Washington and Lee University Wrestling

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2016-2017 WASHINGTON AND LEE UNIVERSITY

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CONTENTS

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2015-16 REVIEW

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SCHEDULE ABOUT

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FACILITIES

COACHES & STAFF THE TEAM

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RECORDS & HISTORY BACK COVER

RON TASSONI ‘16 AND COACH SHEARER AT THE 2016 NATIONAL TOURNAMENT IN CEDAR RAPIDS, IA. 2017 NCAA DIII WRESTLING NATIONALS BE HELD IN LA CROSSE, WI. #ROADTOLACROSSE


2015-2016

TEAM AWARDS

REVIEW RESULTS

CENTENNIAL CONFERENCE PLACERS RON TASSONI 2ND ZACH BYLYKBASHI 2ND ALEX POLLERA 3RD BRANDON LEFORE 4TH TEAM FINISH 5TH/9

NCAA EAST REGIONAL PLACERS *TOP 3 QUALIFY FOR NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS RON TASSONI 3RD* ZACH BYLYKBASHI 6TH ALEX POLLERA 6TH BRANDON LEFORE 6TH TEAM FINISH 11TH/18

ETHAN HARTMAN

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ZACH BYLYKBASHI

184 CARLTON PEEBLES MEMORIAL WRESTLING AWARD Established

1985. Presented to the wrestler who has demonstrated the spirit and thrill of competition that is the ideal of the W&L student-athlete. — ETHAN

NWCA SCHOLAR ALL-AMERICANS RON TASSONI ALEX POLLERA BRANDON LEFORE TEAM RANKED 7TH NATIONALLY IN OVERALL GPA

A.E. MATHIS WAR MEMORIAL WRESTLING TROPHY Established 1947. Presented to the wrestler who displays excellence in performance, leadership and sportsmanship to the wrestling team. — RON

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RON TASSONI DC MONTGOMERY MEMORIAL FIRST YEAR WRESTLING TROPHY Established 1961. Presented

to the outstanding 1st year who through hard work, spirit & sacrifice contributed the most to the team. — ZACH

GARY R. FRANKE TAKEDOWN AWARD Established 2011. Presented

to the wrestler who produces the greatest number of takedowns during the season. — ZACH


SCHEDULE 201 6 -2017 HOME AWAY NOV 5

1PM

NOV 12

ALL DAY

NOV 19

7PM

NOV 20

ALL DAY

DEC 3 ALL DAY DEC 19 ALL DAY

DUAL AT FERRUM COLLEGE AT WASHINGTON & JEFFERSON INVITE DUAL AT DAVIDSON COLLEGE STAR CITY OPEN AT ROANOKE, VA (hosted by Ferrum)

THE JIM CRYTZER

MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT

AT OHIO NORTHERN INVITATIONAL WASHINGTON AND LEE DUALS

JAN 6

6:30PM

DUAL VS. JOHN CARROLL

JAN 7

ALL DAY

JAN 14

11AM

CC DUAL VS. USMMA AT Johns Hopkins

JAN 21

11AM

CC DUAL VS. MUHLENBURG & URSINUS AT Ursinus

JAN 28

11AM

CC DUAL VS. MCDANIEL & GETTYSBURG AT McDaniel

FEB 3

7PM

DUAL AT SVU

FEB 4

11AM

CC DUAL VS. JOHNS HOPKINS & STEVENS

FEB 11

ALL DAY

CENTENNIAL CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS AT Stevens Institute of Technology

FEB 25 -26

ALL DAY

NCAA EAST REGIONAL AT Location TBD

MAR 10 -11

ALL DAY

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS AT La Crosse, WI

JIM CRYTZER MEMORIAL INVITATIONAL

In 2015 the Washington and Lee Invitational, held annually on the first weekend of January, was

renamed the Jim Crytzer Memorial Tourament in honor of the late Jim Crytzer ‘77. Jim was a legend on the wrestling mat and a 2015 inductee into the W&L Athletic Hall of Fame, as well as a distinguished alumnus who loved W&L. We are honored to continue that tradition and honor his memory through this event. This year the Jim Crytzer Memorial Tournament will be held on January 7. Action begins at 9 am and will feature over 10 teams from 6 states, including Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. Last year the generals had a champion, a runner-up, and four total placewinners on their way to a 6th place team finish.


