LEXINGTON, Va. – The Washington and Lee wrestling team claimed three individual champions on its way to a second-place finish out of 10 teams as it hosted the Generals Invitational on Saturday at the Warner Center.
W&L claimed the titles in the 184, 197 and 285-pound weight classes and also produced second-place finishes at 133, 174 and 197 pounds. West Virginia Tech was the team champion with 114.0 points and was followed by the Generals with 100.0 points. Gettysburg finished third with 93.5 points. Scranton sophomore 157-pounder Ian Evans was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Wrestler.
Junior Ron Tassoni (Media, Pa. / Haverford School) cruised through the 184-pound bracket, posting a 4-0 overall record and winning each match by at least eight points. He finished the tournament with a 12-1 major decision over sophomore Jake Koch of VMI in the title match.
Sophomore Bennett Lewis (St. Louis, Mo. / Westminster Christian) won the 197-pound bracket, going 3-0 overall. He downed first-year teammate Evan Kueffner (Grass Lake, Mich. / Lumen Christi Catholic) in the championship match, 2-1, in three overtimes. Keuffner finished the tournament 2-1 overall for the runner-up finish.
First-year Matt Kaminer (Hewlett, N.Y. / George W. Hewlett) emerged as the champion in the 285-pound bracket, posting a 5-0 record en route to the title. He finished things off with a 2-1 victory over Ferrum first-year Alveno Matthews in the final match.
First-year Alex Pollera (Warren, N.J. / Watchung Hills Regional) was the runner-up at 133 pounds and first-year Sal Diaz (Duryea, Pa. / Wyoming Seminary) finished second at 174 pounds. Pollera logged a pair of wins by fall, before being pinned by West Virginia Tech first-year Curtis Cox in the title match. Diaz also won a pair of matches by fall, but he then dropped a 4-2 decision to Gettysburg junior Tyler Cunningham in the championship.
Washington and Lee returns to action next Saturday when it travels to the Merchant Marine Academy for a tri with the host Mariners and Muhlenberg. Action is set to begin at 11:00 am.