Hopkins Tops McDaniel, Falls Late to Gettysburg
LEXINGTON, VA - Johns Hopkins split a pair of Centennial Conference wrestling duals on Saturday afternoon at Washington & Lee. The Blue Jays opened with a 26-12 win against McDaniel, but fell to Gettysburg, 22-13, in their second match. Johns Hopkins is now 6-2 overall and 4-1 in the Centennial with a pair of league matches remaining.
Blue Jays Pull Away From McDaniel
Johns Hopkins opened the day with the 26-12 victory against rival McDaniel. After splitting the first two matches, the Blue Jays took control by winning the next seven to turn a 3-3 tie into a 26-3 advantage. An 8-4 win at 141 by senior Lucas Escobar jump-started the run for the Blue Jays, who also got a first-period pin from freshman Dominick Reyes at 157 and major-decision wins from senior Connor Joyce at 149 (19-7) and junior Miles Gilliam at 174 (12-2). Junior Isaac Morales capped the spree with his eighth straight win, a 6-0 decision of Jake Pooton at 184. With the win, the Blue Jays are now 6-2 in their last eight matches against the Green Terror.
Gettysburg Top Blue Jays
The Blue Jays led 6-0 after wins by decision from Christian Vallis at 125 and Ricky Cavallo at 133, but the Bullets rallied to win four of the final five bouts, including one by major decision and one by technical fall, to prevail. The Blue Jays fell by decision at 141 and by major at 149, but took a 10-7 lead after five bouts as Reyes scored as 12-2 win over Marc Larson at 157.
An 8-0 win by Colin Kowalski at 165 gave the Bullets the lead for good (11-10) and Quinn Merrigan pushed the margin to 14-10 with a 15-9 win over Miles Gilliam at 174. The Blue Jays were within 14-13 after Morales topped Crawford Oswald, 6-3, at 184, but a win by decision at 197 and the technical fall at 285 sealed the win for Gettysburg.
Three Johns Hopkins wrestlers posted a 2-0 record on the day to fuel the two victories:
Morales ran his individual winning streaks to nine matches, while Reyes has won eight in a row.
Johns Hopkins will travel to McDaniel on Saturday, February 3. There, the Blue Jays will take on Stevens and the Merchant Marine Academy in a pair of Centennial Conference matches.
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