WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — At the Ned McGinley Invitational, held at King's College, the Southern Virginia University wrestling team took 12th overall with a second-place finish by Nico Ramirez.
Ramirez was the only Knight to place. he recorded four victories over heavyweights from University of Scranton (tech fall), Wilkes University (fall), Oneonta State (major decision) and Penn College of Technology (decision). His last match was forfeit due to injury that occurred in the previous match.
Senior Alex Brunner in the 285-pound weight class fell in his first match by fall to James Bethel of Oneonta State. He rebounded in his next two matches pinning Roger Horton of Wilkes University in 1:36 and then receiving the decision 4-2 against Thomas Maretta of TCNJ. He closed out the tournament losing on a decision to Keegan Connelly of Scranton 11-5.
In the 197-pound weight class, Matt Speelman was victorious in his first two matches defeating Ryan O'shea of SUNY-Cortland in a decision 9-7 and then pinned Austin Cominsky of Wilkes University in 3:55. He would then go on to drop the next two matches tech fall and later by decision.
In the 184-pound weight class, Matt Rohrdanz earned three victories, with a 5-3 decision over Chris Coyle of Oneonta State and then an 8-3 decision over Martin Shulik of Washington and Jefferson. His last victory came by fall in 5:42 against Austin Sphar of Wilkes University.
"This was a competitive tournament; there were nationally ranked wrestlers in each weight class," said Head Coach Logan Davis. "We showed measurable improvement against incredible competitions. We are heading in the right direction."
York College, ranked seventh in the country, went on to win the fifteen-team tournament.
The Knights will compete Wednesday, Nov. 7 at Averett University starting at 7:00 p.m.