Stevens jumps out early to top USMMA

KINGS POINT, N.Y. -- The Stevens Institute of Technology wrestling team won five of the first six bouts to come away with a road Centennial Conference victory the United States Merchant Marine Academy, 25-13, on Thursday evening. With the victory, Stevens evens its record to 8-8 on the season and 5-3 in conference, while Merchant Marine falls to 6-9 and 4-4. This was the final regular season dual for both teams before the conference championships on February 23 in Baltimore.

Sophomore Anthony Geiger (South Amboy, N.J.) kicked things off for the Ducks by pinning Costas Rerras in 4:21 of the opening bout at 125-lbs. Geiger has now won six consecutive bouts and has not lost since December 7.

At 133, freshman Ryan Wilson (McVeytown, Pa.) cruised to a 15-3 major decision win over Thomas Healey to give the Ducks an early 9-0 advantage. In the next bout, junior Cody Curtiss (Frisco, Texas) earned a 7-5 decision against Ian Niseley in the 141 division.

Sophomore Mike Polizzi (Montville, N.J.) continued his dominate performance this season with a pin of Bernard Watson in 2:09. Polizzi staked the Ducks to a 19-0 lead after his victory and is now 22-3 this season with a team-best seven fall wins.

The Mariners recorded their first win at 157 by decision before senior Joey Favia (Brick, N.J.) erased those three points with an 8-2 decision against Jake Walker at 165. Favia heads into the final weekend of the regular season on a 13-match winning streak and is now 23-1.

Merchant Marine trailed 22-3 heading into 174 and closed the gap to 22-13 with a major decision and two decision wins before the heavyweight bout. In the final showdown of the night, senior Brian Schmalz (Colts Neck, N.J.) closed out the match with a hard-fought 2-0 decision over Mason Reed.

Stevens travels to Hunter College to take on the Hawks and Johnson & Wales University at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 16 for the regular season finale.

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125: Anthony Geiger (S) pins Costas Rerras (U), 4:21 (0-6)
133: Ryan Wilson (S) major dec. over Thomas Healey (U), 15-3 (0-10)
141: Cody Curtiss (S) dec. over Ian Niseley (U), 7-5 (0-13)
149: Mike Polizzi (S) pins Bernard Watson (U), 2:09 (0-19)
157: Branden Yeik (U) dec. over Conner Bass (S), 10-9 (3-19)
165: Joey Favia (S) dec. over Jake Walker (U), 8-2 (3-22)
174: Josh Miller (U) dec. over Zach Bass (S), 8-2 (6-22)
184: Sam Fry (U) dec. over Mark Garrity (S), 2-0 (9-22)
197: Tyler Russell (U) major dec. over Will Sharkey (S), 14-4 (13-22)
285: Brian Schmalz (S) dec. over Mason Reed (U), 2-0 (13-25)


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