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.
Wrestling Splits Action At Centennial Tri SaturdayThe U.S. Merchant Marine Academy wrestling team split a pair of Centennial Conference dual matches on Saturday at McDaniel College. The Mariners began the morning with a 44-4 win over Washington and Lee, but lost to the host Green Terror, 29-14 in the afternoon. The Mariners’ record moves to 6-5 overall on the season after the 1-1 day.
Wrestling Drops Two Matches To Nationally-Ranked Opponents At NWCA National DualsThe U.S. Merchant Marine Academy wrestling team competed in the highly-selective NWCA National Duals on Friday along with 23 nationally-ranked programs. The Mariners’ first match in the championship draw was against #13 Alma College early this morning, which the Scots won by the final of 27-17. Then in their first consolation bracket match in the afternoon against #12 Coe College, USMMA bowed out of the very competitive tournament with a 30-11 defeat to the Kohawks. Overall on the season, the Mariners’ dual meet record drops to an even 4-4.
Mariners Edge Wheaton, 18-16, In Exciting Match At NWCA National Duals Friday NightThe USMMA wrestling team had time for one more match at the NWCA National Duals on Friday night, an extra match outside of the brackets against Wheaton College (Ill.). After falling behind with four straight losses, the Mariners came back to narrowly edge the Thunder, 18-16, by earning decisions in the final two classes. The win improves Merchant Marine’s record to 5-4 on the season, while Wheaton falls to 0-4.
Trio Of Freshmen Place In Top-Three At Long Island Open SundayOn Sunday, the USMMA wrestling team competed in its first event of the New Year, the Long Island Open, hosted by nearby Nassau Community College. The Mariners had three freshman place in the top-three at the event, including two who finished second.
Mariners Invited To Wrestle At Highly-Selective NWCA National Duals In Three WeeksThe U.S. Merchant Marine Academy wrestling team has been invited to compete in the 2016 NWCA National Duals, which will be held Jan. 8-9 at the Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Ind. The Mariners are one of just 24 Division III programs that were invited to compete at the prestigious “Mat Mayhem” event. This is the first time in program history that the USMMA squad will compete in this highly-selective national event.
Wrestling Wins Two Matches At 2015 Mariner Duals On SaturdayThe USMMA wrestling team hosted the 2015 Mariner Duals on Saturday at the Liebertz Gymnasium. The Mariners won their first two matches of the day over Hunter (39-14) and Centenary (28-17), but dropped the finale to Division II LIU Post, 29-15. With the 2-1 record on the day, Merchant Marine improves to 4-2 on the season.
Hall Of Fame Wrestler George Munnich ’58 Passes AwayThe U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Athletics family is saddened by the news of the passing of former Hall of Fame Wrestler George Munnich of the Class of 1958. Munnich had been involved in wrestling for over 64 years, with over 50 of those years wrestling and coaching on Long Island.
Wrestling Goes 2-1 At Season-Opening New York/Pennsylvania DualsThe USMMA wrestling team opened the 2015-16 season with three dual matches at the New York/Pennsylvania Duals on Saturday, hosted by King’s College. The Mariners dropped their first match, but rebounded to take the next two to finish with a 2-1 record on the day.
Ilaria Unveils 2015-16 Wrestling ScheduleUSMMA wrestling eighth-year head coach Greg Ilaria released the Mariners' schedule for the upcoming 2015-16 season on Wednesday. Merchant Marine's slate this year features 13 regular season dates and three championship events.
Five New Members Inducted Into USMMA Athletics Hall Of Fame Friday NightThis past Friday night, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Athletics Department inducted five new members into its Hall of Fame as part of its 16th class to be included. The induction ceremony was in conjunction with the Academy’s and the USMMA Alumni Association and Foundation’s (AAF) Homecoming celebration this past weekend. The Alumni Association and Foundation hosted the event in Melville Hall on campus here in Kings Point.
Fisher’s Quest For National Championship Cut Short FridayUSMMA junior wrestler Ricky Fisher (Nashville, Tenn.) took part in the 2015 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championship Meet on Friday, hosted by Elizabethtown College at the Giant Center. Fisher lost his first two bouts of the event in the 197-pound weight class and has been eliminated from competition.
NCAA Championship Preview: Fisher Prepared For Tough Test At Nationals This WeekendEarlier this month, junior wrestler Ricky Fisher (Nashville, Tenn.) qualified for the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships with a second-place performance in the 197-pound weight class at the East Regional Event down in Roanoke, Va. Now, Fisher is ready to take part in the national championships, which will be held this weekend, March 13-14, at the Giant Center in Hersey, Pa., hosted by Elizabethtown College.
Fisher Qualifies For NCAAs With Second-Place Performance At East Regional SundayJunior Ricky Fisher (Nashville, Tenn.) qualified for the NCAA Championships by coming in second place in the 197-pound weight class at the East Regional, hosted by Ferrum College on Sunday. This is the ninth-straight season that a Mariner has qualified for the NCAA Tournament, including seven-straight under head coach Greg Ilaria.