GETTYSBURG, Pa. – The Washington and Lee wrestling team claimed its first win of the season on Saturday at the Gettysburg Quad. The Generals knocked off the home-standing Bullets, 24-22, but fell to Stevens (37-6) and 16th-ranked Messiah (48-6).
In the loss to Stevens, W&L claimed just one victory as first-year 174-pounder Ron Tassoni (Media, Pa. / Haverford School) pinned Stevens' Zachary Bass in 5:56. Sophomore 149-pounder Conor Duffey (Boxford, Mass. / Brooks School) was the lone winner for the Generals against Messiah, posting a win by fall (4:57) over Greg Kabakjian.
In the Generals' final match against the Bullets, Gettysburg claimed a 9-6 lead after Matt Spano notched an 8-2 decision over W&L first-year Tyler Kaelin (Crestwood, Ky. / Oldham County) at 141 pounds. Duffey knotted the match at 9-9 following a 7-0 decision over Jonathan Faul at 149 pounds, but GC grabbed a 12-9 lead when Eddie Carroll posted a 6-5 decision over sophomore Matt Howell (Jacksonville, Fla. / Bolles School) at 157 pounds.
Gettysburg's lead grew to 18-9 when Tyler Cunningham pinned W&L first-year Zac Richey (Swoope, Va. / Buffalo Gap) in 1:54 at 165 pounds. However, Tassoni got the points back in the 174-pound match, pinning Joe Fiore in 6:57 to make it 18-15.
First-year Josh Weldon (Babylon, N.Y. / Chaminade) then logged a forfeit win at 184 pounds, giving the Generals a 21-18 lead.
Sophomore Morgan Moskal (Roanoke, Va. / North Cross) dropped a 15-2 major decision to Jared Schlett at 197 pounds, setting up one final match to determine the winner. First-year 285-pounder Grant Cokeley (Charleston, W.Va. / George Washington) delivered with a 2-1 win over Nick Diunizio to improve W&L's record to 1-12 overall and 1-5 in the Centennial Conference.
The Generals return to action on Saturday as the travel to Ursinus to take on the host Bears and Muhlenberg. Action begins at 11:00 am.
Stevens 37, Washington and Lee 6
125: No Contest
133: Ryan Wilson (SIT) major dec. Adam Davis, 16-7
141: Cody Curtiss (SIT) dec. Tyler Kaelin, 6-2
149: Michael Polizzi (SIT) pinned Conor Duffey, 4:24
157: Connor Bass (SIT) dec. Matt Howell, 6-2
165: Joey Favia (SIT) pinned Zac Richey, 3:00
174: Ron Tassoni (WL) pinned Zachary Bass, 5:56
184: Will Sharkey (SIT) pinned Morgan Moskal, 2:58
197: Mark Garrity (SIT) pinned Connor Smithson, 3:33
285: Brian Schmalz (SIT) dec. Grant Cokeley, 3-2
No. 16 Messiah 48, Washington and Lee 6
125: Stephen Antonek (MC) won by forfeit
133: Jared Furry (MC) pinned Adam Davis, 3:31
141: Alex Gosch (MC) major dec. Tyler Kaelin, 17-7
149: Conor Duffey (WL) pinned Greg Kabakjian, 4:57
157: Josh Bressler (MC) pinned Matt Howell (WL), 3:21
165: Kyle Dayhoff (MC) tech. fall Zac Richey, 17-2 (6:25)
174: Stephen Cannon (MC) pinned Ron Tassoni, 0:23
184: Josh Thomson (MC) pinned Morgan Moskal, 1:58
197: Travis Ebersole (MC) pinned Connor Smithson, 1:30
285: Luke Weaver (MC) dec. Grant Cokely, 4-2
Washington and Lee 24, Gettysburg 22
125: Holt Johnson (GC) won by forfeit
133: Adam Davis (WL) won by forfeit
141: Matt Spano (GC) dec. Tyler Kaelin, 8-2
149: Conor Duffey (WL) dec. Jonathan Faul, 7-0
157: Eddie Carroll (GC) dec. Matt Howell, 6-5
165: Tyler Cunningham (GC) pinned Zac Richey, 1:54
174: Ron Tassoni (WL) pinned Joe Fiore, 6:57
184: Josh Weldon (WL) won by forfeit
197: Jared Schlett (GC) major dec. Morgan Moskal, 15-2
285: Grant Cokeley (WL) dec. Nick Diunizio, 2-1
157: Will Cauffman (GC) dec. Josh Weldon (WL), 9-4