FAIRFAX, Va. -- In a close and exciting dual, the George Mason wrestling team defeated Northern Colorado 18-17 in non-conference competition on Friday. The match was held in the RAC and due to random draw began at the 197 weight class. With the win the Patriots advanced to 2-6 on the season and 2-1 when competing at home.
Northern Colorado took an early 6-0 lead with decision wins in the 197 and heavyweight weight classes. After three periods of regulation the 125 weight class match between Rich Lavorato and Jese Meis stood at 1-1 calling for an extra minute of grappling. Thirty-two seconds into overtime, Lavorato won the sudden victory match 3-1 to cut the Bear's lead in half.
In another close match at 133, Zach Isenhour tied the dual up at 6-6 with his 6-5 decision win over Sam Bauer.
The Patriots took the lead in the dual for the first time with Sahid Kargbo's 11-7 decision win over Nick Adams and with Northern Colorado's forfeit in the 149 match the Patriots led the dual 15-6 going into the seventh match of the dual.
The 157 weight class match also went into sudden victory overtime. This time the match would go in favor of the Bear's with Mitchell Polkowske defeating Jaaziah Bethea 6-4. The Patriots still held a 15-9 advantage in the dual.
The Bear's brought the score within one with Charlie McMartin's technical fall victory in the 165 weight class. The dual now stood at 15-14.
Seth Robertson added three points for the Patriots with a 3-1 decision win at 174. The Bear's would win the 184 win by decision but Mason was able to hold on to an 18-17 lead for the win.
The Patriots return to the mat Friday, January 11th when they host Brown University and Cleveland State University for the Patriot Classic at the RAC.
125 - Rich Lavorato (GMU) SV. Jesse Meis (UNCO) (3-1) (6-3, Northern Colorado)
133 - Zach Isenhour (GMU) dec. Sam Bauer (UNCO) (6-5) (6-6, Tied)
141 - Sahid Kargbo (GMU) dec. Nick Adams (UNCO) (11-7) (9-6, George Mason)
149 - Greg Flournoy (GMU) win by forfeit (15-6, George Mason)
157 - Mitchell Polkowske (UNCO) SV. Jaaziah Bethea (GMU) (6-4) (15-9, George Mason)
165 - Charlie McMartin (UNCO) tech. fall Kenton Perez (GMU) (19-2) (15-14, Northern Colorado)
174 - Seth Robertson (GMU) dec. Dylan Rutledge (UNCO) (3-1) (18-14, George Mason)
184 - Cory McAnnich (UNCO) dec. Corey Smith (GMU) (11-5) (18-17, George Mason)
197 - Patrick Gomez (UNCO) dec. Matt Meadows (GMU) (4-1) (3-0, Northern Colorado)
HWT - Henry Chirino (UNCO) dec. Jake Kettler (GMU) (3-2) (6-0, Northern Colorado)