Monday, December 4, 2023

New Standard Invitational Recap & Review


We looked at CKLV in DI & The Oppenheim Invite for the NAIA.  As to NCAA Division III, the tournament this past weekend to look to was the New Standard Invite. Quite a bit happened at this tough D3 tournament. 

Joziah Fry Who Wins Everything, Continues to Win Everything

No shocker here that last year's undefeated NCAA DIII champ Joziah Fry of Johnson and Wales won a title here at 125 lbs.  What is of note however, was the really good semi final between Fry's teammate Harrison Gordon & Roanoke's Mac Cufrello.  Gordon snuck past Cufrello 4-3 before losing to Fry in the finals. Just goes to show you that it can be tough at every level.  Cufrello is a tough wrestler, that's a big win for Gordon & let's face, he's got Joziah Fry ahead of him in the lineup.  More evidence of just how much talent & ability to takes to even crack a lineup. 

Luke Hoerle dominates Two Conference Champs in Route to 133 lbs title 

Luke Hoerle of Stevens Tech is doing just fine up a weight class at 133 lbs.  The Duck scored a 14-4 major decision over ECWC champ Zach Levey of Alfred State in the semis & then turned around and scored a 19-4 technical call over Middle Atlantic Conference Champ Ryan Arndt in the finals. 

N thoughts concerning 141 lbs...

Speaking of Extremely Good Backups

Last season Pasquale Vizzoni was a backup to Hunter Gutierrez and this season he's starting it off big with a New Standard title.  Big win over Vizzoni in the finals over Washington & Lee's Evan Lindner 4-1 s.v., who himself had a very nice 7-4 s.v. over 2022 NCAA D3 All American Michael Conklin of The College of New Jersey.  Matt Beyer of Ithaca, last year's Mideast Regional runner-up, unfortunately had to medical forfeit after making the quarters. 

No Thoughts Concerning 149 lbs....

Another title for Stevens at 165 lbs 

A nice title win for Chris Stathopoulous in the finals at 165 lbs. I would have liked to have seen him compete against Nick Sacco of The College of New Jersey, but unfortunately Sacco was injured and had to medical forfeit to 6th place. 

Harrison Kelly Really Impresses at 174 lbs 

Honestly this was a weight class I was thinking Stevens would dominate as well.  I was picking two time All American Stefan Major to win this weight class, but he got upset by James Romaine of The College of New Jersey 4-3, in what I would call one of the biggest upsets of the tournament. Major came back to place 3rd, avenging his loss 6-0 in the consolation finals.  Meanwhile Harrison Kelly just took it to Jackson Gray of Ithaca in the finals.  Gray had defeated Romaine 4-1 in the semis & I thought it'd be a good match between Kelly and Gray in the finals.  Kelly just went to town on him 15-1.  It's making me wonder just how good Kelly really is?  Like upper AA? National title contender?  Wrestled very well here. 

Alfred State Crowns Champ at 184 lbs 

Sean Malefant of Alfred State & Joel Martsinovsky of Stevens. Wouldn't be all that shocked to see either one, if not both qualify for NCAA D3's this year.  Malenfant won a 15-8 decision to take home the New Standard title. 

Dylan Harr Wins Title at 197 lbs 

Of the many titles Harr will probably win this season, here was another.  

USMMA Wins A Title At HWT

Hard fought wins to secure the title at HWT for Reid Garrison. The junior USMMA representative had to use the tiebreakers to defeat Peter Wersinger of the College of New Jersey 2-1 in the semi-finals. He then defeated Adolfo Betancur of Johnson & Wales 7-5 in the finals to give the USMMA their one and only New Standard Invite champ for the season. 

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