Oneonta State freshman Shaun Gillen lost back-to-back decisions Friday during the opening day of the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Gillen started his first NCAA tournament appearance against Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s Jordan Schulte, the eighth seed at 165 pounds. Unseeded Gillen dropped an 8-3 decision to fall into the consolation wrestleback brackets.
Gillen followed his first-round setback with a 3-2 loss to Sam Guidi of Waynesburg. Guidi pushed top-seeded Landon Williams of Wartburg to a sudden-victory period in their first-round match before falling, 6-4.
Williams went on to earn a second sudden-victory decision in the quarterfinals, downing Schulte, 5-3. Williams will face fourth-seeded John Darling from The College of New Jersey in a semifinal Saturday.
Gillen ended his season at 28-16. He reached the NCAAs by finishing third in the Northeast region to earn one of 30 automatic qualifier berths.
WATER POLOTwo Hawks honored
The Collegiate Water Polo Association selected Hartwick College junior Sami Capparelli as its Western Division Player of the Week and placed freshman goalie Michaela Davies on the Western Division Defensive Player of the Week honor roll.
Last Saturday at Moyer Pool, Capparelli amassed 18 goals for the Hawks in a 4-0 sweep. She had five goals in a 16-7 win over Gannon University and five more in a 15-7 defeat of Marist College. Capparelli followed with four goals in a 19-7 victory over St. Francis College and had four more to lead the Hawks (16-7) past Siena College, 22-13
Davies highlighted her three starts in goal with 16 saves, three steals and three assists. She had five saves against Gannon and had a five-save, three-assist performance against St. Francis win. Davies also had six saves and three steals against Marist.
Hartwick hosts Connecticut College at 12:30 p.m. Saturday and Brown at 7 p.m. Saturday at Moyer Pool.