HISTORY

Washington and Lee University is named for two men who played pivotal roles in the University’s history.

George Washington, whose generous endowment of $20,000 in 1796 helped the fledgling school (then known as Liberty Hall Academy) survive. Robert E. Lee, who provided innovative educational leadership during his transformational tenure as president of Washington College from 1865 to 1870.

Washington and Lee is a small, private, liberal arts university nestled between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains in Lexington, Va. It is the ninth oldest institution of higher learning in the nation. Founded in 1749 by Scotch-Irish pioneers who had migrated deep into the Valley of Virginia as Augusta Academy, it was renamed Liberty Hall in 1776. Having moved to Lexington, in 1782 it was chartered as Liberty Hall Academy by the Virginia legislature and empowered to grant degrees.

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After Lee’s death in 1870, the trustees voted to change the name from Washington College to Washington and Lee University. Once an all-male institution, Washington and Lee first admitted women to its law school in 1972. The first undergraduate women matriculated in 1985. Since then, Washington and Lee has flourished. Liberty Hall’s single limestone building, erected in 1793 on the crest of a ridge overlooking Lexington, burned in 1803. Today W&L’s 35 principal buildings include the picturesque Washington College group forming the Colonnade facing Lee Chapel, both National Historic Landmarks. Washington and Lee is composed of two undergraduate divisions, the College and the Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics; and a graduate School of Law. Offering 37

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undergraduate majors and 29 minors, including a number of interdisciplinary programs, the University prides itself on the depth and breadth of our curriculum, in which traditional liberal arts courses are augmented by offerings from the only fully-accredited business and journalism programs among the nation’s top-tier liberal arts colleges. W&L’s motto, “not unmindful of the future,” underlies the University’s commitment to providing a liberal arts education that is vital and relevant to the 21st century. By combining the benefits of a liberal arts foundation with emerging technologies and interdisciplinary perspectives, our students head into life after college equipped with the habits of mind, strength of character and essential knowledge needed to pursue lives of consequence.

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LOCATED WITHIN DOREMUS GYMNASIUM, THE FITNESS CENTER PROVIDES GENERALS ATHLETICS WITH A DEDICATED STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING SPACE. RENOVATED IN 2008, THE ARCHIE MATHIS WRESTLING ROOM IS THE HOME OF THE GENERALS WRESTLING TEAM.

THE WARNER CENTER HOUSES THE MATHIS WRESTLING ROOM AND ITS GYM FLOOR IS HOST TO THE JIM CRYTZER MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT AND OTHER LARGE COMPETITIONS, SUCH AS THE W&L DUALS AND THE 2016 NCAA REGIONAL. BUILT IN 1916, DOREMUS GYMNASIUM HAS BEEN THE HOME OF THE W&L WRESTLING TEAM SINCE 1922. THAT’S ALMOST 100 YEARS OF CONTINUOUS WRESTLING ON THE FLOOR OF THE GYMNASIUM.


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season and W&L received the NWCA Team Academic Award with the seventh-highest GPA in the country.

COACH SHEARER IS CURRENTLY IN HIS 6TH SEASON AS HEAD WRESTLING COACH AT W&L

In 2015, Tassoni and Evan Kueffner ‘18 both placed third at the Centennial Conference Championships, with Tassoni setting then W&L records for wins in a season (29-9) and takedowns in a season (95). Lewis and Matt Kaminer ‘18 both earned Scholar All-America honors from the National Wrestling Coaches Association. In 2012, Shearer coached David Dennis ‘12 to all-conference honors, while Sam Campbell earned Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll and Capital One Academic All-America laurels. Additionally, Campbell and Dennis set records for wins and pins in a season and both were named NWCA Scholar All-Americans.

