W&L Wrestling Places Sixth at Centennial Championships

HOBOKEN, N.J. – The Washington and Lee wrestling team finished in sixth place out of eight teams at the Centennial Conference Wrestling Championships hosted by Stevens Institute of Technology on Saturday.

The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy claimed the team championship with 88 points, while Ursinus finished second with 78 points. Stevens was third with 70.5 points, followed by Johns Hopkins (52), McDaniel (48), W&L (18.5), Muhlenberg (17.5), Gettysburg (9.5).

Individually, the Generals were led by sophomore David Dennis (Sherman, W.Va./Ravenswood), who finished as the runner-up in the 157-pound weight class. He opened with a victory over Gettysburg’s Joe Fiore by fall (2:04), then pinned Michael Testa of Johns Hopkins in 28 seconds. USMMA’s Dan Twito then defeated Dennis, 5-3, in the championship match.

Sophomore Ben Ersing (Beverly, Mass./St. John’s Prep) also placed for W&L, finishing in fourth place in the 125-pound weight class. Ersing posted a 16-0 win over Stevens’ Brad Warren, but fell to McDaniel’s Earl Eppard by a score of 8-1 in the semifinals. In the consolation bracket, Ersing defeated Connor Gregory of Ursinus, 15-13, but his day ended with a 9-5 loss to Johns Hopkins’ Adam Stevens, 9-5.

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