W&L Duals and 1st Semester Wrap-Up

Posted: 20th December 2016 by Generals Wrestling in Uncategorized
Washington and Lee Duals

Washington and Lee won the first two duals of the day, 26-19 over King’s, and 22-18 over Trine, before falling to 12-27 to ONU. Full Recap

This was our 2nd year hosting the Washington and Lee Duals and the field expanded from 6 to 12 teams, representing 9 states (listed below). Two of the teams, Coast Guard and Cortland are ranked in the top 25 of DIII. It was really a great event, with each team wrestling three dual meets and a 4th mat available for exhibition matches.

Connecticut: #24 Coast Guard Academy

Michigan: Alma

Ohio: Muskingum and Ohio Northern University

Pennsylvania: King’s and Lycoming

Indiana: Trine

New York: #14 Cortland

Maryland: McDaniel

Virginia: Washington and Lee, Southern Virginia

North Carolina: Greensboro

1st Semester Recap

The team wrestled in 3 tournaments and 5 duals during the 1st semester. After picking up 2 dual meet wins at the W&L Duals, the Generals now stand at 2-3. Up next is a tough conference schedule along with matches against John Carroll and SVU. The team also had individuals placing at each of three tournaments, with 3 placers at W&J, 1 placer at the Star City Open (Chris McCrackin, 2nd place at 149 lbs), and 5 placers at ONU. These are good results, and the best is still to come. Injuries have kept a number of guys out throughout the 1st semester and W&L still has not fielded its best team.

Sophomore 133 lber Zach Bylykbashi leads the team with a 12-1 record, a tournament title at ONU and runner-up finish at W&J, and a #9 national ranking.

First year wrestlers making a big impact are Shane Conners (157 lbs) and Rexx Hallyburton (184 lbs). Shane is 12-4 on the season with a 5th place finish at W&J and 3rd place at ONU.  Rexx has a 10-6 record with a 4th place finish at W&J and 3rd place at ONU.

Zach Papin (Jr, 149) and Michael Dik (Soph, 141) have wrestled well lately. Both of them placed 8th at ONU and won 2 out of 3 matches at the W&L Duals.

Looking Ahead

We return to action after winter break with a home dual vs. John Carroll at 6:30 pm, Friday January 6. LiveStream will be available. The following day we host the Jim Crytzer Memorial Tournament, which will begin at 9:00 am on Saturday January 7. It will be a great 2 days of action for the W&L Generals and we hope to get the 2nd semester off to a good start.