DAVIDSON, N.C. - Davidson freshman Michael McClelland picked up his first collegiate win as wrestling downed The Citadel in Southern Conference action Thursday night, 25-15.
With the win Davidson improves to 2-9 overall and 1-5 in SoCon matches, while with the loss The Citadel falls to 1-10 and 0-5 in league action.
With a 6-3 team lead following an opening bout injury default, sophomore Hunter Costa battled through a bloody nose to claim an 8-7 decision over William Curtis at 165-pounds. Classmate's Noah Satterfield and Conor Fenn backed up Costa with consecutive major's at 174 and 184 pounds to put the 'Cats up 17-3 midway through the match.
On a night that started at 149 pounds, it circled back to McClelland at 125 for the seventh bout of the evening. The Waxhaw, N.C., native then dominated Bulldog William Jacobs, earning a technical fall, 17-0, in 6:45 for his first collegiate victory. Senior Dustin Runzo capped off the night with a 10-5 decision at 141-pounds.
The victory marked the first SoCon dual meet win for the 'Cats since defeating Campbell on Feb. 15, 2015, 33-9.
Davidson returns to the mats Saturday, Feb. 10 against Belmont Abbey in non-conference action. The first bout from Belk is slated for 7 p.m. with a Senior Day ceremony prior to the match.
149: Will Baldwin (DC) inj. default over No. 32 Ty Busicko (CIT), 3:59
157: Rian Burris (CIT) dec. over Tony Palumbo (DC), 6-2
165: Hunter Costa (DC) dec. over William Curtis (CIT), 8-7
174: Noah Satterfield (DC) maj. dec. over Bradley Mewhort, 12-0
184: Conor Fenn (DC) maj. dec. over Michael Lopouchanski (CIT), 18-10
197: Sawyer Root (CIT) dec. over Konner Pritchard (DC), 5-2
285: Michael McAleavey (CIT) dec. over Will Cooley (DC), 6-4
125: Michael McClelland (DC) tech. fall over William Jacobs (CIT), 17-0, (6:45)
133: Nicholas Long (CIT) fall over Zamir Ode (DC), 1:22
141: Dustin Runzo (DC) dec. over Douglas Gudenburr (CIT), 10-5