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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
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
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.