February 5, 2011

W&L Wrestling Splits Centennial Matches at Muhlenberg

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – The Washington and Lee wrestling team split a pair of Centennial Conference matches on Saturday morning at the Muhlenberg duals.  The Generals knocked off the home-standing Mules, 24-21, for their first conference win of the season, before falling to Ursinus, 43-6.

In the win over Muhlenberg, only five weight classes were contested, with no match at 125 pounds and each team picking up a pair of forfeit wins.  Junior Sam Campbell (Winnetka, Ill./New Trier) gave the Generals a 6-3 lead after he pinned sophomore Matt Parker in 6:25.  W&L dropped the next two matches by decision to fall behind 9-6, but first-year Daniel Igel (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla./Bolles School) posted a pin of junior Patrick Gibson at 165 pounds to give the Generals a 12-9 lead entering the final four matches, which included two forfeit wins by each team.  It was W&L's first conference victory since a 22-21 win over Gettysburg during the 2008-09 season.

In the loss to Ursinus, the Generals fell behind 12-0 following forfeit losses in the 125 and 133 weight classes.  Campbell got W&L on the board with a 3-2 decision over first-year Elisha Gaylor, but the Generals fell in the next three bouts to fall behind 25-3 entering the 174-pound weight class.  There, Igel picked up W&L's final win, a 7-3 decision over sophomore William Reick to make the score 25-6.  Forfeit losses at 184, 197 and 285 produced the final margin.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday when it travels to Newport News, Va., for a 1:00 pm dual match with the Apprentice School.

-- GENERALS --

W&L 24, Muhlenberg 21
125 - no contest
133 - Michael Slevin (M) dec. Sam Mason, 7-2 (0-3)
141 - Sam Campbell (W) pinned Matt Parker, 6:25 (6-3)
149 - Kevin Homan (M) dec. Eric Fessel, 7-6 (6-6)
157 - Keith Swanson (M) dec. H.T. Kotchinian, 8-4 (6-9)
165 - Daniel Igel (W) pinned Patrick Gibson, 0:54 (12-9)
174 - David Dennis (W) won by forfeit (18-9)
184 - Bill Sholly (M) won by forfeit (18-15)
197 - Jordan Yost (W) won by forfeit (24-15)
285 - Nick Pallotta (M) won by forfeit (24-21)

Ursinus 43, Washington and Lee 6
125 - LauraLee Lightwood-Mater (U) won by forfeit (0-6)
133 - Alex Blank (U) won by forfeit (0-12)
141 - Sam Campbell (W) dec. Elisha Gaylor, 3-2 (3-12)
149 - Curtis Watkins (U) maj. dec. Eric Fessel, 14-5 (3-16)
157 - Connor McCormick (U) dec. H.T. Kotchinian, 6-0 (3-19)
165 - Andrew Corbett (U) pinned Brian Ross, 2:03 (3-25)
174 - Daniel Igel (W) dec. William Reick, 7-3 (6-25)
184 - Nate Murren (U) won by forfeit (6-31)
197 - Teddy Conrad (U) won by forfeit (6-37)
285 - William Cornely (U) won by forfeit (6-43)