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George Mason earns road victory at Sacred Heart

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- The George Mason wrestling team wrapped up a busy weekend with a 32-10 road victory over Sacred Heart on Sunday at the William H. Pitt Center in Fairfield, Conn.

Mason (2-4, 0-1 EWL) won eight of 10 bouts against the Pioneers, including the first four of the match. The Patriots recorded two pins, two major decisions and four decisions on the day.

Redshirt senior Ibrahim Bunduka earned his second win of the weekend, recording a 16-7 major decision over Sacred Heart freshman Ryan Burns at 125 pounds to give the Patriots an early 4-0 lead.

"The match started with more urgency and we were more motivated to score bonus points and to score early," Mason head coach Frank Beasley said. "That was the biggest change from Saturday. I think Ibrahim is getting into a rhythm of setting a higher pace early. He's being more active in his hand-fighting early and isn't waiting until the third period to pick up his pace. I think it's paying dividends for him."

Redshirt freshman Victor Echeverria earned a pin against Pioneers senior Tim Johnson at 133 pounds, sophomore Trevor Mello picked up an 8-3 decision over Sacred Heart junior Chris Cornell at 141 pounds and redshirt sophomore Matthew Raines recorded a 12-2 major decision against Alex Harnsberger at 149 pounds as Mason extended the match score advantage to 17-0.

"The guys really started to rally behind Victor when they saw him go out and score multiple takedowns early," said Beasley. "For someone who bumped up a weight class for us today to go out and put himself in a position to earn a fall, it really energized the bench."

After the Pioneers picked up a win at 157 pounds, Mason redshirt junior Brendan May won by 8-3 decision over Sacred Heart freshman Patrick O'Donnell to pad the Patriots match score lead to 20-4.

Sacred Heart won by fall at 174 pounds, but Mason would claim the final three bouts of the match.

Redshirt freshman Philip Stolfi recorded his first win, earning a 10-4 decision at 184 pounds, classmate Eli Spencer posted a 5-3 decision at 197 pounds and in the final match of the day, redshirt junior Matthew Voss registered his third pin of the season at 285 pounds.

"I was impressed with Stolfi's offense," Beasley added. "I thought it was the best that I've seen him wrestle on his feet. He scored multiple takedowns and I was really happy to see him step in and be very aggressive."

The Patriots won their second road dual of the season.

"The team really responded today to the challenges I gave them yesterday," Beasley said after the victory. "The team performed very well across the board, competed harder and made adjustments. Hopefully we can continue to build that momentum going into the Grapple at the Garden next week."

The Patriots are back on the mat at Grapple at the Garden when they face Hofstra at 5:45 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 10 at Madison Square Garden in New York, N.Y.

Results:
125 | Ibrahim Bunduka (Mason) major decision over Ryan Burns (Sacred Heart), 16-7 | 4-0 Mason
133 | Victor Echeverria (Mason) fall over Tim Johnson (Sacred Heart), 4:58 | 10-0 Mason
141 | Trevor Mello (Mason) decision over Chris Cornell (Sacred Heart), 8-3 | 13-0 Mason
149 | Matthew Raines (Mason) major decision over Alex Harnsberger (Sacred Heart), 12-2 | 17-0 Mason
157 | Paul Klee (Sacred Heart) major decision over Creed Lumpp (Mason), 17-5 | 17-4 Mason
165 | Brendan May (Mason) decision over Patrick O'Donnell (Sacred Heart), 8-3 | 20-4 Mason
174 | Dom Celli (Sacred Heart) fall over Levko Higgins (Mason), 3:21 | 20-10 Mason
184 | Philip Stolfi (Mason) decision over Tom Grosso (Sacred Heart), 10-4 | 23-10 Mason
197 | Eli Spencer (Mason) decision over Mark Boyle (Sacred Heart), 5-3 | 26-10 Mason
285 | Matthew Voss (Mason) fall over John Hartnett (Sacred Heart), 2:13 | 32-10 Mason
141 | Exhibition: Justin Yorkdale (Mason fall over Hunter Adams (Sacred Heart), 1:55

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