LEXINGTON, Va. – Washington and Lee won three weight classes en route to claiming the team title of the W&L Wrestling Invitational for the second-straight year.
First-year 165-pounder Zac Richey (Swoope, Va. / Buffalo Gap), first-year 174-pounder Ron Tassoni (Media, Pa. / Haverford School) and first-year 285-pounder Grant Cokeley (Charleston, W.Va. / George Washington) all won their weight classes. Sophomore 165-pounder Zan Reed (Dallas, Texas / Highland Park) and sophomore 184-pounder Morgan Moskal (Roanoke, Va. / North Cross) each took second in their weight class, while sophomore 149-pounder Conor Duffey (Boxford, Mass. / Brooks School) finished third.
Richey opened his day with a win by fall (1:40) over Matthew Phillips of East Tennessee State. He then pinned unattached wrestler Matthew Farmer in 4:08, before posting an 8-7 decision over his teammate Reed. Reed reached the final with a pair of byes and then knocked off Bradley Ponchak of West Virginia Tech in the semifinals, 5-2.
Tassoni began with an 11-8 decision over unattached wrestler Cagle Lee, then defeated Southern Virginia's Michael Kilstrom in the semifinals, 7-2. He finished with a 12-6 win over Bridgewater's Scott Fike in the finals.
At 285, Cokeley began his day with a forfeit win over Zachary Smith of Southern Virginia and then posted a 7-3 decision over Aaron McMillion of Bridgewater in the semis. He then picked up a medical forfeit win over East Tennessee State's Raul Leyva in the title match.
Moskal went 1-1 in placing second in the 184-pound weight class. He received a first round bye then defeated unattached wrestler Daniel Mareno by fall. Moskal was defeated by Dusty Branom of Truett McConnell in the finals, 13-2.
Duffey notched a 3-1 record to finish third at 149 pounds. He began with a pin (1:26) of Ferrum's Paul Biggs and then lost by fall (3:46) to Cory Wagner of Campbell. He then pinned Steven Hurt of West Virginia Tech in 1:25 and pinned Biggs for a second time (4:07) to finish his day.
Washington and Lee will return to action on Saturday when it opens up Centennial Conference action at McDaniel College. The Generals will wrestler the host Green Terror and the Merchant Marine Academy beginning at 11:00 am.