George Washington totaled 82 points and captured two individual titles to win the fifth annual Capital Collegiate Wrestling Tournament yesterday at Smith Center. Joe Corbett (150 pounds) and Mike Shaffer (158) earned individual honors for the Colonials.
George Mason, with three individual championships, finished second with 70 3/4 points.
The seven-team tournament became a two-team race going into the final round as defending champ GW led George Mason, 71 3/4-55 1/4. The Colonials advanced seven wrestlers into the championship bouts and one into the consolation finals, while the Patriots had three in the finals and five in the consolations.
George Mason's 118-pound Jim Howard, voted the tournament's outstanding wrestler, got the Patriots off to a fast start with a 6-3 decision over Howard's Paul Cotton.
The Patriots picked up another first place when 134-pound Pat Smith decisioned GW's John Cannon, 6-3. Heavyweight Paul Maltagliati picked up the Patriots' third individual championship.
It wasn't until the 150-pound match and three championship losses later that the Colonials picked up a gold medal when three-time tournament champ Corbett scored a major decision over Carl Berringer of George Mason, 10-1. The aggressive Corbett, who defeated Berringer, 14-0, in their last meeting, stayed in control throughout, mounting an early 6-0 lead with a takedown and two near-falls. The GW team captain has a 22-3 overall record (13-0 dual meet) and will return to the NCAA East regionals for a fourth straight season.
Colonial teammate Shaffer followed in the next match with a 20-3 superior decision over Richmond's Jim Martin. Shaffer led, 11-0, after the second period, scoring on a takedown and four near-falls. He picked up his final points with an escape, a takedown and a couple of other near-falls.
Howard, which finished third with 48 1/4 points, received championship performances from Doug Calhoun (142) and Ron Washington (190). Ron Goldstein (167) earned American (fourth, 45 1/4) its only individual title with a 7-1 decision over Dana Dunlap of Longwood (fifth, 42 1/2 points). Joe Bass (177) of Longwood and 126-pound Bob Rainer of Richmond (sixth, 33 1/2) were the tournament's other individual titlists.
West Springfield graduate Steve Albeck (142), a freshman at Longwood, finished third in his division.