DeSanto, Iowa place 1st at Mid­lands Cham­pi­onships

The Southern Berks News - - SPORTS - By Bill Arse­nault

Sopho­more Austin DeSanto helped the Univer­sity of Iowa wrestling team cap­ture the Mid­lands Cham­pi­onships Dec. 29-30 in Hoff­man Es­tates, Ill. The Hawkeyes topped the 10-field team with 184 points, and DeSanto cap­tured the 133 pound ti­tle.

DeSanto, an Ex­eter Town­ship grad, had a first round bye as the No. 2 seed and then went on to score a 22-4 ma­jor de­ci­sion and a fall in 2:16 to ad­vance to the semi­fi­nals. He was de­clared the win­ner in that match when his op­po­nent, the No. 3 seed, was dis­qual­i­fied.

In the fi­nals, he scored a 15-5 ma­jor de­ci­sion over No. 4 seed Noah Gonser of Camp­bell to claim the ti­tle. DeSanto now has a 9-1 record in his first sea­son with Iowa af­ter a stand­out fresh­man sea­son at Drexel.

“Austin is a sponge, num­ber one,” Iowa coach Tom Brands said. “Num­ber two, he works re­ally hard be­cause wrestling means a lot to him. And, he’s con­sci­en­tious.”

DeSanto has be­come pop­u­lar with the col­lege’s wrestling fans who pack the Carver-Hawk­eye Arena in Iowa City ev­ery time the team has home matches.

“Austin is a pleaser,” Brands said. “He wants to please his fans, he wants to please his team­mates and he wants to please his coaches. I at­tribute a lot of that to the mo­ti­vat­ing fac­tors in his life.”

The Hawkeyes open their Big Ten Con­fer­ence sched­ule against Min­nesota on Jan. 13 in Min­ne­ap­o­lis. KYLE SEIB­ERT (GOV­ER­NOR

MIF­FLIN) >> The true fresh­man is see­ing ac­tion at 133 pounds in open tour­na­ments for the Ursi­nus wrestling team. Seib­ert posted a 2-2 record in the Mes­siah Open on Nov. 3 in

Gran­tham and picked up his first col­lege pin in 4:22 in his third match of the meet, but was elim­i­nated with a 6-4 set­back in the con­so­la­tion round. At the Ursi­nus Fall Brawl on Nov. 10 in Col­legeville, he posted a 1-2 record and dropped a 5-0 de­ci­sion to be elim­i­nated in the first con­so­la­tion round. SHARLENE JENSEN (GOV­ER­NOR MIF­FLIN) >> The sopho­more is the se­cond best diver be­hind a ju­nior on the Ohio Wes­leyan women’s swim team, the Bat­tling Bish­ops 3-1 over­all and 1-0 in North Coast Ath­letic Con­fer­ence meets. Jensen had her best ef­fort of the sea­son in the team’s only loss – 179-54 to na­tion­ally-ranked Find­lay in a non-league meet on Nov. 2 in Find­lay, OH. Jensen fin­ished third in the 1-me­ter dive with a sea­son-best score of 228.08 and fol­lowed that up by fin­ish­ing third in the 3-me­ter dive with a sea­son-best to­tal of 231.53. JOE GUIL­IANO (DANIEL

BOONE) >> The fresh­man swim­mer and his Al­bright team­mates closed out the first se­mes­ter by com­pet­ing against Divi­sion II West Ch­ester and a strong Ursi­nus team in the Golden Ram In­vi­ta­tional Dec. 7-8 in West Ch­ester, and Guil­iano scored points in all three of his in­di­vid­ual races. He fin­ished fifth in the 100 back­stroke with a per­sonal best time of 54.89, ninth fastest in team his­tory. He also fin­ished 11th in the 200 IM (2:04.61) and the 200 back­stroke (2:08.87). And he helped two re­lay teams score points as well. EMONIE REVIERE (GOV­ER­NOR MIF­FLIN) >> The Millersville sopho­more opened the women’s in­door track sea­son by fin­ish­ing se­cond out of 79 run­ners in the 60 me­ter dash at Franklin & Mar­shall’s Diplo­mat Open on Dec. 1 in Lan­cas­ter. Her time was 7.95 which was a PSAC In­door Track

qual­i­fy­ing mark. She fin­ished se­cond in the same meet last year with a time of 8.00. Reviere’s per­sonal best time in the 60 came in the PSAC In­door Track Cham­pi­onships last Fe­bru­ary when she fin­ished 13th with a time of 7.89. KEN­ZIE MYER (DANIEL

