Gardner-Webb Wrestling Opens SoCon Action With 29-13 Win Over VMI Friday Night

Gardner-Webb Wrestling Opens SoCon Action With 29-13 Win Over VMI Friday Night

BOILING SPRINGS – Gardner-Webb erased an early 10-0 deficit, getting back-to-back pins from Ryan Hull and Chris Vassar, and won the final five weight classes to close out a 29-13 win over VMI to open SoCon action Friday night.

The Runnin' Bulldogs (3-2, 1-0 SoCon) have won five conference dual matches in a row, dating back to last season – when GWU shared the regular season title.

VMI (0-4, 0-2 SoCon) got a 12-1 major decision from Dalton Henderson at 125 pounds to open in style, then saw Michael Hulcher turn a 6-3 deficit in his favor, reversing Philip Anderson into a pin with 2:23 off the clock – pushing the Keydets up 10-0.

Hull returned the favor at 141 pounds, falling in a deep hole to Darren Ostrander before turning the tables quickly with 8:42 off the clock for a late pin to trim the team deficit to 10-6.

Vassar followed suit with a dominant effort, pinning Stevan Smith in 2:05 to give Gardner-Webb the lead.

A hard-fought bout between Ryan Mosley and Neal Richards at 157 pounds gave VMI the lead back, as Richards took down Moseley for a sudden victory (6-4, SV-3).

Tyler Marinelli took a comfortable, 10-4 decision over Blake Hohman at 165 pounds, beginning a string of five-straight wins to seal the match.

Austin Trott was in control from the opening moments at 165, using several four-point near falls to take a 14-0 lead after one period. He secured a tech fall (15-0) with 5:10 gone off the clock on a stall by the Keydets.

Hunter Gamble, Payton Mills and Boyce Cornwell each followed with decisions for the final margin.

Gardner-Webb will step out of conference until January, traveling to face Kent State on December 16 in Ohio. The Runnin' Bulldogs will participate in the Cleveland State Open on December 17 and will travel to the annual Southern Scuffle in Chattanooga, Tenn., on January 1-2.

125: Dalton Henderson (VMI) major dec. Landon LoAlbo (GWU) – 12-1
133: Michael Hulcher (VMI) pinned Philip Anderson (GWU) – (2:23)
141: Ryan Hull (GWU) pinned Darren Ostrander (VMI) – (8:42)
149: Chris Vassar (GWU) pinned Stevan Smith (VMI) – (2:05)
157: Neal Richards (VMI) dec. Ryan Mosley (GWU) – 6-4 (SV-3)
165: #12 Tyler Marinelli (GWU) dec. Blake Hohman (VMI) – 10-4
174: Austin Trott (GWU) tech. fall Shabaka Johns (VMI) – 15-0 (5:10)
184: #19 Hunter Gamble (GWU) dec. Christopher Beck (VMI) – 8-1
197: Payton Mills (GWU) dec. Taylor Thomas (VMI) – 8-5
285: #21 Boyce Cornwell (GWU) dec. Sam Bouis (VMI) – 5-3