Washington & Jefferson junior Josh Etzel and Waynesburg junior Luke Lohr were placewinners over the weekend at the NCAA Divisaion III Wrestling Championshyips in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Etzel placed sixth in the 157-pound class and became W&J’s first All-American wrestler since 2003. The top eight finishers in each weight class receiver All-America status.
Lohr placed seventh in the 149-pound class. Lohr bounced back from a knee injury this season that caused him miss more than half of the Yellow Jackets’ season.
A two-time national qualifier and PAC champion, Etzel finished the national tournament with a 3-3 record and was 37-7 on the season. The 37 wins is the W&J single-season record.
Lohr had a 3-2 record in the tournament, which included two victories over opponents who were among the top four seeds. Lohr finished the year with an 11-4 record.
W&J’s Jacob Spearman had a 1-2 record and became the first Presidents freshman to win a match in the national tournament under its current qualifying structure.
Waynesburg’s Sam Guidi (165), a Fort Cherry graduate, had a 2-2 record in the tournament, which included a 6-4 overtime loss to the defending national champion and top seed. The Yellow Jackets’ Anthony Bonaventura (174) went 1-2.
No. 22 Washington & Jefferson opened its spring break trip by holding off Plattsburgh State 5-3 in the opener of a doubleheader Sunday in Lakeland, Fla. The Cardinals bounced back to clip the Presidents 3-2 in the second game.
W&J pitcher Eddie Nogay picked up his second victory of the season and improved his career record to 12-0 by giving up only two earned runs in six innings. He allowed five hits.
D.J. Michalski led W&J at the plate with a 4-for-5 and three runs. Josh Staniscia also had four hits and drove in a run.
• Behind a complete-game shutout by Kyle Petty, California split a doubleheader with Grand Valley State at Consol Energy Park. Cal dropped the opener 2-0 before bouncing back for a 3-0 win.
With the split, the Vulcans move to 13-3 this season and have won 10 of their last 11 games.
Petty made his first start of the season in the nightcap and limited GVS to three hits and two walks in seven inning. He retired 14 of the last 15 batters he faced.
Cal scored its first two runs on wild pitches, and added an insurance run in the sixth on a solo hyomer by Will Kaufman.
In the NBA
The Miami Heat equaled the second-longest winning streak in NBA history, pulling away in the fourth quarter Sunday to beat the Toronto Raptors 108-91 for their 22nd consecutive victory.
LeBron James had 22 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists, Dwyane Wade added 24 points and nine assists, and Ray Allen scored 16 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter for the defending NBA champions.
Chris Bosh finished with 18 points as the Heat tied the 2007-08 Houston Rockets for the second-longest winning streak in NBA history. The longest is 33 games, set by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers.
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