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USMMA drops 1st dual meet of the season to Hunter, 26-19

KINGS POINT, N.Y. – The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy dropped its first dual wrestling meet of the season, losing to Hunter College, 26-19, at Liebertz Gymnasium  on Thursday night.

Four Mariners recorded victories in the meet:

Senior Martin Bell pinned Chris Gogatz in 1:39 at 149 pounds.

Freshman Branden Yeik also won via a pin, stopping Brady Kwong in 1:41 at 157 lbs.

Freshman Connar Zimmerman defeated Andre McHugh, 7-3, at 165 lbs.

Senior Erik Schott stopped Jordan Donahue, 17-7, at 184 lbs.

"I was happy with the level that our team competed at," Mariners wrestling coach Greg Ilaria said. "We had a few wrestlers out of the lineup including a forfeit at 141 that put us in a hole early, and we were not able to overcome the deficit. We are looking forward to having a full line up soon."

In other results:

Senior Preston Graham dropped a 6-3 decision to Kenneth Albert at 125 lbs.

Freshman Tom Healy lost to Ryan Gerondal at 133 lbs., 11-2.

Sophomore Sam Fry was pinned by Luke Pragdat in 2:30 at 174 lbs.

Sophomore Tyler Russell dropped a 10-4 decision to Musa DeReese at 197 lbs.

And senior Connan Ingham lost to Leon Bodden, 8-0, at 285 lbs.

The Mariners were forced to forfeit the 141-lb. match as Hunter's Sean Messina was awarded the victory.

The Mariners will participate in the Long Island Open at Nassau Community College in Garden City, a meet that starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday.