O’Boyle punches ticket to nationals

Ryan O'Boyle (c) 2013 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Ryan O'Boyle (c) 2013 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – A year after finishing second at the regional tournament, sophomore Ryan O'Boyle (North Reading, Mass./Central Catholic) will be making a return trip to the NCAA Division III wrestling championship after claiming his first NCAA Div. III East Regional championship on Sunday.

Alvontae Drummond (Lincoln, Del./Milford) added a fourth-place finish for the Green Terror, who finished 12th at the 17-team regional hosted by King's with 36 points. Wilkes edged Ursinus 106.5-105.5 for the team title.

O'Boyle will compete at the national championship on Mar. 14-15 at US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

O'Boyle opened his day as the top seed at 133 with a bye before notching three straight decisions en route to the program's first-ever regional champion. O'Boyle topped Stevens' Ryan Wilson 6-4 before downing Delaware Valley's Conor Kirkegard 4-2 in the semis to ensure a return trip to the big show.

In the championship bout, O'Boyle topped second-seeded Myzar Mendoza 12-5 to improve to 28-1.

Drummond, the fifth seed at 141, won his first match by technical fall 17-5 before recording an 18-6 major decision over David Davison (Delaware Valley) to advance to the semifinals, where he fell to the consolation bracket with a 9-3 loss to top-seed and eventual champion Brandon Jones (NYU).

Drummond advanced to the third-place match with a 4-minute, 14-second fall before falling 4-2 in sudden victory to Ferrum's Logan Meister and just miss out on joining O'Boyle in Iowa.

Mason Goretsas (Hampstead, Md./North Carroll) and Taylor Avino (Fair Haven, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven), both the eighth seed in their respective weight classes, went 2-2 for McDaniel.

Goretsas opened his day with a 2-1 win over Jack Walsh (Merchant Marine) at 149 before falling 4-0 to top seed and eventual champion Mark Hartenstine (Wilkes). In the consolation bracket, he won 2-0 before falling by technical fall, 16-1

Avino was pinned in the first period of his first match at heavyweight before winning two straight in the consolation bracket. He topped Grant Cokely (Washington and Lee) 6-1 and pinned second-seeded Eric Calimano in 6:50. Avino's day ended with a third-period pin by third-seeded William Fletcher (Wilkes).

Team Scores: 1. Wilkes (W) 106.5, 2. Ursinus (U) 105.5, 3. Delaware Valley (DV) 102.5, 4. College of New Jersey (CNJ) 75, 5. Centenary (CC) 71.5, 6. New York University (NYU) 58.5, 7. Stevens (ST) 55, 8. Johns Hopkins (J) 53, 9. Hunter (H) 49, 10. Ferrum (F) 37.5, 11. King's (K) 37, 12. McDaniel (MCD) 36, 13. Merchant Marine (MM) 29.5, 14. Washington and Lee (WL) 22.5, 15. Scranton (SC) 19.5, 16. Gettysburg (G) 5, 17. Muhlenberg (MU) 2.

McDaniel Results: 125: none; 133: No. 1 Ryan O'Boyle dec. Ryan Wilson (ST) 6-4, O'Boyle dec. No. 4 Conor Kirkegard 4-2, O'Boyle dec. No. 2 Myzar Mendoza (W) 12-5; 141: No. 3 Alvontae Drummond tech. fell Micahel Rodgers (WL) 20-5 (7:00), Drummond maj. dec. No. 4 David Davidson 18-6, No. 1 Brandon Jones (NYU) dec. Drummond 9-3, Drummond pinned Tim McCann (H) 4:14, Logan Meister (F) dec. Drummond 4-2 (SV1); 149: No. 8 Mason Goretsas dec. Jack Walsh (MM) 2-1, No. 1 Mark Hartenstine (W) dec. Goretsas 4-0, Goretsas dec. Darryl Albonico (NYU) 2-0, No. 5 Christian Mazzocchi tech. fell Goretsas 16-1 (5:00); 157: No. 6 Nick Herring (CNJ) maj. dec. Erik Meyer 11-3, Gordon Custer (K) dec. Meyer 5-4; 165: No. 6 John Messinger maj. dec. Luke Yox 11-3, Yox dec. William Hutchison (SC) 5-4, Antonio Mancella (CNJ) dec. Yox 8-5; 174: No. 7 Robert Scaramuzza (U) pinned Ricky Tisinger 0:48, Angelo Lussi (K) pinned Tisinger 1:21; 184: No. 7 Levi Veppert (W) pinned Nick Cross 1:37, Cross dec. Samual Fry (MM) 7-6, Daniel Manganaro (U) maj. dec. Cross 14-6; 197: Dakota Wilhelm dec. No. 5 Tyler Russell (MM) 8-6, No. 2 Bennett Lewis (WL) dec. Wilhelm 11-10 (TB1), Cemah Tudae-Torboh (K) dec. Wilhelm 13-6; HWT: DeAndre Johnson (F) pinned No. 8 Taylor Avino 1:58, Avino dec. Grant Cokeley (WL) 6-1, Avino pinned No. 2 Eric Calimano 6:50, No. 3 William Fletcher (W) pinned Avino 5:19.