Baltimore, MD – The USMMA wrestling team defeated Muhlenberg, 45-6, and dropped a 20-13 decision at the hands of Johns Hopkins, the host of this weekend's Centennial Conference Tri-Meet. Josh Miller (Jackson Hole, WY) and Branden Yeik (Bremerton, WA) both picked up a pair of victories on the day.
The afternoon started against Johns Hopkins and the Blue Jays jumped on the Mariners early, winning four straight bouts to take a 14-0 lead. Yeik got Merchant Marine on the scoreboard with a 7-3 decision over Christian Salera. Miller made it a 17-7 affair after his dominant 10-2 major decision over Jody Gowen at 174 pounds.
Johns Hopkins sealed the match after a hotly contested bout at 184 pounds in which Kyle Spangler squeaked out a 3-2 triumph for the home side. Tyler Russell (Georgetown, ME) and Mason Reed (Dover, NJ) both earned decision wins, 3-2 and 4-1, respectively, but USMMA was still upended, 20-13.
Merchant Marine was spotted 24 points by Muhlenberg as the Mules forfeited the 125, 165, 184, and 195 pound weight classes. Thomas Healey (Andover, NJ) and Matt Watson (Cocoa Beach, FL) both notched comfortable victories via major decision. Yeik claimed a major decision at 157 pounds while Bernard Watson (Fort Morgan, CO) knocked off Matt Parker, 8-5, in the 149 pound bout. Miller rounded out the day with the only Mariner pin as he put the shoulders of Kyle Fox to the mat in the opening period.
The USMMA wrestling team returns to action this Thursday, February 14 as they host Stevens Tech on Senior Night inside O'Hara Hall for an 8:00 pm dual meet.
Johns Hopkins-20, Merchant Marine-13
133 – Ray Yagloski (J) dec. Thomas Healy (MM), 9-2 (7-0)
141 – Paul Marcello (J) major dec. Matt Watson (MM), 12-4 (11-0)
149 - Henry Stauber (J) dec. Bernard Watson (MM), 7-0 (14-0)
157 - Branden Yeik (MM) dec. Christian Salera (J), 7-3 (14-3)
165 – Christian Ostrowski (J) dec. Jake Walker (MM), 9-3 (17-3)
174 – Josh Miller (MM) major dec. Jody Gowen (J), 10-2 (17-7)
184 - Kyle Spangler (J) dec. Greg Potemken (MM), 3-2 (20-7)
197 – Tyler Russell dec. Evan Johnson (J), 3-2 (20-10)
285 – Mason Reed (MM) dec. Joey Tilson (J), 4-1 (20-13)
133 – Hugh Bahe (J) dec. Mike May (MM), 12-7
141 – Josh Niskey (MM) dec. Michael Koren (J), 5-3
149 – Mitch Boyd (MM) dec. Duncan Crystal (J), 8-4
285 – Ricky Fisher (MM) pin BJ Ammons (J), 1:05
USMMA- 45, Muhlenberg- 6
125- Costas Rerras (USMMA) won by forfeit.
133- Thomas Healey (USMMA) won by maj. decision over Pat Fruehling (Muhlenberg) 12-2.
141- Matt Watson (USMMA) won by maj. decision over Che Chengsupanimit (Muhlenberg) 10-2.
149- Bernard Watson (USMMA) won by decision over Matt Parker (Muhlenberg) 8-5.
157- Brandon Yeik (USMMA) won by maj. decision over Jimmy Coiley (Muhlenberg) 21-8.
165- Nick Watson (USMMA) won by forfeit.
174- Josh Miller (USMMA) won by pin over Kyle Fox (Muhlenberg) 1:34.
184- Greg Potemken (USMMA) won by forfeit.
195- Tyler Russell (USMMA) won by forfeit.
285- Chris Galletta (Muhlenberg) won by pin over Mason Reed (USMMA) 1:18.