Bears Beat Archrival Merchant Marine

Matt McAllister
Matt McAllister

KINGS POINT, N.Y. -- Matt McAllister's sudden victory in overtime at 141 pounds proved to be a key win for Coast Guard as the Bears won six of the nine matches to beat archrival Merchant Marine 19-18.

Coast Guard now leads Merchant Marine 8-5 in the race for the Superintendent's Trophy heading to the Spring season.

The Bears improve to 6-5 in dual meets and beat the Mariners in back-to-back seasons for the first time in nine years.

Merchant Marine led 9-0 after a 13-9 decision at 125 and a forfeit win at 133.

McAllister trailed 8-5 late in the third period before tying it in the final seconds before a 10-8 sudden victory to make the score 9-3 instead of 12-0.

Matt Vieira had a key 4-3 win at 149 as the bout was tied, but Vieira had 1:02 of riding time to get the decision before Chris Sullivan, ranked eight nationally won a 15-12 decision at 157 to tie the match 9-9.

Coast Guard took the lead as Mike Palomba won a 5-2 decision at 165 to give the Bears a 12-9 lead.

Dan Fiorvanti was dominating earning an 11-0 major decision at 174 before Marc Wagner posted a 6-3 decision at 184 pounds giving the Bears a 19-9 lead.

Phil Azzari lost at 197, but only 6-2 to give the Bears the win.

Coast Guard 19 – USMMA 18

                                                                                                                                                                        USMMA   USCGA

125 – Mike Mui (USMMA) over Earl Roberts (USCGA), Dec. 13-9                                        3                  0

133 – William Hardin (USMMA) won via forfeit.                                                                          9                  0

141 – Matthew McAllister (USCGA) over Kimo Dial (USMMA), SV1, 10-8                        9                  3

149 – Matthew Vieira (USCGA) over Nathan Twito (USMMA), Dec. 4-3                           9                  6

157 – Christopher Sullivan (USCGA) over Erik Beshada (USMMA), Dec. 15-12               9                  9

165 – Michael Palomba (USCGA) over Michael Maye (USMMA), Dec. 5-2                      9                  12

174 – Dan Fiorvanti (USCGA) over Jake Sherman (USMMA), Maj. Dec. 11-0                  9                  16

184 – Marc Wagner (USCGA) over Blake Bunce (USMMA), Dec. 6-3                                  9                  19

197 – Ricky Fisher (USMMA) over Phil Azzari (USCGA), Dec. 6-2                                          12               19

285 – Brandon Joest (USMMA) over Kevin Painten (USCGA), Fall 2:24                             18               19