NEW YORK – After a strong opening weekend at the Bearcat Open, the Columbia wrestling team is back in action at Saturday’s Navy Classic and Sunday’s New York State Championships.
FloArena will provide live results during the Navy Classic, while Columbia will send a smaller pack of six entries into Sunday’s NYS Championships.
Aside from the Lions, the Navy Classic welcomes American, Brown, Bucknell, Campbell, The Citadel, Delaware Valley, George Mason, Hofstra, Indiana, Kent State, Navy, Ohio, Old Dominion, Oregon State, Princeton and Purdue. Preliminary rounds are scheduled to get under way at 10 a.m., with the semifinals slated for 2:30 p.m. and the finals for 4:30.
Last Sunday at the Jonathan Kaloust Bearcat Open hosted by Binghamton, Garrett Ryan won the heavyweight title while Jacob Macalolooy and Tyrel White both claimed second place finishes in their weight classes.
Ryan cruised through the heavyweight bracket, picking up bonus points in four of his five victories. The Scottsdale, Arizona, native tallied two pins on the day, and finished off the semifinal and final bouts with major decisions. The dominant opening weekend propelled Ryan to No. 13 in the latest TrackWrestling rankings, and No. 17 in the InterMat poll.
In his first tournament wrestling at 149, Macalolooy survived Penn State's Luke Gardner in a tough opening match, moving on with a 2-1 defeat. The senior picked up a win via pin and an overtime victory in his next two bouts, before a major decision and a 9-6 defeat of Cornell’s Jonathan Furnas advanced him to the final.
For White, his first career tournament at 174 was a success, posting a pair of tech falls en route to a second place finish. The senior put up three straight bonus point victories in his first three matches, before getting by Josef Johnson from Harvard, 4-3, in the semifinal bout. At 4-1, White is now ranked No.19 in the InterMat poll and No. 23 in the TrackWrestling poll.
Sophomore Laurence Kosoy also had a strong performance at Binghamton, posting two falls at 165 pounds in his first two matches, before winning a total of four bouts with a sixth place finish.