FAIRFAX, Va. -- The George Mason wrestling team dropped two duals in the Patriot Classic against Brown University (20-16) and Cleveland State (20-15) Friday, January 11th. With the losses Mason drops to 2-8 on the season. Brown went undefeated in the Classic and Cleveland State went 1-1.
In Mason's first dual of the night, Brown got out to an early 6-0 lead with decision wins in the 125 and 133 weight classes.
Sahid Kargbo cut Brown's lead in half with an 8-1 decision win over Zachary Tananbaum at 141. In the next match, Greg Flournoy tied the dual at 6-6 with his 7-4 decision win over Grant Overcashier.
Brown regained the lead with an 8-4 decision win over Jaaziah Bethea at 157. Brown now led the dual 9-6.
Brown's lead would be short lived after Ty Knepp at 165 pinned Zack Kulczycki four minutes and nineteen seconds into their match. For the first time, Mason now led the dual 12-9.
At 174, Giuseppi Lanzi tied the dual up at 12-12 for Brown with his 8-2 decision win over Seth Robertson. Brown gained the lead for the third time of the night with a major decision win from Ophir Bernstein at the 184 weight class.
Brown added four points to the board with Sterling Hecox's major decision win over Matt Meadows. With the major decision win at 197 Brown clenched the dual win and the score now stood at 20-12. Jake Kettler added four more points to close the deficit for Mason with his major decision win over Marcos Aranda for a final score of 20-16.
Mason squared off against Cleveland State in their second and final dual of the night. Cleveland State took an early 7-0 lead with a major decision and decision win in the 125 and 133 weight classes, respectively.
At the 141 weight class, Kargo put Mason on the board for the first time with his 7-4 decision win over Daniel King. Cleveland State forfeited the 149 match giving Mason a 9-7 lead.
Cleveland State regained the lead with a decision win at 157. The Patriots now trailed the Vikings by one, 10-9. Cleveland State extended their lead to 17-9 with a decision and major decision win at the 165 and 174 weight classes, respectively.
Ryan Hembury added three more points to bring the Patriots within five, with his 5-3 decision win over Robert Blankenship.
After a hard fought match that decided the dual, Kettler was eventually defeated by a 5-2 decision by Riley Shaw giving Cleveland State the dual win, 20-15.
In a match that riding time was the decider, Meadows pulled out a decision to put the Patriots back in contention for the dual win. Mason now only trailed by two heading into the last match which would decide the dual winner.
Mason returns to the mat when they host the Colonial Athletic Association duals at the Field House, January 19th.
Brown 20, George Mason 16
125 - Billy Watterson (Brown) dec. Rich Lavorato (GMU) (10-4) (3-0, Brown)
133 - Anthony Finocchiaro (Brown) dec. Zac Isenhour (GMU) (9-3) (6-0, Brown)
141 - Sahid Kargbo (GMU) dec. Zachary Tanenbaum (Brown) (8-1) (6-3, Brown)
149 - Greg Flournoy (GMU) dec. Grant Overcashier (Brown) (7-4) (6-6, Tied)
157 - CJ Howard (Brown) dec. Jaaziah Bethea (GMU) (8-4) (9-6, Brown)
165 - Ty Knepp (GMU) fall Zack Kulczycki (Brown) (4:19) (12-9, GMU)
174 - Giuseppi Lanzi (Brown) dec. Seth Robertson (GMU) (8-2) (12-12, Tied)
184 - Ophir Bernstein (Brown) maj. dec. Ryan Hembury (GMU) (11-0) (16-12, Brown)
197 - Sterling Hecox (Brown) maj. dec. Matt Meadows (GMU) (14-3) (20-12, Brown)
285 - Jake Kettler (GMU) maj. dec. Marcos Aranda (Brown) (14-3) (20-16, Brown)
George Mason 20, Cleveland State 15
125 - Ben Willieford (CSU) maj. dec. Rich Lavorato (GMU) (12-4) (4-0, CSU)
133 - Michael Carline (CSU) dec. Zac Isenhour (GMU) (8-3) (7-0, CSU)
141 - Sahid Kargbo dec. (GMU) Daniel King (CSU) (7-4) (7-3, CSU)
149 - Greg Flournoy (GMU) forfeit (9-7, Mason)
157 - Matt Donohoe (CSU) dec. Jaaziah Bethea (GMU) (9-2) (10-9, CSU)
165 - Corey Carlo (CSU) dec. Ty Knepp (GMU) (9-4) (13-9, CSU)
174 - Xavier Dye (CSU) maj. dec. Seth Robertson (GMU) (15-6) (17-9, CSU)
184 - Ryan Hembury (GMU) dec. Robert Blankenship (CSU) (5-3) (17-12, CSU)
197 - Matt Meadows (GMU) dec. Nick Anthony (CSU) (2-1) (17-15, CSU)
285 - Riley Shaw (CSU) dec. Jake Kettler (GMU) (5-2) (20-15, CSU)