PHILADELPHIA -- The Drexel wrestling team opened the 2016-17 season with wins over Shippensburg and Gardner-Webb at their own Dragon Duals, hosted at North Penn High School. The Dragons defeated the Raiders, 50-0 in their first dual of the day, before going on to earn a 23-15 victory over the Runnin' Bulldogs in their second matchup.
The Dragons' sweep of Shippensburg featured pins from Kevin Devoy Jr., Matthew Cimato, Garett Hammond, and Joey Goodhart, technical falls from Tanner Shoap and Nick Elmer, and a major decision from Joshua Murphy. David Pearce and Alex DeCiantis added decisions at their weight classes, while Austin Rose picked up a win by injury default at 165.
In the second dual of the day, the Dragons got off to a strong start with a win-by-fall from Shoap at 125 and a major decision from Devoy at 133. Pearce was edged by Gardner-Webb's Ryan Hull, 4-3 giving the Dragons' opponents their first points against the squad on the day. Cimato was able to pick him up though as he earned a 5-2 decision over the Runnin' Bulldogs' Chris Vassar, putting the Dragons ahead by a score of 13-3.
Gardner-Webb took the 157 match due to injury default and cut the deficit to 13-9, but then Rose earned a 2-0 win over Kyle Ash to give Drexel back a seven point advantage. The Runnin' Bulldogs would then earn victories at 174 and 184, but the Dragons finished the dual out strong with a major decision from Murphy and a 5-0 decision from Goodhart. Drexel finished with a final score of 23-15 and earned its second win of the day.
Next up, the Dragons will travel to face Sacred Heart, who was also present to participate in the Dragon Duals but did not face Drexel. The Dragons and Pioneers will face-off on Friday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. in Fairfield, Conn.