Glantzman And Dial Punch Tickets To Nationals! Four Other Mariners Also Place At Mideast Regional Meet

Glantzman And Dial Punch Tickets To Nationals! Four Other Mariners Also Place At Mideast Regional Meet

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BROCKPORT, N.Y. (Feb. 24, 2019) – Two members of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy wrestling team qualified for the NCAA National Championship Meet with top-three finishes in their respective brackets at this weekend's NCAA Mideast Regional Championship up at Brockport. Junior Joshua Glantzman (Allenwood, N.J.) came in second place in the 184-pound bracket and senior Kimo Dial (Poway, Calif.) placed third at 133 to represent the Mariners on the national stage in a few weeks. 

Along with Glantzman and Dial, four other Mariners earned All-Region honors after placing in the top-eight at the meet – senior Blake Bunce (Trophy Club, Texas) came in fourth place at 285 and is a first alternate for nationals, freshman Billy Sims (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) placed sixth at 165 and is a third alternate, classmate Dominick Esposito (Marlboro, N.J.) came in seventh at 174 and senior Chad Puglio (Myerstown, Pa.) placed eighth at 149. 

Glantzman was the #2 seed in the 184-pound bracket and won his first three bouts – the opener via a technical fall and then back-to-back decisions in the quarterfinals and semifinals – to earn a spot in the first-place match. The junior dropped the championship match to the top wrestler in the country at 184, Jake Ashcraft of Ithaca, by just a 3-0 decision. 

Dial started the regional meet with two-straight wins in the 133-pound bracket, his first via a tech. fall and then an sudden-victory upset over the #2-seed Tito Colom of Ithaca in the second round to reach the semifinals. He lost his semifinal matchup to the #3 seed, but battle his way through the consolation bracket to finish in third place, defeating Colom once again in the third-place match via a 7-2 decision. 

As a team, the Mariners came in eighth place out of the 18 teams that scored at the event. They had 68 points over the two days. Ithaca won the regional meet with a score of 166.5, while TCNJ came in second with 139.0 points and Stevens placed third with 108. 

To view the complete results from the NCAA Mideast Regional Meet, click here. For the full brackets from the weekend, follow this link. A photo gallery from the event can also be viewed at this link

The NCAA National Championship Meet, hosted by Ferrum College, will be held March 8-9 at The Berglund Center in Roanoke, Virginia. A "Championship Central" page with more information for the meet, including how to purchase tickets, has been created by Ferrum College and can be viewed at this link

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