While the season may have just begun for the John Carroll University wrestling team, the Blue Streaks look like they’ve already hit their mid-season form. The Blue and Gold traveled to Rochester, N.Y. this past weekend to compete in the 47th annual RIT Invitational and came away with an impressive second place finish, finishing just beyond the champion Ohio Wesleyan University Battling Bishops.
The Blue Streaks sent 18 total wrestlers to compete at the Invitational, which was hosted by the Rochester Institute of Technology in the Gordon Field House, and nine of those wrestlers came away as placewinners in their respective weight class, including two first place finishes as well as numerous other high-placing finishes.
Sophomore Terner Gott led the way for the Blue Streaks as he captured first place at 157 pounds, defeating Ohio Wesleyan University’s Howard Tobochnik by a score of 9-5 in the finals. Gott, who was named to D3Wrestle.com’s 2012 All-Freshman team, won the 157 pound weight class last season as well.
Freshman Dan Mirman also claimed first place for the Blue Streaks in the 149 pound weight class, helping to anchor the middle of JCU’s lineup. The rookie defeated RIT’s Brad Mayville by a score of 6-4 to clinch the first place finish.
Freshman Michael Buckiso also had an impressive showing at 125 pounds, going 3-1 at the Invitational with his lone loss coming in the finals as he was pinned in the first period by Jesse Gunter of Baldwin Wallace University.
Junior Will Porter picked up more points for the Blue Streaks by finishing in third place at 285 pounds, defeating Anthony Joyce of Norwich University by a score of 4-1. Porter finished the weekend with an overall record of 4-1, adding depth to the back end of the Blue Streaks’ lineup as well.
Sophomore Vinny Jiovenetta also proved how capable the Blue Streaks’ youth can be, as he finished in third place at 165 pounds, improving upon his sixth place finish from last season.
Junior Bryan Steinmetz picked up a fourth place finish at 184 pounds as he racked up a 3-2 record on the weekend. Freshman Bryan Adams also had a solid weekend for the Blue Streaks, as he finished in sixth place at 197 pounds to contribute to JCU’s second place finish.
After winning the same invitational during the 2011-12 season, the Blue Streaks came close but fell just short of repeating as champions once again. With 138 total team points, the Blue Streaks finished narrowly behind the first place Battling Bishops (152 points) and just ahead of SUNY Oswego (122 points, third place overall). Baldwin Wallace (108 points, fourth overall) and Worcester Polytechnic Institute (102 points, fifth overall) rounded out the top five finishing schools at the Invitational. The second place finish marks the third time in the last five seasons that the Blue Streaks have finished third or better in the Invitational.
From here, the Blue and Gold will take a bit of an extended break from action, as they don’t compete again until after Christmas. The Blue Streaks will travel to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. at the end of this month to compete in the Florida Citrus Invitational.