PEMBROKE - The UNC Pembroke wrestling team tacked up 16 individual victories on the night, including a dozen of the bonus point variety, as the Braves made a success out of their return home for the first time since early November with wins over Spartanburg Methodist (42-9) and Queens (34-9) on Thursday evening at Lumbee Guaranty Bank Court.
The triumphs marked the first time this season that the Black & Gold has registered consecutive victories, while also giving the Braves their most lopsided wins of the 2017-18 campaign as well. Spartanburg Methodist (2-8) remained winless in eight series matchups with UNCP, while Queens (4-5) had its three-match win streak snapped with the result.
Spartanburg Methodist gave the Braves all that they could handle, at least early on, as the Pioneers grabbed a 10-9 lead on the scoreboard thanks to Jamal Brannon's second-period pin at 149 pounds. That would be the last gasp for the Pioneers, however, as UNCP took the last six matches of the dual, including pins by Eric Milks (157 pounds), Joey DiMartino (174), Faris Teia (184) and Bryce Walker (197), as well as a forfeit by SMC at in the 165-pound bout.
The Braves forged a 10-0 lead after three matches in their dual with the Royals before Karson Ayres spoiled the shutout with a first-period pin at 149 pounds. UNCP was dominant, again, down the stretch, however, and tacked up wins in five of the final six individual matches, including forfeits by Queens at both 184 and 197 pounds.
UNCP will close out a three-match home stand on Monday when it steps back into its Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) schedule to battle Limestone (4-1) in a 7 p.m. tilt at Lumbee Guaranty Bank Court. Admission to all 2017-18 UNCP wrestling home matches is free.