COLLEGEVILLE, PA – The Johns Hopkins wrestling team split a pair of Centennial Conference duals on Saturday afternoon at Ursinus as the Blue Jays fell to the host Bears, 34-12, before rebounding with a 23-15 victory against Muhlenberg. Johns Hopkins now stands at 3-7 overall and 2-1 in the Centennial Conference after today’s action.
Blue Jays Start Strong, Hold Off Muhlenberg: Johns Hopkins built a quick 13-0 lead in its second match of the day against the Mules. Sophomore Ricky Cavallo opened with a 16-4 major decision victory against Connor McGee and junior Christian Vallis followed with a tough 7-5 win over Austin Sherman.
When junior Lucas Escobar pinned Jonny Greenblat in just over two minutes at 141, the Blue Jays had their 13-0 lead. Muhlenberg won four of the next six bouts and drew within 19-15 when Gennaro Cerminara won by fall in the first period at 197.
With the match hanging in the balance, Hopkins sophomore Hayden Good clinched the victory with a decisive 19-6 major decision victory against Scott Schaeffer at 285.
Vallis, Gilliam Win by Fall vs. Ursinus: Hopkins earned two wins against Ursinus as Vallis pinned Patrick Ammirati in 5:19 at 133 and Miles Gilliam added a first-period pin of Zebulin Pfeiffer at 197. Gilliam’s pin in 1:57 is the fourth-fastest of the year for Johns Hopkins.
The match was tied 6-6 after the first three bouts, but both Blue Jay losses in that span were tight decisions as Chris Tan edged Cavallo 125 and Escobar dropped a 3-2 decision to Garrett Maged at 141.
Inside the Box Score: Vallis was the only Blue Jay to win twice as he notched the pin against Ursinus and the decision against Muhlenberg • With today’s win against the Mules, head coach Keith Norris is now just three Centennial Conference victories shy of 50 for his career – he is 47-38 in Centennial Conference duals since arriving at Johns Hopkins and ranks second in league history with his 47 CC victories.
Up Next: Johns Hopkins will return to action on Saturday, January 28 when the Blue Jays travel to McDaniel to take on Gettysbury and the host Green Terror.
Ursinus 34, Johns Hopkins 12
125 – Chris Tan (U) dec. Ricky Cavallo, 5-3
133 – Christian Vallis (JH) pinned Patrick Ammirati (5:19)
141 – Garrett Maged (U) dec. Lucas Escobar, 3-2
149 – Alex Kramer (U) pinned Tommy Grifa (0:40)
157 – Derek Arnold (U) pinned Alex McLaughlin (1:18)
165 – Jarret DiGiontomasso (U) dec. Dane Morgan, 7-1
174 – Corey Markovitch (U) dec. Jared Forman, 9-2
184 – Deon Edmund (U) pinned Isaac Morales (1:04)
197 – Miles Gilliam (JH) pinned Zebulin Pfeiffer (1:57)
285 – Matan Peleg (U) maj. dec. Hayden Good, 12-1
Johns Hopkins 23, Muhlenberg 15
125 – Ricky Cavallo (JH) maj. dec. Connor McGee, 16-4
133 – Christian Vallis (JH) dec. Austin Sherman, 7-5
141 – Lucas Escobar (JH) pinned Jonny Greenblatt (2:04)
149 – Ben Peck (M) dec. Tommy Grifa, 5-3
157 – Alex McLaughlin (JH) dec. Nick Daza, 11-6
165 – Dane Morgan (JH) dec. Michael Dougan, 2-1
174 – Jake Gordon (M) dec. Jared Forman, 9-2
184 – Steven Rice (M) dec. Isaac Morales, 12-8
197 – Gennaro Cerminara (M) pinned Miles Gilliam (1:05)
285 – Hayden Good (JH) maj. dec. Scott Schaeffer, 19-6
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