BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.
– The Citadel Bulldogs won the final two weight classes, but couldn't overcome a fast start by Gardner-Webb in a 30-17 loss on Tuesday night at Paul Porter Arena.
The Bulldogs picked up wins from Sawyer Root
and Michael McAleavey
to close the gap late, but Douglas Gudenburr
had The Citadel's only win after an opening forfeit by GWU at 125 until the final two classes.
The Citadel falls to 1-10 overall and 0-6 in SoCon matches, while Gardner-Webb improves to 2-10 and 2-4 in SoCon action.
Root controlled his match throughout, wearing down Nathaniel Kale
, 18-3. Root nearly won by fall in the second period, but ended up closing out Kale at 6:33.
McAleavey started quick in a 5-3 decision over Lathan Bumgarner
. A couple of takedowns gave the sophomore a little cushion, fending off an exhausted Bumgarner in the closing period as the Bulldogs finished with back-to-back wins.
Gudenburr picked up a solid 5-3 decision to win at 141 to grab three points for the Bulldogs early.
Pins by Phillip Anderson at 133 and Brett Stein at 165 powered Gardner-Webb in the win. Both teams had a forfeit.
The Citadel hosts Appalachian State on Sunday at McAlister Field House for Senior Day. The match begins at 2 p.m.
February 13, 2018
Boiling Springs, N.C. – Paul Porter Arena
GARDNER-WEBB 30, THE CITADEL 17
125: William Jacobs
(CIT) win by forfeit
133: Philip Anderson (GWU) pin Nicholas Long
141: Douglas Gudenburr
(CIT) dec. Denton Spencer (GWU); 5-3
149: Joby Armenta (GWU) win by forfeit
157: Tyler Marinelli (GWU) major dec. Rian Burris
165: Brett Stein (GWU) pin Houston Curtis
174: Christian Maroni (GWU) tech fall Michael Mewhorter
(CIT); 27-10 (6:18)
184: Cole Graves (GWU) dec. Michael Lopouchanski
197: Sawyer Root
(CIT) tech fall Nathaniel Kale (GWU); 18-3 (6:33)
285: Michael McAleavey
(CIT) dec. Lathan Bumgarner (GWU); 5-3