Drexel’s DeSanto primed for post­sea­son

The Kutztown Area Patriot - - SPORTS - By Bill Arse­nault For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

Austin DeSanto had a great reg­u­lar sea­son with the Drexel wrestling team. Now the true fresh­man will test the wa­ters in the Eastern In­ter­col­le­giate Wrestling As­so­ci­a­tion Tour­na­ment March 3-4 in Hemp­stead, N.Y.

DeSanto, from Read­ing (Ex­eter Town­ship), is ranked fourth by the NCAA Coaches Panel. Wrestling at 133 pounds, he’s 23-4 over­all with an 11-1 record in dual meets and a 7-0 mark in EIWA matches. He has two pins, three ma­jor de­ci­sions and nine tech­ni­cal falls.

“Austin’s done a re­ally great job this year,” coach Matt Azevedo said. “He’s de­ter­mined and fo­cused and he has his sights set on win­ning a na­tional cham­pi­onship. And, he’s been putting in the work to do that.”

DeSanto may have had his tough­est match of the sea­son in a 25-16 vic­tory over Amer­i­can on Feb. 11 in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. when he had to bat­tle in ex­tra time to turn back the No. 9-ranked wrestler 12-10.

“Austin had to over­come a lot of ad­ver­sity in that match but he met ev­ery chal­lenge to win it,” Azevedo said. “I was very happy with how he han­dled that and I think he’ll be a bet­ter for it go­ing for­ward.”

The top three in the EIWA meet will ad­vance to the NCAA Divi­sion I Tour­na­ment March 15-17 in Cleve­land, OH.

G RYAN (KUTZ­TOWN) » The se­nior helped the Michi­gan women’s swim team cap­ture the Big Ten Con­fer­ence women’s cham­pi­onship last week­end in Colum­bus,, OH. Ryan swam the an­chor leg on the 800 free re­lay which fin­ished first in 6:56.28. The time put the unit on the NCAA Divi­sion I A list. Ryan also picked up three B times and scored points when she fin­ished third in the 500 freestyle (4:37.37), sixth in the 1,650 freestyle in 15:59.73 and eighth in the 200 freestyle in 1:46.44. AUSTIN CORY (KUTZ­TOWN) » The ju­nior is hop­ing to pick up points for the Kutz­town men’s in­door track team at the PSAC Cham­pi­onships Satur­day and Sun­day in Ed­in­boro. Cory stands ninth on the league’s per­for­mance list in the 400 meter dash with an ad­justed time of 50.05 which he recorded at the Fas­track Na­tional In­vite on Feb. 9 in Staten Is­land, N.Y. He’s 11th in the 200 meter dash with an ad­justed time of 22.36 and is a mem­ber of the 4x400 re­lay which is cur­rently sixth with a time of 3:22.38. CHRIS KUMMERER (HAM­BURG) » The Elizabethtown se­nior and his wrestling team­mates will head to Ithaca, N.Y. Satur­day and Sun­day for the Divi­sion III NCAA Mideast Re­gion­als, the top three in each weight divi­sion ad­vanc­ing to the NCAA Cham­pi­onship March 9-10 in Cleve­land, OH. Kummerer, who wres­tles at 165 pounds, is 17-11 over­all and 10-2 in dual meets af­ter a 9-1 ma­jor de­ci­sion in a 24-21 loss to Johns Hop­kins on Feb. 15 in Elizabethtown. He has four pins and seven ma­jor de­ci­sions.

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