Three Presidents Claim Third At Ursinus Invitational
COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. – Seniors Zach Cecchetti (Apollo, Pa./Kiski Area) and Taylor Potts (Wellsburg, W.Va./John Marshall) and sophomore Roja Stephenson (Boyds, Md./Clarksburg) all took third place Saturday at the Ursinus Will Abele Wrestling Invitational. As a team, W&J took seventh place of nine teams.
Ursinus won its own invitational with 106.5 points, while Centenary was second with 77. Hunter claimed third place with 68.5 points followed by UMBC (64), Oneonta State (60.5), West Chester (52.5), W&J (37.5), Muhlenberg (22.5) and Amherst (2.5).
Cecchetti advanced to the semifinals of the 133-pound bracket by opening with wins against Connor Gregory of UMBC (7-4) and Frank Cabibbo of Oneonta State (6-5). He fell to eventual champion, Alex Blank, before rebounding to claim third place with victories over Chris Parker of Centenary (10-6) and Kyle Liberato of West Chester (4-2).
Stephenson lost his opening match before making an impressive run through the 149-pound consolation bracket. He racked up three-straight wins, including an 8-6 triumph over Jospeh Bonaduce of West Chester in the third-place bout.
Like Cecchetti, Potts advanced to the 285-pound semifinals before falling into the consolation bracket. He racked up wins over Karim Mansur of UMBC (8-0) and Theoi Agbi of Amherst (7-2), but lost to Joe Zitone of Centenary in the semis. Potts then defeated Karch Connors of Ursinus (7-3) and Leon Bodden of Hunter (6-1) to claim third place.
Sophomore 165-pounder David DiBenedetto (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) also placed fourth with a 4-2 record (two falls).
W&J is back in action Friday night at Penn State-DuBois (7:00 pm).