NATHAN SHEARER

HEAD WRESTLING COACH

Nate Shearer is in his sixth season as the head wrestling coach at Washington and Lee. Over his first five seasons, he has coached 12 place-winners at the Centennial Conference Championships, including mentoring Ron Tassoni ‘16 to the 2014 Centennial Conference title at 174-pounds, W&L’s first conference title winner since 2001. Tassoni went on to place third at the NCAA East Regional in 2016, earning the Generals’ first NCAA Championship berth in 15 years. Tas-

Shearer came to Washington and Lee from Heidelberg University, where he served as the head coach during the 2010-11 season. He earned the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Rookie Coach of the Year Award after leading Heidelberg to a second-place finish in the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) Championship. Three of his wrestlers qualified for the NCAA Division III Championship, while four of his athletes received Scholar All-America honors from the NWCA. As a team, Heidelberg received the team Scholar Award

soni was also voted the Pres Brown Most Valuable Senior Male Athlete at W&L, the first time a stand alone wrestler has ever received the award. Shearer coached four place-winners at the East Regional and four at the Centennial Conference Championship during the 2016 season, while both Tassoni and Zach Bylykbashi ‘19 surpassed the school record for wins in a season. In addition, Tassoni, Brandon Lefore ‘18 and Alex Pollera ‘18 all earned All-America honors following the 2016 2016 W&L WRESTLING MEDIA GUIDE

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from the NWCA after ranking 15th in Division III in Team GPA. In 2010, Shearer took over as the head coach at Heidelberg after holding an assistant post with ‘Berg during the 2009-10 school year. During that time, he was the team’s recruiting coordinator and he helped coach six Scholar All-Americans and four NCAA Championship qualifiers, including one All-American. A 2005 graduate of Ohio Northern with a bachelor of arts in social studies, Shearer served as an assistant coach at his alma mater from 2005-08, coordinating the staff’s recruiting efforts and helping mentor six Scholar All-Americans and 14 NCAA qualifiers. His experiences also included a stint as the coach of the Ada, Ohio youth wrestling program

(2005-06) and assisting with numerous youth wrestling camps and clinics. As an undergraduate, Shearer was a four-year letterwinner for the wrestling team, helping the Polar Bears to the 2002 OAC Regular Season Championship and an appearance in the NCAA Division III Championship. He finished his career ranked 11th all-time at ONU with an 89-44 overall record. Shearer also holds as master of education in mild/moderate intervention services from Bowling Green State University (2008).

COACHES ALEX RADSKY & NATHAN SHEARER WITH REGIONAL PLACER AND NCAA QUALIFER RON TASSONI ‘16

Shearer and his wife Jana, a general counsel at W&L, reside in Lexington with their daughter Nala and sons Knox and Nash. 2016 W&L WRESTLING TEAM PREVIEW

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COACH RADSKY IS CURRENTLY IN HIS 2ND SEASON AS ASSISTANT WRESTLING COACH AT W&L

ALEX RADSKY

ASSISTANT WRESTLING COACH

Alex Radsky is in his second season as the W&L assistant wrestling coach. His first season resulted in one of the best seasons in recent memory, as W&L claimed four place-winners at both the Centennial Conference Championship and NCAA East Regional. Ron Tassoni ‘16 placed third at the regional, becoming W&L’s first NCAA Championship qualifier in 15 years. First year Zach Bylykbashi won 34 matches, setting the W&L record for most wins in a single season. W&L received the NWCA Team Academic

Award with the seventh-highest GPA in the country, while Brandon Lefore ‘18, Alex Pollera ‘18, and Ron Tassoni ‘16 garnered Academic All-American honors. Prior to W&L, from 2013-2015, Radsky was an assistant wrestling coach at neighboring VMI. A four-year letterwinner in wrestling at Davidson College (2007-2011), he was a 3x SoCon placer, 1x Champion and a National Qualifier. He finished his collegiate career with 68 wins while earning a BA in Political Science. 2016 W&L WRESTLING TEAM PREVIEW

