Bears go 5-0 at North/South Duals

COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. - Ursinus had a very successful afternoon at the North-South Duals as the host Bears won all five matches.

The Bears started the day with a 36-12 win over Morrisville State, while following that up with a 31-10 win over Coast Guard.

In their third match, Ursinus took a 24-16 decision over York (Pa.), followed by a 21-15 win over Central (Iowa).

In the final match of the day, Ursinus (5-0) defeated the United States Military Academy Prep School 37-9.

In the Morrisville match, the Bears dropped the opening match before winning the next three bouts. Sophomore Alex Blank (Ridgefield, Conn./Ridgefield) won a major decision at 133 by a 9-0 score, then senior Dan Glover (Bergenfield, N.J./Bergenfield) had a technical fall 22-4 at 141 pounds.

At 149, sophomore Connor McCormick (Pottstown, Pa./Owen J. Roberts) won his bout by fall in 3:00. After Morrisville took the bout at 157, Ursinus won the next four weight classes. Senior Harris Papas (Brooklyn, N.Y./Xavier) won his match at 165 via a fall at 5:27, followed by a 6-5 decision going to freshman Myles Tornetta (Frazer, Pa./Great Valley) at 174.

At 184, junior Nate Murren (Littlestown, Pa./Littlestown) picked up a pin in 5:30, followed by a pin from sophomore Connor McNamara (Winchester, Mass./Winchester) at 197.

In the Coast Guard match, Ursinus won the first four matches. Freshman Connor Gregory (Winchester, Mass./Winchester) won his match by forfeit, then Blank picked up a 6-2 decision at 133. Glover improved to 2-0 on the day with a 13-3 major decision, followed by an 11-3 major decision from McCormick hat 149.

Coast Guard took the next three bouts, until Murren won his bout at 184 via a 14-3 major decision. McNamara won his second match of the day at 197 via a major decision. Junior Ed Minelli (Hull, Mass./Xavierian Brothers) won his bout at 285 by forfeit.

In the York match, Blank moved to 3-0 on the day with a 7-5 decision at 133, followed by a 5-2 win by Glover at 141. McCormick went up to 3-0 on the day with a pin at 149 in 4:09. Junior John Whitham (Abington, Pa./La Salle) won his match at 157 via fall in 3:16.

Tornetta and McNamara each won by decision for Ursinus against the Spartans.

Against Central, Blank, Glover, McCormick and Whitham were all victorious. Blank got a pin at 4:21, followed by a 7-6 decision win from Glover. McCormick took a 7-5 decision at 149, followed by a 8-3 decision at 157 from Whitham.

Murren won his bout at 184 via an 8-2 decision to go 4-0, followed by a 6-0 win by McNamara at 197.

Finally, against the United States Military Academy Prep School, Gregory started the bout with a pin in 55 seconds. Blank then won by forfeit, followed by an 11-3 major decision win by Glover. At 165, Papas picked up a 7-3 decision win, then Tornetta won at 174 by pin. At 184, Murren won by forfeit, as did McNamara at 197.