Week 3: Davidson and the Star City Open

Posted: 20th November 2016 by Generals Wrestling in Uncategorized

The third competition weekend of the 2016-17 season is in the books for the Washington and Lee Generals! It was a busy weekend, with a dual match at Davidson College on Friday and a tournament for the guys not competing on Friday in Roanoke, hosted by Ferrum College. In addition, Zach Bylykbashi (Soph, 133 lbs) entered the national rankings in the #9 position earlier this week. He backed up his ranking with a huge win vs. Davidson’s Dustin Runzo, who was a Southern Conference placer a year ago. Let’s Review!

Zach Bylykbashi

Zach has worked hard toward the goal of being a National Champion since stepping on campus in August 2015. His goal has not yet been accomplished, but he is now ranked among the top 10 133 lbers in NCAA DIII. Currently he is 5-1 on the season with 2 dual meet wins (vs. Ferrum on Nov 5 and vs. Davidson on Nov 18) and a 2nd place finish at the Washington and Jefferson Invitational. Last year, Zach set the single season wins record on his way to a stellar freshman campaign that included a 34-10 record, 2nd place in the Centennial Conference Tournament, and 6th place at the NCAA East Regional. Ron Tassoni ’16 is the only other General to be nationally ranked under coach Shearer- there is a pattern in the making!

On the road to Davidson

The Generals added to an already tough early season schedule with a road trip to Davidson College. The Generals wrestled really well and it was a hotly contested dual, with 5 matches being decided by a takedown or less. Davidson won four of those matches, and took the dual 23-12. Getting wins for the Generals were Ethan Hartman (125), Zach Bylykbashi (133), and Alec Horne (174).

Full Recap

Star City Open

Hosted by Ferrum College at an unusual location- a downtown hotel ballroom at the Hotel Roanoke, this tournament was a great opportunity for several Generals wrestlers to get on the mat and continue to improve. Mike Dik (149), Chris McCrackin (149), Colby Boudreau (157), and Zach Francis (184) all competed well. Colby and Zach saw their first live competition of the season and each earned a victory on the day. Mike Dik split, winning twice and losing twice. He will be dropping down to 141 lbs for our next tournament. However it was Chris McCrackin who really shined and wrestled his best of this young season.

Chris went 3-1 on the day on his way to a 2nd place finish. He won his three matches in dominating fashion, recording 1 tech-fall and 2 pins. In the finals he ran into a tough opponent in Ferrum’s Collin Saunders, but managed to wrestle a competitive match, falling in a 8-15 decision.

Full Recap

A happy Chris McCrackin after his 2nd place finish at the Star City Open

A happy Chris McCrackin after his 2nd place finish at the Star City Open

Next Up…

The Generals are now off for Thanksgiving and return to competition on December 3 at the Ohio Northern Invitational in Ada, Ohio. This is always a tough tournament with about 15 of the best teams in the midwest attending. Looking ahead, on December 19 the W&L Duals will take place in the Warner Center. 12 teams will travel to Lexington, VA for this event and each team will wrestle 3 times.

See the General’s wrestling team’s Full Schedule.

Washington and Jefferson Invitational

Posted: 14th November 2016 by Generals Wrestling in Uncategorized

It was an exciting day for the Generals wrestlers at the Washington and Jefferson Invitational on week 2 of the 2016-17 competition season. The Generals were in 2nd place overall after round 1, and actually took over the top spot in the team standings late in the day when Zach Bylykbashi secured a fall in his semi-final match. However, with Zach finishing 2nd, Rexx Hallyburton taking 4th place, and Shane Conners finishing strong in 5th place, the Generals settled for 6th place overall in a very talented field. The W&J Invite drew teams from across the country, including Iowa, New England, Virginia, and from across the midwest. There were several DII teams competing as well, making it a great early measuring stick for our wrestlers.

Tournament Highlights

  • 2 freshmen placed in the top 6: Rexx Hallyburton beats the returning runner-up on his way to the semifinals, finishes in 4th place. Shane Conners has a breakout performance only losing once on his way to 5th place.
  • Only a sophomore, yet the team leader, Zach Bylykbashi picks off where he left off last year and makes it into the finals, finishing 2nd place.
  • 8 out of our 13 wrestlers entered won at least 2 matches and every single W&L wrestler won at least 1 match.
  • Although there were 13 W&L wrestlers who competed, only 8 counted toward the team score. Only one scoring wrestler was allowed per weight class (no one entered at 174 or 197). The 6th place finish was a really good accomplishment, and we were in the top three for most of the day.

