WESTMINSTER, MD – The Johns Hopkins wrestling team split a pair of Centennial Conference matches and knocked off Hampden-Sydney in non-conference action at McDaniel Satruday afternoon. The Blue Jays dropped a 26-17 decision to Gettysburg to open the day before rebounding with wins against McDaniel (24-18) and Hampden-Sydney (49-3). The Blue Jays now stand at 5-8 overall and 3-2 in the Centennial.
Hopkins-Gettysburg: The Blue Jays and Bullets locked up in a back-and-forth match that came down to the final two bouts. Gettysburg’s Camden Stoops won by fall at 197 and Paul Triandafilou added a major decision at 285 to turn a 17-16 deficit into the 26-17 victory. Both teams won five matches with the Blue Jays getting major decision wins from Ricky Cavallo at 125 and Isaac Morales at 184, but three of the Bullets’ wins were by fall and Hopkins couldn’t make up the difference.
Hopkins-McDaniel: Cavallo opened with an 18-0 technical fall victory against Nick Malinowski and Christian Vallis followed with an 11-3 major of Charles Wallace to stake Hopkins to an early 9-0 lead that they never surrendered. The Green Terror were within 13-9 after an Erik Meyer win at 157, but Dane Morgan scored a 7-4 win over Wade Bishop at 165 and Jared Forman and Morales won by major at 174 and 184, respectively, to give the Blue Jays an insurmountable 24-9 lead in what became the 24-18 victory.
Hopkins-Hampden-Sydney: Forman picked up his team-leading sixth pin of the year and the 28th of his career in just 44 seconds against Taylor Nichols to highlight the 49-3 victory. The Blue Jays jumped to a 19-0 lead on wins by Cavallo, Vallis, Lucas Escobar and Grifa and won the final five bouts, including Forman’s pin and three victories by forfeit in the first-ever meeting between the Blue Jays and Tigers, who are competing in their second year as a varsity program.
Inside the Box Scores: Five Blue Jays were perfect on the day with Cavallo (125), Vallis (133), Tommy Grifa (149), Forman (174) and Morales (184) all posting 3-0 records on the day. Forman’s 44-second pin against Hampden-Sydney is the second-fastest of the year by a Blue Jay • JHU is 5-2 in its last seven matches against McDaniel • Head coach Keith Norris is now just one win shy of 75 career dual meet victories at Johns Hopkins and he’s now 48-37 in Centennial Conference dual meets.
Up Next: Johns Hopkins will return to action on Saturday, Feburary 4 when the Blue Jays travel to Washington & Lee and nationally-ranked Stevens.
Gettysburg-26, Johns Hopkins-17
125: Ricky Cavallo (J) maj. dec. Lenny Ogozalek 13-3; (0-4)
133: Christian Vallis (J) dec. Noah Malamut 9-8; (0-7)
141: Colin Devlin (G) maj. dec. Lucas Escobar 15-7; (4-7)
149: Tommy Grifa (J) dec. Jake Bracken 8-4; (4-10)
157: Colin Kowalski (G) pinned Alex McLaughlin 6:59; (10-10)
165: Quinn Merrigan (G) pinned Dane Morgan 1:47; (16-10)
174: Jared Forman (J) dec. Daniel Ebert 5-2; (16-13)
184: Isaac Morales (J) maj. dec. Austin Roskos 8-0; (16-17)
197: Camden Stoops (G) pinned Miles Gilliam 1:12; (22-17)
HWT: Paul Triandafilou (G) maj. dec. Hayden Good 12-1; (26-17)
Johns Hopkins-24, McDaniel-18
125: Ricky Cavallo (J) tech. fell Nick Malinowski 18-0 (2:23); (5-0)
133: Christian Vallis (J) maj. dec. Charles Wallace 11-3; (9-0)
141: Alvontae Drummond (M) pinned Lucas Escobar 2:40; (9-6)
149: Tommy Grifa (J) maj. dec. Clint Wright 16-6; (13-6)
157: Erik Meyer (M) dec. Connor Joyce 8-5; (13-9)
165: Dane Morgan (J) dec. Wade Bishop 7-4; (16-9)
174: Jared Forman (J) maj. dec. Ronnie Wuest 10-1; (20-9)
184: Isaac Morales (J) maj. dec. Ronald Mattox 11-2; (24-9)
197: Jake Pooton (M) dec. Miles Gilliam 4-2 (SV1); (24-12) [35 seconds into period]
HWT: Billy Emerson (M) pinned Hayden Good 0:33. (24-18)
Johns Hopkins-49, Hampden-Sydney-3
125: Ricky Cavallo (J) won by forfeit; (6-0)
133: Christian Vallis (J) maj. dec. Brian Swenson 13-4; (10-0)
141: Lucas Escobar (J) won by forfeit; (16-0)
149: Tommy Grifa (J) dec. Caleb Corbett 9-7 (SV1); (19-0)
157: Corey Leonard (H) dec. Connor Joyce 6-4 (SV1); (19-3) [38 seconds in]
165: Dane Morgan (J) won by forfeit; (25-3)
174: Jared Forman (J) pinned Taylor Nichols 0:44; (31-3)
184: Isaac Morales (J) inj. def. Jordan Beck 3:33; (37-3)
197: Karl Tayeb (J) won by forfeit; (43-3)
HWT: Hayden Good (J) won by forfeit; (49-3)
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