BALTIMORE (Jan. 24, 2015) – The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy wrestling team defeated Gettysburg and Johns Hopkins today in a Centennial Conference Tri-Match, hosted by JHU. The Mariners improve to 7-8 overall on the season and remain undefeated in conference action with a 5-0 record.
Against the Bullets, junior Mike Mui (Hingham, Mass.), senior Tom Healy (Andover, N.J.) and freshman Trent Dolby (Las Vegas, Nev.) started the match with victories for USMMA. Mui earned a 10-4 decision at 125, Healy a pin 3:58 into the bout at 133 and, at 141, Dolby picked up a 4-1 decision to give the Mariners a 12-0 lead.
After a decision against at 149, the Mariners took the next five bouts: senior Nic Watson (Cocoa Beach, Fla.) earned a 7-1 decision at 157, junior Mike Maye (Pearl River, N.Y.) picked up a 3-1 decision at 165, freshman James Malone (Crofton, Md.) a 9-5 decision at 174, sophomore Patrick Rooney (Belgrade, Minn.) had a pin 1:57 into his bout at 184 and junior Ricky Fisher (Nashville, Tenn.) won a 2-0 decision at 197 to give Merchant Marine a commanding 30-3 advantage in the match. The Mariners conceded the forfeit at the heavyweight position.
Against the host Blue Jays, Mui lost his bout via a major decision at 125 to the #5 wrestler in the country at the weight class which put Johns Hopkins up 4-0. Healy, Dolby and sophomore Nathan Twito (Ames, Iowa) put USMMA back ahead with a two straight decision at 133 (Healy, 8-6) and 141 (Dolby, 2-0) and a 15-3 major decision at 149 by Twito. The Mariners took a 10-4 lead.
Back-to-back decision by Johns Hopkins at 157 and 165 tied the score up at 10, but freshman Jake Sherman (Jefferson, Ga.) picked up a 3-2 decision in overtime at 174 before Rooney had a 4-1 decision at 184 and Fisher earned a technical fall at 197, 22-6 at 6:58 to put Merchant Marine ahead 21-10. Again, the Mariners forfeited the 285 weight class, after the victory was sealed.
The Mariners return to action next Saturday for another Centennial Tri-Match, this hosted by Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pa. First bout is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the Bears' Bakes Center.