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HOBOKEN, N.J. (Feb. 11, 2017) – Senior Patrick Rooney (Belgrade, Minn.) earned the 2017 Centennial Conference Championship at the 184-pound weight class on Saturday at the Centennial Championships, hosted by Stevens Institute. This is Rooney's second conference title of his career, as he also claimed the crown back in his sophomore campaign in 2015.
He went a perfect 3-0 on the day with wins over conference opponents Nathan Wertheimer of Johns Hopkins in the first round (12-3 major decision), Rexx Hallyburton of Washington and Lee in the semifinals (7-1 decision) and Cody Richmond of Ursinus (11-6 decision) to finish first in the bracket.
Four other Mariners reached the podiums with top-three finishes – sophomore Blake Bunce (Trophy Club, Texas) came in second place at 197, classmate Tyler Craig (Snowhegan, Maine) placed third at 133, fellow sophomore Erik Beshada (South River, N.J.) wrestled his way to third at 157 and freshman Joshua Glantzman (Allenwood, N.J.) came in third at 165.
As a team, the Mariners finished in fifth place with a total of 46 points. Stevens took the 2017 Centennial Team Championship with 95.5 points. It was the Ducks' third-straight conference title.
The Mariners will return to action later this month, when they will compete in the 2017 NCAA Eastern Regionals on Feb. 25. At that event, the squad will look to qualify wrestlers through to the National Championships, which are scheduled for March 10-11.
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Rooney Earns Centennial Championship At 184; Four Other Mariners Place In Top Three