The United States Merchant Marine Academy held its 2018 Awards Convocation on Friday morning at the Ackerman Auditorium as part of Kings Point Weekend festivities, which culminates with commencement exercises on Saturday. 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.
The National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) announced the end-of-the-season academic awards at the 2018 NCAA National Championships earlier this month and two USMMA wrestlers - junior Blake Bunce (Trophy Club, Texas) and sophomore Joshua Glantzman (Allenwood, N.J.) - earned spots on the 2017-18 NWCA Division III All-Academic Team.
Late last week, the Centennial Conference announced the 2018 Winter Academic Honorees and USMMA junior Blake Bunce (Trophy Club, Texas) earned two accolades, as he was selected to the Academic All-Centennial Team as well as the Academic Honor Roll.
This past Friday, March 9, junior Blake Bunce (Trophy Club, Texas) represented the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy wrestling team at the NCAA National Championship Meet in Ohio. Bunce, who competed in the 197lb. bracket, qualified for nationals after his third-place finish at the Mideast Regional Meet in late February.
Junior Blake Bunce (Trophy Club, Texas) will represent the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at the NCAA Division III Wrestling National Championship Meet after his third-place finish in the 197lb. bracket at the Mideast Regional Meet this weekend hosted by Ithaca College. As a team, the Mariners came in seventh place with 65.5 points. Ithaca won the regional meet with 145 points, while Stevens (116pts) and Centenary (90.5pts) rounded out the top three in second and third, respectively.
On Saturday, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy wrestling team competed at the Centennial Conference Championship Meet, hosted by Washington and Lee University in Virginia. The Mariners had an impressive team finish, as they came in second place out of the eight teams competing with 61.5 points.
The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy wrestling team defeated visiting arch-rival and nationally-ranked Coast Guard, 19-16, on Thursday evening inside an electric Liebertz Gymnasium. The win improves the Mariners’ record to 9-7 on the season, while the #22 Bears fall to 8-7 in defeat.
The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy wrestling team competed in four Centennial Conference matches at McDaniel College on Saturday afternoon and left the Green Terror’s Gill Center Gymnasium with a 2-2 record. The Mariners opened the day with losses to Johns Hopkins (21-20 on criteria) and Washington & Lee (23-15), but bounced back with victories over Gettysburg (20-19 on criteria) and McDaniel (30-15). USMMA’s record moves to 8-7 (4-3 Centennial) after the action.
The USMMA wrestling team competed in the prestigious All-Academy Championships on Saturday, hosted by The Citadel. The Mariners joined Division I programs Army West Point, Navy, Air Force, The Citadel and VMI as well as DIII programs Coast Guard and Norwich for a great day of wrestling.
The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy wrestling team lost its Centennial Conference matchup on the road at #8 Stevens on Wednesday evening at the Ducks’ Canavan Arena. The setback drops the Mariners’ record to 6-5 (2-1 Centennial), while Stevens improves to 8-3 (3-0 Skyline) with the victory.
On Sunday, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy wrestling team competed in two rounds of the Mount St. Vincent Duals in the Bronx at the Dolphins’ Sharp Athletic Center. The Mariners began the day with a tough loss to the 16th-ranked team in the country, WPI, 26-9 but followed that up with a Centennial Conference victory over Muhlenberg, 29-12. With the split, USMMA’s record moves to 6-4 (2-0 Centennial).
This coming Saturday, Jan. 13, the USMMA Department of Physical Education and Athletics will join with the USMMA Administration and the USMMA Alumni Association and Foundation along with special guests to celebrate a ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly-renovated gym floor at the James W. Liebertz Gymnasium in O’Hara Hall.
The Centennial Conference announced on Monday that U.S. Merchant Marine Academy sophomore Joshua Glantzman (Allenwood, N.J.) was selected as the league’s Wrestler of the Week for the week ending Jan. 7. The honor comes after his performance in the Mariners’ 4-0 day at the North/South Duals this past Saturday, hosted by Centennial opponent Ursinus College.
