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Four state wrestlers compete at NCAA Division III nationals

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, March 5 – Four Connecticut wrestlers competed at the NCAA Division III national championships in Cedar Rapids on Friday.

Williams’ Chris Chorzepa (Newington, 184), Wesleyan’s Devon Carrillo (Middletown, 197), Springfield’s Tyler Keane (Glastonbury, 133) and Roger Williams’ Kyle Foster (Somers, 285) all competed. Chorzepa, Keane and Foster each went 1-2 in the tournament while Carrillo was 0-2.

Chorzepa (39-2) won his first match of the tournament with a A.J. McBroom of Central Iowa, 7-4 but dropped Grant Wedepohl of Wisconsin-Platteville, 8-5 for his first loss of the year. Chorzepa, ranked No. 2 in the country, was eliminated with a 12-10 loss to William Gockel-Frigge of New York University.

Keane won his first match with a 7-6 OT win over Sam Bennyhoff of Augsburg on a stalling call. He lost in the quarterfinals to Jesse Gunter of Baldwin Wallace, 3-2 in the quarterfinals and was eliminated with a 12-2 loss to Phillip Opelf of Cornell College.

Foster captured his first match with a 5-3 win over Mike Spencer of York, Pa., thanks to two escapes and a point for riding time. In the quarterfinals, Foster lost to No. 4 seed Trevor Maresh of Alma College, 3-2, giving up a takedown with 1:36 left in the third period.

Carrillo (15-4) lost to No. 8 seed Dennis Melendez of Hunter, 9-7 on a takedown with 7 seconds left in the third period. He lost his second match to Mason Baumgartner of Concordia, 10-8, giving up a two-point near fall with 43 seconds left and a point for riding time.

Connecticut Wrestling Online has been covering the sport of wrestling in Connecticut and New England since 2001.

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