By Christine Houghton
On Friday, Feb. 1, the Lions took on Centenary University, which they beat 28-12. The next day, the team went on the road to participate in the Messiah College Open, competing against more than 30 universities from the Northeast.
The College put forth a great effort against Centenary and continued its winning streak. Notable wrestlers include junior Dan Ortega, sophomore Jake Giordano, junior Dan Kilroy, sophomore Robert Dinger, freshman Quinn Haddad and senior Ryan Budzek.
The team dominated the Messiah Open, winning six matches against Division 1 opponents. Giordano wrestled through four rounds to win his second title of the season at 133 pounds.
Sophomore Thomas Anderson made his way to the final match in the 184-pound category, pinning one of his opponents and finally winning the title via a 7-0 decision.
Ortega pinned two opponents, but ended up taking second after falling in the final round to an opponent from the University of Maryland in the 125-pound weight category.
Both sophomore Anthony Rua and junior Nic Mele wrestled at 141 pounds and placed third and fifth respectively. Freshman Quinn Haddad and junior Matt Cornely took fourth and seventh respectively, wrestling at 197 pounds. Wrestling at 133 pounds, sophomore Jake Falleni won five matches to place fifth overall in his weight class.
Sophomore Christian Deehan wrestled at 125 pounds and placed sixth overall for his weight class. The Lions return to action when they travel to Delaware Valley University on Friday, Feb. 8.