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JAN HATHORN IS CURRENTLY IN HER 1OTH SEASON AS ATHLETIC DIRECTOR AT W&L

STAFF

CHRIS SCHALL FITNESS CENTER DIRECTOR

RAY ELLINGTON CAMPUS RECREATION DIRECTOR

DAN ROLAND FACILITIES DIRECTOR

ELIZABETH LEROSE JOSH WILLIAMSON BRIAN LAUBSCHER ASSOCIATE HEAD ATHLETIC SPORTS INFORMATION ATHLETIC DIRECTOR TRAINER DIRECTOR

HEAD COACHES

BRYAN SNYDER VOLLEYBALL/ASST. ATHLETIC DIRECTOR

ADAM HUTCHINSON MEN’S BASKETBALL

CHRISTINE CLANCY WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

GINA WILLS FIELD HOCKEY

GORDON REISTRUP RIDING

KAMI GARDNER MENS/WOMENS SWIMMING

ERIN NESS WOMEN’S TENNIS

MIKE SINGLETON MEN’S SOCCER

SCOTT ABELL FOOTBALL

NATHAN SHEARER WRESTLING

BROOKE DIAMOND O’BRIEN WOMEN’S LACROSSE

DANA FREEMAN WOMEN’S TRACK & FIELD

MICHAEL DAGER WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY

BRANDON UHL MEN’S TRACK & FIELD

PETE GYSEK MENS/WOMENS GOLF

LUCAS JONES BASEBALL

DAVID DETWILER MEN’S TENNIS

NEIL CUNNINGHAM WOMENS SOCCER /ASST. ATHLETIC DIRECTOR

JAN HATHORN

GENE MCCABE MEN’S LACROSSE

ATHLETIC DIRECTOR

Jan Hathorn begins her 10th year as the Director of Athletics at Washington and Lee University during the 201617 school year. She is just the seventh Athletics Director in school history. Under Hathorn’s direction, the Generals have won better than 60 percent of their athletic contests and 63 conference championships. Additionally, W&L has been awarded the Dan Wooldridge Champions Cup as the top overall athletic program in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference following all nine of her years as athletic director.

During her time as Director of Athletics Hathorn has also fostered tremendous academic success- 262 students earned scholar-athlete status during the 201516 school year, while 12 students were awarded the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship on her watch. Hathorn began her appointment as no stranger to W&L, having served as the women’s lacrosse coach for 19 seasons and as the women’s soccer coach for 14 seasons.

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THE TEAM


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MATT KAMINER 285 GEORGE W. HEWLETT HS, HEWLETT, NY

2015-2016

Posted a 9-10 record, including a 6th place finish at the W&J Invitational before an injury sidelined him for the remainder of the season.

2014-2015

Earned the D.C. Montgomery Award as the team’s top first year wrestler while winning 23 matches and securing 6 falls. Champion at the W&L Invitational.

BEFORE W&L

Three sport athlete lettering in wrestling (4x), football (3x), and lacrosse. State qualifier, team captain (2x), conference champion, and Nassau county finalist. 84-33 overall record with 50 career pins.

PERSONAL

The son of Ron and Jackie Kaminer. Matt has an older brother, Josh, and older sister, Erika. Matt is a member of the W&L University Athletics Committee and the Generals Leadershp Academy. Matt is a Journalism major and intends to go to law school. YEAR

OVERALL DUAL CONF PINS TF MD

2015-16

9-10

3-5

0-0

1

0

0

2014-15

23-15

9-7

6-2

6

0

1

CAREER

32-25

12-12

6-2

7

0

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CAREER HIGHLIGHTS •

2015 NWCA Scholar All-American

2015 D.C. Montgomery Award Winner

Generals Athlete of the Week (Jan. 13, 2015)

2015 Twenty Match Win Club

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WATCHUNG HILLS REGIONAL HS, WARREN, NJ 2015-2016

Career best 22-14 record at 141 lbs. while placing at the Jim Crytzer Invite (3rd), Centennial Tournament (3rd) and NCAA East Regional (6th). NWCA Academic All-American and 2x Washington & Lee Scholar Athlete. Notched 40 takedowns, 17 nearfalls, and 36 escapes during the season.

