Colebert, Sibel, Dowd Place At Messiah Open

Photo by Wade Aiken
Photo by Wade Aiken

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. -- The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford wrestling team competed in its final road event of the 2018-19 regular season Saturday in the 40-team Messiah Open.

Sam Colebert placed seventh in the 285 lb. weight class while Daniel Sibel placed eighth in the 184 lb. weight class and Mitch Dowd also finished seventh in the 197 lb. class.

"The guys did really well today," Head Coach Colin Johnston said. "Sam, Dan and Mitch did well placing in their classes. There was some tough competition out there today and I'm proud of our guys."

Sibel fell in the first round of the championship bracket, but made his way through the consolation bracket and ended up in the seventh-place match where he was pinned in 2:04.

Dowd won his first match but lost in the quarterfinals and moved to the consolation bracket, where he, too, earned a spot in the seventh-place match. He lost on a 4-2 decision.

After falling in the first round, Colebert pulled off five-straight wins in the consolation bracket to earn a spot in the seventh-place match, where he defeated his opponent with a 10-3 decision.

Neiko Kuntz picked up a pair of wins in the 141 lb. consolation bracket before exiting in the fourth round.

In the 157 lb. competition, Victor Elias advanced to the second round of the championship bracket with a bye in the first round, then eventually exited in the third round of the consolation bracket.

Up next, Pitt-Bradford will host Penn State-Behrend for its first home dual meet in program history and final competition of the regular season. Action at the KOA Arena is set for a 7 p.m. start.