The United States Merchant Marine Academy held its 2019 Awards Convocation on Friday morning at the Ackerman Auditorium as part of Kings Point Weekend festivities, which culminates with commencement exercises on Saturday. Four major athletic award winners were announced during the ceremony – the Male and Female Athletes of the Year as well as the two Coaches of the Year – along with a number of other athletic awards and honors.
The National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) recently announced the Division III Scholar All-American Awards and among the 261 student-athletes that were recognized were four members of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy – senior Blake Bunce (Trophy Club, Texas), junior Joshua Glantzman (Allenwood, N.J.) and freshmen Billy Sims (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) and Dominick Esposito (Marlboro, N.J.).
To celebrate NCAA Division III Week, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (S.A.A.C.) caught up with some of the top senior student-athletes at the Academy to find out why they chose to compete at the Division III level at USMMA. Our next spotlight of “#D3Week” is with wrestling captain Blake Bunce (Trophy Club, Texas).
Senior Kimo Dial (Poway, Calif.) and junior Joshua Glantzman (Allenwood, N.J.) represented USMMA superbly at the NCAA National Championships this weekend down in Virginia. Both Mariner matmen earned All-American honors, as Dial finished in eighth place in the 133-pound bracket, and Glantzman used a couple of upsets to climb all the way up to a fourth-place finish at 184.
Two members of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy wrestling team qualified for the NCAA National Championship Meet with top-three finishes in their respective brackets at this weekend’s NCAA Mideast Regional Championship up at Brockport. Junior Joshua Glantzman (Allenwood, N.J.) came in second place in the 184-pound bracket and senior Kimo Dial (Poway, Calif.) placed third at 133 to represent the Mariners on the national stage in a few weeks.
The Centennial Conference announced the postseason award winners for the 2018-19 campaign on Thursday and four members of the USMMA wrestling team were recognized – junior Joshua Glantzman (Allenwood, N.J.) earned First Team All-Centennial, senior Blake Bunce (Trophy Club, Texas) and junior Kurtis Hahn (Winfield, Mo.) were named All-Centennial Honorable Mentions and senior Kimo Dial (Poway, Calif.) was selected to the Centennial All-Sportsmanship Team.
The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy wrestling team hosted the 2019 Centennial Conference Championships on Saturday inside the Liebertz Gymnasium. Highlighting the day for the Mariners was junior Joshua Glantzman (Allenwood, N.J.) winning his second-straight Centennial title, as he took home the gold medal at 184.
The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy wrestling team suffered a 25-6 road loss to arch-rival #18 Coast Guard on Wednesday night up in Connecticut. In defeat, the Mariners end their dual meet schedule with a 6-7 record, while the Bears improve to 5-3.
The USMMA wrestling team split a Centennial Conference tri-match down at Johns Hopkins University on Saturday. The Mariners lost their opener to Washington & Lee, 25-16, but rebounded to defeat the host Blue Jays, 29-15. With the split, Merchant Marine’s record moves to 6-6 (4-2 Centennial).
The USMMA wrestling team took part in the 25th Annual All-Academy Championships on Saturday, hosted this year by Norwich University. The Mariners placed seventh out of the eight teams competing (second among the three Division III teams). Navy won the tournament for the second-straight season with a total of 115.5 points, with Air Force placing second (99.5 points) and Army West Point rounding out the Top-3 (72.5 points).
The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy wrestling team lost its Centennial Conference matchup against Stevens, 24-21, on Tuesday night inside the Liebertz Gymnasium. The defeat drops the Mariners’ record to an even 5-5 overall (3-1 Centennial), while the Ducks improve to 9-7 (3-0 Centennial) with the win.
On Monday, the Centennial Conference announced that it selected USMMA senior Blake Bunce (Trophy Club, Texas) as the league’s Wrestler of the Week for the week ending Jan. 20. The honor comes after Bunce’s performances in the Mariners’ two Centennial victories this past weekend at a tri-match hosted by Gettysburg.
The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy wresting team earned a pair of Centennial victories at a conference tri-match hosted by Gettysburg College on Saturday. The Mariners opened the action with a 35-14 triumph over the host Bullets before defeating McDaniel College, 34-10, in a neutral-site dual. The wins improve USMMA’s record to 5-4 overall, including a 3-0 mark in Centennial action.
The USMMA wresting team picked up three victories on Saturday at the Mule Duals, hosted by Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania. The Mariners defeated Lackawanna Community College, 48-0, before breezing past Middlesex C.C., 59-0 and then finally defeating the host Mules, 29-10, in their first Centennial Conference match of the season. With the trio of triumphs, Merchant Marine improves to 3-4 overall in duals (1-0 Centennial).
