O'Shea, Micci Take Fourth at "Shorty" Hitchcock

Aidan O'Shea
Aidan O'Shea

MILLERSVILLE, Pa. – The Franklin & Marshall wrestling team opened its weekend by placing both Aidan O'Shea (133 lbs.) and Anthony Micci (157 lbs.) on the podium at Millersville's "Shorty" Hitchcock Memorial Classic on Saturday. Both wrestlers took fourth at their respective weight classes after wrestling their way into the semifinals.

O'Shea finished fourth to earn his first collegiate placement. The first-year started his tournament with his first pin as a collegiate wrestler at the 2:05 mark of the first period. O'Shea later picked up a 4-0 win against Division I Buffalo before falling 4-1 in the semifinals to Kutztown. He finished fourth with another loss to Navy Prep during the medal round. O'Shea's season record currently sits at 6-6 after this weekend, with four of those victories coming by bonus points.

Micci also started his tournament with a first period fall (2:43), albeit a round earlier based his draw. The sophomore followed that victory up with a 6-2 decision against West Virginia and a 3-1 quarterfinal victory over Pitt.-Johnstown. Micci also fell to a Navy Prep opponent during his semifinal and finished in fourth after matching up with a fellow EIWA foe from Drexel to conclude his first collegiate tournament placement.

In addition to their two medal winners, the Diplomats saw two wrestlers just miss out on medals with strong showings in the wrestlebacks. Brandon Sauter advanced to the consolation semifinals at 133 lbs. to add another strong performance to that weight for F&M. He received a bye and won three consolation matches after drawing the No. 1 seed in his opening round of 32 match. Sauter's day included his first collegiate fall, where he needed just 59 seconds. Teammate Drew Currier had another strong afternoon at 133 lbs., defeating EIWA foe and Long Island University starter Kaelan Francois to advance to the Round of 16 before eventually running into Sauter during consolation action.

Harrison Shapiro (197 lbs.) also won three straight wrestleback matches after a tough opening round draw. He picked up a major decision and a 30 second fall before dropping another match to the same opponent he faced during the opening round. That stopped his run through the consolations just one spot shy of the medal round.

First-year RJ Moore notched three wins on the day, opening his tournament with the first fall of his career in just 38 seconds. Moore received a medical forfeit during the consolation rounds and additionally registered a hard-fought 7-6 decision before being edged by his opponent from Lehigh. Chase Thompson (285 lbs.) advanced to the quarterfinals of the heavyweight bracket on the strength of strong riding as both his of wins came by 2-0 decisions. Those results marked the first two victories of his true freshman season as the Diplomats cannot exceed his participation limit to keep a redshirt intact for this year.

Wrestling will be back in action tomorrow with 11 more members of the team set to compete at Penn's Keystone Classic. One of the circled events of the early Division I wrestling season, action will get underway at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday. Tickets are still available online for those wishing to watch the Keystone Classic in person this weekend.

Franklin & Marshall Results

Aidan O'Shea (133 lbs.) – Fourth Place
Round of 32: Bye
Round of 16: Won vs. Colin Higgins (Millersville); F: 2:05
Quarterfinals: Won vs. Jake Eckerle (Buffalo); 4-0
Semifinals: Lost vs. KJ Fenstermacher (Kutztown); 4-1
Third Place: Lost vs. Evan Tallmadge (Navy Prep); 10-1

Brandon Sauter (133 lbs.)
Round of 32: Lost vs. Devin Flannery (Millersville); TF: 6:18 (18-2)
Consolation of 16 #1: Bye
Consolation of 16 #2: Won vs. Eric Guy (Garrett CC); F: 0:59
Consolation of 8 #1: Won vs. Aaron Morocho (American International); 5-0
Consolation of 8 #2: Won vs. Drew Currier (F&M); 11-8
Consolation Semifinal: Lost vs. Garrett Totten (Unattached); 13-1

Drew Currier (133 lbs.)
Round of 32: Bye
Round of 16: Won vs. Kaelan Francois (LIU); 10-3
Quarterfinals: Lost vs. Evan Tallmadge (Navy Prep); 6-1
Consolation of 8 #2: Lost vs. Brandon Sauter (F&M); 11-8

Avery Clarke (149 lbs.)
Round of 16: Lost vs. Drew Munch (Lehigh); 12-3
Consolation of 8#1: vs. Angel Castillo (Union); MFF

Anthony Micci (157 lbs.) – Fourth Place
Round of 32: Won vs. Brian Gonzalez (LIU); F: 2:43
Round of 16: Won vs. George Johnson (West Virginia); 6-2
Quarterfinals: Won vs. Cooper Warshel (Pitt.-Johnstown); 3-1
Semifinals: Lost vs. Nick Vafiadis (Navy Prep); 6-0
Third Place: Lost vs. Domenic D'Agostino (Drexel); 12-4

RJ Moore (165 lbs.)
Round of 32: Won vs. Omar Ordonez (Union); F: 0:38
Round of 16: Lost vs. Gavin Wilmoth (Clarion); 11-5
Consolation of 16 #2: Won vs. Ryan Sims (Nassau CC); MFF
Consolation of 8 #1: Won vs. Stephen Dickerson (Nassau CC); 7-6
Consolation of 8 #2: Lost vs. Connor Hercig (Lehigh); 16-5

Makoa Niebel (165 lbs.)
Round of 32: Bye
Round of 16: Lost vs. Dalton Gimbor (Kutztown); 12-0
Consolation of 16 #2: Lost vs. Hunter Horton (Kutztown); 11-1

Noah Bash (174 lbs.)
Round of 32: Bye
Round of 16: Lost vs. Andrew Vogelbacher (Millersville); 9-4
Consolation of 16 #2: Bye
Consolation of 8 #1: Lost vs. Alex Ward (Kutztown); 7-5

Harrison Shapiro (197 lbs.)
Round of 32: Lost vs. Gabriel Monroe (Navy Prep); 11-2
Consolation of 16 #1: Bye
Consolation of 16 #2: Won vs. Tyler Fisher (Kutztown); 2-0
Consolation of 8 #1: Won vs. Lucas Doyle (Millersville); 9-0
Consolation of 8 #2: Won vs. Noah Ripley (Sussex County CC); F: 0:30
Consolation Semifinals: Lost vs. Gabriel Monroe (Navy Prep); F: 3:30

Chase Thompson (285 lbs.)
Round of 32: Won vs. Kourdell Todd (Alderson Broaddus); 2-0
Round of 16: Won vs. Jordan Garcia (Nassau CC); 2-0
Quarterfinals: Lost vs. Gage Cook (USMAPS); 3-1 (SV1)
Consolation of 8 #2: Lost vs. Evan Anderson (USMAPS); F:4:41