Wrestler Kyle McGuire Takes NCAA Regional Heavyweight Crown

McGuire will be joined by Petros Hologitas at Nationals

MIDDLETOWN, CT, March 3, 2014 – Trinity College junior heavyweight Kyle McGuire (Mansfield, Mass.) went 4-0, including a 3-2 victory over top-seeded Lance Moore, of Cortland State, to win his weight class title in the NCAA Division III Northeast Regional Championship this weekend at Wesleyan University's Bacon Fieldhouse. 

Bantam senior tri-captain Petros Hologitas (Brockton, Mass.) reached the finals of the 197-pound bracket, before falling to Cortland State's Joe Giaramita, seeded No. 1 and ranked No. 3 nationally, in the finals by a score of 7-3. Both wrestlers qualified for the NCAA Division III National Championships in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in two weeks. Trinity placed 11th in the team standings with 39.5 points.

"Kyle McGuire, an unseeded wrestler, won the tournament without surrendering a single takedown," said Trinity Head Coach Marques Gales. "Having a pair of National Qualifiers is a huge step forward for our program."

McGuire, unseeded despite a fourth-place finish in last year's Championships, blanked No. 3-seeded Brian Nicoll, of Rhode Island College, 5-0, Sunday morning in the semifinals, while Hologitas, seeded No. 3, downed No. 2-seeded Shane Parcel of Roger Williams, to reach the afternoon finals. McGuire had edged Nicoll, 2-1, on a tiebreaker in the 2013 quarterfinals.

The top three placers in each weight division qualified for the National Championships.  Trinity is sending a competitor to Nationals for the first time since 2006 and sending multiple competitors for the first time since 2001. Also Sunday, Trinity senior tri-captain 174-pounder Kyle Lundberg (Guilford, Conn.), seeded No. 8, fell in the consolation quarterfinals to No. 7-seeded Daniel Graff, of Oneonta State.

On Saturday, Hologitas and McGuire had each won twice to reach the semifinals in his weight class, while Lundberg (won two of his first three bouts to reach the consolation quarterfinals of the 174-pound bracket.  Hologitas opened with a pin against Joe Gorsuch, of Oswego State, in just 1:09 before edging No. 6-seeded Josh Roometua, of Wesleyan, 4-3, in the quarterfinals. 

Hologitas finished fourth in this tournament when it included just New England schools in 2011-12.  McGuire had ousted No. 7-seeded Dan Suarez, of Southern Maine, 5-2, and downed Springfield's Irakli Kakauridze, 4-1, in the quarterfinals.

Lundberg won his first match, 5-1, against Martin Strenk, of Worcester Tech, and gave top-seeded Lou Puca, of Cortland State, all he could handle before falling, 2-1, on a tiebreaker in the quarterfinal round yesterday. Lundberg fed into the consolation bracket against Andrew Cole, of Western New England, and posted a convincing 17-4 win to advance to the consolation quarters. 

Trinity seniors Jeremy Rees (Framingham, Mass.) and Evan Robinson (Shrewsbury, Mass.) went 1-2 in the 149-pound and 165-pound brackets, respectively.

"I also could not be more proud of the five seniors, Scott Gonzalez, Jeremy Rees, Evan Robinson, Kyle Lundberg, and tri-captain John Williams, who wrestled their hearts out this weekend to close their careers," added Gales.