COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. (Jan. 10, 2015) – The USMMA wrestling team travelled to Ursinus College on Saturday to take part in the 2015 North/South Duals. The Mariners had four dual matches scheduled at the event against WPI, Oneonta, King's (Pa.) and Springfield.
In the first match of the day, Merchant Marine lost to WPI by the final score of 22-15. The Mariners lost by a decision at 125, but took a 6-3 lead after decision victories at 133 and 141 by senior Tom Healy (Andover, N.J.) and sophomore Isaac Hammonds (Dover, Ohio), respectively. The Engineers won the next four bouts at 149, 157, 165 and 174, to take a 16-6 lead, but USMMA fought right back with a decision victory by sophomore Patrick Rooney (Belgrade, Minn.) at 184 and a pin by junior Ricky Fisher (Nashville, Tenn.) at 197 that brought the Mariners' deficit to just one. However, a pin by WPI in the heavyweight class ended the match in favor of the Engineers.
Against Oneonta, junior Mike Mui (Hingham, Mass.), Healy and Hammonds led off the match with victories at, as Mui pinned his opponent at 125 and Healy and Hammonds earned decisions in 133 and 141, respectively. The Red Dragons came back to erase their 12 point deficit and took a lead of their own (18-12) with two straight pins (149 and 157) and two decisions (165 and 174). Back-to-back wins again by Rooney at 184 and Fisher at 197 brought the score to a tie at 18-all. Fisher defeated D3Wrestle's #26 wrestler at the 197 weight class, senior Chad Obzud, It all came down to the heavyweight class again, but a pin by Oneonta sealed the victory for the Red Dragons.
The Mariners' first victory of the 2014-15 season came in the third match of the day against King's of Pennsylvania. Mui (forfeit), Healy (decision) and Hammonds (pin) swept the first three bouts of the match before the Monarchs took 149 by pin and 157 by a decision to bring the score to 15-9 in favor of Merchant Marine. A pin by senior Nic Watson (Cocoa Beach, Fla.) at 165, a decision by Jake Sherman (Jefferson, Ga.) at 174 and two more pins by Rooney and Fisher gave USMMA a 36-9 lead, enough to guarantee the win.
Against Springfield, Mui and Healy opened up with wins, Mui's by way of forfeit and Healy's a major decision to give the Mariners a 10-0 lead. A decision, a major decision, a pin and two more decisions followed next, but all for the Pride, who took a 19-10 lead in the match. At 184, Rooney picked up fist fourth win of the event by major decision, followed by Fisher's fourth victory at 197, this over D3Wrestle's #8 wrestler in the class, Hunter Ayen. The Mariners came back within one point, 19-18, but the match was decided by a decision in favor of Springfield in the heavyweight class.
Healy, Rooney and Fisher each won all four of their matches on the day.
The Mariners return to the mat this Tuesday night, Jan. 13, when they host Stevens Institute. The match is scheduled to get underway at 7 p.m. at O'Hara Hall.