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.).
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.
The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy wrestling team is travelling down to Rocky Mount, Va., this weekend to take part in the NCAA Division III Wrestling East Regional Championships, hosted by Ferrum College at Franklin County High School. The event will take place over two days, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 24-25.
Senior Patrick Rooney (Belgrade, Minn.) earned the 2017 Centennial Conference Championship at the 184-pound weight class on Saturday at the Centennial Championships, hosted by Stevens Institute. This is Rooney’s second conference title of his career, as he also claimed the crown back in his sophomore campaign in 2015.
The 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.
The 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).
The 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.
The 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.
On Saturday, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy wrestling team competed in a Centennial Conference tri-meet hosted by Stevens Institute. The Mariners won both of their neutral-site matches over McDaniel, 36-12, and #29 Gettysburg, 20-19. The victories improve USMMA’s record to 4-7 (2-2 Centennial) on the season.
The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy wrestling team lost a non-conference dual meet to #21 The College of New Jersey on Tuesday night, 32-10, at the Lions’ Packer Hall. The defeat drops the Mariners’ record to 2-7 on the season, while TCNJ improves to 7-8.
On 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).
The 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.
On 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.
The 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.
The 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.
On 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.