The Apprentice School wrestling team had seven place in the top six in their weight class on Saturday as they took fifth out of 31 teams in the Waynesburg Invitational. They scored 102 points to trail tournament host Waynesburg (186), College of Mt. St. Joseph (127), NCAA Division III 27th-ranked Thiel (114) and Mercyhurst Northeast (103.5).
Senior Marcus Chevres took second at 133 pounds going 3-1 on the day with a pair of wins by fall and one by forfeit. He opened with the forfeit before a pair of falls over Matthew Dates of Waynesburg (2:09) and Will Bryant of College of Mt. St. Joseph (4:03) before losing to Corey Brown of Thiel who is the top ranked 133-pounder in NCAA Division III by an 8-3 margin.
Junior Kyle Spruill also made the finals at 149 pounds with a 3-1 mark on the day. The Williamsburg native opened with a 13-2 major decision over Stephen Pagliuce of Johns Hopkins before a pair of decisions over Luke Parsons of Ohio Valley (10-4) and SeanBynham of Thiel (8-6 in OT). In the final he lost to the junior college national runnerup from last year Vincent DiGravio of Mercyhurst Northeast 10-1.
Freshman Ian Jones took third at heavyweight going 4-1 on the day. He pinned Chris Conaway and Kraig Smith of Thiel in 32 seconds and 3:23 respectively before losing 6-1 to Martin Kisla of Waynesburg in the semifinals. His first wrestleback match was a forfeit win before scoring a 5-3 decision over Smith for third place.
Fellow freshman Justin Martz took fourth at 184 pounds going 3-2 on the day. He advanced to the semifinals with a win by fall over Cody Sole of Ohio Valley in 3:42 and a 3-2 decision over David Wills of Waynesburg. Following a 5-2 loss to Cody Catalina of Waynesburg, he pinned Malachi Bluhm of Muskingum in 6:01 then lost to Anthony Bonaventur of Waynesburg 17-5.
Junior Kevin Gray took fifth at 285 pounds also going 3-2 for the event, while the busy days for the Builders were held by Montrell Barbine and BJ Compton who each went 3-3 to finish sixth at 174 and 157 respectively.
Apprentice School will now participate in the 32nd annual Virginia Duals on Friday, Jan. 13 at the Hampton Coliseum. The pairings for the event will be announced on Tuesday.
Top 5 Team Scores (Out of 31): Waynesburg (186), College of Mt. St. Joseph (127), Thiel (114), Mercyhurst Northeast (103.5), Apprentice School (102).
Chevres def. Dylan Matz (Baldwin Wallace) forfeit
Chevres p. Matthew Dates (Waynesburg) 2:09
Chevres p. Will Bryant (Coll. Mt. St. Joseph) 4:03
Corey Brown (Thiel) dec. Chevres 8-3
Kyle Spruill maj. dec. Stephen Pagliuce (Johns Hopkins) 13-2
Spruill dec. Luke Parsons (Ohio Valley) 10-4
Spruill dec. Sean Byham (Thiel) 8-6 OT
Vincent DiGravio (Mercyhurst NE) dec. Kyle Spruill 10-1
Ricky Anderson p. Mike Frasure (Muskingum) 2:39
Anthony Catanzarite (Coll. Mt. St. Joseph) p. Anderson 5:19
Kyle Lowry maj. dec. Matthew Klempa (Elizabethtown) 15-5
Lowry p. Ryan Lemasters (Muskingum) 4:12
Garrett Johnston (Waynesburg) p. Lowry 2:29
Lowry p. Stuart Spencer (Waynesburg) 4:07
Nicco Niday (Ohio Valley) p. Lowry :47
Sam Lombardo (Waynesburg) dec. Will Sexton 7-2
Sexton maj. dec. Sam Guidi (Waynesburg) 10-2
Sexton dec. Joseph Gowen (Johns Hopkins) 6-1
Cory Disbennett (Coll. Mt. St. Joseph) dec. Sexton 3-2
Matt Collins (Coll. Mt. St. Joseph) dec. BJ Compton 8-7
Compton dec. Matt Butler (Thiel) 6-1
Compton med. forf.. Nathan Blackwell (Coll. Mt. St. Joseph)
Compton dec. James Bennett (Mercyhurst NE) 7-2
Ronnie Hepner (Muskingum) p. Compton 4:04
Lombardo tech fall Compton 23-7
Cameron Fine (Waynesburg) p. Montrell Barbine 6:56
Barbine maj. dec. Dillon Burk (Coll. Mt. St. Joseph) 17-3
Barbine p. Michael Evanista (Elzabethtown) 1:19
Barbine dec. Seth Jack (Ohio Valley) 3-2
Fine dec. Barbine 10-4
Mitch King (Muskingum) dec. Barbine 6-1
Justin Martz p. Cody Sole (Ohio Valley) 3:42
Martz dec. David Wills (Waynesburg) 3-2
Cody Catalina (Waynesburg) dec. Martz 5-2
Martz p. Malachi Bluhm (Muskingum) 6:01
Anthony Bonaventur (Waynesburg) maj. dec. Martz 17-5
Stuart Roes p. Jake Linn (Waynesburg) 1:39
Luke Weber (Muskingum) dec. Roes 8-2
Nathan Islamovsky (Coll. Mt. St. Joseph) p. Roes 3:44
Ian Jones p. Chris Conaway (Thiel) :32
Jones p. Kraig Smith (Thiel) 3:23
Martin Kisla (Waynesburg) dec. Jones 6-1
Jones def. Blake Lucas (Ohio Valley) forfeit
Jones dec. Smith 5-3
Kevin Gray p. Adam Mott (Thiel) 5:20
Gray dec. Jamaal Dorsey (Thiel) 3-1
Brandon Fedorka (Waynesburg) maj. dec. Gray 9-0
Smith dec. Gray 3-0
Gray def. Lucas forfeit
Smith p. Michael Carta 3:31
Carta p. Chris Conaway 4:38
Matt Knapp (Mercyhurst NE) p. Carta :39