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Eckenbarger wins pair at conference tri

Ryker Eckenbarger (c) 2018 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Ryker Eckenbarger (c) 2018 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

LEXINGTON, Va. – McDaniel dropped a pair of Centennial Conference (CC) wrestling matches in a tri-match at Washington and Lee on Saturday.

The Green Terror (4-6, 0-4 CC) dropped a 26-12 decision to Johns Hopkins before falling 28-19 to the host Generals.

Ryker Eckenbarger (Finksburg, Md./Westminster) led McDaniel with a pair of wins on the day.

Against the Blue Jays (6-2, 4-1 CC), Christian Vallis and Eckenbarger traded decisions to open the dary. Vallis won 6-3 at 125 before Eckenbarger took a 3-1 win at 133 to tie the match at 3-all.

Johns Hopkins, however, then ran off six straight wins to clinch the match. Dominick Reyes keyed the run with a 2-minute, 38-second fall at 157. Connor Joyce (149) and William Gilliam (174) added major decisions.

Jamie Rodriguez (Westminster, Md./Westminster) broke up the streak with a 7-2 win at 197 before Brendan Woody (Crofton, Md./South River) capped the match with a 6-minute, 35-second fall at heavyweight.

Against Washington and Lee (8-4, 3-2 CC), Jake Reid (West Chester, Pa./West Chester Henderson) and Eckenbarger staked McDaniel to a 7-0 lead. Reid took an 8-4 win at 125 before Eckenbarger added a 19-6 major decision victory at 133.

Once again, however, the Generals ran off five straight wins for a 25-7 lead.

Bryce Crew (149) and Shane Conners (157) notched back-to-back first-period falls while Zack Bylykbashi and Brandon Lefore won by technical fall at 141 and 174, respectively.

Ronnie Wuest (Smyrna, Del./Smyrna0 and Jake Pooton (Mt. Airy, Md./South Carroll) notched back-to-back pins for the Green Terror. Wuest won at 184 in 1:57 before Pooton won at 197 in just 55 seconds to close the deficit to 25-19.

Matt Kaminer edged out a 3-2 win at heavyweight to clinch the match.

McDaniel returns to action at home on Saturday, hosting Ursinus and Muhlenberg. Action begins at 12 p.m.

Johns Hopkins 26, McDaniel 12
125:
Christian Vallis (J) dec. Jacob Reid 6-3; 133: Ryker Eckenbarger (M) dec. Ricky Cavallo 3-1; 141: Lucas Escobar (J) dec. Jahmally Willie 8-4; 149: Connor Joyce (J) maj. dec. Scott Miser 19-7; 157: Dominick Reyes (J) pinned Cole Nagle 2:38; 165: Nathan Wertheimer (J) dec. Wade Bishop 3-1; 174: William Gilliam (J) maj. dec. Ronald Mattox 12-2; 184: Isaac Morales (J) dec. Jake Pooton 6-0; 197: Jamie Rodriguez (M) dec. Max Fleming 7-2; HWT: Brendan Woody (M) pinned Henri Behaeghel 6:35.

Washington and Lee 28, McDaniel 19
125:
Jake Reid (M) dec. Ethan Hartman 8-4; 133: Ryker Eckenbarger (M) maj. dec. Matt Muller 19-6; 141: Zach Bylykbashi (W) tech. fell Jahmally Willie 17-1 (3:19); 149: Bryce Crew (W) pinned Scott Miser 2:30; 157: Shane Conners (W) pinned Cole Nagle 2:12; 165: Alec Horne (W) dec. Wade Bishop 6-2; 174: Brandon Lefore (W) tech. fell Ronald Mattox 17-1 (5:12); 184: Ronnie Wuest (M) pinned Patrick Hofstedt 1:57; 197: Jake Pooton (M) pinned Zach England 0:55; HWT: Matt Kaminer (W) dec. Brendan Woody 3-2.

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