Rooney & Bunce Named NWCA Scholar All-Americans; Mariners Finish 13th In The Country For Team GPAThe National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) announced the end-of-the-season academic awards on the final day of the 2017 NCAA National Championships this past weekend. Two USMMA wrestlers, senior Patrick Rooney (Belgrade, Minn.) and sophomore Blake Bunce (Trophy Club, Texas), were honored as NWCA Scholar All-Americans. Additionally, as a team, the Mariners ranked 13th in the nation for Team GPA.
Beshada, Rooney & Raigoza Headed To NCAA National Championships!Three members of the USMMA wrestling team have punched their ticket to the 2017 NCAA DIII National Championships with third place finishes at the East Regionals this weekend – sophomore Erik Beshada (South River, N.J.) at 157, senior Patrick Rooney (Belgrade, Minn.) at 184 and sophomore Victor Raigoza (Orland, Calif.) at 285.
Wrestling Suffers Setback At #16 Coast Guard, 31-10The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy wrestling team lost on the road to arch-rival and nationally-ranked #16 Coast Guard, 31-10, on Wednesday night in non-conference action. In defeat, the Mariners end their dual-meet schedule with a 5-10 record, while the Bears improve to 5-3.
Late Surge Falls Just Short As Mariners Lose To #6/7 Stevens, 25-24, On Senior NightThe U.S. Merchant Marine Academy rallied back from a 25-0 deficit against the #6/7 team in the country, Centennial Conference foe Stevens, but fell just short of the Ducks, 25-24, at home on Wednesday night at the Liebertz Gymnasium. The loss drops the Mariners’ record to 5-9 overall (3-4 Centennial), while Stevens remains undefeated at 20-0 (5-0 Centennial).
Wrestling Splits Action At Muhlenberg Centennial TriThe U.S. Merchant Marine Academy wrestling team split a pair of Centennial Conference matches today at a tri-match hosted by Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania. The Mariners lost their first match of the day, 25-28, to Ursinus, but rebounded to defeat the host Mules, 41-12, in their second match.
Bunce Named Centennial Conference Wrestler Of The WeekThe Centennial Conference announced on Monday that USMMA sophomore Blake Bunce (Trophy Club, Texas) was named the league’s Wrestler of the Week for the week ending Jan. 22. This is the second time this season that a Mariner was named the Centennial Wrestler of the Week, as senior Patrick Rooney (Belgrade, Minn.) earned the accolade back on Nov. 14.
Wrestling Drops A Pair Of Centennial Matches In Conference OpenersOn Saturday, the USMMA wrestling team lost two Centennial Conference matches to Washington & Lee, 29-18, and Johns Hopkins, 27-15, down at Hopkins’ Goldfarb Gymnasium. The Mariners’ record falls to 2-6 (0-2 Centennial) on the season, while the Generals improve to 3-4 (1-0 Centennial) and the Blue Jays improve to 2-5 (1-0 Centennial).
Mariners Pick Up Two Wins At Long Island Wrestling DayThe USMMA wrestling team competed in three dual matches on Sunday at the Long Island Wrestling Day, hosted by LIU Post. The Mariners started the day with a big 47-5 victory over Mount St. Vincent and ended the day with an exciting 26-21 win over East Stroudsburg. A 32-11 loss to Oneonta was sandwiched between the two triumphs.
Wrestling Drops Two Matches At Home At 2016 Mariner DualsOn Saturday, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy wrestling team hosted the 2016 Mariner Duals at the Liebertz Gymnasium. The Mariners welcomed NYU, Division II LIU Post and NJCAA Nassau Community College. USMMA squared off against NYU and LIU Post and lost both matchups – falling to the Violets, 29-11, and to the Pioneers, 23-19.
Raigoza Places Fourth To Highlight Mariners’ Day At York InviteThe USMMA wrestling team competed at the New Standard Corp. Invitational on Saturday, hosted by York College in Pennsylvania. The Mariners had two wrestlers register winning records on the day, led by sophomore Victor Raigoza (Orland, Calif.), who placed fourth overall in the 285-pound heavyweight bracket.
