Mui Claims Centennial Most Outstanding Wrestler Honors and 125 Pound Title; Mariners Finish Third Overall
Collegeville, PA - Sophomore Mike Mui (Hingham, MA) earned three straight victories and defeated the #2 ranked wrestler in the nation at his weight class to capture the 2014 Centennial Conference crown at 125 pounds. He was named this year's Most Outstanding Wrestler at the 2014 Centennial Conference Championships as Merchant Marine finished tied for third at the event. Sam Fry (Sturgis, MI), Ben Stallings (Fairfax, VA), Tyler Russell (Georgetown, ME), and Brian Walker (Huntsville, AL) all took third-place in their weight class.
Mui earned a quick pinfall in his quarterfinal match as he put the shoulders of Gettysburg's Holt Johnson to the mat in just 1:15. The sophomore reached the championship bout following a high-scoring 13-10 decision over third-seeded Rob Murray of Stevens. Mui was in firm control of the title match, holding an 8-1 cushion against Ursinus' Chris Donaldson. At that point, Donaldson was forced out of the match due to injury, securing the Centennial Conference Championship for Mui.
Fry also picked up a pin in his quarterfinal match at 184 pounds but he suffered a loss at the hands of eventual conference champion Ryan Dorman in the semifinals. Fry reached the consolation finals after pinning third-seeded Kyle Spangler of Johns Hopkins. He would clinch his third-place finish with a narrow 6-5 verdict over Nick Cross of McDaniel.
Russell followed suit behind Mui and Fry with a first round pin but he sent to the consolation bracket after being upended in the semifinals. Russell got another pin in his consolation semifinal and finished third at 197 pounds with a 6-3 decision over Johns Hopkins' Evan Johnson.
Walker was seeded second in the heavyweight bracket but was ousted by third-seeded Matan Peieg in the semifinals. The freshman bounced back with a 3-0 triumph to reach the consolation final where he pinned Taylor Avino of McDaniel to seal his third-place finish.
Merchant Marine will compete next weekend at the NCAA Eastern Regional Qualifier, hosted by King's College.