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Haas leads Golden Eagles to success

by Shelby Toth
Tue, Nov 28th 2017 09:00 pm
Senior Dillon Stowell (above) pins the opposing wrestler to the mat as he locks his left arm. Stowell has dominated his class of 125 Ib. this season with multiple wins throughout three meets. The freshman class has been looking up to Stowell's experience this season.
Senior Dillon Stowell (above) pins the opposing wrestler to the mat as he locks his left arm. Stowell has dominated his class of 125 Ib. this season with multiple wins throughout three meets. The freshman class has been looking up to Stowell's experience this season.

The men’s wrestling team continued to earn wins as it competed in the New York State Intercollegiate Championships on Sunday, Nov. 19. Brockport ranked seven out of 23 teams at the competition, and second out of the Division III teams there.

Strong showings came from multiple wrestlers, but highlights came from two returning All-Americans: Jonathan Haas and Triston Engle.

Haas continued his perfect season, finishing first in his weight class and maintaining a 14–0 after the NYS Championships. Haas started the championship with a bye round, before moving on to his closest match of the tournament. Haas faced off against Binghamton’s Audey Ashkar, clinching a win by a 5–2 decision. He moved on, defeating his next two opponents by technical fall and major decision, before defeating United States Military Academy wrestler Colton Cummings in the final round by pinning him in 3:45.

Haas also has an impressive feat under his belt, currently ranked first in the country for Division III at 125. Haas was also named the Empire Collegiate Wrestling Conference (ECWC) Wrestler of the Week for the week ending on Sunday,  November 19.

This kind of success isn’t new to senior wrestler Haas, though. In the 2016-2017 season, Haas qualified for the NCAA DIII Championships. He made it to the second day of competition, earning him an All-American status, before coming in third in the competition. 

Not far behind Haas is junior wrestler Engle. Engle is currently ranked fourth in the country in his weight class, 197. At the NYS Championship, Engle finished third overall, passing through his first three matches with a bye, injury and fall before dropping his fourth match to Binghamton wrestler Joe Doyle. He came back to beat Buffalo wrestler Sam Schuyler in a 10–3 decision to gain the third place title.

Engle was named the ECWC Wrestler of the Week the week before Haas. He’s also coming off being named an All-American last season, and earning fourth place in the NCAA DIII Championships. He also was awarded the National Wrestling Coaches Association Most Falls.

While this level of ranking would seem to weigh on the mind of any athlete, Engle remains cool under the heat.

“I don’t really feel the pressure of being nationally ranked so high,” Engle said. “I’ve wrestled for 13 years and I’ve learned to handle pressure well and perform at a high level.”

With returning wrestlers like Haas and Engle, along with other upperclassmen on the team, incoming wrestlers have impressive examples in front of them.

“I provide leadership to the team by setting an example,” Engle said. “I explain how, to the younger generation, through hard work and dedication you can achieve your goals.”

This leadership seems off be paying off, as freshman Travis Race also found himself earning a top spot in the NYS Championship. Race finished fifth in the 184 weight class. While he fell to Jeff Lombardi of SUNY Oswego in the second round, he found his flow afterwards and won the next four matches in a row, including a rematch. The second time facing Lombardi, Race pinned his opponent in 0:14, earning him the fifth place title. 

Like with any sports team, finding leadership within teammates is essential, especially with the large amount of freshmen that the wrestling team has. Coach Donald Murray enjoys this aspect of the team, seeing the dynamic of 20 new freshmen clicking well.

“Some of them are very talented and they’ll be able to learn a lot from the upperclassmen,” Murray said.

The team will have its next action at the NCCC Tournament in Sanborn, New York, on December 2.

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