Somers Fourth at Michigan State

Somers Fourth at Michigan State

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EAST LANSING, Mich. – Nico Somers placed fourth in the 285-pound open bracket to lead Franklin & Marshall’s effort at the Michigan State Open on Sunday. His afternoon marks the first time the 2006-2007 season that Somers placed in a tournament. He won the Wilkes Open and placed fifth at the Mat Town Open that season.

In the championship bracket, Somers placed a 3-2 decision on Virginia’s Jack Danilkoicz before falling 4-1 to second-place finisher, Nate Everhart of Indiana. Somers proceeded to hand out decisions in the wrestle-back, includinga  5-2 win over Northwestern’s Ben Kuhar and a 3-2 win over Michigan State’s Alan O’Donnell. A win by injury default propelled Somers into the consolation finals where he dropped a 3-2 decision to Michigan’s Chad Bleske.

Starting his day off with a pin, Justin Herbert wrestled his way to the consolation quarterfinals. His 24th career pin moved F&M’s senior within six pins of the College’s career mark.

Wrestling in the 174-pound open bracket, Herbert pinned Pittsburgh’s Karl DeCiantis late in the first period, and then defeated Eastern Michigan’s Tommy St. Louis with a 10-4 decision to work into the quarterfinals on the championship bracket. Penn State’s David Erwin bumped Herbert to the consolation bracket with an 8-3 decision before Northwestern’s Brian Roddy ended The F&M senior’s day with an 8-4 setback. Roddy went on to take sixth place.

Anthony Bongarzone went 2-2 in the 165-pound, freshman/sophomore bracket.  Wrestling up a weight from last year, Bongarzone dropped a 10-7 decision to Buffalo’s Matt Bogardus in the first round. He battled back with an 11-9 decision of Muskegon’s Patrick  Mehan before grabbing his first pin of the season at the expense of Anchor Bay’s Nick Licari. Indiana’s Cooper Samuels, who finished in fourth place, ended Bongarzone’s day, squeaking out a 6-5 decision.

Competing in the freshman/sophomore, 157-pound bracket, first-year grappler, James DiNicola, wrestled into the quarterfinals on the strength of a bye and an 11-1 major of Oakland University’s Scott Kauffman.

Colin Ely won a pair of matches in the 184-pound freshman/sophomore bracket, while Dan Canfield won his first match of the year in the same group. 

Ohio’s Dylan Wrage, bounced Ely from the championship bracket in his first collegiate match, but he bounced back with a 3-1 win over Muskegon’s Corey Moore. Purdue’s Marx Success was a failure against the F&M frosh, falling at 2:29 in the first period, but Northwestern’s Aaron Jone ended Ely’s run with an 11-4 major.

Canfield’s win in the consolation bracket was a 3-1 decision over Olivet’s Aaron Sullinger.

The Diplomats return to action on next week at Army for the Diplomats’ Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association opener.