Hopkins Stuns Ursinus, Tops Muhlenberg
BALTIMORE, MD – The Johns Hopkins wrestling team scored an impressive Centennial Conference sweep on Saturday afternoon as the Blue Jays topped Ursinus (27-11) and Muhlenberg (22-16) at Goldfarb Gymnasium. The Blue Jays improve to 5-1 overall and 3-0 in the Centennial with the two victories. In two other matches not involving the Blue Jays, Washington & Lee also topped Ursinus (22-20) and Muhlenberg (27-12).
A Streak Snapped, A Streak Continued
The 27-11 victory for the Blue Jays against the Bears was Hopkins’ first win against Ursinus since 1990. The Bears had knocked off Johns Hopkins 25 consecutive times before the Blue Jays’ victory today. Conversely, Johns Hopkins’ 22-16 victory against Muhlenberg is the ninth straight win in that series for the Blue Jays.
Against Ursinus – How It Was Won
Johns Hopkins turned an early 4-0 deficit into a 27-4 lead as the Blue Jays won seven straight bouts to take control and put the match away. A 10-3 win for junior Ricky Cavallo at 133 jump-started the spree for the Blue Jays, who got a second-period pin from senior Connor Joyce at 149 and a stunning pin from sophomore Nathan Wertheimer in overtime to fuel the spree. Tight wins by decision at 141 from Lucas Escobar (7-6), at 157 from freshman Dominick Reyes (7-4) at 184 from junior Isaac Morales (5-2) and a methodical 6-0 victory from junior Miles Gilliam at 174 accounted for 12 team points as well.
Against Muhlenberg – How it Was Won
The Blue Jays won four of the first five bouts to grab a 16-3 lead that they would never relinquish. Senior Christian Vallis opened with a 16-4 major decision of Cliff Cornell and Cavallo followed with a second-period pin to make it 10-0. A win by decision for Muhlenberg at 141 made it 10-3, but back-to-back wins by decision from Joyce and Reyes made it 16-3. Joyce grabbed a wild 13-12 victory over Joshua Hickey as he turned a late 11-10 deficit into a 13-11 lead and held off Hickey for the win. The Mules won four of the final five bouts, but a late first-period pin by Morales at 184 gave the Blue Jays a 22-10 lead and the Mules managed only a pair of 10-4 wins in the final two bouts to account for the 22-16 final score.
Four Johns Hopkins wrestlers posted a 2-0 record on the day to fuel the two victories:
Cavallo and Morales ran their individual winning streaks to seven matches, while Reyes has won six in a row.
Johns Hopkins will travel to Washington & Lee on Saturday, January 27. There, the Blue Jays will take on McDaniel and Gettysburg in a pair of Centennial Conference matches.
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