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Hopkins Tops USMMA, 27-15, in Centennial Opener

Senior Alex McLaughlin scored a 12-5 win over USMMA's Erik Beshada in the final home match of his career.
Jan. 14, 2017

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BALTIMORE, MD – The Johns Hopkins wrestling team opened the Centennial Conference portion of its 2016-17 schedule with a 27-15 victory against the United States Merchant Marine Academy Saturday afternoon at Goldfarb Gymnasium. The Blue Jays improve to 2-5 overall and 1-0 in the Centennial, while the Mariners, who also dropped a 29-18 decision against Washingotn & Lee on Saturday at Goldfarb, slips to 2-6 overall and 0-2 in the Centennial.

How Hopkins Won: Johns Hopkins led just 6-3 after the first two bouts, but a pair of major decisions and a regular decision between 141 and 157 turned the three-point lead into a 17-3 advantage. Junior Lucas Escobar opened the spree with an 18-4 major decision victory over Nathan Hinkle and classmate Tommy Grifa added a 10-2 major over Frank Jilling to make it 14-3. Senior Alex McLaughlin added a 12-5 victory over Erik Beshada at 157 to account for the 17-3 lead.

Forman, Morales Seal Victory: After Joshua Glantman’s 7-1 win over Dane Morgan at 165 sliced the Mariner deficit to 17-6 with four bouts remaining, the Blue Jays got two decisive wins to secure the team victory.
Senior Jared Forman all but sealed the win with a stunning pin of Collin Keil late in the first period. With the match still scoreless as the period wound down, Forman threw Keil right to his back and secured the pin with just four seconds left on the first-period clock.
Sophomore Isaac Morales added an 11-0 major decision of Joe Fiore at 184 to push the lead to 27-6 before the Mariners got wins from Blake Bunce and Victor Raigoza by decision and pin, respectively, to account for the final scoring.

Senior Day: Johns Hopkins honored its three seniors – Forman, McLaughlin and Sam Sands – before the start of what was the final home match of their careers. Forman and McLaughlin picked up wins in the victory, while Sands went 1-1 in two exhibition bouts with a 12-4 win over Merchant Marine’s Karsten Tribus highlighting his day.

Inside the Box Score: Forman’s pin was the 27th of his career and today’s match the 130th of his career • McLaughlin’s match was the 90th of his career • Junior Connor Joyce topped Travis Ahrens of Merchant Marine, 11-8, an exhibition bout for his 25th career victory.

Up Next: Johns Hopkins will return to action on Friday, January 20 when the Blue Jays travel to York to take on the 25th-ranked Spartans.

Johns Hopkins-27, USMMA-15  (JHU-MMA)
125 – Ricky Cavallo (J) win by forfeit (6-0)
133 – Tyler Craig (M) def. Christian Vallis (J), 7-1 (6-3)
141 – Lucas Escobar (J) def. Nathan Hinkle (M), 18-4 (10-3)
149 – Tommy Grifa (J) def. Frank Jilling (M), 10-2 (14-3)
157 – Alex McLaughlin (J) def. Erik Beshada (M), 12-5 (17-3)
165 – Joshua Glantzman (M) def. Dane Morgan, 7-1 (17-6)
174 – Jared Forman (J) pin Collin Keil (M) (2:56) (23-6)
184 – Isaac Morales (J) def. Joe Fiore (M), 11-0 (27-6)
197 – Blake Bunce (M) def. Miles Gilliam (J), 7-1 (27-9)
285 – Victor Raigoza (M) pin Hayden Good (J) (1:39) (27-15)

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