COLLEGEVILLE, PA – The York College Spartan wrestling squad took a large contingent of wrestlers to the Ursinus College Fall Brawl on Saturday in Collegeville, PA. The meet was a non-scoring team meet for the squads on hand.
York had one champion and a trio of runners up as the seventh ranked Spartans were well represented.
Senior Frankie Krauss won the individual championship at 184-pounds while freshman Jared Kuhns, sophomore Eric Hutchinson, and senior Hasan Alic all finished second in their respective weight classes.
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• Senior Frankie Krauss kept rolling as he continued his early season success. Krauss won the 184-pound bracket with a 4-0 day. He opened the day with a 14-5 major decision win over TCNJ's Thom Anderson in his opening match. He followed that with a 20-7 major decision win over Delaware Valley's Kyle Hillermeier to reach the semifinals. Krauss had to grind out a 4-2 sudden victory win in to advance to the championship match as he outlasted WPI's Dan Wensley in an exciting match. Krauss then won a high scoring championship bout as he defeated TCNJ's Daniel Surich 13-11 to win his second championship of the year.
• Freshman Jared Kuhns had another great tournament as he finished second at 125-pounds. Kuhns began his day with a 12-2 major decision win over Delaware Valley's Nick DeRosa. He followed that with a tight 5-2 win over Brock Laggini from the Naval Academy Prep School to move into the semifinals. Kuhns earned his berth in the finals with a 12-5 win over Colton Messick from the Apprentice School. Kuhns suffered a tough 5-3 overtime loss to Matt Cardello from Naval Prep in the title match up. It was Kuhns' first collegiate loss as he started his career with nine straight wins.
• Sophomore Eric Hutchinson earned his second straight runner-up finish as he placed second at 157-pounds on Saturday. He began his tournament with authority as he pinned PSU's Mitchell Krcelic in the first period (2:08) to advance to the next round. Hutchinson next earned an 11-7 win over TCNJ's Mark Gerstacker to move into the semifinals. Hutchinson kept rolling with a 10-7 win over TCNJ's Dominic Fano, moving into the finals for the second straight tournament. Hutchinson then fell to top seeded Tyler Marsh from WPI. Hutchinson is now 7-2 with two second place finishes.
• Senior Hasan Alic advanced to the finals of the 197-pound weight class before suffering his first loss of the year. Alic began his day with a 16-0 tech fall win over Ursinus' Charles Wildermuth in the round of 32. Alic moved to the semifinals with a 5-2 win over WPI's Mike Curtis. He followed that with a win by fall over Liberty's Austin Amos as he put Amos on his back in just 1:58. Alic fell to Naval Academy Prep's Jake Koser in the championship game as he is now 9-1 for the year. Koser also knocked off Spartan Jesse Huber who won his first two matches to move into the semifinals against Koser.
Junior Jackson Drum had a solid showing at 165 as he lost his second match of the day but battled to win four straight matches before his day was halted by the six match rule … Drum won three matches by fall and another by major decision in the consolation bracket … Senior Greg Warner, the second ranked wrestler at 149 in the country, had an unusually rough day as he got caught in this opening match by Jared Habben of Naval Academy Prep before rebounding with three straight wins in the consolation bracket … Warner's day came to an end with a shootout loss to Elizabethtown's Cole Cameron 14-11 … Warner is now 9-2 for the year.
The Spartans take to the road on Friday night when they travel to the College of New Jersey for a big regional match up against the Lions. The match is slated for an 8:00 pm start in Ewing, NJ.