Fratan­toni star­ring as se­nior for Muh­len­berg wrestling

The Community Connection - - SPORTS - By Bill Arse­nault For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

Jimmy Fratan­toni has had a solid ca­reer with the Muh­len­berg wrestling team, but the se­nior ap­pears ready to take the next step.

Fratan­toni, an Owen J. Roberts grad­u­ate, has 14-2 over­all record and is 8-0 in dual matches at 184 pounds dur­ing the first se­mes­ter. He has two pins, two tech­ni­cal falls and six ma­jor de­ci­sions. In his ca­reer with the Mules, he’s 45-18 with seven tech­ni­cal falls, a school record 14 ma­jor de­ci­sions and eight falls. One of his set­backs this sea­son came in the ti­tle match of an­nual Petro­fes Tour­na­ment Nov. 30-Dec. 1 in Gran­tham when he was beaten 7-3.

“Af­ter los­ing the fi­nals at the Petro­fes, Jimmy’s lit­er­ally try­ing to get bet­ter ev­ery minute,” coach Ja­son McLean said. “He’s re­ally a guy that we can rally be­hind and count on.”

The coach feels that Fratan­toni is also help­ing the Mules in an­other area.

“Jimmy has re­ally emerged as a leader, tak­ing a cou­ple of strug­gling fresh­men un­der his belt and show­ing them how up­per­class­men and stand­out ath­letes should be­have.”

The coach also feels that his wrestler comes from a strong pedi­gree.

“He’s an as­sas­sin on top and get­ting bet­ter ev­ery day in the other po­si­tions,” McLean said. “He’s go­ing to be very hard to beat this year.” JORDANWOOD(BOY­ER­TOWN) >> The ju­nior is ranked sixth in the 285 pound class and he showed he be­longs there when No. 16 Le­high trav­eled to Ames, Iowa, to bat­tle un­beaten and fourth-ranked Iowa. The Hawkeyes won 28-14 be­fore a crowd of 7,434, but Wood gave the Moun­tain Hawks their fi­nal points of the match when he scored a 13-3 ma­jor de­ci­sion. On the sea­son, Wood is 6-1 over­all and 3-1 in dual matches. He has a pin in 1:24 and three ma­jor de­ci­sions. His only set­back, a 12-3 de­ci­sion, came in a 42-0 loss to No. 1-ranked Penn State on Dec. 2 in Univer­sity Park.

RACHEL SCHAAF (THE HILL SCHOOL) >> The fresh­man from Phoenixville is off to a solid start with the Col­gate women’s in­door track team. Schaaf fin­ished fifth in the long jump with a per­sonal record 16 feet, 4 ½ inch ef­fort and was 24th in the 60 meter dash in 8.77 at the Utica Pi­o­neer Open on Dec. 8 in Utica, N.Y. Schaaf opened the sea­son by fin­ish­ing fifth in the triple jump with a leap of 37 feet, 2 ½ inches and was sixth in a long jump with a 16 foot, 10½ inch ef­fort.

RAE RAE TAY­LOR (OWEN J. ROBERTS) >> The sopho­more multi-event stand­out kicked off her sea­son with the Penn State Harrisburg women’s track team at the River Hawk Opener on Nov. 30 in Selins­grove. She fin­ished first in the long jump (17 feet, 7 ½ inches), sec­ond in the 60 meter dash (8.24), third in the triple jump (35 feet, 8 inches) and 10th in the 60 meter hur­dles (10.44). Tay­lor fin­ished sec­ond in the hep­tathlon out­doors (4348) and third in the hep­tathlon in­doors (3015) at the ECAC Divi­sion III Cham­pi­onships last sea­son as a fresh­man.

