Etzel Wins 157-Pound Summa Championship
BEREA, Ohio -- Washington & Jefferson College junior Josh Etzel (Elizabeth, Pa./Elizabeth-Forward) won four matches to claim the 157-pound championship Saturday at Baldwin-Wallace's John Summa Tournament. Etzel upped his season record to 28-3 overall heading into the Presidents' Athletic Conference Championship Tournament (Feb. 15).
As a team, W&J placed sixth of eight teams with 65.5 points. Brockport State won the title with 122.5 points followed by Waynesburg (111), Baldwin-Wallace (81), Thiel (79), Lake Erie (78.5), W&J, RIT (32.5) and Ohio Northern (17).
Etzel entered as the 157-pound bracket's No. 1 seed and defeated Waynesburg's Eric Tuck 6-0. In the quarterfinals, he earned an 11-2 major decision over Brockport's Jordan Barnett. He then topped B-W's Garrett Chase 6-4 before edging Brockport's Khristopher Shirley 4-2 in the championship bout.
Freshman 125-pounder Jacob Spearman (Lancaster, Ohio/Lancaster) and senior 141-pounder Chris Leva (Perrineville, N.J./Notre Dame) both placed fourth in their respective brackets.
Spearman lost his opening bout by fall (6:02) against Brockport's Jose Vazquez, but rallied for three-straight wins, including two by major decision. However, Brockport's Tyler Marlow knocked off Spearman 5-3 in the third-place match.
Leva advanced to the semifinals after defeating Waynesburg's Jake Vitolo 9-4. He then lost to eventual runner-up, Jordan Dyer of Brockport, 10-5 before besting Ohio Northern's Shaun Lee 20-7 to enter the third-place match. That match was forced to end early due to a Leva injury and Thiel's Adam Matthews earn third.
The only other President with more than two victories was sophomore heavyweight Karl Hiss (Akron, Ohio/Copley), who notched a 3-2 record.