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George Mason overpowers Davidson

FAIRFAX, Va. -- The George Mason wrestling team defeated Davidson 29-9 on Friday at the Recreation Athletic Complex in Fairfax, Va.

Mason (3-5, 0-1 EWL) won seven of the 10 bouts and earned bonus points in five matches against Davidson (1-5, 0-2 SoCon). The Patriots defeated the Wildcats for the fourth straight time.

In the first bout of the evening, redshirt junior Tejon Anthony (15-6) jumped out to a 2-0 lead over Davidson junior Aidan Conroy with a takedown in the final minute of the first period. Anthony scored a takedown in the second and two more in the third to earn a 10-3 decision.

Freshman Bryce Reddington (9-11) took a 2-0 lead over Wildcats freshman Will Baldwin at 157 pounds with a takedown early in the first period and increased the advantage to 6-1 with a pair of takedowns in the second. Reddington cruised to a 10-3 decision to give Mason a 6-0 match score lead.

At 165 pounds, freshman Austin Wilkerson (0-1), in his first match of the season, led Davidson sophomore Hunter Costa 2-1 after the first period. Wilkerson led 4-3 late in the third period before dropping a hard-fought 5-4 decision when Costa scored a takedown with only seconds remaining in the match.

In a bout where points were at a premium, Mason redshirt freshman Philip Stolfi (4-12) and Davidson freshman Noah Satterfield were scoreless after the first period at 174 pounds. Stolfi built a 5-0 advantage and used that momentum to earn his first pin of the season at 6:29.

Redshirt junior Austin Harrison (3-6) led Wildcats sophomore Conor Fenn 2-1 at 184 pounds entering the third period. Harrison scored a takedown early in the third and added four near-fall points in the final seconds for a 9-1 decision to give Mason a 15-3 match score lead.

"It's always good to start strong," Harrison said. "I got on top and that's when I put together a lot of points."

The Wildcats then picked up a decision at 197 pounds to make the match score 15-6.

Redshirt junior Matthew Voss (15-8) registered five takedowns in his match against Davidson senior Will Cooley at 285 pounds. Voss posted two takedowns in the first and second period, including one in the final 10 seconds of the second to increase his lead to 9-3. Voss rumbled to a 12-3 major decision to increase the Patriots match score advantage to 20-6.

"Coach Beasley told us from the beginning of the match that we needed to score a lot of points and have a high attack rate," Voss said. "That was my mindset going into the match, knowing that I needed to attack whenever I had the opportunity and it paid off."

Redshirt senior Ibrahim Bunduka (16-7) was in control from the start at 125 pounds against Davidson freshman Michael McClelland, notching a 16-0 technical fall for his team-leading 16th victory of the season.

At 133 pounds, Mason redshirt freshman Victor Echeverria (8-12) jumped out to a 10-2 lead in the first period against Wildcats junior Zamir Ode and recorded his first major decision of the season, 14-4.

The Patriots are back on the mat when they travel to face No. 21 Rider in an Eastern Wrestling League matchup on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Alumni Gym in Lawrenceville, N.J.

Results:
149 | Tejon Anthony (Mason) decision over Aidan Conroy, 10-3 (Davidson) | 3-0 Mason
157 | Bryce Reddington (Mason) decision over Will Baldwin (Davidson), 10-3 | 6-0 Mason
165 | Hunter Costa (Davidson) decision over Austin Wilkerson (Mason), 5-4 | 6-3 Mason
174 | Philip Stolfi (Mason) fall over Noah Satterfield (Davidson), 6:29| 12-3 Mason
184 | Austin Harrison (Mason) decision over Conor Fenn, 9-1 (Davidson) |15-3 Mason
197 | Konnor Pritchard (Davidson) decision over Eli Spencer (Mason), 3-1 |15-6 Mason
285 | Matthew Voss (Mason) major decision over Will Cooley (Davidson), 12-3 |20-6 Mason
125 | Ibrahim Bunduka (Mason) technical fall over Michael McClelland (Davidson), 2:42 | 25-6 Mason
133 | Victor Echeverria (Mason) major decision over Zamir Ode (Davidson), 14-4 |29-6 Mason
141 | Dustin Runzo (Davidson) decision over Trevor Mello (Mason), 8-3 | 29-9 Mason

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