This past weekend’s New Standard Invitational went over very well for wrestlers Brad Ladd and Zac Wawrzyniak-Bush. Both wrestlers had very successful days with the 157-pound Zac Wawrzyniak-Bush placing third and the heavyweight Brad Ladd getting the fourth place finish. As for the team, Millersville placed 10th out of 13 teams at this York College hosted tournament. Bringing the action back to the two individual performances of Wawrzyniak-Bush and Ladd brings a lot of excitement and drama.
For Wawrzyniak-Bush this was his first appearance in this event. He started off strong winning 7-4 over Antonio Mancella of The College of New Jersey, and then his next match went into overtime. He got the 5-3 win to advance onto the quarters where he won again with a score of 4-2 over York’s own Drew Spector. He was knocking on the door of the title match but he fell just one point short, losing 6-5 to UMBC’s Martin Mitchell. In the third place match Wawrzyniak-Bush defeated Adam Kritzer on a 7-4 decision. Ladd also had a fantastic day.
For Ladd this was his first tournament of the season, and he made the most out of it. In his first match of the day, Ladd pinned York’s Michael Lynch at the 4:33 mark to secure the first round victory. Next up was Kevin Gray of the Apprentice School who Ladd defeated confidently with an 8-2 decision. Ladd then moved on to the semis by pinning York’s Mike Spencer in a swift 52 seconds. The next match for Ladd was against Elizabethtown’s Jeremy Rieth. This match did not go Ladd’s way as he was edged by a 3-2 decision, which moved him into the third-place match. In that final match, Ladd again fell in another very close decision, 5-2, to Ian Jones of the Apprentice School.
Some other noteworthy matches on the day included 133-pound Kyle Loeb and 141-pound David Charles III obtaining three wins each. 149-pound Josh Ruppert won two quick pins one in 58 seconds and one in 38 seconds before dropping into the consolation round where he was forced to medical forfeit to teammate Aaron Trimpey who secured four wins on the day. Brock Thompson won three matches in the consolation round as well, and Zach Pincus won a first round decision at 174, and he also picked up two more wins in the consolation round.
All in all this was a good day for Millersville wrestling, and they will surely look to build from this. Moving into the season they will continue to improve and they will continue to keep working hard and doing all of the things that are making them such a successful team.