Westminster, MD – The USMMA wrestling team earned a pair of victories over Centennial Conference rivals McDaniel and Washington & Lee Saturday afternoon. Merchant Marine started the day with a dominating performance versus Washington & Lee, blanking the Generals, 53-0. The Mariners made it two W's with a come from behind triumph over the host Green Terror, 30-21.
Merchant Marine (3-5) racked up six pin fall victories and technical fall in the bouts that were wrestled against Washington & Lee. The Generals were forced to forfeit at 125 and 141 pounds while no match was wrestled at the 133 pound weight class. Josh Miller (Jackson Hole, WY) had the quickest morning as he put Ron Tassoni's shoulders to the mat in just 38 seconds at 174 pounds.
Costas Rerras (Norfolk, VA) started USMMA off on the right track versus McDaniel with a pin fall win over Eddie Miller at 125 pounds. The Green Terror rattled of 15 straight points before the Mariners mounted their comeback. Branden Yeik (Bremerton, WA) earned a narrow 10-9 triumph with one point for riding time to turn the momentum of the match. Jake Walker and Miller both earned the maximum six points in their bouts before Greg Potemken (Gaithersburg, MD) made it 24-15 with a 9-6 decision. Tyler Russell (Georgetown, MD) sealed the USMMA victory as he pinned his 197 pound opponent in 1:56.
Merchant Marine has won three of its last four dual meets and has just one loss this season against a team not ranked in the nation's top-25. The Mariners return to the mat Wednesday night for a road dual meet against #19 TCNJ.
Merchant Marine 53 – Washington & Lee 0
125: Costas Rerras (M) won by forfeit;
133: no match;
141: Ian Niseley (M) won by forfeit;
149: Bernard Watson (M) pinned Matt Howell 4:34;
157: Branden Yeik (M) tech. fell Josh Weldon 20-5 (3:21);
165: Nic Watson (M) pinned Zac Richey 2:55;
174: Josh Miller (M) pinned Ron Tassoni 0:38;
184: Greg Potemken (M) pinned Zan Reed 3:49;
197: Ricky Fisher (M) pinned Morgan Moskal 6:26;
HWT: Joseph Kohout (M) pinned Connor Smithson 2:29.
Merchant Marine 30 - McDaniel 21
125: Costas Rerras (MM) pinned Eddie Miller 2:53;
133: Ryan O'Boyle (Mc) won by forfeit;
141: Trey Mitcheell (Mc) pinned Ian Niseley 2:19;
149: Mason Goretsas (Mc) dec. Bernard Watson 10-8;
157: Branden Yeik (MM) dec. Logan Yox 10-9;
165: Jake Walker (MM) inj. def. Jacob Reik;
174: Josh Miller (MM) pinned Nick Cross 1:43;
184: Greg Potemken (MM) dec. Scott Forrester 9-6;
197: Tyler Russell (MM) pinned Ricky Tisinger 1:56;
HWT: Joe Camlin (M) pinned Joseph Kohout 2:11.