Boiling Springs, N.C. -- Gardner-Webb redshirt-senior Alex Medved recorded his 90th career win on Tuesday night, as the Runnin' Bulldog grapplers defeated Davidson, 29-6, for its first Southern Conference dual match win of the season.
Gardner-Webb posted eight wins in the bout, which included one pin and three major decision victories, as the Runnin' Bulldogs earned a 29-6 dual match win.
"This was a good night for our guys. Everyone wrestled with the intensity that we were looking for and want to portray each time out," stated Head Coach Daniel Elliott. "Tonight's performance was a good building block to where we want to be."
After a tough bout at 125 pounds opened the dual match up, as Philip Elias defeated GWU's Cortez Starkes 5-4 to put the Wildcats on top 3-0 to start the match, redshirt-sophomore Robbie Golde used a late two-point takedown in the first period to take the lead en route to an 8-3 victory over Anthony Elias to tie the match up at 3-3.
Sophomore Davante Andujar continued GWU's winning ways by posting a 7-5 win over Matt Zarth at 141 pounds to push the Runnin' Bulldogs in front 6-3 for the match with the middle weights on deck.
At 149 pounds, Ryan Medved controlled the match from start to finish, posting a two-point takedown and a two-point near fall in the second period in a 5-0 shutout over Kevin Birmingham to put the home team up 9-3 after four matches.
After Alex Medved earned a 12-3 major decision victory over Nathaniel Powers at 157 pounds to record his 90th career win and put the Runnin' Bulldogs in front by 10 at 13-3, fellow redshirt-senior Justin Guthrie pounced on Chris Cirenza early at the 165 pound contest and registered a 17-3 majordecision win to push GWU in front big at 17-3.
The Runnin' Bulldog wrestlers made it six straight wins at 174 pounds, as freshman Hunter Gamble scored a pin over Ian Solcz at the 6:00 mark in the third period to put GWU in front by 20 at 23-3 in the match score.
Fellow GWU freshman Gray Jones used a strong second period, which included a one-point escape and a two-point takedown, en route to a 9-4 decision at 184 pounds over Donald Patrick, as the Runnin' Bulldogs continued to pile up the wins.
With the match victory already in hand for Gardner-Webb, Davidson earned a 5-4 win at 197 pounds by way of Carson Stack to stop the Runnin' Bulldogs' winning streak at seven --straight matches, only to see GWU's Travis Porter dominate in a 12-0 major decision win over Eddie Isola at the heavyweight position to give the Runnin' Bulldogs a 29-6 dual match win.
Gardner-Webb (3-6, 1-2 SoCon) will turn around and host VMI in another Southern Conference dual match on Friday night, January 25th, at 7 p.m. in Paul Porter Arena.
125: Philip Elias (DAV) dec. Cortez Starkes (GWU) -- 5-4 (DAV 3-0)
133: Robbie Golde (GWU) dec. Anthony Elias (DAV) -- 8-3 (TIED 3-3)
141: Davante Andujar (GWU) dec. Matt Zarth (DAV) -- 7-5 (GWU 6-3)
149: Ryan Medved (GWU) dec. Kevin Birmingham (DAV) -- 5-0 (GWU 9-3)
157: Alex Medved (GWU) maj. dec. Nathaniel Powers (DAV) -- 12-3 (GWU 13-3)
165: Justin Guthrie (GWU) maj. dec. Chris Cirenza (DAV) -- 14-3 (GWU 17-3)
174: Hunter Gamble (GWU) FALL Ian Solcz (DAV) -- 6:00 (GWU 23-3)
184: Gray Jones (GWU) dec. Donald Patrick (DAV) -- 9-4 (GWU 26-3)
197: Carson Stack (DAV) dec. Blake Salyer (DAV) -- 5-4 (GWU 25-6) *
285: Travis Porter (GWU) maj. dec. Eddie Isola (DAV) -- 12-0 (GWU 29-6)
* one-point deduction for Gardner-Webb for unsportsmanlike conduct