Boiling Springs, N.C. - Gardner-Webb picked up wins from Ryan Medved, Alex Medved, Jonathan Velazquez and Travis Porter, yet it wasn't enough as the VMI Keydets defeated GWU 22-15 in Bost Gymnasium on Friday night.
After dropping the first three matches and falling behind 9-0 to the Keydets, GWU's Ryan Medved got the Runnin' Bulldogs on the scoreboard using an escape and a good defensive game to pick up a 1-0 decision over Michael Young at 149.
Gardner-Webb's Alex Medved then scored a 13-2 major decision win over Nick Emison at 157 to move the Runnin' Bulldogs into two points of the Keydets at 9-7.
However, VMI picked up back-to-back wins at 165 and 174, including a 9-0 major decisions in at 174, to push the Keydets back in front at 16-7 with only three bouts left.
GWU's Velazquez remained perfect on the season, securing a 9-3 win in dominating fashion at 184 to pull the home team within six at 16-10.
Porter followed up Velazquez with a strong performance in which he controlled the match from start to finishing, including picking up several near falls, en route to a 16-0 technical fall win at 8:39 over Chris Gill at 197 to push GWU back into the match at 16-15.
Yet Porter was the last effort for GWU, as the Runnin' Bulldogs had to forfeit at 285, giving #19/#29 Josh Wine of VMI the 6-0 win and handing the Keydets a 22-15 match victory.
With the wins, Ryan Medved moves to 8-3 overall, while Alex Medved improves to 12-5 on the year, while also picking up his fourth major decision win of the season.
Velazquez stays unbeaten at 5-0 on the year, while Porter picked up his second tech fall win of the season and improves to 11-5 on the year.
Gardner-Webb (2-6) will not return to competition for three weeks, as the Runnin' Bulldog grapplers will next return to action at the 2010 Southern Scuffle on December 29-30 in Greensboro, N.C.
VMI (2-0) will also return to action at the 2010 Southern Scuffle hosted by UNC Greensboro.
VMI 22, Gardner-Webb 15
125 - Johnathan Pope (VMI) dec. Brett Kostern (GWU) - 5-3 (VMI 3-0)
133 - Luke Todd (VMI) dec. Alex Hamm (GWU) - 8-2 (VMI 6-0)
141 - David Yost (VMI) dec. Richie Spicel (GWU) - 5-4 (VMI 9-0)
149 - Ryan Medved (GWU) dec. Michael Young (VMI) - 1-0 (VMI 9-3)
157 - Alex Medved (GWU) maj. dec. Nick Emison (VMI) - 13 - 2 (VMI 9-7)
165 - Joseph Munno (VMI) dec. Justin Guthrie (GWU) - 7 - 3 (VMI 12-7)
174 - Matthew Brock (VMI) maj. dec. Erin O'Dell (GWU) - 9 - 0 (VMI 16 - 7)
184 - Jonathan Velazquez (GWU) dec. John Dommert (VMI) - 9 - 3 (VMI 16 - 10)
197 - Travis Porter (GWU) TF Chris Gill (VMI) - 16 - 0 (8:39) (VMI 16 - 15)
285 - #19/#29 Josh Wince (VMI) forfeit by GWU (VMI 22 - 15)