COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. (Jan. 6, 2018) – On Saturday, the USMMA wrestling team travelEd to Centennial Conference foe Ursinus College to compete in the 2018 North/South Duals. The Mariners went a perfect 4-0 in their four dual matches – 28-10 over Ursinus in the Centennial opener, 43-6 against Rhode Island College, 48-4 over Mount St. Vincent and 30-16 against Delaware Valley – and improve their record to 5-3 (1-0 Centennial) on the season.
Four Mariners had 4-0 records on the day – junior Daniel May (Stafford, Va.) at 141 and 149, freshman Kieran Duggan (Woodbury, Conn.) at 157, sophomore Joshua Glantzman (Allenwood, N.J.) at 174 and junior Blake Bunce (Trophy Club, Texas) at 197. Two others went 3-0 at the event – junior Christian Willoughby (Blountsville, Ala.) at 165 and sophomore Collin Keil (Whitehouse, Ohio) at 184.
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In the opener against the host Bears, the Mariners dropped the first two weight classes by a decision at 125 and a major decision at 133 to fall behind 7-0 before they went on to win the next seven weight classes. Freshman Alex Puglio (Myerstown, Pa.) and May earned back-to-back pins at 141 and 149, respectively, Duggan (157) and Willoughby (165) won via decisions, Glanzman wrestled his way to a major decision and sophomore Kurtis Hahn (Winfield, Mo.) and Bunce rounded out the Mariner wins with decisions at 184 and 197, respectively.
Against Rhode Island College, the Mariners won the first nine weight classes with Garza and Craig starting the match off with decisions, followed by a pin by Puglio and a two-straight technical falls by May and Duggan to put Merchant Marine ahead, 22-0, through 157. Willoughby earned a decision at 165, and then Glantzman and Keil had back-to-back pins before Bunce closed out the Mariner scoring with a forfeit victory at 197.
The Mariners split the first two bouts with Mount St. Vincent, with Garza earning his second win of the day via a decision, followed by a major decision lost to the Dolphins at 133, which put CMSV ahead, 4-3. However the Mariners took the next 18 points on a pin by May and consecutive forfeit wins by Craig and Duggan. That was followed by senior Travis Ahrens (Mims, Fla.) with a major decision at 165 and Glantzman's second pin in as many bouts. 184 and 197 went in favor of USMMA with forfeit wins by Keil and Bunce, respectively, and senior Daniel Viera (Bentonville, Ark.) took a 1-0 decision win at 285.
In the last match against Delaware Valley, the Aggies took a 13-0 lead with a major decision at 125, a decision at 133 and a pin at 141. The Mariners responded with six straight victories with consecutive pins by May and Duggan, a decision by Willoughby, Glantzman's third pin of the day, a decision by Keil and a pin by Bunce.
The Mariners are back in action next Sunday, Jan. 14, when they travel up to The College of Mount St. Vincent to take part in the CMSV Duals. At the event, the Mariners will compete against Centennial opponent Muhlenberg College. Action is set to get underway at 11 a.m.
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