Barczak and Vespa Punch Tickets to NCAA Wrestling Championships

Monroe Woodbury graduate
Vinny Vespa

Congratulations to Monroe Woodbury graduates Vinny Vespa and Evan Barczak for qualifying for the 2021 NCAA Wrestling Championships on March 18-20 at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis, MO. Competing at the EIWA Conference Championships, Vespa, who wrestles for Hofstra, placed 5th at 141 pounds while Barczak, a junior at Drexel, placed 4th at 165. Vespa and Barczak were both 3X NYSPHSAA place winners while in high school. Warwick graduate Ryan Ferro also wrestled at the EIWAs. Ferro, a redshirt junior who competes at 165 pounds for Long Island University, went 2-2 and took 7th place. Ferro was a 3X place winner and a 2X state champ in high school.

Vinny Vespa (Hofstra, 141)
Quarterfinals: Vespa (Hofstra) dec 8-1 Witham (LIU)
Semifinals: Peters (Army) maj 10-2 Vespa (Hofstra)
Consi Semis: Flores (Drexel) dec 3-0 Vespa (Hofstra)
5th/6th: Vespa (Hofstra) dec 6-1 Witham (LIU) …Vinny takes 5th!!!

Evan Barczak (Drexel, 165)
Quarterfinals: Barczak (Drexel) dec 5-0 Cassella (Binghamton)
Semifinals: Hartman (Bucknell) dec 5-2 Barczak (Drexel)
Consi Semis: Barczak (Drexel) dec 3-2 Stamm (Hofstra)
3rd/4th: Meyer (Lehigh) dec 6-3 Barczak (Drexel)…Evan finishes 4th!!!

Ryan Ferro (Long Island University, 165)
Round 16: Fielder (Army) dec 5-4 Ferro (LIU)
Consi 8: Ferro (LIU) wbf 4:44 Schmidt (Sacred Heart)
Consi 4: Stamm (Hofstra) dec 5-2 Ferro (LIU)
7th/8th: Ferro dec 3-0 Cassella (Binghamton)

149 Champ
PJ Ogunsanya

Army Crowns 2 Champs; Finish 3rd in Team Race
Congratulations to the Coach Kevin Ward and the Army West Point wrestling program for their outstanding finish at the EIWAs. The Black Knights had 5 finalists and crowned 2 champions in PJ Ogunsanya (149) and Ben Pasiuk (174). The team finished 3rd in the team race with 119.5 points finishing behind Lehigh (158.5) and Navy (129).

125 – Ryan Chauvin – 8th
133 – Mark Montgomery – 5th
141 – Lane Peters – 2nd (NCAA qualifier)
149 – PJ Ogunsanya – 1st (NCAA qualifier)
157 – Markus Hartman – dnp (medical fft)
165 – Clayton Fielden – 6th
174 – Ben Pasiuk – 1st (NCAA qualifier)
184 – Taylor Brown – 4th (NCAA qualifier)
197 – JT Brown – 2nd (NCAA qualifier)
285 – Robert Heald – 2nd (NCAA qualifier)

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