Goretsas wins twice in CC opener

Mason Goretsas (c) 2013 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Mason Goretsas (c) 2013 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

LEXINGTON, Va. – Mason Goretsas (Hampstead, Md./North Carroll) won twice to lead McDaniel to a split in a trimatch at Washington and Lee to open the Centennial Conference (CC) wrestling slate on Saturday.

The Green Terror (6-7, 1-1 CC) dropped a 39-18 decision to Merchant Marine to open the day before defeating Washington and Lee 24-11 in the day's final match.

The Mariners (8-1, 3-0 CC) opened the match with two forfeit wins to take a 12-0 lead in the match.

Alvontae Dummond (Lincoln, Del./Milford) sliced the deficit in half with a 4-minute, 7-second fall at 141 before Goretsas closed the deficit to 12-9 with a 3-1 victory at 149.

Three straight Merchant Marine victories, including a Bernard Watson 47-second pin at 174, to stretch the lead to 27-9.

Nick Cross (Centreville, Md./Queen Annes County) closed the gap to 12 with two bouts remaining, winning by fall in 3:56 at 184.

The Mariners recorded back-to-back pins to close the match.

The match with the Generals (0-6, 0-2 CC) started at 141 after neither team fielded a competitor at 125 or 133, Drummond made it a 2-0 day with an 11-5 victory at 141 to give McDaniel a 3-0 lead.

Trey Mitchell (Lewes, Del./Caesar Rodney) added a 48-second pin at 149 to push the lead to 9-0 before Goretas won 8-7 at 157 to make it a 12-0 lead.

Luke Yox (Westminster, Md./Liberty) won by forfeit at 165 to make it an 18-0 lead before Ron Tassoni broke up the shutout with a 9-1 victory at 174.

A 6-5 Zac Richey win at 184 and 17-3 Bennett Lewis victory at 197 made it an 18-11 match but Taylor Avino (Fair Haven, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven) closed out the win with a 3-minute, 16-second pin.

McDaniel returns to action at Muhlenberg in a CC trimatch with Stevens on Saturday. Action begins at 11 a.m.

Merchant Marine 39, McDaniel 15
125: Mike Mui (MM) won by forfeit; 133: Isaac Hammonds (MM) won by forfeit; 141: Alvontae Drummond (Mc) pinned Nathan Twito 4:07; 149: Mason Goretsas (Mc) dec. Jack Walsh 3-1; 157: Ben Stallings (MM) pinned Trey Mitchell 4:20; 165: Bernard Watson (MM) dec. Luke Yox 6-4; 174: Josh Miller (MM) pinned Ricky Tisinger 0:47; 184: Nick Cross (Mc) pinned William Fry 3:56; 197: Tyler Russell (MM) pinned Lou Orem 2:14; HWT: Brian Walker (MM) pinned Taylor Avino 4:00.

McDaniel 24, Washington and Lee 11
125: no match; 133: no match; 141: Alvontae Drummond (M) dec. Michael Rodgers 11-5; 149: Trey Mitchell (M) pinned Andrew Donchez 0:48; 157: Mason Goretsas (M) dec. Alex Niemann 8-7; 165: Luke Yox (M) won by forfeit; 174: Ron Tassoni (W) maj. dec. Ricky Tisinger 9-1; 184: Zac Richey (W) dec. Nick Cross 6-5; 197: Bennett Lewis (W) maj. dec. Dakota Wilhelm 17-3; HWT: Taylor Avino (M) pinned Grant Cokeley 3:16.