BOONE) >> The sopho­more had a solid first se­mes­ter for the 6-3 Ar­ca­dia women’s swim team. In a 20346 vic­tory over Wilkes on Dec. 8 in Wilkes-Barre, Myer fin­ished first in the 100 back­stroke (1:04.48) and se­cond in the 200 back­stroke (2:21.53). It was her se­cond vic­tory in the 100 back thus far this sea­son. Fresh­man Kira Al­der­man (Owen J. Roberts) is also scor­ing points for the Knights. She fin­ished se­cond in the 200 breast­stroke (2:39.39) and third in both the 50 freestyle (27.20) and the 100 freestyle (58.92). BROOKE BOLLINGER (EX­ETER) >> The fresh­man is see­ing ac­tion with the Tow­son women’s swim team, the Tigers 5-2 in the first se­mes­ter and are led by 21 se­niors and ju­niors. At the se­mes­ter-end­ing Buck­nell In­vi­ta­tional Nov. 16-18 in Lewis­burg, Bollinger picked up points for fin­ish­ing 15th in the 100 breast­stroke with a time of 1:07.76 and 23rd in the 200 breast­stroke in 2:27.39. She also swam the 50 freestyle (25.78) and the 200 IM (2:15.15) but didn’t score. Tow­son re­turns to ac­tion at home against Drexel on Jan. 12 in Tow­son, Md. ERICA LUTZ (HAM­BURG) >> The 5-foot-11 sopho­more for­ward con­tin­ues her stand­out play with the Ly­coming women’s bas­ket­ball team, the War­riors 10-4 over­all and 5-1 in MAC Com­mon­wealth play af­ter a 69-66 non-league vic­tory over Ju­ni­ata on Jan. 2 in Hunt­ing­don. Lutz had a team-high 17 points in the game. She leads the team in scor­ing with a 16.0 av­er­age and is tied for first in re­bound­ing with an 8.9 av­er­age. She had a ca­reer­high 23 points in a 55-52 league vic­tory over Ar­ca­dia on Dec. 8 in Wil­liamsport and has scored in dou­ble fig­ures in 13 of 14 games with four dou­ble-dou­bles.

Lutz leads the team in blocked shots with 25 and also has 19 steals and 16 as­sists.

“Erica has cer­tainly played at a high level this year, mak­ing one of the most pro­nounced jumps from her fresh­man to sopho­more year that I have seen

in my time as a coach here,” Ly­coming coach Chris­ten Dit­zler said. “The best part of Erica is her com­po­sure. She’s as steady at the end of the game as she is in the first quar­ter.”

Lutz av­er­aged 3.6 points and 4.0 re­bounds in 25 games as a fresh­man. JOSH GIOR­GIO (SCHUYLKILL

VAL­LEY) >> The se­nior is wrap­ping up his ca­reer with the Air Force Academy wrestling team. Com­pet­ing at 149 pounds, Geir­gio is 2-5 this sea­son. That brings his four-year record to 30-27. He was 11-8 at 141 pounds as a fresh­man, 14-8 at 149 pounds as a sopho­more and 5-4 at 149 pounds as a ju­nior. At Schuylkill Val­ley, Gior­gio still holds the school record in vic­to­ries by a fresh­man with 42 and was a four-time sec­tional cham­pion. LAU­REN LIS­TER (FLEET­WOOD) >> The 5-foot-8 sopho­more guard is on a roll with the Millersville women’s bas­ket­ball team, the Ma­raud­ers 4-8 over­all and 1-4 in PSAC East play af­ter an 88-71 non-league loss to Shep­herd on Jan. 2 in Shep­herd­stown, W.Va. Lis­ter had 15 points in the game. In her four prior games, she av­er­aged 25.3 points in­clud­ing a ca­reer-high 31 in a 62-58 league loss to Pit­tJohn­stown on Dec. 30 in John­stown. She leads the team in scor­ing (21.2) and blocked shots (22). SARAH CRISSMAN (FLEET­WOOD) >> The 5-foot-5 fresh­man com­peted in her first col­le­giate mile race and her de­but with the Mon­mouth women’s in­door track team and she was a win­ner. Crissman cov­ered the course in 5:05.52 at the Wag­ner Col­lege Show­down on Dec. 7 at the Ocean Breeze Sports Com­plex in Staten Is­land, N.Y. At Fleet­wood, Crissman set records in the 400, 800 and 1500 me­ters and was an All­State per­former as a fresh­man and an All-County

pick as a sopho­more and ju­nior. KEBA MITCHELL (BERKS

CATHOLIC) >> The 6-foot-4, 189-pound fresh­man for­ward is see­ing more and more ac­tion with the DeSales men’s bas­ket­ball team, the Bull­dogs 8-4 over­all and 2-0 in MAC Free­dom play af­ter de­feat­ing Bryn Athyn 90-71 and John­son & Wales 91-78 in the Al Se­navi­tis Me­mo­rial Tour­na­ment on Dec. 29-30 in Cen­ter Val­ley. Mitchell had nine points against Bryn Athyn and 10 points and eight re­bounds against John­son & Wales. On the sea­son, Mitchell has come off the bench in all 12 games and is av­er­ag­ing 6.0 points and 3.0 re­bounds a game. He also leads the team in blocked shots with 23. NICK VILLAREAL (BERKS CATHOLIC) >> The sopho­more opened the sea­son with the McDaniel men’s in­door track team by fin­ish­ing 21st out of 33 in the shot put at Franklin & Mar­shall’s Diplo­mat Open on Dec. 1 in Lan­cas­ter. His toss of 34 feet, 11 ¼ inches is a per­sonal record and it tops his pre­vi­ous best by more than three feet. That came at the Blue Jay Tuneup last April in El­iz­a­beth­town as a fresh­man last spring when he fin­ished 19th with a throw of 31 feet, 6 inches. SETH WRIGLEY (BOYERTOWN) >> The ju­nior is a key per­former with three re­lay teams for the Wash­ing­ton Col­lege men’s swim team. He swims legs on 200 free (1:29.24), the 200 med­ley (1:38.18) and the 400 med­ley (3:34.79). Wrigley also is one of the top two com­peti­tors for the Shore­men in the but­ter­fly with sea­son-best times of 53.32 (50 fly) and 2:02.12 (100 fly). He fin­ished se­cond in the 100 fly (2:02.55) as Wash­ing­ton closed out the first se­mes­ter with a 151-98 loss to York on Dec. 8 in York.

COUR­TESY MARK LUNDY PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

Iowa’s Austin Desanto has his hand raised in vic­tory af­ter a win at the Mid­lands Cham­pi­onships.

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