Rogers Wins 174 Pound Weight Class to Lead Bears at Wildcat Open

Phil Rogers
Phil Rogers

PROVIDENCE, R.I. --  Phil Rogers won all four matches to win the 174 pound weight class as Coast Guard had four wrestlers place at the Wildcat Open at Johnson and Wales, a non-scoring team meet.

The Bears, ranked 23rd nationally and fresh off the All-Academy Championships on Saturday, had the opportunity to show the depth of their roster this afternoon with the nine wrestlers that competed on Saturday taking the day off.

Rogers pinned Thomas DiGennaro from LIU Post in 1:44, won by tech fall 17-0 over Wilfredo David from Bridgewater State and then earned another tech fall win over Ryan DeVivo from Johnson & Wales 18-2 for a spot in the semifinals where he pinned Michael Gargano from Johnson & Wales in 6:22 to earn a spot in the championship match.

He earned a 6-4 decision over Dan Arknow from LIU Post to win the championship.

Nick Moreno placed second to former Coast Guard assistant coach TJ Hepburn at 165 pounds as Hepburn won on a medical forfeit.

Moreno opened the tournament by pinning Hunter Goodrow from Roger Williams in just 45 seconds, pinned Justin Guman from NYU in 4:06 and Christoper Behen pinned from Johnson & Wales in 2:33 to earn a spot in the semifinals. He would earn his third straight pin, this time in 2:29 over Mason Smith from USMAPS to earn a spot in the final.

Marco Dominguez placed fourth at 149 pounds. He earned a 10-3 decision in his first match followed by a 10-8 decision and a 10-4 decision to earn a spot in the semifinals.

Dominguez lost a 3-2 decision to Samuel Lynch from Brown in the semifinals. He won a 3-2 decision over Bryce Finnegan from Springfield before falling 10-5 in the third place match to place fourth.

Jessup Pawelcyzk took fifth place at 197 pounds. He pinned Armani Dolson from Roger Williams in 3:47 before falling to David Heath from Brown 7-0 to fall into the consolation bracket.

Pawelczyk earned a 5-2 decision over teammate Kane Robert then advanced on a forfeit before losing 5-2 to Joseph Miller from USMAPS. He would win the fifth place match by forfeit.

The Bears are back in action on Saturday when they host Bridgewater State, NYU, WPI and Roger Williams in the five team meet beginning at 11:00.

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