W&L Wrestling Defeats Muhlenberg (27-12) and Ursinus (22-20)

W&L Wrestling Defeats Muhlenberg (27-12) and Ursinus (22-20)

BALTIMORE, Md. – The Washington and Lee wrestling team knocked off a pair of Centennial Conference opponents on Saturday, including producing its first win over Ursinus since the 2006-07 campaign. The Generals downed Muhlenberg by a score of 27-12 and then posted a 22-20 victory over the Bears in matches contested at Johns Hopkins.

The wins improve W&L to 6-3 overall and 2-1 in the Centennial Conference. 

In the victory over Ursinus, it all came down to the 285-pound match between senior Matt Kaminer and the Bears' William McGinley.  Kaminer scored a takedown in overtime for a 3-1 win that gave the Generals the team victory.

The Blue & White fell into an early 10-0 hole, but battled back to win the next five weight classes to assume a 19-10 advantage heading into the final three matches.  Junior 141-pounder Zach Bylykbashi (Southington, Conn. / Southington) got things started with a 12-4 major decision over Daniel Bliss and first-year Bryce Crew (St. Mary's, Ga. / Camden County) followed with a pin of Edward Howlette in 2:27 to knot the score at 10-10.

Sophomore Shane Conners (Mount Airy, Md. / South Carroll) produced a hard-fought 6-4 overtime win at 157 pounds and sophomore Alec Horne (Chester Springs, Pa. / Downingtown East) notched a 2-1 win at 165 pounds.  Senior Brandon Lefore (Morgan Hill, Calif. / Ann Sobrato) capped the flurry with a 3-0 win at 174 pounds.

Ursinus posted a win by fall at 184 and a major decision at 197 pounds to snatch the lead back (20-19) heading into the decisive heavyweight bout.

In the earlier win over Muhlenberg, the Generals jumped out to a 21-0 lead and cruised to the victory.  Junior Ethan Hartman (River Edge, N.J. / River Dell Regional), first-year Matt Muller (Roanoke, Va. / Patrick Henry), Bylykbashi, Crew and Conners all won their opening matches to spot the Generals the early advantage.  Lefore added a win at 174 pounds and Kaminer capped off the match with another 3-1 overtime victory.

Bylykbashi, Crew, Conners, Lefore and Kaminer all finished 2-0 on the day for the Generals.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Friday evening when it hosts Southern Virginia for a dual match at 6:00 pm.  The Generals then host Gettysburg and McDaniel on Saturday for league matches beginning at 12:00 pm.

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WASHINGTON AND LEE 27, MUHLENBERG 12
125 – Ethan Hartman (W&L) d. Cliff Cornell (MC); 5-3 [3-0]
133 – Matt Muller (W&L) d. Connor McGee (MC); 14-4 [7-0]
141 – Zach Bylykbashi (W&L) d. Austin Sherman (MC); 6-3 [10-0]
149 – Bryce Crew (W&L) d. Ben Peck (MC); Fall 1:00 [16-0]
157 – Shane Conners (W&L) d. Michael Dougan (MC); TF, 18-2 (5:00) [21-0]
165 – Dylan Schwartz (MC) d. Alec Horne (W&L); 9-5 [21-3]
174 – Brandon Lefore (W&L) d. Jimmy Fratantoni (MC); 3-0 [24-3]
184 – Michael Cannon (MC) d. Patrick Hofstedt (W&L); 11-6 [24-6]
197 – Gennaro Cerminara (MC) d. Zach England (W&L); Fall 1:15 [24-12]
285 – Matt Kaminer (W&L) d. Scott Schaeffer (MC); 3-1 (OT) [27-12]

WASHINGTON AND LEE 22, URSINUS 20
125 – Christopher Tan (URS) d. Ethan Hartman (W&L); 17-7 [0-4]
133 – Derek Gulotta (URS) d. Matt Muller (W&L); Fall 0:20 [0-10]
141 – Zach Bylykbashi (W&L) d. Daniel Bliss (URS); 12-4 [4-10]
149 – Bryce Crew (W&L) d. Edward Howlette (URS); Fall 2:27 [10-10]
157 – Shane Conners (W&L) d. Jarrett DiGiantomasso (URS); 6-4 (OT) [13-10]
165 – Alec Horne (W&L) d. Zachary Goranson (URS); 2-1 [16-10]
174 – Brandon Lefore (W&L) d. Anthony Cutrufello (URS); 3-0 [19-10]
184 – Benjamin Maack (URS) d. Patrick Hofstedt (W&L); Fall 0:39 [19-16]
197 – Deon Edmund (URS) d. Zach England (W&L); 11-3 [19-20]
285 – Matt Kaminer (W&L) d. William McGinley (URS); 3-1 (OT) [22-20]

149 Ex – Michael Dik (W&L) d. Zachary Dellicompagni (URS); Fall 4:58
149 Ex – Leroy Brown (URS) d. Will Medick (W&L); 9-7 (OT)
165 Ex – Patrick Rafferty (URS) d. Andrew Taylor (W&L); 13-4
165 Ex – Dane Morgan (JHU) d. Colby Boudreau (W&L); Fall 0:50
141 Ex – Alex Pollera (W&L) d. Alex Helpin (MC); Fall 1:47