After a disappointing 4-8 season, the Marauders headed to the NCAA Super Regional tournament in Johnstown, looking to end their season on a high note. Freshman Aram Moffitt was able to grapple his way into a bout for a third place finish.
Moffitt, competing in the 197-pound weight class, worked his way to the championship semifinals by the time competition started Sunday. The weekend long tournament brought together 11 schools from across the region in the final matchup of the year. Second seeded Zac Bennett was able to pin Moffitt, who then turned around and edged Mercyhurst’s Brian Beattie in a 3-2 decision to advance to the third-place match.
Unseeded Jalal Paige of Shippensburg was able to come out on top in the third-place match. After the match was deadlocked at the end of three periods, the two headed into a one minute overtime period. The two needed more than just one minute to decide a winner, however, as the score remained tied, requiring a tiebreaker session. Paige was able to edge Moffitt 2-1, securing his third place finish.
Moffitt, a true freshman, was able to finish his first season wrestling for the Marauders with 19 victories. Four other Marauder wrestlers were given the chance to qualify for nationals via the consolidation bracket after losses. Austin Camacci, Thomas Nulty and David Charles were all eliminated in the quarterfinal, however, ending the Marauders’ shots at qualifying.
The Marauders as a team finished ninth out of the 12 teams with 19 points, nearly 100 points behind first place finisher Notre Dame College.