This past weekend ten Millersville wrestlers participated in the NCAA Division II Super Region 1 Championship with 7 wrestlers winning at least one bout. Friday marked the start of the Championship and out of the initial ten wrestlers for Millersville, four wrestlers remained in the hunt for NCAA Division II Championship berths. 125-pound Sam Oberlander, 165-pound Zach Pincus, 174-pound Dane Woodruff, and 285-pound Brad Ladd all advanced into day two of the Championship, but as for day one there were some solid performances from MU.
Pincus was in the best position out of his fellow teammates as he went 2-0 on day one. He was one win from the championship bout moving forward into day two. Day one, Pincus scored a 3-0 decision over East Stroudsburg’s Nate Silverthorn in the first match and then scored a 6-1 victory over West Liberty’s David Schlieper.
For Woodruff, day one was about searching for his first career win. Although Woodruff lost in his first round match 13-2 to Mercyhurst’s Angelo Bortoluzza, he came back strong as he won two bouts in a row with a score of 12-7 in the first bout, and he took a second victory in the form of a medical forfeit.
In regards to Oberlander’s first day, it also didn’t start out quite according to plan, as he had to face the top seed. He was pinned in 54 seconds, but he bounced back as he pinned his next opponent. Woodruff as well as Oberlander were now just two wins from the third-place bout moving into the second day.
Brad Ladd, the only seeded wrestler for MU at no.5, and the last Millersville wrestler to advance to day two, had a first round bye. In the second round he drew rival Pitt-Johnstown’s Josh Duplin, who he had split wins with during the season. Ladd came up just short in the bout as Duplin won 3-4, which forced Ladd into the consolation round. Ladd kept fighting however as he pinned his next opponent, which allowed him to move into day two where he faced unseeded Blake Lucas of Ohio Valley.
Into the second day for everyone now, and Pincus went up against Newberry’s Blake Ridenour. This match meant a lot because Pincus was only one match out from the championship. Sadly however, Pincus went down at 1:16 in the form of a pin. His opponent went on to win the weight class. In the wrestle backs, Pincus dropped a 0-2 loss to No. 2 seed Keith Ryan of Pitt-Johnstown, and he was then eliminated when Shippensburg’s Robert Scheivert pinned him in the first period. Overall Pincus had a great run and only being a junior now, he’ll have the chance to further his success next year.
As for Ladd, he won in his first bout in a 2-1 decision, which allowed him to advance to the consolation semis. His next match didn’t go his way as he lost in a 6-1 decision to Newberry’s Robert Wade. Later in the day, American International’s Matt Pringle eliminated Ladd with a pin.
As for the other two remaining Millersville wrestlers, Oberlander got a victory in his first bout due to a medical forfeit, but ended up getting pinned to the solid Jeff Vesta out of Newberry. He then could not quite secure the fourth place match as he lost to East Stroudsburg’s Anthony Marino 7-2. Woodruff also fell to the Newberry wrath as he got pinned by Joseph Pittman.
All in all Millersville has a lot to be happy about. With four wrestlers advancing into the second day, a lot of potential, and solid team development being shown, the future looks as bright as ever.