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Lycoming is 1 of 5 Division 3 schools with 800 dual wins

DAVE KENNEDY/Sun-Gazette John Fulmer of Lycoming College tries to get Nico Ramirez of Southern Virginia onto his back at the Budd Whitehill National Duals Friday.

Lycoming wrestling coach Roger Crebs didn’t know how close his Warriors were to reaching their milestone until after sweeping the Rennie Rodarmel Allstate Duals in December.

During Lycoming’s first time back on the mat since then, the program kicked off 2022 by hosting the Budd Whitehill National Duals, routing Southern Virginia in the opening round to earn its 800th dual win in program history.

“It’s special. I didn’t even know how close we were when in December we got to 799,” Crebs said. “It’s pretty cool, we’re in elite company with four pretty incredible schools there.”

Only four other Division III wrestling programs in the country have 800 dual wins. Olivet (814), Wartburg (851), Wilkes (896) and Springfield College (1,049) lead the nation in having the most dual meet wins in history.

Today’s Warriors wrestle amongst numerous MAC championship banners hanging around them on the walls of Lamade Gym, where Lycoming hosted the Budd Whitehill duals.

The history is as loud as the day of a tournament.

“Coming in, you hear about the tradition here and you hear about the excellence from the alumni,” John Fulmer said. “As a current wrestler, it’s great to be a part of something, but it really shows everything that coach Crebs has done and everything coach Whitehill has done before him.”

Fulmer — ranked No. 12 in the nation — posted an 8-0 major over Nico Ramirez to cap off a 41-3 win, and Lycoming’s 800th, over Southern Virginia.

To notch the 800-mark in Lamade Gym was a bonus, of course.

“That’s pretty cool, the kids liked that,” Crebs said. “A lot of times you look back and see guys getting 100 wins on the road and whatever, and we were able to take care of it here.”

Fulmer added, “It’s just nice, having obviously a home venue. You get a lot more of the fans and a lot more of the alumni in. Just seeing all these guys who came before us, it’s just really cool to be a part of.”

The Warriors have only had two coaches in their history. Crebs, who accounted for 425 wins from 1993 till prior to this past Friday, and Budd Whitehill, who the National Duals are named after.

Whitehill recorded 374 wins from 1956-1993, paving the way for the program to blossom from its roots over the decades.

“It’s very surreal, I guess you could say, what we accomplished today and over the years,” Crebs said Friday. “It’s like I said to the guys after it happened. I said, ‘Guys, we’re not finished. We got a lot of work to do. We got a lot of stuff going on.’ So there’s a lot more wrestling to be done here at Lycoming.”

On the second day of the Budd Whitehill duals, the Warriors split with a win over York and a loss to Messiah. Lycoming lost its first dual of the season to Ithaca to split the first day as well.

Altogether, the Warriors placed seventh at the Budd Whitehill National Duals and sit at 801-319-9 all-time, and are 8-2 on the season ahead of Saturday’s MAC Championships.

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