
Patrick Sheehan (New York University) 26-5, RS So. over Tyler Beckwith (SUNY-Cortland) 25-7, RS Sr. (Dec 7-2).


197 Results

1st Place – Joe Giaramita of SUNY-Cortland
2nd Place – Shane Siefert of Wisconsin-Whitewater
3rd Place – Eric Twohey of Wisconsin-La Crosse
4th Place – Aaron Karns of Delaware Valley (Berwick)
5th Place – Donnie Horner of Coe
6th Place – Gerard Roman of Wartburg
7th Place – Matt Hechsel of Augsburg
8th Place – Matt Seabold of Central (IA)

1st Place Match
Joe Giaramita (SUNY-Cortland) 32-1, RS Jr. over Shane Siefert (Wisconsin-Whitewater) 6-2, RS So. (SV-1 6-4).

3rd Place Match
Eric Twohey (Wisconsin-La Crosse) 35-2, RS Sr. over Aaron Karns (Delaware Valley) 33-5, Sr. (Dec 6-1).

5th Place Match
Donnie Horner (Coe) 30-11, Sr. over Gerard Roman (Wartburg) 31-7, Jr. (Dec 8-5).

7th Place Match
Matt Hechsel (Augsburg) 30-11, Sr. over Matt Seabold (Central (IA)) 24-8, So. (MD 13-3).


285 Results

1st Place – Donny Longendyke of Augsburg
2nd Place – Terrance Jean-Jacques of Rhode Island College
3rd Place – Zachery Roseberry of Delaware Valley
4th Place – James Bethel of Oneonta State
5th Place – Benjamin Nagle of Wartburg
6th Place – Trevor Maresh of Alma College
7th Place – Anthony Edgren of Wisconsin-Whitewater
8th Place – Conner Herman of Luther

1st Place Match
Donny Longendyke (Augsburg) 32-0, So. over Terrance Jean-Jacques (Rhode Island College) 34-2, RS So. (Dec 1-0).

3rd Place Match
Zachery Roseberry (Delaware Valley) 35-4, So. over James Bethel (Oneonta State) 39-6, Fr. (Fall 5:14).

5th Place Match
Benjamin Nagle (Wartburg) 30-4, Jr. over Trevor Maresh (Alma College) 21-6, Jr. (Dec 3-1).

7th Place Match
Anthony Edgren (Wisconsin-Whitewater) 7-3, RS Jr. over Conner Herman (Luther) 16-8, RS Jr. (Fall 4:25).


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