Fairfax, Va. -- George Mason University's wrestling team was victorious in their dual against Sacred Heart Saturday night. Redshirt senior Blake Roulo(149) and redshirt junior Patrick Davis(165) each earned pins that greatly contributed to the 26-16 Mason victory.
This is Roulo's first and Davis' second victory by fall this season, respectively. After a slow start to the season, Davis now owns a 10-10 record. The Bridgeville, Deleware native has provided invaluable points for the Patriots in recent duals and will need to continue his rise for Mason to compete in the Eastern Wrestling League.
"I was pleased with our overall performance," head coach Joe Russell said. "Getting pins from Blake Roulo and Patrick Davis was great for the team and good to see this time of season."
After losing their first match of the dual, the Patriots would go on to win the next five in a row, pushing the Mason lead to 23-6. Redshirt senior captain Vince Rodriguez(133) won by technical fall, 20-4, followed by redshirt freshman Tejon Anthony winning by decision, 12-5.
"Vince Rodriguez also showed great hustle chasing points for the technical fall win," Russell said.
Russell has emphasized the importance of earning bonus points to the team all season long and Rodriguez has truly taken the message to heart. Rodriguez understands that leading by example is part of being a captain, and has been counted on by Mason all season to provide a boost in the second match of duals.
Redshirt senior captain Greg Flournoy's victory by decision, 8-4, was sandwiched in between the pins earned by Roulo and Davis. Flournoy leads the team in victories with 22 and has been consistent for Mason all season. Redshirt freshman Matt Voss(HWT) capped off the successful day for the Patriots with a win by decision, 3-2 in the dual's final match.
The win moves the team's record to 6-7 overall and should give the squad confidence going into their Eastern Wrestling League dual tomorrow against Rider. The Patriots will face the Broncs at 6:00 p.m. and will look to move their EWL conference record to 2-2 on the season with a victory.
125: Gerard Daly (SHU) pins Ibrahim Bunduka (GMU) 3:35 (SHU 6-0)
133: Vince Rodriguez (GMU) def. Tim Johnson (GMU) by Tech. Fall 20-4 (SHU 6-5)
141: Tejon Anthony (GMU) def. Alex Harnsberger (SHU) 12-5 (GMU 8-6)
149: Blake Ruolo (GMU) pins Chris Cornell (SHU) 4:46 (GMU 14-6)
157: Greg Flournoy (GMU) def. Casey Mitchell (SHU) 8-4 (GMU 17-6)
165: Patrick Davis (GMU) pins Matt Fisher (SHU) 4:28 (GMU 23-6)
174: Johnny Vrasidas (SHU) def. Ryan Forrest (GMU) 8-2 (GMU 23-9)
184: Elliott Antler (SHU) def. Austin Harrison (GMU) 11-5 (GMU 23-12)
197: Sasha Oliinyk (SHU) def. Cameron Houston (GMU) by Major Decision 9-1 (GMU 23-16)
HWT: Matt Voss (GMU) def. Duke Sherwood (SHU) 3-2 (GMU 26-16)