2015-2016

Split his time in the varsity lineup between 133 lbs. and 141 lbs, wrestling in 26 matches. Posted an impressive 5-3 Centennial Conference dual meet record and was the runner-up at the W&L Inviational.

BEFORE W&L

Recorded 110 wins at Watchung Hills.

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A District Champion and 2x Regional Placer (4th). A Watchung Hills Scholar Athlete award winner.

PERSONAL

The son of Dan and Karen Pollera. Has two brothers, Nick and Mike, and a sister, Danielle. Alex is pursuing a double major in Business Administration and Global Politics. YEAR

OVERALL DUAL CONF PINS TF MD

2015-16

22-14

11-5

4-2

3

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5

2014-15

11-15

8-6

5-3

3

0

1

CAREER

33-29

19-11

9-5

6

2

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CAREER HIGHLIGHTS •

2016 NWCA Scholar All-American

W&L Scholar Athlete (Fall ‘15 & Winter ‘16)

2016 NCAA East Regional Placer (6th)

2016 Centennial Conference Placer (3rd)


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ZACH PAPIN 149

ST. MARKS SCHOOL, CARROLLTON, TX

2015-2016

Wrestled in 23 matches during his sophomore season, picking up 9 wins. 2014-2015

Earned a varsity letter while wrestling in 25 matches. as the starter during the season BEFORE W&L

2x Texas Prep State Champion and 4x National Prep Qualifier. Member of the 2011 team that won a Conference and State Championship. Recieved four wrestling letters and one in football.

PERSONAL

The son of Jim and Sheila Papin. Zach has one brother, Jimmy. Zach is pursuing a degree in Physics/Engineering at Washington and Lee.

174 BRANDON LEFORE

ANN SOBRATO HS, MORGAN HILL, CA 2015-2016

Career best 22-10 record at 174 lbs. while placing at the ONU Invite (4th), Centennial Championships (4th), and NCAA East Regional (6th). Second on team in technical falls and four point nearfalls.

2015-2016 YEAR

OVERALL DUAL CONF PINS TF MD

2015-16

9-14

4-8

1-1

2

1

2

2014-15

10-15

5-7

1-3

5

1

0

CAREER

19-29

9-15

2-4

7

2

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CAREER HIGHLIGHTS •

Letterwinnter (2015)

W&L Scholar Athlete (Fall, 2015)

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Wrestled his way to a varsity letter while competing at 165 lbs. in the starting lineup. Posted a 2-0 C.C. record in duals. Missed significant time due to an injury. Lefore joined the wrestling team at Ann Sobrato as a high school freshman and became a 2x California State Tournament qualifier. Was named MVP of

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his high school team both junior and senior season. He competed with Wrestling Prep club in the off-season.

PERSONAL

The son of Brad and Shelly Lefore. Brandon has a sister, Kaley. Brandon is a Computer Science major and has interned at the Dell Corp. YEAR

OVERALL DUAL CONF PINS TF MD

2015-16

22-10

10-1

0-0

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6

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2014-15

12-11

7-5

2-0

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CAREER

34-21

17-6

2-0

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CAREER HIGHLIGHTS •

2016 NWCA Scholar All-American

2016 NCAA East Regional Placer (6th)

2016 Centennial Conference Placer (4th)


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ETHAN HARTMAN 125

RIVER DELL REGIONAL HS, RIVER EDGE, NJ

2015-2016

Ethan wrestled in 35 varsity matches throughout his first season as a W&L General. He placed 5th at the Jim Crytzer Memorial Wrestling tournament and was the recipient of the Carlton Peebles Memorial Wrestling Award.

