W&L Wrestling Finishes Eighth at Centennial Championships

W&L Wrestling Finishes Eighth at Centennial Championships

LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Washington and Lee wrestling team finished eighth overall out of eight teams at the Centennial Conference Wrestling Championships hosted by the Generals at the Warner Center on Saturday.

The United States Merchant Marine Academy tallied 115.0 points to capture its fourth-straight conference title.  Johns Hopkins finished second with 75.5 points and was followed by Stevens Institute (60.5), Ursinus (50.0), McDaniel (32.5), Gettysburg (28.0), Muhlenberg (22.5) and W&L (6.0).

Junior David Dennis (Sherman, W.Va./Ravenswood) was the Generals' top individual, advancing to the third place match at 165 pounds where he fell to junior Jonathan Sternlicht of Muhlenberg, 10-9.  Dennis began his day with a 7-1 win over senior Matthew Peters of McDaniel, but fell to eventual runner-up senior Eric Levenseller of Johns Hopkins in the semifinals, 4-3.  He then defeated junior Anthony Iorio of Gettysburg, 10-4, before dropping the match to Sternlicht.

The only other W&L wrestler to record a victory on the day was junior Sam Campbell (Winnetka, Ill./New Trier), who went 1-2 in the 141-pound weight class.  He opened with a 13-2 loss to eventual runner-up junior James Beshada of the Merchant Marines, then defeated Muhlenberg's Jason Kirschenbaum by fall (1:08) in the consolation bracket.  His day ended with a 3-2 setback against sophomore Mike Tancredi of McDaniel.

Merchant Marine senior 285-pounder Judson Connell was named the Outstanding Athlete of the Meet, while McDaniel senior 285-pounder Brock Glodfelty received the Chris Clifford Memorial Award as the career points leader in the Centennial Championship event.

The championship concluded Washington and Lee's 2010-11 season, the 38th and final season for Gary Franke as W&L's head coach.