December 20, 2013

W&L Wrestling Competes in the East Coast Holiday Classic

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Washington and Lee wrestling team competed in the East Coast Holiday Wrestling Classic hosted by Johnson & Wales on Friday.

The Generals claimed five place-winners led by sophomore Ron Tassoni (Media, Pa. / Haverford School), who finished as the runner-up in the 174-pound weight class.  Tassoni opened with a 13-3 win over Johnson & Wales' Dae'Sean Brown and then defeated Shane Currey of Niagara Community College.  He then fell to Jonathan Secor of Lycoming by a score of 4-0 in the championship match.

Sophomore Zac Richey (Swoope, Va. / Buffalo Gap) claimed fifth-place in the 184-pound weight bracket by posting a 3-2 overall record.  He began his day with a 5-2 loss to Cedrick Stephens of Niagara C.C., before posting wins over unattached competitor Ken Dougherty (9-3) and Deion Sonsaila of Lakeland, 17-1.  He then fell to Greg Wetzel of Lycoming by a score of 6-0 and finished with a win by forfeit in the fifth-place match.

At 197 pounds, first-year Bennett Lewis (St. Louis, Mo. / Westminster Christian) finished with a 2-2 record to finish in fifth-place.  After dropping an 18-3 decision to Carl Lawrence of Missouri Valley, Lewis posted a win by forfeit, but was then pinned by Skylar Ebner of Lycoming in 2:20.  He recovered to post a 10-8 overtime win over Nikolas Christine of Lycoming in the fifth-place match.

Sophomore Grant Cokeley (Charleston, W.Va. / George Washington) finished sixth in the 285-pound bracket.  He dropped a 5-0 decision to Jonah Aurelio of Johnson & Wales before recovering to win his next two matches.  He posted a 3-2 win over Justin Smith of Missouri Valley and then knocked off Aaron Kroll of Niagara C.C., 1-0.  Aurelio defeated him again, this time via fall (5:20), and his day ended with an 8-3 setback against Samuel Batchelor of Lycoming in the fifth-place match.

First-year Mac Evarts (Millersville, Pa. / Penn Manor) also finished sixth in the 165-pound weight class despite having to medical forfeit his final two matches.  He fell to Stephen Jarrell of Johnson and Wales in the opener by a score of 14-1, but then knocked off Tyler Evans of Lycoming, 14-7, before forfeiting his final two matches.

Washington and Lee will now break for the holidays before returning to action on January 4 when it hosts Ohio Northern and Ferrum at 2:00 pm.

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