Wrestling 2011 Season Recap

March 10, 2011

by: Jen Basch

Under the guidance of 18th year Head Coach Roger Crebs, the Lycoming Warriors wrestling team posted an overall record of 13-11 (2-4 in the conference) this season.

This year was memorable for Crebs, as he posted his 300th career win. This milestone is not easily earned and was a long time in the making for Crebs who has been dedicated to the team for the last 22 years.

Along with his milestone 300th win, Crebs also guided the team to its 25th consecutive winning season, in which he has been on the coaching staff for 22 of those years. This shows the level of commitment that Crebs has to putting out a competitive wrestling team year in and out.

The wrestling squad recently finished up its season, except for one grappler, Isaiah Britton, who will be moving onto the national tournament, with a fifth place finish at the Empire Collegiate Wrestling Conference tournament in Ithaca, N.Y.

The Warriors will send one wrestler to the national tournament in LaCrosse, Wis., as senior Britton picked up an at large bid for his performance at the event. Britton finished second in his 149 weight class. This will be Britton’s second straight trip to the national tournament and he looks to improve on his showing last year as he did not earn “All American” status.

Other placers for the Warriors were seniors Troy Hayre, second, and Mike Maurer, third, juniors Russ Korbul, second, and Stephen Hinton, sixth, and sophomore David Smith, sixth. To qualify for nationals wrestlers must either win their weight classes or earn one of five at-large bids, which are voted on by the coaches.
The Warriors had an up and down dual meet season, this could be contributed to a tough schedule that they keep every season. The wrestling team began the season wrestling nationally ranked Ithaca College, where the team was a little overwhelmed, but the loss was followed with a win against McDaniel.

The Warriors then headed to the John Reese Duals in Wilkes-Barre. The wrestlers finished the duals with a 2-2 record, recording wins against conference foe State University of New York at Oneonta and Hunter College New York N.Y., while falling to Wilkes College, Wilkes Barre, and Centenary College, Hackettstown, N.J.

The Warriors were quickly back in action the next weekend at the Mt. Union Duals in Alliance, Ohio. The Warriors once again posted a 2-2 record, taking down Baldwin-Wallace College, Berea, and Mount Saint Joseph, Cincinnati, and coming up short against Mt. Union, Alliance, and Ohio Northern, Ada, all in Ohio. Looking to continue to improve the Warriors headed to the Messiah College Tournament in Grantham. The Warriors managed a fifth place showing.

Leading the way was Britton who earned a second place finish. Seniors Kyle Crouthamel and Hayre enjoyed third place finishes while juniors Korbul and Hinton posted fourth place finishes.

After the Messiah Tournament the Warriors won the three dual meets left before the team’s biggest event of the year, Budd Whitehill National Duals, which Lycoming hosts. The Warriors fell to conference foe Brockport while posting a close win against SUNY Oswego. The team posted another conference win again Rochester Institute of Technology in its last tune up before the Budd Whitehill National Duals.

At the Whitehill Duals the Warriors started out strong. They posted convincing wins against Springfield College, Springfield, Mass., and Kings College, Wilkes-Barre; these wins put the Warriors in the quarterfinals where once again put up against Ohio Northern. Though a valiant effort was posted the team was unable to avenge their earlier loss to Ohio Northern falling to them again sending them to the cancelation bracket where they would meet SUNY Oswego. The grapplers lost a heartbreaking 17-19 decision to the Oswego pitting them against John Carroll University, University Heights, Ohio, for the final match of the tournament, which was won.

After the disappointing Whitehill Duals, the Warriors once again traveled to Grantham to face Messiah, this time in a dual meet. The Warriors came up short again losing another conference match. The squad then faced King’s, and beat them again. Shortly afterward, the Warriors headed to East Stroudsburg to face division two foe East Stroudsburg University. Though the Warriors put up a valiant effort they fell short once again.

The squad then competed in its final conference match of the year falling to SUNY Cortland. After the Cortland match, the Warriors finished the season out with convincing victories against both Stevens Tech and Gettysburg.

These wins allowed the seniors to go out on a high note.