ITHACA, N.Y. (Nov. 19, 2017) – The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy wrestling team took part in the 2017 New York State Intercollegiate Championships on Saturday up at Cornell University. As a team, the Mariners came in 16th place out of 23 teams with a total of 22 points and had one wrestler earn All-New York State honors – freshman Kieran Duggan (Woodbury, Conn.), who placed seventh in the 157-pound bracket.
Duggan earned a 3-2 record on the day. He picked up two pins in the main bracket and one more in the wrestlebacks and, by himself, accounted for 12.5 of USMMA's 22 points.
Also picking up wins on the day for Merchant Marine were freshmen Jace Garza (Holland, Mich.) who scored one team point at 125, Alex Puglio (Myerstown, Pa.), who scored three team points at 141, Samuel Buck (New Castle, Ind.), who scored four team points at 165, Kai Rogers (Winfield, Mo.), who scored three team points at 165 and Justin Montanez (Hoboken, N.J.), who scored 1.5 team points at 175.
Up next, the Mariners will travel to York, Pa., to participate in the New Standard Corp. Invitational, hosted by York College of Pennsylvania on Saturday, Dec. 2.
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