No. 22 W&L Wrestling Moves to 5-0 With a Trio of Wins in the W&L Duals

Joe Scott

LEXINGTON, Va. – The 22nd-ranked Washington and Lee wrestling team moved to 5-0 for the first time in 56 years by sweeping a trio of matches in the W&L duals held at the Duchossois Tennis Center on Monday.

The Generals opened the day with a 31-9 win over Greensboro and then defeated Trine by a score of 27-20.  The Blue & White finished the day with a 37-14 victory over Muskingum.

The last start of at least 5-0 occurred during the 1962-63 season, when W&L defeated the likes of North Carolina, Duke and N.C. State to begin the year with a 6-0 mark.

Five Generals finished the day with a 3-0 overall record led by first-year 133-pounder Charlie Cunningham (Pequannock, N.J. / Seton Hall Prep), who posted two wins by fall and another by decision.  He is now 16-0 on the season.

First-year 141-pounder Russ Zimmerman (Mechanicsburg, Pa. / Cumberland Valley) logged a pair of wins by decision and one major decision to improve to 14-3 on the year, while classmate Ryan Luth (Milford, Conn. / Joseph A. Foran) improved to 17-1 overall with three wins.  He opened with a major decision and added a win by fall and a win by forfeit.

Junior 174-pounder Joe Scott (Efland, N.C. / Orange) also went 3-0 to move his season record to 11-1.  He logged one win by decision, one by major decision and another by fall.

The last W&L wrestler to finish with a 3-0 mark was first-year 197-pounder Brad Basham (Burlington, Mass. / Buckingham Browne & Nichols), who notched two wins by decision and another via technical fall.  He is now 3-1 on the year.

Washington and Lee returns to action on January 5 when it hosts the Jim Crytzer Memorial Invitational at Southern Virginia.  Action begins at 9:00 am.

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#22 WASHINGTON AND LEE 31, GREENSBORO 9
125 – Joey Ferigne (GC) won by forfeit
133 – Charlie Cunningham (W&L) d. Tony Locke (GC); 5-1
141 – Russ Zimmerman (W&L) d. James Banks (GC); 4-0
149 – Bryce Crew (W&L) d. Ryan Dominique (GC); Fall 0:32
157 – Ryan Luth (W&L) d. Conan Wilson (GC); 12-4
165 – Quaevon Cannon (GC) d. Kevin Thole (W&L); 13-7
174 – Joe Scott (W&L) d. Tyron Dudley (GC); 15-4
184 – Alec Horne (W&L) d. Daniel Pearce (GC); 7-4
197 – Brad Basham (W&L) d. Luis Oropesa (GC); TF, 17-0 (7:00)
285 – Clay Chadwick (W&L) d. Brandon Williams (GC); 3-2

#22 WASHINGTON AND LEE 27, TRINE 20
125 – Clinton Wells (TU) won by forfeit
133 – Charlie Cunningham (W&L) d. Dominic Pecoraro (TU); Fall 1:05
141 – Russ Zimmerman (W&L) d. Caleb Maddox (TU); 3-2
149 – Bryce Crew (W&L) d. Brandon Minear (TU); Fall 0:19
157 – Ryan Luth (W&L) d. Nevan Freestone (TU); Fall 1:46
165 – Owen Conklin (TU) d. Kevin Thole (W&L); Fall 5:27
174 – Joe Scott (W&L) d. Nick Miller (TU); 12-6
184 – Luke Carver (TU) d. Alec Horne (W&L); TF, 17-0 (4:50)
197 – Brad Basham (W&L) d. Austin Farrell (TU); 7-3
285 – Ethan Simmons (TU) d. Clay Chadwick (W&L); 3-1

#22 WASHINGTON AND LEE 37, MUSKINGUM 14*
125 – Jordan Burkholder (MU) won by forfeit
133 – Charlie Cunningham (W&L) d. Cooper Hemming (MU); Fall 1:14
141 – Russ Zimmerman (W&L) d. Sammy Southers (MU); 12-1
149 – Toby Warrington (MU) d. Bryce Crew (W&L); 10-8 (OT)
157 – Ryan Luth (W&L) won by forfeit
165 – Tanner Walker (MU) d. Kevin Thole (W&L); Fall 6:24
174 – Joe Scott (W&L) d. Carter Layton (MU); Fall 1:56
184 – Alec Horne (W&L) won by forfeit
197 – Brad Basham (W&L) d. Garrett Mitchel (MU); 3-1 (OT)
285 –Clay Chadwick (W&L) d. Cody Jenkins (MU); Fall 1:03
* - Muskingum was penalized one team point for bench misconduct

See a listing of the full results from the day