On Saturday, the USMMA wrestling team traveled to Centennial Conference foe Ursinus College to compete in the 2018 North/South Duals. The Mariners went a perfect 4-0 in their four dual matches – 28-10 over Ursinus in the Centennial opener, 43-6 against Rhode Island College, 48-4 over Mount St. Vincent and 30-16 against Delaware Valley – and improve their record to 5-3 (1-0 Centennial) on the season.
On Monday, the Centennial Conference announced its weekly honors and USMMA freshman Kieran Duggan (Woodbury, Conn.) was chosen as the Centennial Wrestler of the Week for the week ending Dec. 17. The honor comes after the rookie’s performances in the Mariners’ two events last week – a road loss at NYU on Friday and at the Long Island Open, hosted by Nassau Community College on Sunday.
The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy wrestling team competed at the Long Island Open, hosted by Nassau Community College on Sunday. The Mariners came in sixth place out of the 10 teams that scored on the day with 80.5 points. Johnson & Wales University won the event with 300.5 points, followed by Waynesburg University in second with 143.5 points and the host Tigers in third with 97.5 points.
The USMMA wrestling team lost a non-conference dual meet to New York University, 32-16, on the road on Friday at the famed New York Athletic Club in Manhattan. In defeat, the Mariners’ dual record falls to 1-3 on the season, while the Violets improve to 5-3.
On Saturday, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy wrestling team hosted the 2017 Mariner Duals at the Liebertz Gymnasium, welcoming in NYU, TCNJ, Hunter, Division II LIU Post and JuCo Nassau Community College. The Mariners went 1-2 on the day with losses to LIU Post (44-6) and TCNJ (29-9) before a victory over Hunter (42-12) to close out the event.
The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy wrestling team took part in the 2017 New York State Intercollegiate Championships on Saturday up at Cornell University. As a team, the Mariners came in 16th place out of 23 teams with a total of 22 points and had one wrestler earn All-New York State honors – freshman Kieran Duggan (Woodbury, Conn.), who placed seventh in the 157-pound bracket.
The USMMA wrestling team opened the 2017-18 season on Saturday at the Roger Williams Invitational. The Mariners had two seniors and a good number of freshmen compete at the event and came in 10th place with 36.5 points on the day.
D3Wrestle.com came out with its first national ranking of the season early last week and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy had five wrestlers ranked nationally – junior Erik Beshada (South River, N.J.), sophomores Joshua Glantzman (Allenwood, N.J.) and Kurtis Hahn (Winfield, Mo.) and juniors Blake Bunce (Trophy Club, Texas) and Victor Raigoza (Orland, Calif.).
USMMA wrestling 10th-year head coach Greg Ilaria announced the schedule for the upcoming 2017-18 season on Thursday. The Mariners will compete in 13 events during the regular season, including two home dates, and have three championship events at the end of the year – the Centennial Conference Championships, the NCAA Regional Championships and the NCAA National Championships.
This past Friday night, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Athletics Department inducted 10 new members into its Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony was held in conjunction with the Academy’s and the USMMA Alumni Association and Foundation’s (AAF) Homecoming celebration this weekend. The Alumni Association and Foundation hosted the event in Melville Hall on campus here in Kings Point.
The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy held its 2017 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.
The 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.
The 2016-17 USMMA wrestling season came to an end on Friday night at the NCAA National Championships with two Mariner wrestlers reaching the All-American Round, but falling just short of advancing to the second day of action on Saturday.
All three USMMA wrestlers have made it through the first session of the NCAA National Championships on Friday afternoon and will compete later Friday night in the second session, scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Eastern.
Three members of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy wrestling team will be representing Kings Point at the NCAA National Championships this weekend in La Crosse, Wis. – senior Patrick Rooney (Belgrade, Minn.) and sophomores Erik Beshada (South River, N.J.) and Victor Raigoza (Orland, Calif.).