College Notebook: McDaniel's Eckenbarger third at Centennial Conference championships

McDaniel's Ryker Eckenbarger, a Westminster High School graduate, placed third at the Centennial Conference wrestling championships.
McDaniel's Ryker Eckenbarger, a Westminster High School graduate, placed third at the Centennial Conference wrestling championships. (Courtesy photo/McDaniel Athletics)

McDaniel had a pair of placewinners, finishing eighth at the 2019 Centennial Conference wrestling championship Saturday hosted by Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y.

The Green Terror had 18 points. Stevens won the title for the fifth straight year with 83 points.


Westminster graduate Ryker Eckenbarger led the Green Terror with a third-place finish at 133. He opened his day as the third seed and topped Muhlenberg's Josh Hickey 11-3 before falling 6-3 to second-seeded Yoseph Borai in the semifinals. In the consolation bracket, Eckenbarger won over Russell Zimmerman (Washington and Lee) with a second major decision, 18-6, before topping Hickey again in the third-place bout, 9-2.

Wade Bishop placed fourth at 152, going 2-2 on the day.


Isaiah Edmond added one win at 141. He dropped a 4-0 decision to Zach Bylykbashi (W&L) in the opening round before topping Kyle Seibert (Ursinus) by fall in 2:03, and was then pinned in 2:48 by Muhlenberg's Austin Sherman.

Cole Nagle also went 1-2 at 165. Shane Conners pinned Nagle in 1:32 to open the day before Nagle recorded a 1-minute, 36-second fall of Stephen Friedman (Stevens). Zachary Goranson used a 7-5 win in sudden victory to defeat Nagle and advance to the third-place match.

Ethan Wolf dropped a 7-0 decision to second-seeded and eventual champion Paul Triandafilou (Gettysburg) to open action at heavyweight. In the consolation bracket, Wolf won 2-0 over Joseph Moreno (Stevens) before falling 3-1 to William McGinley (Ursinus).

Conners, a South Carroll graduate, was the top placewinner for Washington andLee. The junior opened with a pin of Nagle in 1:32 and then notched a 3-2 decision over William Sims from the Merchant Marine Academy. Conners then dropped a 7-6 decision to Muhlenberg's Dylan Schwartz in the title bout.

Washington and Lee took second as a team at the Centennial championships.

A solid debut for Maryland’s Griffin

Liberty graduate Grace Griffin, the reigning Big Ten Freshman of the Year, opened her sophomore season in style for Maryland’s women’s lacrosse team. Griffin had one goal and two assists in the Terps’ season-opening 16-5 victory against George Mason on Feb. 9.

Griffin earned all-Big Ten honors last season as a midfielder, and had 30 goals and seven assists as a rookie along with 30 ground balls, 13 caused turnovers, and three draw controls.

Century grad Shelby Mercer chipped in with three ground balls, a career high, and notched her first career college assist in the win.

Fellow defender and junior Lizzie Colson (Manchester Valley), a former three-time Times Player of the Year, added a draw control for Maryland.

Another solid debut, this time for Warehime

North Carolina freshman Tayler Warehime (Manchester Valley) had a hand in the No. 2-ranked Tar Heels’ 18-7 victory over No. 4 James Madison on Feb. 9.

Warehime, an attacker, collected four goals in the win for the Heels. She was ranked No. 19 in the country for incoming freshman by Inside Lacrosse, and she’s the reigning Times Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year.

Warehime added a caused turnover and a ground ball for UNC.

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