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Meadows powers George Mason to win at Bloomsburg

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. -- Senior Matt Meadows won by fall in the first period in the final match of the day, breaking an 18-18 tie to lift Mason to a 24-18 win over Bloomsburg in the Eastern Wrestling League opener for both teams on Saturday afternoon at Nelson Field House in Bloomsburg, Pa.

Mason (1-3, 1-0 EWL) won its first dual of the season. The Patriots took a 6-0 lead when sophomore Matthew Voss (3-4) began the day with a fall in his 285-pound match over Bloomsburg freshman Bruce Graeber. Voss was leading 6-1 when he recorded the fall at 5:31 in the third period.

"It was great to have Voss start off the day with that big pin," Mason assistant coach Mark Weader said. "It was huge to get momentum and bonus points."

Bloomsburg (3-5, 0-1 EWL) rallied to take a 9-6 lead in the match after wins at both 125-pounds and 133-pounds.

Mason sophomore Tejon Anthony (7-3) evened the match score 9-9 when he won a 10-4 decision over Huskies sophomore Grant Bond. Anthony scored six points in the third period in the victory. Senior Sahid Kargbo (8-0) remained unbeaten and put the Patriots back in the lead, recording four takedowns in his bout with Bloomsburg freshman Kevin Laumbach to earn a 9-5 decision.

Kargbo has won all four of his dual matches this season to go along with his four wins at the Navy Classic, when he claimed the individual championship at 149-pounds.

The contest between the Patriots and Huskies continued to go back-and-forth, with the match score tied three times throughout the day. After the Huskies posted a win at 157 pounds, Mason freshman Garrett Tingen (1-3) came through with a huge victory in his 167-pound bout.

After a scoreless first period, Tingen wasted little time in the second period, recording his first win of the season by fall over Bloomsburg freshman Reid Stanley at 3:27 to give the Patriots an 18-12 lead in the match.

"We knew that would be a big match in this dual meet," Weader said. "Garrett has been wrestling well and he can get a pin from all positions. It was a big win for him individually and important for us in the meet."

Bloomsburg then notched wins at 174-pounds and 184-pounds to even the match score at 18-18. That set the stage for the final bout of the afternoon with Meadows (1-1) facing Huskies freshman Tyler Worthing in the 197-pound weight class.

"In the final match, there was a lot of pressure on Meadows and he came through," Weader said. "He's an experienced wrestler and has been in a lot of tough situations. It's a good way to get him started for a big year. He capitalized on the position he was in and took advantage to put the match away rather than letting it stay close."

Worthing applied early pressure in the first period before Meadows was called for stalling a minute into the match. With less than 30 seconds to go in the first period, Meadows found an opening and scored with a takedown before winning by fall at 2:50 to give Mason its first victory of the season.

The Patriots have won the last three meetings against the Huskies. Bloomsburg has dropped 13 straight Eastern Wrestling League contests. After winning their first two duals of the season, the Huskies have now lost five of their last six contests.

"We all knew it was coming down to the final match after a couple of the later weights," Meadows said. "I didn't really feel a lot of pressure. I just knew if I went out and wrestled hard I could get it done. The coaches said go out and attack. It was a good feeling to close it out for the team and we have the momentum going for this weekend."

Meadows hadn't been on the mat for a year-and-a-half before competing last weekend in the Grapple at the Garden. He missed all of last season with a broken leg. This was the first time in his career that he closed out a team match with a victory to give the Patriots the win.

Mason went 2-4 against Eastern Wrestling League opponents last season and went 0-3 on the road. The win Saturday at Bloomsburg was the first conference road win for the Patriots since a 30-12 victory over the Huskies at Nelson Field House on Feb. 8, 2015.

The Patriots have equaled their road win total from last season, when Mason finished with a 1-5 record away from home. The Patriots lone road win last season was a 26-16 victory at Sacred Heart on Jan. 30, 2016.

Mason will have less than 24 hours to prepare for the next challenge.

"The Lock Haven match is going to be tough," said Weader of Sunday's matchup. "They have a good team. A lot of our guys will have confidence going forward into another conference matchup, both as a team and individually."

The Patriots are back on the mat on Sunday when they face Eastern Wrestling League rival Lock Haven at 12 p.m. at Thomas Fieldhouse in Lock Haven, Pa.

Results:
285: Matthew Voss (Mason) by fall over Bruce Graeber (Bloomsburg) 5:31
125: Willy Girard (Bloomsburg) major decision over Quinton Tucker (Mason) 13-1
133: Matt Noble (Bloomsburg) technical fall over Lio Quezada (Mason) 25-9
141: Tejon Anthony (Mason) decision over Grant Bond (Bloomsburg) 10-4
149: Sahid Kargbo (Mason) decision over Kevin Laubach (Bloomsburg) 9-5
157: Brendon Colbert (Bloomsburg) decision over Matthew Raines (Mason) 12-7
165: Garrett Tingen (Mason) by fall over Reid Stanley (Bloomsburg) 3:27
174: Trevor Allard (Bloomsburg) decision over Patrick Davis (Mason) 5-3
184: Kyle Murphy (Bloomsburg) decision over Daniel Mika (Mason) 4-0
197: Matt Meadows (Mason) by fall over Tyler Worthing (Bloomsburg) 2:50

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