WESTMINSTER, Md. (Jan. 16, 2016) – The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy wrestling team split a pair of Centennial Conference dual matches on Saturday at McDaniel College. The Mariners began the morning with a 44-4 win over Washington and Lee, but lost to the host Green Terror, 29-14 in the afternoon. The Mariners' record moves to 6-5 overall on the season after the 1-1 day.
Three Mariners recorded victories in both meets. Senior Mike Mui (Hingham, Mass.) at 125 defeated Wash & Lee's Ethan Hartman with a 13-3 major decision and McDaniel's Nathaniel Frantz with a pin in 5:43. Freshman Erik Beshada (South River, N.J.) won via a forfeit at 157 against the Generals in the morning and then defeated the Green Terror's Wade Bishop with a 13-4 major decision. Senior Ricky Fisher (Nashville, Tenn.) overcame Ron Tassoni of Washington & Lee at 197 with an 8-4 decision and then followed that up with a 12-3 major decision against McDaniel's Jake Pooton.
Also picking up victories during the early meet against the Generals was freshman Daniel May (Stafford, Va.) at 141 and junior Nathan Twito (Ames, Iowa) at 149, while senior Mike Maye (Pearl River, N.Y.), sophomore Jake Sherman (Jefferson, Ga.), and freshmen Dan Dubinsky (Charlotte, N.C.) and Brandon Joest (Kendallville, Ind.) all won via forfeits.
Up next, the Mariners will host TCNJ this Tuesday night, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m. at the Liebertz Gymnasium. A live video feed of the game will be available by clicking here.
Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 – Westminster, Md. – 11 a.m.
Merchant Marine (6-4) 44, Washington and Lee (6-6) 4
125: Mike Mui (USMMA) maj. dec. Ethan Hartman (W&L), 13-3; (4-0)
133: Zach Bylykbashi (W&L) maj. dec. William Hardin (USMMA), 9-1; (4-4)
141: Daniel May (USMMA) dec. Michael Dik (W&L), 6-2; (7-4)
149: Nathan Twito (USMMA) maj. dec. Zachary Papin (W&L), 13-4; (11-4)
157: Erik Beshada (USMMA) won by forfeit; (17-4)
165: Mike Maye (USMMA) won by forfeit; (23-4)
174: Jake Sherman (USMMA) won by forfeit; (29-4)
184: Dan Dubinsky (USMMA) won by forfeit; (35-4)
197: Ricky Fisher (USMMA) dec. Ron Tassoni (W&L), 8-4; (38-4)
HWT: Brandon Joest (USMMA) won by forfeit; (44-4)
Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 – Westminster, Md. – 1 p.m.
McDaniel (10-3) 29, Merchant Marine (6-5) 14
125: Mike Mui (USMMA) pinned Nathaniel Frantz 5:43; (0-6)
133: Ryan O'Boyle (McDaniel) pinned William Hardin (USMMA), 0:31; (6-6)
141: Marcos Mercado (McDaniel) dec. Daniel May (USMMA), 11-10; (9-6)
149: Trey Mitchell (McDaniel) pinned Nathan Twito (USMMA), 3:37; (15-6)
157: Erik Beshada (USMMA) maj. dec. Wade Bishop (McDaniel) 13-4; (15-10)
165: Erik Meyer (McDaniel) dec. Mike Maye (USMMA), 1-0; (18-10)
174: Ronnie Wuest (McDaniel) dec. Jake Sherman (USMMA), 9-3; (21-10)
184: Nick Cross (McDaniel) tech. fell Dan Dubinsky (USMMA), 18-1 (4:18); (26-10)
197: Ricky Fisher (USMMA) maj. dec. Jake Pooton (McDaniels), 12-3; (26-14)
HWT: Taylor Avino (McDaniel) dec. Brandon Joest (USMMA), 9-4. (29-14)
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