BEFORE W&L

Ethan earned four varsity wrestling letters and a varsity letter in soccer. Ethan was recognized as a U.S. Army Reserves National Scholar Athlete and was a three time Scholar Athlete Award winner at River Dell. Ethan earn Second Team All-Division honors as a senior.

PERSONAL

The son of Brian and Stephanie Hartman. Ethan has a sister, Jaime. Ethan will major in chemistry at Washington and Lee with plans to pursue research in the field.

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OVERALL DUAL CONF PINS TF MD

2015-16

10-24

5-14

1-7

2

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CAREER

10-24

5-14

1-7

2

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CAREER HIGHLIGHTS •

Carloton Peebles Memorial Wrestling Award

W&L Scholar Athlete (Fall ‘15 & Winter ‘16)

2016 Jim Crytzer Invitational Placer (5th)

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133 ZACH BYLYKBASHI

SOUTHINGTON HS, SOUTHINGTON, CT 2015-2016

Logged a 34-10 record at 133 pounds during his rookie campaign, setting a new program record for wins (34) and takedowns (96) in a season. Zach placed at every tournamnet that he competed in: Washington & Jefferson Invite (3rd), Ohio Northern Invitational (5th), Jim Crytzer Memorial (2nd), Centennial Conference Championships (2nd), and NCAA East Regionals (6th). Earned numerous awards including the Gary Franke Award and the D.C. Montgomery, VaSID 2nd Team AllState and All-Conference Honorable Mention Honors.

BEFORE W&L

Lettered in wrestling, football and baseball at Southington High School, helped lead the football team to a state championship. Three-time state placewinner and

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a two-time state open runner-up. 3x Member of the CT Freestyle and Greco National Team. 2x Wrestling Academic All-American.

PERSONAL

The son of Robert Bylykbashi and Jill Wagner and has a brother, Shaun Wagner. Zach plans to double major in Business Administration and Politics within the Williams School of Commerce. YEAR

OVERALL DUAL CONF PINS TF MD

2015-16

34-10

17-2

6-2

8

9

6

CAREER

34-10

17-2

6-2

8

9

6

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS •

School Record Most Wins in a Season (2015)

D.C. Montgomery Award Winner (2015)

VaSID Second Team All-State (2016)

2016 NCAA East Region Placer (6th)

2016 Centennial Conference Placer (2nd)


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MICHAEL DIK 141

2015-2016

Michael competed in 25 matches during his first year with the Generals, earning 14 wins. Michael started off the year strong, placing 6th at the W&J Invitational.

ST. JOHN’S PREP, BOXFORD, MA and Computer Science. Mike volunteers during the school year as a campus tour guide for the admissions office.

BEFORE W&L

Earned letters in cross country and wrestling at St. John’s Prep. Placed 5th in the state as a Junior and helped his team win the state championship. Michael was a two time All-Academic honoree.

PERSONAL

The son of Roger and Jan Dik. Michael has a brother, Sam, and sister, Sarah. Michael plans to double major in Accounting/Business Administration

YEAR

OVERALL DUAL CONF PINS TF MD

2015-16

14-11

7-6

0-2

3

1

1

CAREER

14-11

7-6

0-2

3

1

1

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS •

2015 Washington and Jefferson Invitational

Placer (6th) •

2015-16 Letterwinner

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BEFORE W&L

BEFORE W&L

As a senior, Colby qualified for the Prep National Championships and finished 6th at the New England Prep Championships. He earned 4 varsity letters in wrestling and 2 in football.

Andrew was a State Qualifier and team captain for the Westminster School. He also earned 4 varsity letters in Cross Country and 2 in Track.

PERSONAL

Andrew is the son of Patrick and Margaret Taylor. Andrew has two brothers, Daniel & Michael, and two sisters Margot and Katherine. Andrew plans major in Physics-Engineering at Washington and Lee.

PERSONAL

The son of Dane Boudreau and Kathleen Coe. Colby has a brother, Derek, and sisters, Paige & Ashley. At Washington and Lee Colby plans to study Business Administraiton in the Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics.

