Boiling Springs, N.C. - Gardner-Webb's Ryan Medved, Justin Guthrie and Justin Kozera each posted pins on Wednesday night, as the Runnin' Bulldog grapplers defeated Belmont Abbey 28-12 in the two teams' 2011-12 season opener in Boiling Springs, N.C.
Freshman Justin Kozera got the Runnin' Bulldogs off on the right foot, as the heavyweight wasted no time in picking up his first career win at GWU, pinning Will Robinson of Belmont Abbey at 1:50 to give the home team an early 6-0 match lead.
After both teams forfeited at 125, GWU's Michael Slaughter tallied four two-point takedowns and one three-point near fall at 133 en route to recording a 14-5 major decision win over Jake Nelson of Belmont Abbey.
Belmont Abbey cut the GWU's match lead to four at 10-6 with back-to-back decisions at 141 and 149, yet ran into trouble at the middle weights.
At 157, Ryan Medved earned a fall victory at 1:59 over Dylan Moses, while at 165 his twin brother Alex Medved used five two-point takedowns and a two-point reversal to hold on to defeat Joseph Maumoynier 13-8, and push the Runnin' Bulldogs back in front by 13 at 19-6.
Fellow redshirt-junior Justin Guthrie followed with a late pin over Kwame Seymour at 5:43 of the match at 174, while sophomore Erin O'Dell used a one-point escape and riding time to edge Belmont Abbey's Jerami Bartley 2-1 at 184.
Despite suffering a fall at 197 to finish the match, Gardner-Webb was able to lead from start to finish in the 28-12 dual match victory over the Crusaders.
The Runnin' Bulldog grapplers will return to action this weekend, as a number of wrestlers will compete as individuals at the 2011 Hokie Open hosted by Virginia Tech this Sunday, November 6th, in Blacksburg, Va.
Gardner-Webb 28, Belmont Abbey 12
285 - Justin Kozera (GWU) pins Will Robinson (BAC) - 1:50 (GWU 6-0)
125 - Both teams Forfeit. (GWU 6-0)
133 - Michael Slaughter (GWU) major dec. Jake Nelson (BAC) - 14-5 (GWU 10-0)
141 - Will James (BAC) dec. Robbie Golde (GWU) 9-4 (GWU 10-3)
149 - Brandon Wilkins (BAC) dec. Davante Andujar (GWU) - 8-5 (GWU 10-6)
157 - Ryan Medved (GWU) pins Dylan Moses (BAC) - 1:59 (GWU 16-6)
165 - Alex Medved (GWU) dec. Joseph Maumoynier (BAC) - 13-8 (GWU 19-6)
174 - Justin Guthrie (GWU) pins Kwame Seymour (BAC) - 5:43 (GWU 25-6)
184 - Erin O'Dell (GWU) dec. Jerami Bartley (BAC) - 2-1 (GWU 28-6)
197 - Nick Rees (BAC) pins Julian Ming (GWU) - 2:06 (GWU 28-12)