Binghamton's Louie DePrez (Hilton) took second in his first college tournament at 184 pounds on Saturday at the Princeton Open. He was joined on the podium by teammate Parker Kropman (Penfield), who notched third at 149.
Several other New York natives finished in the top four, as Princeton's Jonathan Gomez (Locust Valley) was third at 125 while fellow Tigers Mike D'Angelo (Commack) and Christian Araneo (Ward Melville) captured the runner up spot at 157 and heavyweight, respectively.
Philip Spadafora (Half Hollow Hills East) grabbed third at 165 for Maryland, while Jesse Dellavecchia (East Islip) took bronze at 174 for Rider.
For the placement results and the full release from Binghamton on the strong performance of the Bearcat freshman class, read on below.
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The Binghamton wrestling team is heading home from the Princeton Open after an impressive showing from the freshman class. They finished with two place winners, with Lou DePrez taking second at 184 pounds and Parker Kropman placing third at 149 pounds. The Bearcats finished 22-14 with 10 bonus point wins on the day.
"I'm extremely proud of this group of guys on their showing today," head coach Matt Dernlan said. "With the exception of Parker, this was the freshmen's first collegiate showing. I thought they did a great job executing the principles that we preach in practice everyday. They set the tempo for themselves and they really put up a fight out there. It's a really positive way to start their careers."
At 184 pounds, freshman Lou DePrez went 4-1 with two pins and two major decisions. Rolling through the bracket, DePrez faced No. 2 Myles Martin of Ohio State in the championship match. DePrez put up a good fight but Martin ultimately took a 12-3 major decision over the native of Hilton, N.Y. DePrez walked away with a second place finish in his first collegiate showing as a Bearcat.
"DePrez was in the match the whole time," Dernlan said. "Martin was able to control it more towards the end, but Lou put up a great fight against one of the best wrestlers in the country."
Parker Kropman also went 4-1 on the day. Winning his first three matches, one by major decision, Kropman faced Alfred Bannister of Maryland in the semifinals. Losing by fall, the native of Rochester N.Y. moved into consolation to wrestle in the third place bout. Up against Rider's Gary Dinmore, Kropman dominated the match, earning himself five takedowns on his way to an 11-3 major decision over Dinmore and a deserved third place finish at 149 pounds.
Binghamton also had three other freshmen make semifinal rounds at the Open, finishing in the top six of their weight classes.
At 165 pounds, Aidan Monteverdi went 2-2 on the day with wins over Centenary University's Alec Donovan (Dec 7-3) and Ohio State's Ryan Ferro (Dec 5-3). In the semifinal match, the native of Whippany, N.J. faced Ohio State's Fritz Schierl, losing by decision 12-5 to drop into consolation where Maryland's Idris White took a 6-3 decision to end Monteverdi's run.
At 197 pounds, Joe Doyle also went 2-2, with a major decision over Rider's Mike Carfagno before pinning F&M's Jack Argast at 3:51 to advance to the semifinals. Princeton's Patrick Brucki earned a 16-5 major decision over Doyle to knock him into consolation. Going up against Lehigh's Kyle Gentile, Doyle put up good fight on the mat, but ultimately dropped the bout 4-2 to Gentile.
At 141 pounds, Dane Heberlein rolled through his first two matches of the day with bonus point wins. The native of Darien Center, N.Y. took a 16-0 tech fall to start his day over Russell Feye of Sacred Heart, before pinning F&M's Haroldo Nesbeth 1:31 into the match. Heberlein then went up against Lehigh's Dan Moran, winning a close 5-4 decision to advance to semifinals. Lehigh's Ryan Pomrinca won the semifinal match 6-1 to knock Heberlein into consis, where the 141 pounder faced Lehigh's Jimmy Hoffman. Leaving it all on the mat, Heberlein lost in sudden victory to Hoffman (SV-1 5-3) to end his day at the Open.
Matt Swanson of Lynbrook, N.Y. also wrestled the day at 141 pounds, going 2-2 on the day with wins over Rider's Mark McCormick (Dec 3-1) and Princeton's Jordan Reich (Dec 9-4). At 149 pounds, Dylan Wood went 2-2 with wins over George Mason's Justin Yorkdale (Dec 7-3) and Lio Quezada (Maj 12-3). At 285 pounds, Jacob Peru also went 2-2 with a tiebreaker, 4-3 win over Rider's Ben Aquilina and a 10-9 decision over Eric Keosseian.
"It can be hard for the young guys to adjust at first," Dernlan said. "But one thing I can say is that we didn't get beat on talent today. There were times when we got out executed, but that's all part of the process. The guys put in outstanding effort and their performances on the mat showed it. It's a great positive thing to have in our pockets, but now we have to focus on this week. We have to go back to work and be ready for Sunday."
College - 125
1st Place - Matt Parker of Lehigh University
2nd Place - Jonathan Tropea of Rider University
3rd Place - Jonathan Gomez of Princeton
4th Place - Braken Mead of Ohio State University
College - 133
1st Place - Luke Pletcher of Ohio State University
2nd Place - Anthony Cefolo of Rider University
3rd Place - Nick Farro of Lehigh University
4th Place - Brandon Paetzell of Lehigh University
College - 141
1st Place - Ryan Pomrinca of Lehigh University
2nd Place - Patrick D`Arcy of Princeton
3rd Place - Corey Shie of USMAPS
4th Place - Jimmy Hoffman of Lehigh University
College - 149
1st Place - Ke-Shawn Hayes of Ohio State University
2nd Place - Alfred Bannister of Maryland
3rd Place - Parker Kropman of Binghamton
4th Place - Gary Dinmore of Rider University
College - 157
1st Place - Micah Jordan of Ohio State University
2nd Place - Mike Dangelo of Princeton
3rd Place - Brady Berge of Penn State
4th Place - John Pippa of Princeton
College - 165
1st Place - Te`Shan Campbell of Ohio State University
2nd Place - Fritz Schierl of Ohio State University
3rd Place - Philip Spadafora of Maryland
4th Place - Idris White of Maryland
College - 174
1st Place - Bo Jordan of Ohio State University
2nd Place - Wayne Stinson of Rider University
3rd Place - Jesse Dellavecchia of Rider University
4th Place - Carlin Powell of Princeton
College - 184
1st Place - Myles Martin of Ohio State University
2nd Place - Louie DePrez of Binghamton
3rd Place - Ethan Smith of Ohio State University
4th Place - Andrew Price of Lehigh University
College - 197
1st Place - Patrick Brucki of Princeton
2nd Place - Ethan Liard of Rider University
3rd Place - Kyle Gentile of Lehigh University
4th Place - Etiini Udott of Centenary University
College - 285
1st Place - Chase Singletary of Ohio State University
2nd Place - Christian Araneo of Princeton
3rd Place - Ryan Cloud of Rider University
4th Place - Mauro Correnti of Rider University