Crusader Wrestling Finishes Second at Excalibur Tourney

December 15 – Wilkes Barre, PA – Three champions were crowned as BC started its climb toward an unprecedented 8th consecutive state championship at the Excalibur Tournament at Wilkes University on Saturday.


Nick Kayal
earned Gold winning two matches by Pin-Fall and two by decision, going 4-0 at the 113 pound weight class. Robert Howard dominated 126, recording 3 pins and a tech-fall along the way to his 5-0 start to the season. Returning state champion, Jacob Cardenas also won gold with a 4-0 record and none of his matches lasting four-and-a-half minutes. He recorded 2 pins and 2 tech falls at the 195 pound weight class.


Wade Unger, Joe Zargo
and Chris Foca all earned silver, followed by Joe Cangro and Gabe Mendez who earned third place. In all, twelve of fourteen Crusaders placed including Richard Halal (126 lbs), Adrian Pietri (160 lbs), Jack Patti (170 lbs), and Pat Colicchio (285 lbs).

Wil Kupferschmidt
and Patrick Grey also accounted well of themselves in Pennsylvania, each contributing a pin to the team effort. Overall, the Crusaders won 45 bouts, losing 17 for a .726 winning percentage. They recorded 26 pins, 3 technical falls and 1 major decision.