LEXINGTON, Va. – The Washington and Lee wrestling team claimed each of the first eight matches en route to posting a 38-9 victory over Southern Virginia on Friday evening at Doremus Gymnasium.
Junior Ethan Hartman (River Edge, N.J. / River Dell Regional) opened the match with a thrilling 8-7 victory over Aaron Freidhof at 125 pounds for a 3-0 lead. After a forfeit win for W&L (7-3), senior Alex Pollera (Warren, N.J. / Watchung Hills Regional) notched an 11-1 major decision over Jayson Cody for a 13-0 advantage. First-year Bryce Crew (St. Mary's, Ga. / Camden County) and sophomore Shane Conners (Mount Airy, Md. / South Carroll) then posted back-to-back pins at 149 and 157 pounds for a 25-0 lead. Crew pinned Christopher Fletcher in 2:11 and Conners pinned Blaine Phillips in 3:55.
Sophomore Alec Horne (Chester Springs, Pa. / Downingtown East) followed with a 3-2 decision over Matthew Rohrdanz at 165 pounds and senior Brandon Lefore (Morgan Hill, Calif. / Ann Sobrato) won his 20th match of the season (20-4) with a 16-1 technical fall (1:15) over Carlos Duran at 175 pounds.
Sophomore Rexx Hallyburton (Bishop, Ga. / Oconee County) returned from injury for his first match of the season and turned in a 21-6 technical fall (7:00) over Gordon Whitaker for a 38-0 lead.
The Knights (6-8) took matches at 197 pounds and 285 pounds for the final margin.
Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Gettysburg and McDaniel for matches starting at 12:00 pm.
WASHINGTON AND LEE 38, SOUTHERN VIRGINIA 9
125 – Ethan Hartman (W&L) d. Aaron Freidhof (SVU); 8-7 [3-0]
133 – Matt Muller (W&L) won by forfeit [9-0]
141 – Alex Pollera (W&L) d. Jayson Cody (SVU); 11-1 [13-0]
149 – Bryce Crew (W&L) d. Christopher Fletcher (SVU); Fall 2:11 [19-0]
157 – Shane Conners (W&L) d. Blaine Phillips (SVU); Fall 3:55 [25-0]
165 – Alec Horne (W&L) d. Matthew Rohrdanz (SVU); 3-2 [28-0]
174 – Brandon Lefore (W&L) d. Carlos Duran (SVU) TF, 16-1 (1:15) [33-0]
184 – Rexx Hallyburton (W&L) d. Gordon Whitaker (SVU); TF, 21-6 (7:00) [38-0]
197 – Matt Speelman (SVU) d. Zach England (W&L); 11-8 [38-3]
285 – Nico Ramirez (SVU) d. Matt Kaminer (W&L); Fall 7:50 [38-9]