JAMIE LUKAS (METHAC­TON) >> The King’s men’s hockey team is 1-13 over­all and 1-8 in the United Col­le­giate Hockey Con­fer­ence but the Mon­archs are get­ting a solid ef­fort from the 6-foot-2, 190-pound se­nior for­ward. He leads the team with six goals and has scored sin­gle goals in six out of 14 games. He had the first goal in the team’s only vic­tory, a 2-1 tri­umph over Neu­mann on Nov. 30 in As­ton. The trans­fer from SUNY-Brock­port played in all 25 games for King’s last sea­son and had four goals and four as­sists for eight points. KYLE D’AM­BRO­SIO (POPE JOHN PAUL II) >> The ju­nior posted a pair of per­sonal records in his first meet of the sea­son for the Ash­land men’s in­door track team. Com­pet­ing at the Tif­fin Alumni Open on Dec. 1 in Tif­fin, OH, D’Am­bro­sio fin­ished third in the triple jump with a leap of 44 feet, 6 ¼ inches and was sixth in the long jump with a 21 foot, 4 inch ef­fort, both ca­reer bests. At the Youngstown Ice­breaker on Dec. 7 in Youngstown, OH, he was fifth in the triple jump (44 feet, 1 ½ inches) and 12th in the long jump (21 feet, 1 ½ inches).

JOR­DAN BARTH (PERKIOMEN SCHOOL) >> The 6-foot-1 ju­nior for­ward had her firstever dou­ble-dou­ble to help the Mis­eri­cor­dia women’s basketball team de­feat Mount Aloy­sius 92-44 on Nov. 15 in Dallas. She had a ca­reer-high 16 points and a ca­reer-high 13 re­bounds. Barth is the su­per sub on the Mighty Macs, who are 10-0 over­all and 2-0 in MAC Free­dom play. In 10 games off the bench, she’s av­er­ag­ing 5.0 points and is tied for sec­ond on the team with 6.7 re­bounds a game and has 20 as­sists, 19 steals and seven blocked shots. MICHAEL PRIOR (POTTS­GROVE) >> The sopho­more moved up on the Cen­ten­nial Con­fer­ence per­for­mance list af­ter a solid per­for­mance with the Ursi­nus men’s swim team at the Golden Ram Clas­sic on Dec. 8 in West Ch­ester. Prior fin­ished third in both the 100 and the 200 back­stroke, his 100 time (52.40) is fourth on the list while his 200 time (1:53.59) cur­rently stands third. He also helped the 200 med­ley re­lay fin­ish third in 1:35.82 and the 800 free re­lay fin­ish fifth in 7:05.92. The meet was dom­i­nated by Divi­sion II West Ch­ester.

JEFF MONT­GOMERY (PERKIOMEN VAL­LEY) >> The ju­nior is off and run­ning for the Ithaca men’s in­door track team. At the an­nual Ithaca vs. SUNY Cort­land dual meet on Dec. 7 in Ithaca, N.Y., Mont­gomery fin­ished sec­ond to a team­mate out of 19 run­ners in the mile with a per­sonal best time of 4:28.70, the Bombers los­ing the meet 64-54. He opened the sea­son by help­ing Ithaca’s dis­tance med­ley re­lay fin­ish sec­ond at the Greg Page Re­lays on Dec. 1, also in Ithaca, with a time of 10:39.02.

ABBY LODGE (DANIEL BOONE) >> The se­nior kicked off her sea­son with the Stock­ton women’s in­door track team by fin­ish­ing sev­enth in both the 60 meter dash and the 200 meter dash at the Fas­track Metro Sea­son Opener on Dec. 1 at the Ocean Breeze Ath­letic Com­plex in Staten Is­land, N.Y. Com­pet­ing against mostly Divi­sion I and Divi­sion II ath­letes, Lodge posted a ca­reer best time of 8.27 in the 60 and was clocked in 26.50 in the 200.

ALEX EPPS-OR­TIZ (SPRING­FORD) >> The 6-foot-3 se­nior for­ward has played in seven games with five starts for the Rose­mont men’s basketball team, the Ravens 3-6 over­all and 0-1 in the Colo­nial States Ath­letic Con­fer­ence af­ter a 95-54 non­league loss to Divi­sion I Lafayette last Wed­nes­day in Eas­ton. Epps-Or­tiz is av­er­ag­ing 5.3 points and 3.0 re­bounds a game. He had a sea­son high 11 points in an 85-84 loss to Cabrini on Nov. 20.

COUR­TESY MUH­LEN­BERG ATH­LET­ICS

Jimmy Fratan­toni (Owen J. Roberts), top, is off to a strong start in his se­nior sea­son at Muh­len­berg.

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