Kings Point, NY – The USMMA wrestling team posted a 1-1 record Saturday morning in a Centennial Conference tri-meet inside O'Hara Hall. The Mariners opened the day by defeating Gettysburg convincingly, 37-6. Merchant Marine almost overcame a 20-3 deficit in its battle with the Bears but just come up just short in a 20-18 loss. Greg Potemken (Gaithersburg, MD) paced USMMA with a pair of 3-1 victories at 184 pounds.
Costas Rerras (Norfolk, VA) got Merchant Marine off to a fast start versus the Bullets as he pinned Matt Laux in 1:36 for six points. USMMA got a major decision victory from Matt Watson (Cocoa Beach, FL) at 141 pounds after the visitors forfeited at 133, giving the Mariners a 16-0 cushion. Bernard Watson (Fort Morgan, CO) and Branden Yeik (Bremerton, WA) notched back-to-back decision wins to bump the advantage to 22-0. Mason Reed (Dover, NJ) ended the dual with USMMA's second pin as he put Nick Diunizio's shoulders to the mat in 4:06 to round out the Mariners 37-6 victory.
Matt Watson picked up his second win of the day with a 3-0 shutout in his bout against Ursinus. However, the Bears still built a 20-3 lead, with the final points coming in an overtime victory at 165 pounds. Josh Miller (Jackson Hole, WY) kept the Mariners alive with a quick reversal that resulted in a pin, and more importantly six points, at 2:02 to close the gap to 20-9.
Merchant Marine would then supply its own drama in both the 184 and 197 pound bouts. Potemken broke a 1-1 tie with five seconds remaining in the final period with a takedown, propelling him to a second triumph on the day. Tyler Russell (Georgetown, ME) accomplished the same feat in his match, gaining the back of Christian Psomas for two points in the final moments of the bout to win the 6-4 decision.
The Mariners trailed 20-15 entering the final match, needing a pin to win the dual or a tech fall to secure a tie. Ricky Fisher (Nashville, TN) dominated Brandon Russo for the entire match, riding his opponent for the entire second and third periods. However, the freshman would be unable to turn Russo and was forced to settle for a 3-0 victory. Russo sealed a 20-18 win for Ursinus by virtue of keeping his shoulders of the mat.
The USMMA wrestling team returns to action February 2 to compete in the Academy Championships hosted by Army in West Point, NY.
Ursinus 20 – Merchant Marine 18
125: Christopher Donaldson (UC) pins Costas Rerras (MM), 4:55; 6-0
133: Danny Ventura (UC) tech. fall Thomas Healey (MM), 17-1 (6:49); 11-0
141: Matt Watson (MM) dec. Elisha Gaylor (UC), 3-0; 1-3
149: Curtis Watkins (UC) dec. Bernard Watson (MM), 6-4; 14-3
157: Richard Jasinski (UC) dec. Branden Yeik (MM), 3-2; 17-3
165: William Reick (UC) dec. Matt Hiltz (MM), 6-4 'OT'; 20-3
174: Josh Miller (MM) pins Hans Seri (UC), 2:02; 20-9
184: Greg Potemken (MM) dec. Michael Williams (UC), 3-1; 20-12
197: Tyler Russell (MM) dec. Christian Psomas (UC), 6-3; 20-15
285: Ricky Fisher (MM) dec. Brandon Russo (UC), 3-0; 20-18
Merchant Marine 37 – Gettysburg 6
125: Costas Rerras (MM) pins Matt Laux (GC), 1:34; 6-0
133: Thomas Healey (MM) wins by forfeit; 12-0
141: Matt Watson (MM) maj. dec. Matt Spano (GC), 10-2; 16-0
149: Bernard Watson (MM) dec. Eddie Carroll (GC), 7-1; 19-0
157: Branden Yeik (MM) dec. Tyler Cunningham (GC), 7-3; 22-0
165: Manny Markantone (GC) dec. Sam Lyscas (MM), 3-2; 22-3
174: Zach Thomas (GC) dec. Josh Miller (MM), 6-1; 22-6
184: Greg Potemken (MM) dec. Jared Leon (GC), 3-1; 25-6
197: Tyler Russell (MM) wins by forfeit; 31-6
285: Mason Reed (MM) pins Nick Diunizio (GC), 4:06; 37-6