Queens University of Charlotte freshman Noah Curreri captured the 174-pound title at the National Coaches Wrestling Association national championships in Allen. Texas Sunday.
Curreri, a 2017 Eldred graduate and three-time Section 9 Division II champion, defeated Akron’s Shane Brown, 3-,1 in the final. The 2017 New York state finalist won all six of his matches. Curreri pinned his first three opponents in the first period.
James Bethel (Saugerties) made SUNY Oneonta history, becoming the school’s first Division III finalist Saturday.
Bethel recorded his third fall of the Division III tournament at 285 pounds in the semifinals, pinning Ithaca’s Jake O’Brien in 3:48. The second seed led Waynesburg’s Jake Evans, 5-2, in the second period of the final. Evans scored a six-point move in the third period to defeat Bethel, 10-5. Bethel’s second-place finish earned the Saugerties graduate his third all-American honor in three national tournaments.
Ja’kwan “Slinky” Jones’ 15 points and eight rebounds helped Florida Southern knock off top-seeded Morehouse State in overtime in a Division II first-round game. Saturday in Atlanta.
Jones (Newburgh Free Academy) and Florida Southern’s run ended with a 90-77 second-round loss to Eckerd Sunday. The 6-foot-7 junior started all 32 games for the Mocs, averaging 8.8 points and a team-high 1.8 blocks.
Hamilton sophomore guard Kena Gilmour (New Paltz, Kent School) was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches Division III Northeast second team Tuesday. Gilmour led Hamilton in scoring (18.8 points), rebounding (7.4) and steals (52). He scored a career-high 40 points in Hamilton’s Division III round-of-16, 92-90 overtime loss to Swarthmore Friday. Gilmore had 20 points in first and second-round wins over Nazareth and York respectively.
James Madison sophomore attack Logan Brennan (Kingston) scored her first goal of the season in a 19-7 win over Temple on March 3. Brennan, a three-time Varsity845 player of the year, notched an assist against UConn (Feb. 18) for James Madison (7-0), which is ranked second in the Nike/US Lacrosse Division I poll.