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Falcons Show Up Budd Whitehill, Take Four Duals
Posted: 1/14/2012
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Williamsport, PA — For those who have been attending the annual Budd Whitehill Duals at Lycoming College, the Messiah Falcons gave something new to see: a sixth place finish for the first time in program history.

The Falcons took sixth place in the Duals this weekend, losing only to Springfield College and York College in close matches. It was the first time in program history that the Falcons' finished higher than eighth place.

"We had a number of individuals come through when we needed," said Messiah head coach Bryan Brunk. "It was a total effort, and a solid weekend for our team."

Highlights of the weekend include freshman Kaleb Loht (133) going 6-0 on the weekend, including a 4-2 defeat of All-American Joe Mileski from UW-Stevens Point. Senior Matt Cross (174) went 5-0 on the weekend, with classmate Tim Stewart (184) collecting a 6-0 performance.

"Those three guys were leaders for us," said Brunk. "It was an exciting weekend."

The Falcons will travel back to Williamsport next week for a match-up with Lycoming College on Friday, January 20, before hosting the Messiah Open on Saturday, January 21.

Budd Whitehill Box Scores:

Friday, January 13
Messiah 42, Muskingum 6

125: Danny Lethbridge (Messiah) by forfeit
133: Pat McKernan (Musk.) dec. Kurt Rodriguez, 8-3
141: Chris Williamson (Messiah) dec. Brock Yackey, 8-5
149: Steve Cross (Messiah) fall Kenny Poland, 1:23
157: Josh Bressler (Messiah) fall Mike Frasure, 3:57
165: Ben Kramer (Messiah) fall Ronnie Hepner, 4:59
174: Matt Cross (Messiah) fall Mitch King, 2:27
184: Tim Stewart (Messiah) fall Malachi Bluhm, 2:46
197: Charles Jones (Messiah) dec. Luke Weber, 12-9
285: David Rice (Musk.) dec. Evan Canady, 3-1

Messiah 21, Trine 16
125: Brandon Preston (TC) fall Danny Lethbridge, 3:56
133: Kaleb Loht (MC) fall Taylor Hanthorne, 1:34
141: Nick Odom (TC) dec. Chris Williamson, 3-0
149: Ty Knauff (MC) dec. Forrest Romer, 10-4
157: Ellias Larson (TC) maj. dec. Chris Hardenberg, 10-2
165: Rico Plummer (MC) dec. George Markou, 5-4
174: Matt Cross (MC) dec. Jason Alber, 8-3
184: Tim Stewart (MC) dec. Ryan Pieper, 9-3
197: Travis Ebersole (MC) dec. Mack Green, 4-2
285: Shane Hendrickson (TC) dec. Evan Canady, 3-0

Springfield 22, Messiah 12
125: Danny Lethbridge (MC) dec. Victor Ekpenyong, 7-4
133: Kaleb Loht (MC) dec. Derek Adams, 10-5
141: Chris Williamson (SC) maj. dec. Peter Grippi, 19-6
149: Eric Hamrick (SC) fall Ty Kanouff, 4:00
157: Ryan McGilvray (SC) dec. Chris Hardenberg, 7-2
165: Derrick Longo (SC) dec. Rico Plummer, 5-2
174: Matt Cross (MC) dec. Michael Fish, 4-1
184: Tim Stewart (MC) dec. Jason Barriault, 6-1
197: Jeremy Burns (SC) dec. Travis Ebersol, 5-1
285: John Gabordi (SC) dec. Evan Canady, 12-5

Saturday, January 14
essiah 22, UW-Stevens Point 12
125: Danny Lethbridge (MC) OT-1 Lance Fabry, 8-7
133: Kaleb Loht (MC) dec. Joe Mileski, 4-2
141: Chris Williamson (MC) dec. Jordan Kust, 4-3
149: Shane Sweeney (UWSP) dec. Steve Cross, 7-0
157: Ben Strobel (UWSP) dec. Chris Hardenberg, 6-0
165: Rico Plummer (MC) dec. Kory Kleuskens, 13-8
174: Matt Cross (MC) OT-2 Ryan Conat, 4-2
184: Tim Stewart (MC) maj. dec. Andy Borchardt, 16-7
197: Dustin Wozniak (UWSP) inj. def. Travis Ebersole, 3:45
285: Russell Jones (MC) dec. Matt Cuadra, 4-3

Messiah 23, Rhode Island College 19
125: Brandon Gauthier (RIC) dec. Spencer Alexander, 5-2
133: Kaleb Loht (MC) dec. Mike Sugarmeyer, 9-7
141: Shawn Giblin (RIC) fall Chris Williamson, 4:41
149: Mike Trasso (RIC) dec. Ty Kanouff, 2-0
157: Kevin Barucci (RIC) dec. Chris Hardenberg, 5-2
165: Ricardo Plummer (MC) maj. dec. Robert Sotelo, 19-6
174: Matt Cross (MC) fall Caleb Crump, 2:45
184: Tim Stewart (MC) fall Jesse Posl-Rhinehart, 5:56
197: Russell Jones (MC) maj. dec. Kyle Humphries, 9-1
285: Brian Nicoll (RIC) maj. dec. Evan Canady, 10-1

Fifth-Place Match
York 22, Messiah 18
125: Danny Lethbridge (MC) fall Joey Giacco, 6:44
133: Kaleb Lohr (MC) dec. Jim Ciampi, 6-3
141: Chris Albright (YC) fall Chris Williamson, 1:10
149: Chris Gugliotti (YC) tech. fall Steve Cross, 16-0, 5:53
157: Spencer Anderson (MC) OT-2 Drew Spector, 4-2
165: Rico Plummer (MC) dec. Trent Bond, 8-3
174: Matt Heisey (YC) maj. dec. Craig Hogan, 10-2
184: Tim Stewart (MC) dec. Cody Ambrose, 12-6
197: Kyle Minogue (YC) dec. Russell Jones, 10-4
285: George Saliba (YC) maj. dec. Evan Canady, 11-3