Rexx Hallyburton, first year from Oconee County, GA, had a great tournament, finishing in 4th place


Zach Bylykbashi dominated the field before falling in a tight finals match.


Shane Conners, first year from Mt. Airy, MD, had a breakout tournament. He won a team-high 5 matches and only lost once.


Full Recap can be found at generalssports.com

Final Brackets

Final Team Standings

1 Wheeling Jesuit (DII) 128.5
2 Southern Maine 125.5
3 Millersville (DII) 116.0
4 Wheeling Jesuit1 (non-scoring) 103.5
5 Heidelberg 101.0
6 Washington & Jefferson 87.0
7 Washington & Lee 82.0
8 Waynesburg 80.5
9 Thomas More 71.5
10 Millersville1 67.5
11 Muskingum 62.0
12 Thiel 61.0
13 Buena Vista 54.0
14 West Liberty 51.5
15 Heidelberg1 46.5



W&L Generals open 2016-17 Season @ Ferrum College

Posted: 5th November 2016 by Generals Wrestling in Uncategorized

The Washington and Lee Wrestling Generals opened the 2016-17 season with a road trip to Ferrum College. It was a great way to open the season against a neighboring school, and one that is ranked among the top 25 teams in the nation. The Generals wrestled well, but ultimately came up short, falling 28-13. Still, there were numerous bright spots, including two first years (Shane Conners (157) and Rexx Hallyburton (184)) getting their first collegiate victories. Fellow first year Joe Scott (165) was also mere seconds away from a victory before giving up a 6-pt move to his back. Also getting a victory and getting his season off to a great start was sophomore 133-lber Zach Bylykbashi.

Up next for the Generals is the Washington and Jefferson Invitational, in Washington, PA. Action will get underway Saturday morning Nov 12. Below are some photos taken by Perry Lloyd, W&L class of 1984. More are available on the W&L Wrestling Flickr page

Final Results:

125 – Bailey Cooper (FC) d. Ethan Hartman (W&L); 6-0 [0-3]
133 – Zach Bylykbashi (W&L) d. Brett Sommers (FC); TF, 17-0 (6:06) [5-3]
141 – Robert Cunningham (FC) d. Alex Pollera (W&L); 10-3 [5-6]
149 – Collin Saunders (FC) d. Zachary Papin (W&L); 16-3 [5-10]
157 – Shane Conners (W&L) d. Austyn Renshaw (FC); TF, 17-0 (3:54) [10-10]
165 – Andrew Tolbert (FC) d. Joe Scott (W&L); 10-6 [10-13]
174 – Blake Rosenbaum (FC) d. Brandon Lefore (W&L); 8-3 [10-16]
184 – Rexx Hallyburton (W&L) d. Adam Bresson (FC); 6-5 [13-16]
197 – Hunter Goulart (FC) d. Iszak Morgan (W&L); Fall 6:08 [13-22]
285 – Tate Dulany (FC) d. Matt Kaminer (W&L); Fall 6:09 [13-28]

2016-17 W&L Wrestling Season Preview

Posted: 3rd November 2016 by Generals Wrestling in Uncategorized

Head Coach Nathan Shearer, juniors Matt Kaminer and Alex Pollera and sophomore Zach Bylykbashi look ahead to the 2016-17 season.

Source: 2016-17 W&L Wrestling Season Preview

  1. Seceder.com says:

    Interesting video. We wish the Generals well, from Texas.

Season Update: Preparing for Competition

Posted: 22nd October 2016 by Generals Wrestling in Uncategorized

Two weeks into the 2016-17 wrestling season and the Generals Wrestling team has been working hard in preparation for the beginning of the competition season. After two weeks of working on technique and drilling hard, the Generals Wrestling team held its first completely live practice. In order to simulate competition, weigh-ins were held and the guys had 1 hour to prepare for their matches, with match-ups selected by the coaching staff. It was a great workout!


Welcome back champ! W&L Wrestling alum Ron Tassoni ’16, the all time wrestling career wins leader, returns to Lexington and laces up the shoes one more time!



Let the matches begin!

Six rounds of wrestling, with each guy getting 2-3 matches today.

Six rounds of wrestling, with each guy getting 2-3 matches today.


Cool Down.






DHall Team Meal is the perfect follow-up to a great morning live wrestling workout

DHall Team Meal is the perfect follow-up to a great morning live wrestling workout

Reminder, we (@generalswrestle) The Washington and Lee Generals wrestling team opens our season on Saturday November 5th at 1:00 pm in a dual hosted by Ferrum College. For those of you who won’t be able to make the match, Live Stats and Live Video will be available here. Keep following our team blog as we roll into the competition season!