WASHINGTON, Pa. - Sophomore 133-pounder Colin McDermitt claimed an individual title at the Washington and Jefferson Invitational while seven other Student Princes returned to Tiffin as place winners. Despite leading the team standings entering the semifinals round, the Berg men finished fourth overall.
McDermitt went 4-0 on the day to take the 133-pound individual title. Colin began with a first round bye followed by a 12-6 decision in the second round. In the quarterfinals, McDermitt wrestled his way to close 5-0 victory before dropping his semifinals opponent, Andrew Shultz of Seton Hill, 14-3 to move onto the championship finals bout.
McDermitt concluded his championship run with a 10-3 victory in the finals match. The first place finish marks the first of the season for McDermitt after he placed third at the Messiah Invitational a week ago.
Three Student Princes earned a third place finish in their respective weight classes to help the Berg to their fourth place finish as a team.
Sophomore 149-pounder Damon Cheek, following his second place finish at the Messiah Invitational, took a third in Washington. Cheek wrestled a close 4-3 match in the first round followed by a 12-2 major decision in the second round.
Cheek wrestled his way to 4-0 victory in the quarterfinals before losing in a close 3-2 match in the semifinals to drop down to the consolation semifinals. Damon earned a bye into the consolation finals match where he battled Chris Nuss of Thiel to a 4-2 victory for third place.
The Berg's 157-pound sophomore Aaron Banko racked up two falls on his way to a third place finish. Banko scored his first fall in the first round in a time of 2:27 before scoring a 4-2 decision in the second round. The quarterfinals is where Banko landed his second fall of the afternoon in a time of 0:35 seconds to advance to the championship semifinals.
Banko suffered his only loss of the day in a 7-3 decision in the semifinals to drop to the consolation bracket. Banko received a bye in the consolation semifinals and finals bout to earn his third place finish.
Junior 165-pounder Jeremy Stepp was the final Student Prince to find himself on the podium in third place. Stepp wrestled to an 11-5 win in the first round of competition followed by a 6-4 decision in the second round. Stepp picked up another decision in the quarterfinals, 5-2 before suffering a fall in the semifinals to Josh Etzel of host Washington and Jefferson.
Stepp then received a bye into the consolation finals followed by a forfeit in the finals bout to claim third.
Junior 187-pounder Richard Dowdley claimed a fourth place finish at Washington and Jefferson as he declared a medical default in the championship semifinals. Freshman Justin Halaska, who wrestled 197-pounds, along with freshman heavyweight Alex Farrow also claimed a fourth place finish in Washington to follow up their respectable outings last weekend at Messiah.
Tyler Price rounded out the Berg placers at Washington and Jefferson placing sixth in the 125-pound weight class.
The Student Princes will host the Comets of Olivet College on Thursday, November 14. Action from Seiberling Gymnasium is slated for 7:30 p.m.