Columbia Athletics 2/14/15-
The Columbia wrestling team battled, but dropped seven of ten matches in the final home dual of the season against Penn. The Quakers earned a 25-10 win on the night, in front of another great crowd in the Blue Gym.
Johnson Mai got the Lions off to a hot start, earning a 13-6 win over Jeremy Schwartz. Mai was dominant in the match, earning a takedown and a two-point near fall in the first period, holding a 5-2 edge into the second. Mai started the second much like the first, with an escape on bottom, and two takedowns in the frame to lead 10-3 after two. Mai added a takedown and riding time in the third to hold on.
After Columbia dropped its next four matches, Tyrel White earned win number 17 of the season over Mazziah Bethea. The first-year didn’t give up a point until the third period, when Bethea earned an escape. At that point it was too late for the Penn 165-pounder, as White earned a 6-1 win.
The Lion win at 165 pounds cut the match deficit to 14-6, but Columbia would not earn another win until the heavyweight bout. For the second straight night, Garrett Ryan earned a win in what was a prevailing effort. Ryan held a 5-0 lead after two rounds, then went on to earn a major decision with a 10-2 victory.
Prior to the match, the Columbia coaching staff honored the seven seniors that made up the class of 2015. Wyatt Baker, Penn Gottfried, Shane Hughes, Matt Idelson, Ryan Ponte, Chad Ryan, and Ben Villaret all walked out onto the mat in the Blue Gym for the final time.
Columbia is back in action this next weekend, with road duals at Harvard and Brown.