LEXINGTON, Va. – The Washington and Lee wrestling team finished sixth out of 12 teams as it hosted the Jim Crytzer Invitational on Saturday at the Warner Center.
The Generals claimed four place-winners on the day, including senior Ron Tassoni (Media, Pa. / Haverford School), who won the championship of the 184-pound weight bracket and set a new school record for career wins.
First-year Zach Bylykbashi (Southington, Conn. / Southington) logged a 3-1 mark for a second-place finish in the 133-pound bracket, while sophomore Alex Pollera (Warren, N.J. / Watchung Hills Regional) went 4-1 to place third in the 141-pound weight class. First-year Ethan Hartman (River Edge, N.J. / River Dell Regional) finished 3-2 to take fifth-place at 125 pounds.
Tassoni went 4-0 overall to improve to 21-1 on the season. In the process, he eclipsed the W&L record for career victories held by Ray Gross '80 that had stood since 1980. His career record now stands at 85-27.
Tassoni began his day with a pin of Washington & Jefferson's Siddarth Sharma in 1:20 and then he posted a win by fall (6:54) over Brandon Casamassima of Gettysburg in the quarterfinals. His semifinal win was an 8-2 decision over Jimmy Suhayda of John Carroll and Tassoni then registered a 12-2 major decision over William Oberschelp of Washington & Jefferson in the title match.
Bylykbashi opened with an 18-0 technical fall over Michael Smith of W&J and then posted another tech fall (21-3) over Southern Virginia's Jayson Cody in the quarterfinals. He then recorded an 8-4 decision over Nick DiPierro of Scranton in the semifinals, but fell to Dom Gallo of VMI in the championship by a score of 5-3. He is now 24-4 on the season.
Pollera logged an 11-2 major decision over Robert Pritt of West Virginia Tech in his opener and then posted a tech fall (16-0) over Gettysburg's Everett Roach in the quarterfinals. John Carroll's Jarrad Lasko took a 9-7 decision over Pollera in the semis and he recovered to defeat Southern Virginia's Christopher Fletcher, 9-1. In the third-place match, Pollera knocked off Gettysburg's Eddie Carroll, 6-0.
Hartman dropped a 10-8 decision to Scranton's Brandon Davis in his opening match, but he then posted a 7-6 win over Jake Thomson of Scranton in the consolation bracket. Next up, he logged a pin over Ferrum's Brett Binnix in 3:40, before falling to Lenny Ogozalek of Gettysburg in 0:31. He recovered once again, this time avenging his earlier loss to Davis with a win by fall in 4:59 to take fifth-place.
Washington and Lee will return to action on Saturday when it travels to McDaniel College, where it will take on Muhlenberg and the Merchant Marine Academy.
Brandon Davis (Scranton) d. Ethan Hartman (W&L); 10-8
Ethan Hartman (W&L) d. Jake Thomson (Scranton); 7-6
Ethan Hartman (W&L) d. Brett Binnix (Ferrum); Fall 3:40
Lenny Orozalek (Gettysburg) d. Ethan Hartman (W&L); Fall 0:31
Ethan Hartman (W&L) d. Brandon Davis (Scranton); Fall 4:59 (Fifth-Place Match)
Zach Bylykbashi (W&L) d. Michael Smith (W&J); 18-0 (1:45)
Zach Bylykbashi (W&L) d. Jayson Cody (SVU); 21-3 (4:02)
Zach Bylykbashi (W&L) d. Nick DiPierro (Scranton); 8-4
Dom Gallo (VMI) d. Zach Bylykbashi (W&L); 5-3 (Championship Match)
Alex Pollera (W&L) d. Robert Britt (WV Tech); 11-2
Alex Pollera (W&L) d. Everett Roach (Gettysburg); 16-0 (4:46)
Jarrad Lasko (JCU) d. Alex Pollera (W&L); 9-7
Alex Pollera (W&L) d. Christopher Fletcher (SVU); 9-1
Alex Pollera (W&L) d. Eddie Carroll (Gettysburg); 6-0 (Third-Place Match)
Daren Ostrander (VMI) d. Michael Dik (W&L); Fall 2:21
Christopher Fletcher (SVU) d. Michael Dik (W&L); Fall 3:37
Trevor Meyers (W&J) d. Zachary Papin (W&L); Fall 4:05
Zachary Papin (W&L) d. Luke Neal (Gettysburg); Fall 0:29
Zachary Papin (W&L) d. Jephte Paul (WV Tech); 20-2 (2:47)
Jonah Swinson (Liberty) d. Zachary Papin (W&L); Fall 0:28
Ron Tassoni (W&L) d. Siddarth Sharma (W&J); Fall 1:20
Ron Tassoni (W&L) d. Brandon Casamassima (Gettysburg); Fall 6:54
Ron Tassoni (W&L) d. Jimmy Suhayda (JCU); 8-2
Ron Tassoni (W&L) d. William Oberschelp (W&J); 12-2 (Championship Match)