BOONE, N.C. -- In a close dual that came down to a tiebreaker, the George Mason wrestling team defeated Appalachian State 23-22 Sunday in Boone, N.C. With the win George Mason advanced to 1-2 on the young season.
Appalachian State took an early 7-0 lead winning the 125 and 133 weight classes by a 10-2 major decision and 6-3 decision, respectively.
Freshman Sahid Kargbo (141) put Mason on the board for the first time in the match with his 15-5 major decision win over Acton Pifer.
Appalachian State's 7-4 lead was short-lived, however, when redshirt freshman Greg Flournoy gave Mason the lead for the first time by pining Aaron Scott five minutes and forty-six seconds into their match. Flournoy's win put Mason in front, 10-7. A 9-7 decision win from senior Jaaziah Bethea that followed put Mason on top, 13-7.
Appalachian State pulled ahead of the Patriots with wins in the 165, 174, and 184 weight classes, giving the Mountaineers a 22-13 advantage over the Patriots.
Freshman Matt Meadows put Mason back on the board with his 10-9 decision victory over Paul Weiss. The dual was now at 22-16 with the Mountaineers still with the upper hand.
Jake Kettler tied the dual for Mason at 22-all, pinning his opponent four minutes and eight seconds into the match.
With the dual deadlocked at 22-22, Mason was awarded the win by rule based on having a higher amount of match points overall.
Mason returns to the mat next weekend starting on Saturday with a tournament at Navy and then returning to Fairfax for their home opener against Washington and Lee.
125- Dominic Parisi (APP) maj. dec. Robert Dooley (GMU), 10-2 (APP 4-0)
133- Joe Morrison (APP) dec. Zach Isenhour (GMU), 6-3 (APP 7-0)
141- Sahid Kargbo (GMU) maj. dec. Acton Pifer (APP), 15-5 (APP 7-4)
149- Greg Flournoy (GMU) won by fall over Aaron Scott (APP), (5:46) (GMU 10-7)
157- Jaaziah Bethea (GMU) dec. Riley Keen (APP), 9-7 (GMU 13-7)
165- Zack Strickland (APP) won by fall over Matt Huffstickler (GMU), (2:45) (Tied 13-13)
174- Colin Hedash (APP) dec. Ryan Hembury (GMU), 13-7 (APP 16-13)
184- Jesse Johnson (APP) won by fall over Corey Smith (GMU), (3:46) (APP 22-13)
197- Matt Meadows (GMU) dec. Paul Weiss (APP), 10-9 (APP 22-16)
Hwt- Jake Kettler (GMU) won by fall over Joe Cummings (APP), (4:08) (Tied 22-22)