KINGS POINT, N.Y. (Dec. 10, 2016) – On Saturday, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy wrestling team hosted the 2016 Mariner Duals at the Liebertz Gymnasium. The Mariners welcomed NYU, Division II LIU Post and NJCAA Nassau Community College. USMMA squared off against NYU and LIU Post and lost both matchups – falling to the Violets, 29-11, and to the Pioneers, 23-19.
In the opener against NYU, the Mariners fell behind 20-0 early in action through the 157 weight class. Freshman Joshua Glantzman (Allenwood, N.J.) earned Merchant Marine's first win of the day with an 11-8 decision at 165. After a loss at 174, freshman Kurtis Hahn (Winfield, Mo.) secured five points for USMMA with a technical fall victory at 184. Sophomore Victor Raigoza (Orland, Calif.) finished the match on a good note with a 2-0 decision win at the heavyweight class, but it wasn't enough for the Mariners overall.
After falling behind early yet again in their second match of the day against LIU Post (19-0 through 149), the Mariners came back strong and won five of the last six weight classes over the D-II Pioneers. Sophomore Erik Beshada (South River, N.J.) started it off with a 9-1 major decision at 157, followed by a 2-0 decision victory by Glantzman at 165. Freshman Collin Keil (Whitehouse, Ohio) earned a 7-1 decision at 174 and Hahn followed with his own decision, a 4-2 win, at 184 that made the score 19-13. Post clinched the match with a major decision at 197, but Raigoza notched his second victory of the day with a pin at 6:18 of his bout at heavyweight.
The Mariners return to action in the New Year, when they travel to LIU Post on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, for the annual Long Island Duals.
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Wrestling Drops Two Matches At Home At 2016 Mariner Duals