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Perry qualifies for NCAA Division I tournament; Malone does well at Big 10 tourney

EDINBORO, Pa., March 9, 2013 – Former Middletown High wrestler Richard Perry of Bloomsburg State qualified for the NCAA Division I championships by finishing second at the 38th annual Eastern Wrestling League tournament at 197 pounds.

Perry fell to three-time EWL champion Matt Wilps of Pittsburgh, 5-4, who was named the tournament’s outstanding wrestler. The top two wrestlers from 197 pounds qualified for the NCAA Division I championship meet on March 21-23 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Perry (28-4) beat Justin Oretega of Clarion in the semifinals, 13-5. In the final against Wilps, he gave up a takedown and escape in the second period to fall behind 3-0. A reversal cut the Wilps lead to one. In the third period, a Perry reversal gave him a 4-3 lead but he couldn’t prevent a Wilps escape that tied the match at 4-4. Wilps, who is ranked No. 1 in the country in the NCAA tournament seedings, picked up a point for riding time and earned the 5-4 win.

Pitt won the EWL title for the third straight year, beating host Edinboro by 8½ points with Bloomsburg taking third, three points behind Edinboro.

Malone wrestles tough at Big 10 tournament
CHAMPAIGN, Ill., March 9 — At the Big 10 tournament, Granby native Dom Malone (125) of Northwestern University won his first round match over Wisconsin’s Matt Cavallaris with his team-leading eighth pin of the year in 2:35 but fell in the quarterfinals to top-seeded Matt McDonough of Iowa, 5-4 in a hard-fought battle.

Malone (17-12) was the aggressor from the start against McDonough and scored the first takedown of the match and had the 4-1 lead after a second first-period takedown. McDonough evened things up at 4-4 by the time the first period expired but Malone had racked up riding time. In the second, McDonough recorded an escape at 1:13 to take the 5-4 lead but Malone still had 1:05 of riding time.

Neither wrestler scored the remainder of the period and Malone started the third period down. Malone was unable to escape as McDonough, who is a two-time NCAA champion and three-time finalist, erased Malone’s riding time to take the narrow 5-4 victory.

Malone dropped his first consolation round match to Joe Duca of Indiana, 6-2, and was eliminated.


Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of Connecticut Wrestling Online. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 30 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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