UCF Wins Doug Cherry Classic
In a dominating performance, the Central Florida Knights swept through the competition at the 11th annual Doug Cherry Wrestling Classic in Bethlehem, PA. For the second consecutive year Northampton Community College played host to top ranking NCWA teams as well as several NJCAA and NCAA teams. The Knights finished first place with 180 points over NCWA’s Northampton Community College with 148 points. Following Northampton in the team race included Gloucester Community College (NJCAA), Army (NCAA), The Apprentice School (NCWA), Centenary College (NCAA), and Williamson Community College (NCWA), respectively.
The Knights boasted four finalists including two individual champions along with eight additional place-winners. Federico Carosio, 125 lbs., entered the tournament as a third seed and finished the day undefeated with one pin, one major decision, and two decisions. At 133 lbs., Matt Bohren, also a third seed, finished the tournament undefeated with two pins and two decisions. Concluding the tournament, Matt Bohren was also named the most outstanding wrestler. At 157 lbs., Mike Lemieux offered one of his most outstanding career performances; however was unable to top Gloucester Community College’s Randy Moore in the finals. At 174 lbs., Zach Sanford also wrestled one of his best performances, but was forced to default to his opponent due to injury. Finishing in third place for the Knights included Rob McCarty (149 lbs.), C.J. Hauser (165 lbs.), and Jimmy Myers (197 lbs.). Finishing in the top six for the team include William Rothenberg (133 lbs.), Paul Rothenberg (141 lbs.), Matt Stwan (184 lbs.), Brian Pierson (235 lbs.), and Jesse Pinson (285 lbs.). Jesse Pinson also earned the tournament award for the most pins in the least amount of time.
The tournament served as an excellent benchmark for the Knights that will build the necessary momentum needed for the conference and national tournament. Coach Scott Sherman described how in the past four years this tournament has served as a milestone for the team both in wrestling and building team camaraderie. In 2004 the team traveled 22 hours by motor home to the event. In 2005 the team traveled 26 hours by train to the tournament. These travel accommodations, although considered odd to some, helped the team become a family. Although the past two years the team has traveled by plane, the team spirit was not lost. “The team morale and camaraderie that is developed during long trips is an essential element is developing a competitive team,” commented Scott Sherman.
For detailed results on the tournament, please visit www.ncwa.net/results