John Prentice earns 2nd NCWA All-American honor
PSU DuBois sent two wrestlers to the NCWA Wrestling National Championships in Allen, TX, John Prentice and Bryce Hanley. Prentice is a senior making his 4th trip to the National Championships, Hanly a junior made his 3rd trip to Texas.
Prentice (174lbs) won his first three bouts by decision 10-3 over Austin Laser of Winona State, 4-1 over Stetson Potrykus of Univ. Wisconsin WC, 2-0 Dan Henson of Apprentice. In the semi-finals he squared off with the #1 seed Noah Curreri of Queens College where he lost a close 3-1 decision. After the tough loss John lost to Jacob Berry 3-1 in OT; Berry wrestles for Springfield Tech. in his last match for 5th place John received a Medical Forfeit win over Edward Maisey of BYU. John completed a great season, placing 5th at the National Championships for the 2nd time. John also placed 5th at 165lbs in 2016.
Bryce Hanley (235lbs) also had a good season, he dropped from 285lbs to 235 lbs this season where he was better suited with his speed and athletic ability.
Bryce lost his first match in last 15 seconds 9-5 to Oliver Feagin of Rensselaer Polytechnic, in the consolation matches he defeated Tiel Bowers of Cal-State Northridge by Fall in 3rd period. His final match was a loss to David Smith of Liberty University 3-1.
The NCWA Team Championship was claimed by Liberty University by the slimmest margin .5 point. Liberty scored 157pts to Apprentice 156.5. Liberty's only championship qualifier, Austin Amos, rallied with a penalty point and a reversal in the final period of the 235 final for a critical 4-3 win over Stevan Webb of UConn. Webb's loss was his third career runner-up finish in the 235 finals.
Penn State Fayette was able to celebrate a National Champion at 285lbs in Nate Spinetti. Spinetti claimed the title with a 4-2 over Dylan Stadel of Utah State. Congratulations to Nate and the PSU Fayette wrestling team on this milestone accomplishment.