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COLBY BOUDREAU 157

NORTHFIELD MOUNT HERMON, EPSON, NH

165 ANDREW TAYLOR

WESTMINSTER SCHOOL, ATLANTA, GA

BEFORE W&L

BEFORE W&L

PERSONAL

PERSONAL

Two time PIAA AAA State Qualifier for the Kenard Dale Rams. A 2015 PA Freestyle State Champion, qualiying to wrestle in the Junior National Freestlye Championshisp in Fargo, ND. Two time AAU state champion.

Shane won the Maryland State Championship during an undefeated (54-0) senior season. He was a 2x State placer and 2x Team Captain. He was also an important part of three State Championship teams.

The son of Alvin and Terri Bracey. Michael has a brother Victor and two sisters, Stephanie and Leah. He plans to major in mathamatics at W&L.

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The son of Tim and Audrey Conners. Shane intends to focus on Business Administration in the Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics.

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KENNARD DALE HS, DELTA, PA 2016 W&L WRESTLING TEAM PREVIEW

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157 SHANE CONNERS

SOUTH CARROLL HS, MT AIRY, MD

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BEFORE W&L

BEFORE W&L Iszak was an Indiana Semi-State Qualifer, Sectional Champion, and Team Captain while wrestling for a team that took 4th at the state tournament.

Joe was a 4x state qualifier, 3x state placer, and 2x state finalist at Orange High School. Also a 2x Regional Champ and part of a state championship team in 2013.

PERSONAL

The son of Anthony and Sheryl Morgan. Iszak will study Bio-Chemistry at Washington and Lee. He plans to continue to medical school after graduation.

PERSONAL

Joe is the son of Robert and Amy Scott. Joe has a younger brother, Ben. He plans to study computer science at W&L.

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JOE SCOTT 165

ORANGE HS, HILLSBOROUGH, NC

184 ISZAK MORGAN

PORTAGE HS, PORTAGE, IN FY

BEFORE W&L

BEFORE W&L

Chris was a Georgia AAA 4x State Finalist and a 3x State Champion. He was also part of a state championship team during his freshman season.

Two time Georgia AAA state individual champion and part of a team that made it to the state dual semi-finals during his junior season. Also a 3x Section and Area Champion and an AAU All-American.

PERSONAL

PERSONAL

Chris is the only child of Craig and Celeste McCrackin. Chris intends to pursue a double major in History and English at Washington and Lee.

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The son of TJ and Inessa Hallyburton. Rexx plans to enter the Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics with a concentration in Economics.

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184 REXX HALLYBURTON

OCONEE COUNTY HS, BISHOP, GA

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BEFORE W&L

Alec was a PIAA State Qualifier and posted at 39-13 as a senior. He was selected Second Team All-Chester County and Honorable Mention All-Area. He finished with a 96-50 career varsity record.

PERSONAL

Alec is the son of David and Nancy Horne. His younger brother, Brett, also wrestles and is a high school junior at Downingtown East. Alec is an undeclared major with academic interests in Economics and Business.

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ALEC HORNE 165

DOWNINGTOWN EAST HS, CHESTER SPRINGS, PA

BEFORE W&L

Zach won the 2015 Greco State Championships in Texas and his team participated in the state duals. He was also a team captain and coach’s award recipient.

PERSONAL

The son of Dwight and Pamela Francis. Zach has an older sister, Lydia, and a younger brother, Drew. He intends to pursue a Bachelor Science in Physics at Washington and Lee.

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ZACH FRANCIS 184

SOUTHLAKE CARROLL HS, DALLAS, TX 2016 W&L WRESTLING TEAM PREVIEW

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RICHARD REDFOOT ‘89 ON THE PODIUM AT THE 1989 DIII NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS. HE BECOME W&L’S FIRST ALLAMERICAN, PLACING 5TH AT 177 LBS

RECORDS


RAY GROSS ‘80 held the W&L record for career victories (82) until last year when RON TASSONI ‘16 surpassed him. Ron secured his 83rd career win in the Warner Center at the Jim Crytzer Memorial Tournament.

