KINGS POINT, N.Y. – Merchant Marine scored the 19 of the final 22 points as the Mariners topped Coast Guard 19-16 Thursday night.
With the loss, the Bears finish their dual meet season 8-7 while Merchant Marine improves to 9-7.
On the mat, Coast Guard raced out to a 13-0 lead through the first four weight classes, earning decisions by freshman Parker Brunkala (6-3) at 12, freshman JD Fitzpatrick (10-6) at 141 and freshman Matt McGowan (6-2) at 149. Coast Guard tallied their only bonus points early on with a major decision by sophomore Owen McClave (12-4) at 133
The Mariners answered as freshman Kieran Duggan got the Mariners on the board with a 4-3 decision at 157 before junior Erik Beshada clinched a 16-6 major decision at 165.
Sophomore Joshua Glantzman inched the Mariners back to within just three points with a 4-2 decision at 174 that made the overall match score 13-10 in favor of the Bears.
After freshman Jonathan Wagner earned a 5-3 decision at 184 to make it 16-10, junior Blake Bunce tied the match up with a pin at 197 in 3:49 setting up a winner-take-all scenario in the final match.
In the heavyweight bout, junior Victor Raigoza raced out to a 3-1 lead after the first two periods and allowed just an escape in the final period before holding on for a very narrow 3-2 decision to clinch the match first the Mariners since 2014.
Coast Guard is back in action in the final weekend of February, when they travel to WPI for the NCAA Northeast Regional.
125: Parker Brunkala (Coast Guard) def. Jace Garza (USMMA), Dec. 6-3 CGA 3 USMMA 0
133: Owen McClave (Coast Guard) def. Tyler Craig (USMMA), Maj. Dec. 12-4 CGA 7 USMMA 0
141: JD FitzPatrick (Coast Guard) def. Daniel May (USMMA), Dec. 10-6 CGA 10 USMMA 0
149: Matt McGowan (Coast Guard) def. Charles Franchina (USMMA), Dec. 6-2 CGA 13 USMMA 0
157: Kieran Duggan (USMMA) def. Christian Gosch (Coast Guard), Dec., 4-3 CGA 13 USMAA 3
165: Erik Beshada (USMMA) def. Nick Jabs (Coast Guard), Maj. Dec., 16-6 CGA 13 USMMA 7
174: Joshua Glantzman (USMMA) def. AJ Aeberli (Coast Guard), Dec. 4-2 CGA 13 USMMA 10
184: Jonathan Wagner (Coast Guard) def. Kurtis Hahn (USMMA), Dec. 5-3 CGA 16 USMMA 10
197: Blake Bunce (USMMA) def. Jeremy Berson (Coast Guard), Fall 3:49 CGA 16 USMMA 16
285: Victor Raigoza (USMMA) def. Patrick Irwin (Coast Guard), Dec. 3-2 CGA 16 USMMA 19