W&L Wrestling Earns Victory Over Gettysburg

HOBOKEN, N.J. – The Washington and Lee wrestling team picked up its first win of the season in a tri-match at Stevens Institute on Saturday afternoon.

The Generals were defeated by the home-standing Ducks, 45-3, but recovered from an 18-0 hole to knock off Gettysburg by a score of 27-18.

Sophomore Ron Tassoni (Media, Pa. / Haverford School) was the lone winner for the Generals (1-10, 1-5) against Stevens, notching an 8-7 decision over Colin Navickas at 174 pounds.

Against the Bullets, the Generals trailed 18-0 entering the 157-pound bout.  First-year Alex Niemann (Frenchtown, N.J. / Delaware Valley Regional) got things started with a pin over Colin Furth in 1:52.  First-year Mac Evarts (Millersville, Pa. / Penn Manor) then received a forfeit win at 165 pounds and Tassoni posted a 9-5 decision over Jared Leon at 174 pounds to make it an 18-15 match.

Sophomore Zac Richey (Swoope, Va. / Buffalo Gap) logged a 6-2 win over Pat Thomas in the 184-pound match to knot the score at 18-18 and W&L took its first lead with a win by fall (2:14) from first-year Bennett Lewis (St. Louis, Mo. / Westminster Christian) over Camden Stoops at 197 pounds.  Sophomore Grant Cokeley (Charleston, W.Va. / George Washington) then cemented the victory with a 2-0 decision over Nick Diunizio in the 285-pound weight class.

Washington and Lee returns to action next Saturday when it caps the regular season with a pair of matches at Muhlenberg at 12:00 pm.  The Generals will wrestle the Mules and Ursinus.

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Stevens 45, W&L 3 – Canavan Arena – Hoboken, N.J. – February 8, 2014
125: Rob Murray (SIT) wins by forfeit (6-0)
133: Ryan Wilson (SIT) wins by forfeit (12-0)
141: Frederick Perrine (SIT) wins by forfeit (18-0)
149: Justin Becker (SIT) wins by fall (1:29) over Andrew Donchez (W&L) (24-0)
157: Leo Wortman (SIT) dec over Alex Niemann (W&L), 8-2 (27-0)
165: Conner Bass (SIT) wins by fall (2:15) over Mac Evarts (W&L) (33-0)
174: Ron Tassoni (W&L) dec. over Colin Navickas (SIT), 8-7 (33-3)
184: Zach Bass (SIT) dec. over Zac Richey (W&L) (36-3)
197: Ryan Dormann (SIT) wins by fall (1:34) over Bennett Lewis (W&L) (42-3)
285: Chris Florek (SIT) dec. over Grant Cokeley (SIT), 8-1 (45-3)

W&L 27, Gettysburg 18 – Canavan Arena – Hoboken, N.J. – February 8, 2014
125: Holt Johnson (GC) wins by forfeit (6-0)
133: Double Forfeit (no net points)
141: Matthew Spano (GC) wins by forfeit (12-0)
149: Brandon Carcuffe (GC) wins by fall (1:46) over Andrew Donchez (W&L) (18-0)
157: Alex Niemann (W&L) wins by fall (1:52) over Colin Furth (GC) (18-6)
165: Mac Evarts (W&L) wins by forfeit (18-12)
174: Ron Tassoni (W&L) dec. over Jared Leon, 9-5 (18-15)
184: Zac Richey (W&L) dec. over Pat Thomas (GC), 6-2 (18-18)
197: Bennett Lewis (W&L) wins by fall (2:14) over Camden Stoops (GC) (18-24)
285: Grant Cokeley (W&L) dec. over Nick Diunizio (GC), 2-0 (18-27)