Canaan Bethea Takes Title at F&M Open

LANCSTER, Pa. – Senior Canaan Bethea stormed through the 197-pound field at the Franklin & Marshall Open, picking up five wins en route to the championship.

Bethea defeated four EIWA opponents on his way to the title, including a 9-5 decision over Princeton’s Ian Baker in the final.

The Quakers sent three grapplers to the semifinals, with Bethea snagging a win to move on to the final. Patrick Garren also picked up a podium finish, finishing third after his second win of the day over Drexel’s Joey Goodhart. Brad Wukie was also a semifinals at 174 pounds, winning his first three matches before dropping a 7-2 decision to defending Division II national champion Joey Davis of Notre Dame College.

133: Marc Mastropietro
First Round: def. Trenton Clifford (Kutztown), 6-0
Second Round: lost to Malachi Krenzalek (Pitt-Johnstown), 5-3
Consolation Second Round: def. Alex Baider (Millersville), 7-2
Consolation Third Round: lost to Ryan Flynn (York College), 4-1

149: Freddie Dunau
First Round: lost to Colby Knight (Harvard), 7-5
Consolation First Round: lost to Zach Daley (Notre Dame College)., 8-4

165: Quinton Hiles
First Round: lost to Louden Gordon (Notre Dame College), 15-4
Consolation Second Round: def. Alex Amador (Lafayette), 9-0
Consolation Third Round: def. Galloway Thurston (Brown), Inj. Default (5:08)
Consolation Fourth Round: lost to Jared Swan (Old Dominion), FALL 4:49

174: Brad Wukie
First Round: def. Tyler Schell (Messiah), FALL 4:18
Second Round: def. Joseph Gonzalez (Millersville), 20-5
Quarterfinals: def. Auston Hummel (Bloomsburg), FALL 6:10
Semifinals: lost to Joey Davis (Notre Dame College), 7-2

197: Canaan Bethea (First Place)
First Round: def. Antonio Pelusi (F&M), FALL 2:43
Second Round: def. Josh Murphy (Drexel), 3-2
Quarterfinals: def. Tyler Greene (Bucknell), 9-2
Semifinals: def. Tristan Sponseller (Lock Haven), 4-2
Championship Match: def. Ian Baker (Princeton), 9-5

285: Patrik Garren (Third Place)
First Round: def. Austin Underwood (Virginia), Inj. Default (0:56
Second Round: def. Isaiah Shipman (Messiah), 10-1
Quarterfinals: def. Joey Goodhart (Drexel), 4-1
Semifinals: lost to Patrik Gillen (Virginia), 18-0
Consolation Semifinals: def. Mike Spencer (York College), 7-4
Third Place Match: def. Joey Goodhart (Drexel), 7-3

The Quakers are back into dual meet action on January 11, heading to Iowa State for a dual meet with the Cyclones at 3 p.m. EST.