LEXINGTON, Va. – The Washington and Lee wrestling team recorded its first nine-win season since 1987 by splitting a pair of Centennial Conference matches on Saturday afternoon at McDaniel College. The Generals fell to Stevens by a score of 26-13 and defeated the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, 23-15.
The Generals finish the regular season with a 9-5 overall record and a 4-3 mark in conference action.
In the loss to Stevens, W&L fell behind 22-0 before winning three of the final four matches. Senior Brandon Lefore (Morgan Hill, Calif. / Ann Sobrato) posted a 9-1 major decision over Josh Smith at 174 pounds and sophomore Rexx Hallyburton (Bishop, Ga. / Oconee County) pinned Bruce Parola at 184 pounds to make it a 22-10 contest. Senior Matt Kaminer (Hewlett, N.Y. / George W. Hewlett) added a 3-1 overtime win at heavyweight against Joseph Moreno.
In the win over the Merchant Marine Academy, the Generals were able to gain an early 16-3 advantage with wins in four of the first five matches. Junior Ethan Hartman (River Edge, N.J. / River Dell Regional) got things started with a 7-4 win over Jace Garza at 125 pounds. Junior Zach Bylykbashi (Southington, Conn. / Southington) produced a 7-2 decision over Daniel May at 141 pounds and first-year Bryce Crew (St. Mary's, Ga. / Camden County) notched a pin over Charles Franchina at 149 pounds. Sophomore Shane Conners (Mount Airy, Md. / South Carroll) added to the opening run of wins with a 13-5 major decision over Kieran Dugan at 157 pounds.
Hallyburton and Kaminer were the lone Generals to finish with a 2-0 mark on the day. They secured the match for the team with wins at 184 and 285. Hallyburton posted a 3-2 win over Kurtis Hahn and Kaminer logged a 16-6 major decision against Victor Raigoza.
Washington and Lee returns to action next Saturday when it hosts the Centennial Conference Championship beginning at 10:00 am.
STEVENS 26, WASHINGTON AND LEE 13
125 – Yoseph Borai (ST) d. Ethan Hartman (W&L); 8-1
133 – Troy Stanich (ST) d. Matt Muller (W&L); Fall Time Unknown
141 – Brett Kaliner (ST) d. Zach Bylykbashi (W&L); 7-1
149 – Dylan Van Sickell (ST) d. Bryce Crew (W&L); 7-2
157 – Zach Wilhelm (ST) d. Shane Conners (W&L); 7-2
165 – Thomas Poklikuha (ST) d. Alec Horne (W&L); 16-7
174 – Brandon Lefore (W&L) d. Josh Smith (ST); 9-1
184 – Rexx Hallyburton (W&L) d. Bruce Parola (ST); Fall Time Unknown
197 – Colin Myles (ST) d. Zach England (W&L); 12-4
285 – Matt Kaminer (W&L) d. Joseph Moreno (ST); 3-1 (OT)
Ex 149 – Aaron Wolfang (ST) d. William Medick (W&L); 8-3
WASHINGTON AND LEE 23, MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY 15
125 – Ethan Hartman (W&L) d. Jace Garza (USMMA); 7-4
133 – Tyler Craig (USMMA) d. Matt Muller (W&L); 6-0
141 – Zach Bylykbashi (W&L) d. Daniel May (USMMA); 7-2
149 – Bryce Crew (W&L) d. Charles Franchina (USMMA); Fall 3:00
157 – Shane Conners (W&L) d. Kieran Duggan (USMMA); 13-5
165 – Erik Beshada (USMMA) d. Alec Horne (W&L); 7-3
174 – Joshua Glantzman (USMMA) d. Brandon Lefore (W&L); 2-0 (OT)
184 – Rexx Hallyburton (W&L) d. Kurtis Hahn (USMMA); 3-2
197 – Blake Bunce (USMMA) d. Zach England (W&L); Fall Time Unknown
285 – Matt Kaminer (W&L) d. Victor Raigoza (USMMA); 16-6
Ex 174 – Gavin Bradley (USMMA) d. Patrick Hofstedt (W&L); 4-0