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Mariners wrestle through tough competition

 The United States Merchant Marine Academy wrestling team had it hands full on Saturday as they wrestled 4 highly ranked NCAA wrestling teams. The Mariners faced # 8 Cortland State, #12 York College, #14 Wilkes University, and # 21 The College of New Jersey.  In the first match of the day the Mariners lost to Wilkes College by a score of 23-12. The Mariners Forfeited the 125 Lb weight class then won 4 of the remaining 9 matches. Connar Zimmerman 165, Kyle Diesel 174, Erik Schott 184, and Tyler Russell 197 all recorded wins. In the second bout of the day the Mariners lost to Cortland State 24-12. Brandon Yeik 157, Eric Shott 184, and Tyler Russell 197 recorded wins. The third bout was the closest of the day against The College of New Jersey. The mariners forfeited 125 lb class again then went on to win 5 of the remaining 9 weight classes. The Dual was tied at 18 -18 going into the heavy weight bout with wins from Martin Bell at 149, Connar Zimmerman at 165, Kyle Diesel at 174, Erik Schott at 184, and Tyler Russell at 197, but the mariners were unable to get the decision at HWT and lost the dual. In the final match against York college the Mariners lost by the score of 38– 9 with wins from Martin Bell at 149, and Tyler Russell at 197 lb who had 4 wins on the day. Although disappointed with the match results Coach Ilaria though that the young mariner team wrestled very well especially considering the competition and the fact that the Mariners forfeited a weight class in each match.  Ilaria commented regarding the tough competition.  "We want to wrestle the best teams and wrestlers available to get our guys ready to compete at their highest level. Our focus is to continue to build our team for the end of the year." The Mariners are back in action on Wednesday January 11th at 7:00pm at Kings Point when they take on the Coast Guard Academy