Longenecker Racks up Awards
Alfred State College sophomore wrestler Gallaway Longenecker (Manheim, PA) racked up postseason awards while teammates Cory Merchant (Cobleskill-Richmondville) and Andy Wright (Hilton) also earned All-Region honors.
Longenecker finished the season with a 20-4 record. He won the Region III Championship at 133 lbs. to earn a spot at the National Championships. At the Nationals, he advanced to the semifinals before falling in a tough match but rebounded to earn 5th place and become the A-State's 27th all-time NJCAA All-American.
On top of earning All-American honors, Longenecker earned 1st team All-Region III honors and 1st team All-WNYAC honors.
Merchant finished 3rd at the Region III Championships at 125 lbs. to earn a trip to the National Championships and 3rd team All-Region honors while Wright finished 3rd at Regionals in heavyweight competition to also earn 3rd team All-Region honors.
The Pioneers finished the season 4th at the Regional competition, 8th in the non-scholarship competition at Nationals, and 27th overall out of 36 teams competing at Nationals.