Broncs compete at 22nd Keystone Classic
PHILADELPHIA – The Broncs competed at the 22nd Keystone Classic Sunday. Freshman Evan Fidelibus (Easton, PA/Easton Area) and junior Chad Walsh (Cherry Hill, NJ/Camden Catholic) each finished third in the 141 and 165 weight classes, respectively. Michale Fagg-Daves (Somerset, NJ/Franklin) finished fourth at 184, while Wayne Stinson (Wrightstown, NJ/Northern Burlington Regional) took fifth at 174.
“The tournament was very tough with the defending national champions [Penn State] and a lot of other tough teams as well,” said Head Coach Gary Taylor. “We were without BJ Clagon at 157 and without (Ryan) Wolfe at 197, so we weren’t full strength. It was a good learning tournament this year. At this tournament you’re going to have to be at full strength. We worked and chipped away and finished sixth. I wasn’t unhappy with the results. I think we learned a lot.”
Fidelibus pinned Robert Lee of Pittsburgh in 2:58 to take the third place finish. He also defeated Penn State’s Dom Giannangeli, 7-5, in overtime, pinned Northwestern’s Alec McKenna in 1:34, defeated Harvard’s AJ Jaffe, 13-5, pinned VMI’s Steve Midkiff in 30 seconds and defeated Drexel’s David Pearce, 9-4, with riding time.
“One of the highlights of the tournament was Evan Fidelibus, a true freshman out of Easton,” said Taylor. “He lost his first match and then won six in a row. I think this was a growing-up tournament and coming of age for him he showed how good he could be.”
Walsh received a forfeit from Drexel’s Austin Rose to claim third place at 165. Walsh previously earned wins over Franklin & Marshall’s Rob King (4:40), Penn State’s Joseph Velliquette (0:54) and Harvard’s Peter Bearse (2:18).
“Chad continued to wrestle well,” said Taylor “He over-wrestled a situation too much and he was out most of the week, so his timing wasn’t as strong. But I’m not concerned about it. Chad will go right back to work, and the kid who beat him was good as well.”
Competing at 184, Fagg-Daves battled Drexel’s Alex DeCiantis into overtime in the third-place match before falling, 5-3. He also defeated Franklin & Marshall’s Anthony Mancini, 3-2, pinned Appalachian State’s David Peters-Logue in 2:15 and defeated Sacred Heart’s Elliot Antler, 4-3.
Stinson took fifth place at 174, receiving a forfeit from Northwestern’s Johnny Sebastian. Earlier in the day, Stinson defeated Drexel’s Owen Brooks, 7-2, with riding time and Franklin & Marshall’s James Stillerman, 16-6, with riding time.
“I thought Wayne Stinson wrestled well at 174 and we had several other young kids who won some matches,” said Taylor.
Gino Fluri and Jesse Rodgers also picked up a pair of wins each at 149. Fluri defeated Franklin & Marshall’s Sam Butler, 3-1, and Sacred Heart’s Alex Harnsberger, 11-6. Rodgers earned an 8-2 victory over Appalachian State’s Miller Clark and battled to a 4-3 win in overtime over Pittsburgh’s Alex Murray.
Also earning one win apiece were Anthony Cefolo and Mauro Correnti at 133 and 285, respectively. Cefolo defeated Eastern Michigan’s Sa’Derian Perry, 6-5, while Correnti took a 10-2 win with riding time over Sacred Heart’s John Hartnett.
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