GRANTHAM, Pa. – Five McDaniel wrestlers finished in the top three in their respective weight classes to lead the squad in season-opening action at the Messiah Invitational on Saturday.
As a team, the Green Terror finished third with 75.5 points. The host Falcons won the team title with 112.5 points while Elizabethtown finished second with 79.5.
Joe Camlin (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) and Mike O'Boyle (North Reading, Mass./North Reading) took home individual titles at the far ends of the spectrum, winning at heavyweight and 125, respectively.
O'Boyle opened his collegiate career with an 8-3 decision over Coast Guard's Nate Giorgio before a 6-minute, 24-second pin of the No. 2 seed Danny Lethbridge (Messiah) and 7-4 win over No. 3 Kyle Coblentz (Messiah) put the freshman in the finals against his teammate.
Eppard, the No. 5 seed, opened the tournament with a 10-1 major decision over Corey Aspril (Elizabethtown) before downing the No. 4 seed Spencer Alexander (Messiah) 4-0 and Robert D'Annunzio (Ursinus), 4-1.
O'Boyle bettered Eppard 7-3 in the title tilt.
Camlin, taking over the starting spot from all-time wins leader Brock Glotfelty for the first time, entered as the sixth seed. He opened with a bye before notching three first-period falls for the crown.
Camlin downed No. 3 Martin Kisla (Waynesburg) in 50 seconds and Elizabethtown's Jeremy Rieth in 1:41 to advance to the championship bout, where he pinned the top-seeded William Meaney of Elizabethtown in 1:33.
At 157, Lowe recorded three technical falls and a pin to advance to the title match. The top seed notched a 15-0 first-period technical fall and 4-minute, 12-second fall in his first two bouts.
He added a second 15-0 victory – this time in 4:19 – and an 18-2 win in 5:59. In the title match, No. 3 Chris Hardenberg (Messiah) prevailed, 4-3.
Yox, the No. 5 seed at 149, drew a bye in the opening round before notching an 8-4 decision over Kody Rittenbaugh (Elizabethtown). Fourth-seeded Brian Samuels (UMBC) recorded a 2-minute, 55-second fall to relegate Yox to the consolation bracket, where he won four matches to finish third.
Yox notched decision wins of 9-3, 7-3 and 8-5 on his way back through the bracket and was also awarded a medical forfeit in the consolation semifinals.
Sean Ensign (Westminster, Md./Westminster) added a 3-2 day at 133. He started the day with a 5-2 win before falling to the consolation bracket with an 8-0 loss to No. 4 Jordan Stepanchick (Elizabethtown).
In the consolation bracket, he notched pins of 6:27 and 4:34 before No. 6 Jake Vitolo defeated Ensign, 9-2.
The Green Terror returns to action at Lycoming on Wednesday. Match time is 7 p.m.
Team Scores: 1. Messiah (Mes) 112.5, 2. Elizabethtown (E) 79.5, 3. McDaniel (McD) 75.5, 4. Waynesburg (W) 70, 5. Ursinus (U) 52, 6. Coast Guard (CG) 43.5, 7. UMBC (UMBC) 43, 8. Case Western (CW) 21.5.
McDaniel Results: 125: #5 Earl Eppard maj. dec. Corey Aspril (E) 10-1, #3 Kyle Coblentz (Mes) dec. Andrew Brehm 9-4, Mike O'Boyle dec. Nate Giorgio (CG) 8-3, Eppard dec. #4 Spencer Alexander (Mes) 4-0, O'Boyle pinned #2 Danny Lethbridge (Mes) 6:24, Eppard dec. Robert D'Annuzio (U) 4-1, O'Boyle dec. Coblentz 7-4, O'Boyle dec. Eppard 7-3, Alexander pinned Brehm 4:11; 133: Sean Ensign dec. Connor Gregory (U) 5-2, #4 Jordan Stepanchick (E) maj. dec. Ensign 8-0, #6 Jake Vitolo (W) tech. fell James McGarry 15-0 (5:59), Gregory pinned McGarry 3:48, Ensign pinned Matthew Dates (W) 6:27, Ensign pinned Steve Antonek (Mes) 4:34, Vitolo dec. Ensign 9-2; 141: Wes Litton (Mes) dec. Tim Gainsborg 4-1, Aaron Mills (W) pinned Gainsborg 2:35; 149: #5 Logan Yox dec. Kody Rittenbaugh (E) 8-4, #4 Brian Samuels (UMBC) pinned Yox 2:55, Yox dec. David Standridge (Mes) 9-3, Yox dec. Chris Milligan (W) 7-3, Yox med. for. #2 Connor McCormick, Yox dec. Samuels 8-5; 157: #1 Brent Lowe tech. fell Matthew Generotti (U) 15-0 (2:50), #3 Chris Hardenberg (Mes) tech. fell Josh Moore 19-1 (5:59), Lowe pinned Jordan Moser (E) 4:12, Lowe tech. fell Devin Anderson (Mes) 18-2 (5:59), Hardenberg dec. Lowe 4-3, Martin Mitchell (UMBC) pinned Moore 4:20; 165: Torin Lehmann maj. dec. Tim Goldkamp (E) 11-0, #2 Garett Johnston (W) pinned Lehmann 2:46, Junior Monzey (UMBC) dec. Lehmann 4-3; 174: #3 Craig Hogan (Mes) dec. Jacob Reik 11-5, Reik pinned Ryan Montevydes (CG) 2:55, Reik pinned Mike Munno (UMBC) 2:24, Dylan Carmichael (E) pinned Reik 0:42; 184: Scott Forrester dec. #4 Chris Urps (UMBC) 8-1, #5 Patrick Leavitt (CG) dec. Forrester 4-0, #2 Mike Kevlin (U) maj. dec. Forrester 9-1; 197: #3 Alec Pence (UMBC) maj. dec. Esteban Monsanto 14-3, #5 Patrick Jennings (W) maj. dec. Monsanto 10-0; HWT: #6 Joe Camlin pinned #3 Martin Kisla (W) 0:50, Camlin pinned Jeremy Rieth (E) 1:41, Camlin pinned #1 William Meaney (E) 1:33.