The Mercyhurst North East Wrestling team crowned three champions and had four runner-up finishes in the Easter Distric 1 CHampionships hosted by Niagara County CC. The Saints finished second overall in the team race to a tough NCCC team.
John Dillon (Boardman, OH), Tim Vargo (Union City, PA) and Alexander Svetz (North East, PA) each calimed individual championships. Dillon brought home the Saints first title of the night in the 133lb weight class with a 7-5 decision over Jake Nicholson of Jamestown CC. At 165lbs, Vargo had a dominate 11-4 win over top seeded and former three time New York State champ Chris Nevinger of NCCC. Svetz followed up in the same fashion at the 174lb weight class with a 10-0 major decision of Niagara's Shane Curry.
Finishing Second for the Saints were 149lber Jordan Palanca (Blairstown, NJ), 157lber Cole Shirey (Mayport, PA), 184lber Jamar Henry (Greenville, PA) and 197lber Kojo Boadu (Meade, PA). Lorenzo Maddox (Baltimore, MD) received a wild card bid for his third place finish at 285.
The Saints will next travel to Spokane Washington for the NJCAA Nation Tournament on February 28th-March 1st.