The USMMA wrestling team had a phenomenal day at the Long Island Open on Saturday, coming in second place overall in the tournament. The Mariners tied for the tournament-high with 13 wrestlers that placed in the top-six, including three bracket winners. They scored a total of 198.5 points, just 3.5 points behind first-place #8 Baldwin Wallace.
The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy wrestling team hosted the eighth-ranked team in the country, Baldwin Wallace, on Friday night at the Liebertz Gymnasium. Despite winning three of the final four bouts, the Mariners lost to the Yellow Jackets by the final of 28-16. In defeat, USMMA’s record drops to 0-4, while BWU improves to 5-1.
The Centennial Conference announced its Wrestler of the Week honor on Monday and USMMA junior Joshua Glantzman (Allenwood, N.J.) earned the award for the week. The accolade comes after his performances at the Mariner Duals on Sunday.
The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy wrestling team hosted the 2018 Mariner Duals on Sunday at the Liebertz Gymnasium. The Mariners battled tough competition through three rounds of action, falling to two nationally-ranked teams and a Division II opponent.
Senior Blake Bunce (Trophy Club, Texas) came in second place in the 285 lb. bracket and freshman Billy Sims (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) placed sixth at 174 to highlight the USMMA wrestling team's performances at York College's New Standard Corp. Invitational this weekend in Pennsylvania.
The USMMA wrestling team had a great day up at the always-competitive New York State Championships on Sunday. Three wrestlers earned All-New York State Honors to highlight the Mariners’ performances at the event – senior Blake Bunce (Trophy Club, Texas) placed third in the heavyweight bracket, freshman William Sims (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) came in fifth at 174 and senior Christian Willoughby (Blountsville, Ala.) was sixth at 165.
The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy wrestling team opened up the 2018-19 season on Saturday up at the Roger Williams Invitational in Rhode Island. Senior Blake Bunce () highlighted the event by winning the heavyweight bracket in completely dominating fashion with a total of three falls on the day.
The USMMA wrestling team will open up the 2018-19 season this weekend at the Roger Williams Invitational in Rhode Island. The Mariners have a total of 15 events scheduled for the regular season over the next four months, with hopes of sending wrestlers through to a 16th event - the NCAA National Championship meet in March.
On Monday, the Centennial Conference continued its celebration of their its 25 years by announcing the Silver Anniversary Team for the sport of wrestling. A total of five former Mariners were honored among the best wrestlers throughout the conference’s first quarter-century - Philip Greene ’10, Jordan Alfaro ’11, Dan Twito ’11, Vincent Renaut ’11, and Ricky Fisher ’16.
The United States Merchant Marine Academy held its 2018 Awards Convocation on Friday morning at the Ackerman Auditorium as part of Kings Point Weekend festivities, which culminates with commencement exercises on Saturday. Four major athletic award winners were announced during the ceremony – the Male and Female Athletes of the Year as well as the two Coaches of the Year – along with a number of other athletic awards and honors.
The National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) announced the end-of-the-season academic awards at the 2018 NCAA National Championships earlier this month and two USMMA wrestlers - junior Blake Bunce (Trophy Club, Texas) and sophomore Joshua Glantzman (Allenwood, N.J.) - earned spots on the 2017-18 NWCA Division III All-Academic Team.
Late last week, the Centennial Conference announced the 2018 Winter Academic Honorees and USMMA junior Blake Bunce (Trophy Club, Texas) earned two accolades, as he was selected to the Academic All-Centennial Team as well as the Academic Honor Roll.
This past Friday, March 9, junior Blake Bunce (Trophy Club, Texas) represented the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy wrestling team at the NCAA National Championship Meet in Ohio. Bunce, who competed in the 197lb. bracket, qualified for nationals after his third-place finish at the Mideast Regional Meet in late February.
Junior Blake Bunce (Trophy Club, Texas) will represent the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at the NCAA Division III Wrestling National Championship Meet after his third-place finish in the 197lb. bracket at the Mideast Regional Meet this weekend hosted by Ithaca College. As a team, the Mariners came in seventh place with 65.5 points. Ithaca won the regional meet with 145 points, while Stevens (116pts) and Centenary (90.5pts) rounded out the top three in second and third, respectively.
On Saturday, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy wrestling team competed at the Centennial Conference Championship Meet, hosted by Washington and Lee University in Virginia. The Mariners had an impressive team finish, as they came in second place out of the eight teams competing with 61.5 points.