Johns Hopkins Wins First-Ever CC Wrestling Title
The was no margin for error as Johns Hopkins junior Reid Mosquera (pictured) stepped onto the mat in the 197-pound title match at the 2012 Centennial Conference Championships on Saturday evening at Gettysburg. His Johns Hopkins teammates had put the Blue Jays in position to grab the first Centennial team title in school history by going 4-of-4 in title bouts heading into Mosquera's bout with top-seeded Connor McNamara.
Trailing 7-6 entering the third period, Mosquera started in the down position, but earned an escape in the first 30 seconds. Now deadlocked at 7-7 and with less than one minute remaining, Mosquera scored a quick takedown after a restart with 52 seconds left to go up 9-7, but McNamara worked his way free to draw within a point as the clock ticked down on someone's season and a team's title. Defensive, but firm as the clock wound towards 0:00, Mosquera closed out two championships - his own and Johns Hopkins' - with a takedown in the final three seconds to take the bout 11-8.
125-Paul Bewak (JH) p. Chris Donaldson (U), 5:35
133-Alex Blank (U) d. Mike Tancredi (Mc), 5-2
141-Paul Marcello (JH) d. Mike Polizzi (S), 7-1
149-Henry Stauber (JH) d. CJ Caserta (S), 5-4
157-Matt Fusaro (JH) p. David Dennis (WL), 6:28
165-Joe Favia (S) d. Zach Thomson (G), 5-2
174-Ryan Dormann (S) d. Jared Leon (G), 3-2 (OT)
184-Erik Schott (MM) d. Dan Manganaro (U), 2-0
197-Reid Mosquera (JH) d. Connor McNamara (U), 11-8
285-Kevin Poplaski (G) d. Bil Cornely (U), 6-5
Johns Hopkins 79, Ursinus 73.5, Stevens 64.5, Gettysburg 53.5, Merchant Marine 48, McDaniel 27.5, NYU 24.5, Washington and Lee 21.5, Muhlenberg 15.
Outstanding Wrestler: Joe Favia, Stevens
Chris Clifford Award: Alex Blank, Ursinus
Coach of the Year: Keith Norris, Johns Hopkins
At-Large NCAA Rep: Zach Thomson, Gettysburg