American, Army, and Franklin & Marshall all kicked of their seasons by facing each other at the Pentagon Duals this past weekend, with the Eagles launching the best offensive, sweeping the other two EIWA schools.
The Eagles took down Army by a 26-6 score to take the inaugural dual behind a tech fall from No. 8 heavyweight Ryan Flores. The junior took down Christian Botero by an 18-1 score to close out the contest.
Against Franklin & Marshall, American utilized pins from Flores and Steve Fittery (157) to put together a 33-10 victory.
In the third contest of the day, Army evened out its record by defeating the Diplomats by a 26-15 score.
The Black Knights took on Drexel three days later and came out on the right side of a 26-13 score. Army recorded two major decisions and iced the result when Botero pinned heavyweight Robert Schwalbenberg in the third period.
Two high-profile EIWA schools got their seasons off on the right foot by routing lesser opponents in the dual meet style.
Lehigh shutout in-state rival Drexel on Friday by a 45-0 score courtesy of pins from Sean Bilodeau (157), Austin Meys (174), and heavyweight Zach Rey. In front of a crowd of 1,881, Rey, the consensus No. 1 in the nation in the heavyweight class, pinned Max Wright in just over five minutes.
Also looking to turn some heads this season, Rutgers took down Sacred Heart and East Stroudsburg in Piscataway by scores of 56-0 and 32-6, respectively.
The win over Sacred Heart was the Scarlet Knights’ largest margin of victory since 2002, when they took down Wagner by a 59-0 score.
Rutgers pinned a total of nine wrestlers in the two matches including seven against the Pioneers. Star transfer Mario Mason (149) got his Rutgers career off on the right note, pinning Tim Rich of Sacred Heart in just over two minutes and earning a major decision over Eddie Stephenson of ESU, 14-5.
Navy and Princeton started their seasons off by competing in separate tournaments with the Midshipmen shipping off to Michigan for the Eastern Michigan Open and the Tigers staying in New Jersey to partake in the Central Jersey Open.
Bryce Saddoris (157) and Luke Rebertus (184) took home individual bracket championships for Navy, both going 4-0 over the weekend. With the four victories, Saddoris moved into a three-way tie for fifth place on Navy’s all-time win list with 114.
Princeton may not have faced top-tier talent this past weekend, but the Tigers sure made the most of what they were giving by taking home four individual championships in the Central Jersey Open. Garrett Frey (125), Zach Bintliff (141), Adam Krop (133), and Ryan Callahan (174) all earned the top spot in their respective weight classes.
Wrestler of the Week
Junior heavyweight Ryan Flores of American went 2-0 on the weekend as the Eagles soared against Army and Franklin & Marshall. The Clovis, Calif., native earned a tech fall by a score of 18-1 and pinned F&M’s Daniel Canfield in a mere 1:04.
What’s to Come
Nov. 12 Lehigh at Pittsburgh
Nov. 13 Rutgers, American, Army at Oklahoma Gold Tournament in Brockport, N.Y.
Nov. 14 Princeton at Binghamton Open