KINGS POINT, N.Y. (Feb. 9, 2019) – The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy wrestling team hosted the 2019 Centennial Conference Championships on Saturday inside the Liebertz Gymnasium. Highlighting the day for the Mariners was junior Joshua Glantzman (Allenwood, N.J.) winning his second-straight Centennial title, as he took home the gold medal at 184.
USMMA came in third place overall out of the eight teams with 59 points. Stevens won its fifth-straight Centennial Championships with a total of 83 points, as the Ducks became just the second team in conference history to win five-in-a-row. Washington & Lee was the only other team to finish ahead of the Mariners, as they scored 61.5 points.
Three other wrestlers placed in the top-three for Merchant Marine, as junior Kurtis Hahn (Winfield, Mo.) and senior Blake Bunce (Trophy Club, Texas) earned second-place finishes at 197 and heavyweight, respectively, and freshman Billy Sims (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) came in third at 165.
Glantzman, who was the top seed in the 184 bracket, won his first bout via a first-period pin over Muhlenberg's Tommy Disisto. The junior then powered past Stevens' Michael Dooley with a 6-3 decision, setting up a bout with second-seeded Isaac Morales of Johns Hopkins.
The Championship bout went the distance and then some before Glantzman finally clinched the sudden-victory with a take-down to earn a 3-1 decision and his second-straight championship. (In 2018, he won the title at 174.)
Hahn was the #2 seed at 197 and earned a sudden-victory win in his first match and moved on to the finals via an injury default in the semis. He lost the Championship bout to top-seeded Gennaro Cerminara of Muhlenberg.
Bunce, the top seed at 285, produced a first-period pin in his opening bout, before an 8-1 decision in the semis put him in the finals. He placed second after a medical forfeit.
At 165, Sims won his first match via a 3-0 decision, but dropped his second to Shane Conners of Washington & Lee after a closely-contested 3-2 decision went Conners' way. The rookie rebounded with a pin in the consolation semifinals, which earned him a spot in the third-place match, where he won via an 8-4 decision over Ursinus' Zachary Goranson.
Merchant Marine returns to action later this month, when the Mariners travel up to Brockport State to take part in the 2019 Mideast Regional Championships Feb. 23-24. More information on the Regional meet will be available via links on the USMMA Wrestling Schedule Page closer to the event.
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