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RON TASSONI ‘16 competes at the NCAA DIII National Tournament in Cedar Rapids, IA. Ron’s senior season is capped the best wrestling career from a W&L wrestler and he holds records in wins (97), team points scored (343.5), and takedowns (268).

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TEAM RECORDS

TIM VALLIERE ‘84 WAS A 3X TEAM CAPTAIN AND AN ACADEMIC ALLAMERICAN. HE IS ALSO W&L’S CAREER LEADER FOR 2 PT NEAR FALLS

WINS IN A SEASON 13 1972-1973 TEAM 13 1948-1949 TEAM

POINTS IN A MATCH 60 VS. HAVERFORD (0) ON 1/7/1998

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WINS

RECORDS

34 ZACH BYLYKBASHI 2015-16 33 RON TASSONI 2015-16 29 RON TASSONI 2014-2015 25 JAMES CRYTZER 1976-1977 25 SAM CAMPBELL 2011-2012

TEAM PONITS 147 RON TASSONI, 2015-2016 111 ZACH BYLYKBASHI, 2015-2016 108.5 JAMES CRYTZER, 1976-1977

PINS 11 WIN PHILLIPS, 1985-1986 11 DAVID DENNIS, 2011-2012 10 RON TASSONI, 2015-2016

TAKEDOWNS 96 ZACH BYLYKBASHI 2015-2016 95 RON TASSONI 2015-2016 89 PETER LAWRENCE 2007-2008

REVERSALS

ZACH BYLYKBASHI ‘19 SET THE RECORD FOR SINGLE SEASON WINS (34) IN HIS FIRST YEAR.

33 ED ROGERS 1977-1978

NEAR FALL POINTS 27 (2 PT) TIM VALLIERE 1983-1984 25 (3 PT) STEVE CASTLE 1987-1988 32 (4 PT) ZACH BYLYKBASI 2015-2016

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CAREER

WINS 97 RON TASSONI 2012-2016 82 RAY GROSS 1976-1980 73 SAM CAMPBELL 2008-2012 72 STEVE CASTLE 1984-1988 71 DAVID DENNIS 2008-2012 69 ED ROGERS 1976-1980 69 LARRY ANKER 1982-1986 68 DAVID SHUBICK 2004-2008 67 ERZA MORSE 1998-2002 65 JAMES CRYTZER 1972-1976

RECORDS

TEAM PONITS 343.5 RON TASSONI, 2012-2016 302.25 JEFF DIXON, 1981-1985

PINS 33 DAVID DENNIS, 2008-2012 28 DOUG FORD, 1971-1975 25 STEVE CASTLE, 1984-1988 22 LARRY ANKER, 1982-1986 21 DAVE KNIFFEN, 1975-1979 21 KEVIN MCNAMERA, 1984-1988

TAKEDOWNS 268 RON TASSONI 2012-2016 232 PETER LAWRENCE 2004-2008

REVERSALS 76 ED ROGERS 1976-1980

JEFF DIXON ‘85 HOLDS THE RECORD FOR 2 PT NEAR FALL AND IS 2ND IN CAREER TEAM POINTS SCORED.

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NEAR FALL POINTS 51 (2 PT) JEFF DIXON 1981-1985 55 (3 PT) ED RODGERS 1976-1980 32 (4 PT) ZACH BYLYKBASI 2015-

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HALL OF FAME

CLASS OF 2015

2X

JIM CRYTZER 1973-1977

TEAM CAPTAIN

3X

W&L OUTSTANDING WRESTLER

JIM CRYTZER ON THE AWARD STAND AFTER WINNING THE 1976 W&L INVITATIONAL

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CAREER WINS NCAA QUALIFIER

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HALL OF FAME

CLASS OF 2015

RICH REDFOOT 5TH

PLACE

1985-1989

NCAA ALL-AMERICAN A.E. MATHIS AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE CAREER RECORD

56-15-1

NCAA QUALIFIER 53

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2X


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