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Blue Jays Split Final Centennial Duals of the Season

Junior Isaac Morales ran his season record to 29-9 win a pair of victories on Saturday.
Feb. 3, 2018

WESTMINSTER, MD - The Johns Hopkins wrestling team closed out the Centennial Conference dual meet portion of its 2017-18 schedule on Saturday as the Blue Jays topped Merchant Marine (21-20 on criteria) before falling to 17th-ranked Stevens (30-3). The Blue Jays are now 7-3 overall and 5-2 in the Centennial.

Blue Jays Hold Off Mariners
Johns Hopkins knocked off the Merchant Marine Academy, 21-20, on criteria after building a 17-0 lead and holding off the Mariners late. A 17-0 technical fall victory at 133 by Ricky Cavallo and a third-period pin at 141 from senior Lucas Escobar helped the Blue Jays build the 17-point advantage. The Mariners had the deficit down to 17-12 after three straight wins, including a pair of bonus-point victories, before junior Isaac Morales scored what proved to be a decisive 7-5 win over Kurtis Hahn at 184 to make it 20-12. A technical fall victory and decision later and the Mariners had pulled even at 20 and the match was decided on criteria. The first criteria (number of individual bouts won) was a wash and the Blue Jays earned the win on criteria number two, most matches won by fall (1-0).

Nationally-Ranked Ducks Top Hopkins
The 17th-ranked Ducks of Stevens won nine of 10 bouts to score a 30-3 victory against the Blue Jays. The Ducks got seven wins by decision, one by technical fall and one by major decision to account for their nine individual wins. Morales scored a 9-3 victory over Bruce Parola at 184 to account for the win for Johns Hopkins. Cavallo lost to the top-ranked wrestler in the nation at 133, while Escobar (141) and freshman Dominick Reyes (157) lost to opponents ranked fourth nationally in their respective weight classes.

Perfect Jays
Morales scored a pair wins to improve to 29-9 on the year for Johns Hopkins; he went a perfect 7-0 in Centennial Conference duals this season and was the only Blue Jay to go 2-0 on the day. Junior Dane Morgan did win a pair of exhibition matches for the Blue Jays with a win against both Stevens and Merchant Marine.

Morales ran his individual winning streak to 11 matches with his two wins today.

What's Next
Johns Hopkins will travel to Washington & Lee on Saturday, February 10 to compete in the Centennial Conference Championships.

Johns Hopkins-21, Merchant Marine-20 *
125 - Christian Vallis (JHU) def. Jace Garza, (M), 6-0
133 - Ricky Cavallo (JHU) def. Tyler Craig (M), 17-0
141 - Lucas Escobar (JHU) pin Daniel May (M), (5:36)
149 - Connor Joyce (JHU) def. Charles Franchina (M), 11-9
157 - Kieran Duggan (M) def. Dominick Reyes (JHU), 7-6
165 - Erik Beshada (M) def Nathan Wertheimer (JHU), 17-1
174 - Josh Glantzman (M) def. Miles Gilliam (JHU), 11-1
184 - Isaac Morales (JHU) def. Kurtis Hahn (M), 7-5
197 - Blake Bunce (M) def. Karl Tayeb (J), 17-1
285 - Dan Dubinsky (M) def. Henri Behaeghel (JHU), 3-0
*Hopkins wins on 2nd criteria (most falls)

#17 Stevens-30, Johns Hopkins-3
125 - Joey Boria (S) def. Christian Vallis (JHU), 6-1
133 - #1 Troy Stanich (S) def. Ricky Cavallo (JHU), 6-1
141 - #4 Brett Kaliner (S) def. Lucas Escobar (JHU); 17-2
149 - Dylan Van Sickell (S) def. Connor Joyce (JHU), 8-2
157 - #4 Zach Wilhelm (S) def. Dominick Reyes (JHU), 8-1
165 - Josh Smith (S) def. Nathan Wertheimer (JHU), 16-2
174 - Carl Vasti (S) def. William Gilliam (JHU), 4-1
184 - Isaac Morales (JHU) def. Bruce Parola (S), 9-3
197 - Colin Myles (S) def. Karl Tayeb (JHU), 8-5
285 - Joe Moreno (S) def. Henri Behaeghel (JHU), 3-0

EXH (165) - Dane Morgan (JHU) def. Kai Rogers (M); 6-4
EXH (165) - Dane Morgan (JHU) def. Stephen Friedman (S), 6-3

Updated Team Records:
Johns Hopkins (7-3, 5-2 CC)
Merchant Marine (8-7, 4-3 CC)
Stevens (13-3, 7-0 CC)

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