LEXINGTON, Va. – The Washington and Lee wrestling team dropped a 27-18 season-opening loss to 10th-ranked Ferrum on Saturday at Doremus Gymnasium.
The Generals (0-1) grabbed the early advantage when junior Ethan Hartman (River Edge, N.J. / River Dell Regional) recorded a first-period pin over Ferrum junior Brett Binnix. The Panthers won the next three matches to assume a 12-6 lead, but sophomore Shane Conners (Mount Airy, Md. / South Carroll) pulled W&L to within 12-9 with a 4-2 decision over Ferrum first-year Braxton May-Nicholson at 157 pounds.
The Panthers (1-0) pushed their lead to 22-9, before W&L recorded wins at two of the top three weight classes. Senior Brandon Lefore (Morgan Hill, Calif. / Ann Sobrato) notched a 10-7 victory over Ferrum first-year A.J. Banish at 184 pounds and senior 285-pounder Matt Kaminer (Hewlett, N.Y. / George W. Hewlett) produced a first-period win by fall over junior Tyrique Nolen.
Washington and Lee returns to action next Saturday when it competes at the Washington & Jefferson Invitational. Action begins at 9:45 am.
NO. 10 FERRUM 27, WASHINGTON AND LEE 18
125 – Ethan Hartman (W&L) d. Brett Binnix (FC); Fall in 1st [6-0]
133 – Bailey Cooper (FC) d. Matt Muller (W&L); 5-4 [6-3]
141 – Austin Smith (FC) d. Zach Bylykbashi (W&L); 10-4 [6-6]
149 – Collin Saunders (FC) d. Michael Dik (W&L); Fall in 1st [6-12]
157 – Shane Conners (W&L) d. Braxton May-Nicholson (FC); 4-2 [9-12]
165 – Andrew Tolbert (FC) d. Andrew Taylor (W&L); 16-8 [9-16]
174 – Blake Rosenbaum (FC) d. Colby Boudreau (W&L); Fall in 1st [9-22]
184 – Brandon Lefore (W&L) d. A.J. Banish (FC); 10-7 [12-22]
197 – Hunter Goulart (FC) d. Will Kuenne (W&L); TF, 18-1 [12-27]
285 – Matt Kaminer (W&L) d. Tyrique Nolen (FC); Fall in 1st [18-27]