FAIRFAX, Va. -- In their first dual win of the season, the George Mason wrestling team defeated the Generals of Washington and Lee Sunday afternoon in their home opener at the RAC. With the win Mason progressed to a 1-3 dual record on the young season and the Generals fell to 0-1 in dual match ups.
The Patriots took an early 4-0 lead with Rich Carroll-Lavorato's 14-4 major decision win over Adam David in the 125 weight class.
The Generals quickly put three points on the board after Tyler Kaelin defeated Mason's Zachary Isenhour in the 133 weight class by a 4-3 decision, moving the score to 4-3 in favor of the home team.
Mason pushed their lead out to 10-3 with Sahid Kargbo's 6-3 decision win over Haroutioun Kotchinian (141 weight class) and Greg Flournoy's 9-4 decision win over Connor Duffey in the 149 weight division.
In the 157 weight class, Jaaziah Bethea pinned Daniel Igel in 1:54 pushing the Patriots' lead to 16-3.
After halftime, Zac Richey put three points on the board for the Generals with his 4-3 decision win over Mason's Kenton Perez in the 165 weight class.
Ryan Hembury responded, extending the Patriots' lead to 19-6 with his 7-2 decision win over Ron Tassoni in the 174 weight class.
With a 5-2 decision win over Mason's DJ Dwyer in the 184 weight class, Alexander Reed of Washington and Lee cut the Patriots led to 10, setting the score of the match to 19-9 in favor of Mason. It would mark the last time Washington and Lee got on the scoreboard during the match as Matt Meadows and Jake Kettler each pinned their opponent to secure the win for Mason.
Meadows pinned Connor Smithson of the Generals in 1:51 to advance the Patriots lead to 25-9, while Kettler pinned Grant Cokeley in 4:14 for the final score of 31-9 in the Patriots favor.
Mason returns to the mat on December 8th facing Navy at home.
Here are the full results from today's dual.
125 - Rich Carroll-Lavorato (GMU) maj. Dec 14-4 Adam Davis (W&L) (4-0, GMU)
133 - Tyler Kaelin (W&L) 4-3 dec. Zachary Isenhour (GMU) (4-3, GMU)
141 - Sahid Kargbo (GMU) 6-3 dec. Haroutioun Kotchinian (W&L) (7-3, GMU)
149 - Greg Flournoy (GMU) 9-4 dec. Connor Duffey (W&L) (10-3, GMU)
157 - Jaaziah Bethea (GMU) won by fall Daniel Igel (W&L) (1:54) (16-3, GMU)
165 - Zac Richey (W&L) 4-3 dec. Kenton Perez (GMU) (16-6, GMU)
174 - Ryan Hembury (GMU) 7-2 dec. Ron Tassoni (W&L) (19-6, GMU)
184 - Alexander Reed (W&L) 5-2 dec. DJ Dwyer (GMU) (19-9, GMU)
197 - Matt Meadows (GMU) won by fall Connor Smithson (W&L) (1:51) (25-9, GMU)
285 - Jake Kettler (GMU) won by fall Grant Cokeley(W&L) (4:14) (31-9, GMU)