Wrestling Competes At Grapple At The Garden At Madison Square GardenThe U.S. Merchant Marine Academy wrestling team competed at the Fifth Annual Grapple at the Garden on Sunday morning in Manhattan at Madison Square Garden. Despite the great atmosphere at the famed “World’s Most Famous Arena” and wrestling on such a large stage (which also included some big-time Division I matches taking part on the same floor), the Mariners lost their lone dual match of the event to the Colonels of Wilkes University by the score of 32-15.
Wrestling Has Successful Day At New York State ChampionshipsOn Sunday, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy wrestling team participated in the annual New York State Championships, hosted by Cornell University. The Mariners placed 16th out of 27 teams at the event, which featured Division I, II and III and junior college teams from all across New York.
Centennial Selects Rooney As Wrestler Of The WeekThe Centennial Conference announced on Monday that USMMA senior Patrick Rooney (Belgrade, Minn.) has been named the league’s Wrestler of the Week after his performance at the Roger Williams Invitational this past Saturday.
Rooney Wins 184-Pound Bracket, Two Other Mariners Place At Roger Williams InviteSenior Patrick Rooney (Belgrade, Minn.) had a very impressive day for the USMMA wrestling team at the season-opening Roger Williams Invitational on Saturday up in Rhode Island. Rooney went a perfect 4-0 on the day to win the 184-pound bracket – a very tough bracket that included three nationally-ranked wrestlers. He was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler of the Invitational.
2015-16 Athletic Award Winners Announced; McDaniels And Rose Earn Top AccoladesThe U.S. Merchant Marine Academy held its 2016 Awards Convocation on Friday morning at the Ackerman Auditorium as part of Graduation Weekend festivities. Four major athletic award winners were announced during the ceremony – the Male and Female Athletes of the Year as well as the two Coaches of the Year – along with a number of other athletic awards and honors.
All-American Ricky Fisher Places Sixth In The Nation At NCAA ChampionshipsSenior Ricky Fisher (Nashville, Tenn.) ended his career as an All-American after he placed sixth in the nation in the 197-pound bracket at the NCAA National Championship Meet this weekend. Fisher compiled an overall record of 4-3 at the two-day event. As a team, the Mariners currently sit in 30th place in the nation with the 10.5 points that Fisher earned this weekend.
Mariners Take Second At Centennial Champs Behind Twito’s & Fisher’s Individual TitlesThe U.S. Merchant Marine Academy wrestling team had a great day at the 2016 Centennial Conference Championship Meet on Saturday, hosted by McDaniel College. The Mariners had six wrestlers place in the top three in their brackets, including two individual champions, as the squad finished the event in second place with 69.5 points. Stevens won the team championship with 121 points.
Wrestling Edged By Coast Guard, 19-18, On Senior NightThe U.S. Merchant Marine Academy wrestling team lost its Superintendents’ Trophy matchup to visiting Coast Guard, 19-18, on Wednesday night at the Liebertz Gymnasium. In defeat, the Mariners fall to 10-9 overall, while the Bears improve to 6-5.
Mariners Defeat Nationally-Ranked NYU, 17-15, Wednesday NightOn Wednesday night, the USMMA wrestling team defeated #22/21 NYU, 17-15, in a back-and-forth Centennial Conference affair at the Liebertz Gymnasium that came down to the final bout at the heavyweight class. The Mariners improve to an even 8-8 (3-3 Centennial), while the Violets fall to 9-5 (3-2 Centennial).
Wrestling Splits Action At Centennial Tri On SaturdayOn Saturday, a majority of the USMMA wrestling team travelled to Muhlenberg College for a Centennial Tri-Meet while the rest of the squad competed at the All-Academy Championships. After dropping the first match to Ursinus, 28-16, the Mariners earned a 36-10 victory over the host Mules to earn a split on the day. The Mariners’ dual record moves to 7-8 (2-3 Centennial) on the season.
Wrestling Earns D3 Team Championship At All-Academy TournamentThe U.S. Merchant Marine Academy wrestling team competed in the 22nd Annual All-Academy Championships on Saturday, hosted by VMI. The Mariners finished sixth overall at the event and placed best out of the three Division III teams that competed (Coast Guard and Norwich were the others), and therefore were crowned the D3 Team Champions.