HOBOKEN, N.J. (January 24, 2018) – No. 1 Troy Stanich earned a first-period fall to spark a run of three consecutive pins as the seventeenth-ranked Stevens Institute of Technology Wrestling team won the first six bouts in downing the United States Merchant Marine Academy, 29-21, Wednesday evening in a Centennial Conference dual at Canavan Arena.
The victory improved Stevens’ dual record to 8-3 on the year and a perfect 3-0 in the Centennial Conference. The Ducks have won three consecutive duals. Merchant Marine has lost two of its last three duals to fall to 6-5 on the year, The Mariners are 2-1 in conference action.
At 125 pounds, junior Joey Borai opened the evening with a statement, earning a technical fall over Jace Garza. The Toms River, New Jersey native was leading 19-0 in the final period at the time of the stoppage.
Stanich, the nation’s top wrestler at 133 pounds, extended his unbeaten streak to 24 with a pin of Brennan Dizon at 1:43 of the opening period. Freshman Brett Kaliner, ranked fourth in the country by both the National Wrestling Coaches Association and D3Wrestle.com continued the run with a second-period fall over Daniel May to improve to 20-2 on the year.
Already leading 17-0, sophomore Dylan Van Sickell extended the dual-opening steak with another bonus-point victory as the Little Silver, New Jersey native won a first-period fall over Chad Puglio. Van Sickell increased his 2017-18 win total to 23.
Consecutive one-point decisions boosted the Stevens advantage to 29. No. 4 Zach Wilhelmearned a hard-fought, 6-5 victory over Kieran Duggan. The Merchant Marine grappler desperately tried to even the score in the match’s final minute, but Wilhelm, the program’s all-time leader in career wins, held firm on the mat and didn’t allow Duggan to gain an advantage. Senior Josh Smith followed and came-from-behind in the final period to take a 4-3 decision over Christian Willoughby.
With the dual outcome no longer in question, Merchant Marine rallied over the final four bouts to round out the scoring. Joshua Glantzman took a 6-0 decision from sophomore Carl Vasti to stop the Stevens run and put the guests on the scoreboard. The Mariners earned pins at 184, 197 and 285 pounds to close out the match.
125# – Joey Borai (SIT) over Jace Garza (USMMA) (TF 19-0 6:50); Stevens leading 5-0
133 – 1 Troy Stanich (SIT) over Brennan Dizon (USMMA) (Fall 1:43); Stevens leading 11-0
141 – 4 Brett Kaliner (SIT) over Daniel May (USMMA) (Fall 3:34); Stevens leading 17-0
149# – Dylan Van Sickell (SIT) over Chad Puglio (USMMA) (Fall 1:16); Stevens leading 23-0
157 – 4 Zach Wilhelm (SIT) over Kieran Duggan (USMMA) (Dec. 6-5); Stevens leading 26-0
165# – Josh Smith (SIT) over Christian Willoughby (USMMA) (Dec. 4-3); Stevens leading 29-0
174# – Joshua Glantzman (USMMA) over Carl Vasti (SIT) (Dec. 6-0); Stevens leading 29-3
184# – Collin Keil (USMMA) over Ryan Jachin (SIT) (Fall 4:17); (Stevens leading 29-9
197# – Blake Bunce (USMMA) over Colin Myles (SIT) (Fall 2:28); Stevens leading 29-15
285# – Victor Raigoza (USMMA) over Joe Moreno (SIT) (Fall 4:15); Stevens leading 29-21
165# – Stephen Friedman (SIT) over Travis Ahrens (USMMA) (MD 13-4)
184# – Matthieu Dupuy (SIT) over Joseph Fiore (USMMA) (Fall 4:45)
Rankings are NWCA
Up Next: No. 17 Stevens welcomes Ursinus College and Muhlenberg College to Hoboken Sunday for a pair of Centennial Conference duals. The bout with Ursinus is scheduled to start at noon, with the dual with Muhlenberg to follow. The afternoon is scheduled to begin with a ceremony honoring the Wrestling Class of 2018. Video link for the entire day is available at StevensDucks.com.