W&L Wrestling Drops a Pair of Centennial Matches

LEXINGTON, Va. – The Washington and Lee wrestling team opened Centennial Conference competition on Saturday by hosting the Merchant Marine Academy and McDaniel. 

The Generals dropped both matches, falling to the Mariners by a score of 39-8 and to the Green Terror by a score of 24-11.

In the loss to USMMA (8-1, 3-0), the Generals (0-6, 0-2) claimed two individual victories.  First-year Michael Rodgers (Allentown, Pa. / Allentown Central Catholic) logged an 8-4 decision over first-year Nathan Twito (Ames, Iowa / Ames) at 141 pounds and sophomore 184-pounder Zac Richey (Swoope, Va. / Buffalo Gap) posted a win by technical fall, besting first-year William Fry (Sturgis, Mich. / Sturgis) 16-1 in 5:50.

Against McDaniel (6-7, 1-1), W&L won three of the seven contested matches.  Sophomore Ron Tassoni (Media, Pa. / Haverford School) got things started for the Generals with a 9-1 major decision over sophomore Ricky Tisinger (Edinburg, Va. / Stonewall Jackson) at 174 pounds.  Richey followed with a hard-fought 6-5 victory over sophomore Nick Cross (Centreville, Md. / Queen Anne's) at 184 pounds, while first-year Bennett Lewis (St. Louis, Mo. / Westminster Christian) notched a 17-3 major decision over first-year Dakota Wilhelm (La Plata, Md. / La Plata) at 197 pounds.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday as it wrestles a quad against NYU, Johns Hopkins and Hunter at Hunter College in New York City.

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MERCHANT MARINES 39, McDANIEL 15
125 - Mike Mui (MM) won by forfeit [6-0]
133 – Isaac Hammonds (MM) won by forfeit [12-0]
141 – Alvontae Drummond (MC) d. Nathan Twito (MM), Fall 4:07 [12-6]
149 – Mason Goretsas (MC) d. Jack Walsh (MM); 3-1 [12-9]
157 – Ben Stallings (MM) d. Trey Mitchell (MC); Fall 4:20 [18-9]
165 – Bernard Watson (MM) d. Luke Yox (MC); 6-4 [21-9]
174 – Josh Miller (MM) d. Ricky Tisinger (MC); Fall 0:47 [27-9]
184 – Nick Cross (MC) d. William Fry (MM); Fall 3:56 [27-15]
197 – Tyler Russell (MM) d. Lou Orem (MC); Fall 2:14 [33-15]
285 – Brian Walker (MM) d. Taylor Avino (MC); Fall 4:00 [39-15]

MERCHANT MARINES 39, WASHINGTON AND LEE 8
125 – Mike Mui (MM) won by forfeit [6-0]
133 – Isaac Hammonds (MM) won by forfeit [12-0]
141 – Michael Rodgers (W&L) d. Nathan Twito (MM); 8-4 [12-3]
149 – Jack Walsh (MM) d. Andrew Donchez (W&L); Fall 0:52 [18-3]
157 – Ben Stallings (MM) d. Alex Niemann (W&L); 6-2 [21-3]
165 – Bernard Watson (MM) won by forfeit [27-3]
174 – Josh Miller (MM) d. Ron Tassoni (W&L); Fall 1:41 [33-3]
184 – Zac Richey (W&L) d. William Fry (MM); TF 16-1 (5:50) [33-8]
197 – Tyler Russell (MM) d. Bennett Lewis (W&L); 7-2 [36-8]
285 – Brian Walker (MM) d. Grant Cokeley (W&L); 2-0 [39-8]

McDANIEL 24, WASHINGTON AND LEE 11
125 – No Match
133 – No Match
141 – Alvontae Drummond (MC) d. Michael Rodgers (W&L); 11-5 [3-0]
149 – Trey Mitchell (MC) d. Andrew Donchez (W&L); Fall 0:48 [9-0]
157 – Mason Goretsas (MC) d. Alex Niemann (W&L); 8-7 [12-0]
165 – Luke Yox (MC) won by forfeit [18-0]
174 – Ron Tassoni (W&L) d. Ricky Tisinger (MC); 9-1 [18-4]
184 – Zac Richey (W&L) d. Nick Cross (MC); 6-5 [18-7]
197 – Bennett Lewis (W&L) d. Dakota Wilhelm (MC); 17-3 [18-11]
285 – Taylor Avino (MC) d. Grant Cokeley (W&L); Fall 3:16 [24-11]