JS Alumni: Swartwood claims third MAC Conference title

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Senior Hadyn Swartwood (Jersey Shore, Pa./Jersey Shore) claimed his third Middle Atlantic Conference title with a 2-1 decision over Messiah’s Brian Shermeyer in the 174-pound championship bout on Saturday, Jan. 18 in Lamade Gym to highlight the Lycoming College wrestling team’s day at the MAC Championships, where the team finished third in the seven-team field.

Swartwood used an early second-period escape and a riding-time point to beat Shermeyer for the second time in seven days, collecting his 99th win as a Warrior in the process.

Swartwood became the first Warrior to claim three MAC Championship titles since Tommy Snyder in 2004-06. Swartwood posted a fall in 1:23 over Messiah’s Tyler Riley in the first round, won via tech fall (15-0) over Stevens’ Nico Ziccardi before posting a 10-4 win over Chase Smith of Alvernia in the semifinal bout.

Three other Warriors joined Swartwood in the championship bouts at their respective weights. Junior Shane Casey (Catawissa, Pa./Southern Columbia, 125) and senior Joe Santomarco (Manalapan, N.J./Manalapan, 149) and sophomore Connor Fulmer (Elysburg, Pa./Southern Columbia, 285) all placed second as the Warriors accumulated 126.5 tournament points and finished behind only 24th-ranked Stevens and 16th-ranked Messiah.