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George Mason defeats VMI to begin season

LEXINGTON, Va. -- George Mason redshirt senior heavyweight Matthew Voss won the final match of the night, recording a technical fall to propel the Patriots to a 20-17 victory over VMI on Friday at Cormack Hall in Lexington, Va.

The match began at 125 pounds, where Mason redshirt sophomore Talha Farooq and VMI freshman Derek Shockey got things started. The two were scoreless late in the second period, when Farooq picked up a late escape point to take a 1-0 lead. Shockey tied the score 1-1 in the third period and earned a point for riding time for a 2-1 decision.

At 133 pounds, Mason freshman Mel Ortiz made his collegiate debut and led VMI senior Hunter Starner 2-1 heading into the second period. Each wrestler traded an escape point in the second, but Starner went on to win by 6-3 decision to increase the Keydets match score lead to 6-0.

In a defensive match at 141 pounds, Mason redshirt sophomore Lio Quezada and VMI junior Dominick Gallo were scoreless after two periods. Gallo scored the only point in the third with an escape for a 1-0 decision.

After VMI won the first three bouts of the match, Mason responded with wins in the next three.

At 149 pounds, Mason redshirt senior Tejon Anthony went on offense early in the first period against Keydets senior Darren Ostrander and never looked back. Anthony built a 6-3 lead after one, led 8-5 after two periods and won a 14-7 decision.

Mason freshman Kolby Ho won his collegiate debut at 157 pounds against VMI freshman Jarrod Hunziker. Ho led 11-4 after one period and 17-7 after the second. He won the match by technical fall, 27-10, to cut the Keydets match score lead to 9-8.

At 165 pounds, Mason redshirt freshman Cornelius Schuster, in his NCAA debut, led 14-0 over VMI freshman Luke Nicksic after the first period. Schuster went on to win by technical fall, 16-0, to put the Patriots in front 13-9.

The Keydets won by technical fall at 174 pounds to go back in front, 14-13.

At 184 pounds, Mason junior Philip Stolfi picked up a 4-0 decision over VMI junior Max Gallahan to make the score 16-14 Patriots.

After the Keydets earned a decision at 197 pounds to reclaim the match score lead at 17-16, Mason redshirt senior Matthew Voss needed just 2:37 to win by technical fall at 285 pounds to give the Patriots a 21-17 victory.

Mel Ortiz (133), Kolby Ho (157), Cornelius Schuster (165) and Alex Donahue (197) made their collegiate debut, while Colston DiBlasi made his Mason debut.

The Patriots have won each of the last seven matches and 11 of the last 13 against the Keydets.

Results:
125 | Derek Shockey (VMI) decision over Talha Farooq (Mason), 2-1 | 3-0 VMI
133 | Hunter Starner (VMI) decision over Mel Ortiz (Mason), 6-3 | 6-0 VMI
141 | Dominick Gallo (VMI) decision over Lio Quezada (Mason), 6-0 | 9-0 VMI
149 | Tejon Anthony (Mason) decision over Darren Ostrander (VMI), 14-7 | 9-3 VMI
157 | Kolby Ho (Mason) technical fall over Jarrod Hunziker (VMI), 27-10 (6:07) | 9-8 VMI
165 | Cornelius Schuster (Mason) technical fall over Luke Nicksic (VMI), 16-0 (5:35) | 13-9 Mason
174 | Neal Richards (VMI) technical fall over Colston DiBlasi (Mason), 19-4 (7:00) | 14-13 VMI
184 | Philip Stolfi (Mason) decision over Max Gallahan (VMI), 4-0 | 16-14 Mason
197 | Chris Beck (VMI) decision over Alex Donahue (Mason), 2-0 | 17-16 VMI
285 | Matthew Voss (Mason) technical fall over Trey Momon (VMI), 20-3 (2:37) | 21-17 Mason

(Mason matside conduct during 174 match -1.0)

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