Here is this week’s press release from Iowa Style Wrestling Club:
Although the University of South Carolina doesn’t have a Division 1, 2 or 3 wrestling team that didn’t stop Mike Ahearn (Yorktown HS) from joining his school’s club wrestling team to continue his wrestling into college. Not only did he continue to wrestle in college, but he has been excelling at it. Mike is currently his team’s top points leader, with a record of 16-3, with 10 of those wins by pin. Mike has placed first at the Bear Open and Georgia Southern Open, and even placed fourth at the Citadel Open, which is a competitive D1 tournament, proving that just because he wrestles in the NWCA (club wrestling), doesn’t mean he can’t compete against top opponents.
Brian Realbuto (Somers HS) never ceases to impress and this week was no different. Realbuto went 5-0, amassing two major decisions and one fall, to take first place at 157 lbs for the Finger Lakes Wrestling Club.
Hunter Jones (New Rochelle HS) failed to place for Clarion at 125 lbs.
Dan Graff (Arlington HS) the 157-pounder for SUNY Oneonta went 3-2 for the week, pinning Nathaniel Seals of Kings College, beating Jacob Barack of Wesleyan 8-1, and teching Tom Palumbo of Western New England University. Graff lost to Derek Brenon of Ithaca and a close 8-7 match to Tim Garripoli of Williams.
Jacob Berkowitz (Scarsdale HS) lost to No. 16 nationally ranked Tony Dallago of Illinois and Patrick Kissel of Purdue before picking up his first ever varsity win since entering the lineup against Bryan Loughlin of Northern Illinois. Berkowitz is the starting 184-pounder for Northwestern as just a true freshman.
Sam Speno (Fox Lane HS) lost a very close 3-1 overtime match to No. 18 ranked Joey Ward from the University of North Carolina at 133 lbs.
Steven Rodrigues (Fox Lane HS) of Illinois had arguably the hardest schedule of any college this week, wrestling against some of the best Big 10 colleges in the country. Although Steven didn’t pick up any wins this week, he showed how much of a threat he is by having extremely close matches with some of the best wrestlers in the country. Steven lost 10-2 to No. 2 ranked Hunter Stieber of Ohio State, 2-0 to Bryan Pearson of Penn State, and an 8-6 overtime match against Pat Greco of Northwestern all at 141 lbs. Steven also lost 2-0 to No. 8 ranked Mark Ballweg of the University of Iowa, almost taking him down multiple times late in the third.
Although Danny Ventura (Fox Lane HS) has been battling injury all season, as the 133-pounder for Ursinus, he has excelled in almost every match he’s been in. This week was no different; he pinned Ray Yagloski of Johns Hopkins and beat Ryan Wilson of Stevens 8-7.
Penn Gottfried (Ardsley HS) of Columbia lost to No. 6 ranked Nahshon Garrett of Cornell 11-1 at 125 lbs.
Henry Stauber (John Jay-Cross River) went 3-2 for the week at 149 lbs for Johns Hopkins. Stauber beat Bernard Watson of Merchant Marine 7-0, Chris Williamson of Messiah 6-4, and Matt Parker of Muhlenberg 10-2. Stauber lost to Mike Polizzi of Stevens 6-0 and Curtis Watkins of Ursinus 2-1.
Derrick Longo (Ardsley HS) of Springfield, currently ranked No. 5 in the country for D3, pinned RJ Riddenger of Plymouth State and beat Taran Carr of Wesleyan 15-4 at 165 lbs. Unfortunately, Longo lost to No. 4 ranked John Darling of The College of New Jersey 8-1.
Jack Mckeever (Brookfield HS) of Binghamton lost 6-2 to Mark Cirello of American and lost 10-2 to Tyler Banks of Hofstra at 157 lbs.
Vin Grella (Beacon HS) of Binghamton lost 10-2 to Phillip Barreiro of American at 165 lbs.
Billy Watterson (John Jay-Cross River) of Brown beat Max Rogers 8-3 of Princeton and Alex Abreu 13-3 of Lehigh at 125 lbs. Watterson lost 8-3 to No. 20 ranked Mark Rappo of UPenn.
James Brundage (Ossining HS) of Rider pinned Sam Sheppard of Sacred Heart and won 14-6 against Kevin Matyas of Drexel at 174 lbs.
Ryan Osleeb (North Salem HS) of Harvard beat Andrew Hirai of Princeton 7-2 at 133 lbs.
Andrew Lenzi (Fordham Prep HS) of UPenn beat Todd Preston of Harvard 9-3 at 149 lbs.