Lycoming College set to host 21st Annual Budd Whitehill National Duals

Lycoming College Famed Wrestling Coach Bud Whithill

Lycoming College Famed Wrestling Coach Budd Whithill

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Lycoming College will host the 21st Annual Budd Whitehill Division III National Duals on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 9-10, at Lamade Gymnasium, marking the 15th consecutive year that the College will serve as host for one of the top collegiate wrestling meets in the country.

The 2009 Duals will feature 20 teams from eight different states, including nine nationally ranked programs, and will also feature 20 wrestlers nationally ranked in the top-10 in their respective weight classes.

Seven of the top-eight finishers from the 2008 Duals will return to Williamsport this year, headlined by 2008 champion SUNY Cortland and runner-up Wisconsin Whitewater. Third-place Loras is in the only team from the podium finishers last season that will not return in 2009. Lycoming placed fourth last year, followed by Rhode Island, York, the College of New Jersey and Springfield.

The top seed for this year’s tournament will be the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, entering the weekend ranked ninth in the latest available national polls. Ithaca, ranked eighth in the poll, will be the No. 2 seed, followed by Wilkes (ranked 13th), Cortland (ranked 14th), College of New Jersey (ranked 15th), Lycoming (ranked 25th), Messiah (ranked 29th) and York (ranked 28th).

The Warriors will face the only other ranked team in the opening round as Springfield enters the tournament ranked 30th in the latest poll.

Amongst some of the best teams in the country, some of the best individual wrestlers will also be on hand for the 2009 tournament, headlined by two athletes ranked as the best in the nation in their respective weight classes.

Wisconsin-Whitewater’s Austin Bautista is the top-ranked wrestler at 141 pounds and Cortland’s Paul LeBlanc enters the tournament as the top-ranked wrestler at 149 pounds. Both could be challenged by other wrestlers ranked in the top-10 in their weight classes, as Ithaca’s John Paxos is ranked third at 141 and the Rochester Institute of Technology’s Luke Baum is ranked eighth. College of New Jersey’s John Barnett is ranked sixth at 149 and is joined by Ithaca’s Blaine Woszak, who is ranked 10th.

The 125 pound weight class will also feature three nationally ranked wrestlers, led by RIT’s Mike McInally, who enters the weekend ranked fourth. He is joined by Thiel’s Rob Miller (sixth) and Ithaca’s Seth Ecker (eighth).

John Carroll’s Adam Kriwinsky is the only wrestler ranked at 133 pounds, entering ranked seventh.

Two ranked wrestlers will be featured in the 157 pound weight class, including Ithaca’s Willie Horwath (sixth) and Case Western’s Isaac Dukes (10th).

Lycoming’s Chris Dahlheimer (Felton, Pa.) leads the way at what could be considered one of the top weight classes in the country this season, 165 pounds. Dahlheimer, ranked fifth, will be joined by Wisconsin-Whitewater’s Pat Nagel (sixth), Messiah’s Trent Zempel (ninth) and College of New Jersey’s Justin Bonititus (10th).

College of New Jersey’s Greg Osgoodby leads the way at 174 pounds, entering as the second-ranked wrestler in the nation. He will be joined by Wilkes’ Frank Heffernan (ninth).

The 197 and 285 pound weight classes will each feature one nationally ranked wrestler. Wilkes’ Zach Pizzaro is ranked seventh at 197 and Wisconsin-Whitewater’s Sean Evans in ranked seventh at 285.

The competition schedule will feature four matches going on simultaneously in Lamade Gymnasium. The first round of matches is scheduled for Friday at 9 a.m. and will be followed by matches at 10:30 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Saturday’s matches will begin at 9 a.m. and will be followed by matches at 10:30 a.m. and noon. The 1:30 p.m. matches will determine fifth-place through eighth-place, followed by the championship matches at 3 p.m. and an award ceremony at 5 p.m.

Lycoming’s sports information office will be on hand for the entire tournament and will be posting updated brackets and match results on the Whitehill Central Web site that will be posted at http://www.lycoming.edu/athletics. ESPN Radio (WLYC) will also broadcast updates throughout the day on 1050 AM and 104.1 FM in Lycoming County and online at http://www.espnwilliamsport.com.

Schedule (see accompanying bracket for matchups)

Friday
Round 1 A1 to A4 9 a.m.
Round 2 B1 to B4 10:30 a.m.
Round 3 C1 to C4 Noon
Round 4 D1 to D4 2 p.m.
First Consolations
Round 5 E1 to E4 3:30 p.m.
Round 6 F1 to F4 5:30 p.m.
Second Consolations
Round 7 Losers of Round 4 7 p.m.

Saturday
Round 8 G1 to G4 9 a.m.
Round 9 H1 to H2 + Round 6 losers 10:30 a.m.
Round 10 I1 to I2 Noon
Round 11 Consolations 1:30 p.m.
Round 12 Championship 3 p.m.

Teams
Baldwin-Wallace College (Ohio)
Case Western Reserve University (Ohio)
#14 Cortland State University (N.Y.)
#15 College of New Jersey (N.J.)
Hunter College (N.Y.)
#8 Ithaca College (N.Y.)
John Carroll University (Ohio)
King’s College (Pa.)
#25 Lycoming College (Pa.)
#29 Messiah College (Pa.)
Muskingum College (Ohio)
Norwich University (Ver.)
Oswego State University (N.Y.)
Rhode Island College (R.I.)
Rochester Institute of Technology (N.Y.)
#30 Springfield College (Mass.)
Thiel College (Pa.)
#9 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (Wis.)
#13 Wilkes University (Pa.)
#28 York College (Pa.)

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