WILKES-BARRE – A King’s College rally fell short as Hunter College held on for a 27-24 victory over the Monarchs Saturday in college wrestling.
Before the match, King’s held its Wrestling Wall of Fame Induction Ceremony as Michael Stas (1978), Stan Motyka (1989), Dean McDavitt (1989), Jason Schlingman (2003), Mitch Marcks (2004) and Jim Morgan (2004) were all enshrined.
King’s also honored two-time NCAA Division III national champion David Morgan with a banner highlighting his accomplishments. The banner will be displayed in the rafters of Scandlon Gymnasium.
Hunter jumped to a 15-0 lead, but King’s came back with a decision from Frankie Davis (149), a major decision from Taylor Green (157) and pins by Jerry Robbins and Mike Reilly for a 19-15 lead. Hunter, though, won the next two bouts via fall to regain the lead. King’s Chris Rash (285) finished off the match with a technical fall.
In the Colonels’ win over NYU, Wilkes won all but three matches, including major decisions by Shawn Farnham, Josh Pauling and Zach Pizzaro.
In the 30-9 win over McDaniel, Farnham and Richard Sparks won by major decision.
Kaitlyn Fiorino paced King’s with 21 points and five rebounds while Kaitlyn Malshefski tallied 10 points and five rebounds in King’s second-round loss at the Marymount Tip-Off Classic in Arlington, Va.
Kayla Dick chipped in with 10 points, including three treys.
King’s closes out tournament action at 9:30 a.m. today against Richard Stockton University.
Chelsey Gosse had a game-high 15 points while Allison Horn had 12 points in the Lady Colonels’ win.
Wilkes held a double-digit lead until Marlie Kneifel hit a pair of free throws with 12:33 to go in the second half to pull Baptist Bible within nine (46-37). It would stay under 10 points the rest of the way until Samantha Simcox made a layup with five seconds to play.
The Lady Colonels will be back in action Tuesday when they host Marywood at 6 p.m. at the Marts Center.
King’s hit 9-of-10 free throws in overtime to win the championship game of the Weis Markets/Pepsi Tip-Off Tournament.
Kevin Conroy finished with 19 points with seven rebounds for King’s (4-0). Jim Schule added 18 points and six rebounds.
Mike Wagner, who earned tournament most valuable player honors after totaling 33 points in two days, scored 14 points and had five rebounds. Harry Schlichter, who also earned a spot on the all-tournament team, netted 13 points.
Nathan Greve scored 24 points to pace Baptist Bible.
J.J. Reinmiller had 13 points and Tramone Clark added 11 for PSU/Hazleton.
King’s had two swimmers win two events each in the victory.
Amanda Casey finished first in the 100 and 200 backstroke, Alisha Wainwright won the 100 and 200 breaststroke and Maggie Nealer captured the 200 and 500 freestyle events.
Eric Stencovage won the 100 breaststroke and the 50 freestyle for King’s.
Brandon Senese captured the 100 backstroke, while Dave Washick captured the 200 backstroke