DAVIDSON, N.C. -- The VMI wrestling team won both of its matches Saturday afternoon at Davidson College, opening the day with a 20-19 victory over Sacred Heart University and finishing with a 29-13 win over Davidson in a Southern Conference contest. Four Keydets, Hunter Starner, Dominick Gallo, Neal Richards and Chris Beck, won both of their matches.
Starner (133) won his match against SHU by pin to put VMI ahead 6-3 against Sacred Heart. Gallo scored a major decision (11-0) at 141, and a win by Darren Ostrander at 157 put the Keydets ahead 13-8. Richards had a 14-5 major decision at 174 and Chris Beck had a hard-fought sudden-victory overtime win over Connor Fredricks at 197 to give VMI a 20-16 cushion. Tre Momon nearly scored a win at 285, but lost just 3-2, to allow the Keydets hang on for the 20-19 team victory.
The Keydets won the first three matches against Davidson in the Southern Conference opener for both teams. Clifton Conway, Starner and Gallo each posted victories to get the action going, including a pin fall win by Conway at 125. Jakob Kennedy won by forfeit at 165, Richards pinned his opponent at 174 and Beck had a technical fall win (19-3) to end the scoring for VMI.
"We didn't look our best in the first match, but our guys found a way to get a gritty win," said head coach Jim Gibson. "As a coach that's something to be proud of. Everyone responded well and we finished off the day with a great team effort against Davidson."
The Keydets (2-4) travel to New York next weekend for three dual matches.
VMI 20, SHU 19
125: Ryan Burns (SHU) dec. over Clifton Conway (VMI) 11-10; SHU 3-0
133: Hunter Starner (VMI) fall over Anthony Petrillo (SHU), (7:41); VMI 6-3
141: Dominick Gallo (VMI) maj. dec. over Seth Brown (SHU); 11-0; VMI 10-3
149: Gerard Daly (SHU) tech. fall over Jerrod Hunziker (VMI), 16-1, (2:00); VMI 10-8
157: Darren Ostrander (VMI) dec. over Mason Rambarose (SHU), 8-3; VMI 13-8
165: Brandon Levesque (SHU) maj. dec. over Jakob Kennedy (VMI), 20-8; VMI 13-12
174: Neal Richards (VMI) maj. dec. over Anthony Falbo (SHU), 14-5; VMI 17-12
184: Kyle Davis (SHU) maj. dec. over Max Gallahan (VMI), 12-2; VMI 17-16
197: Chris Beck (VMI) dec. over Connor Fredricks (SHU), SV2; VMI 20-16
HWT: Dante DelBonis (SHU) dec. over Tre Momon (VMI), 3-2; VMI 20-19
VMI 29, Davidson 13
125: Clifton Conway (VMI) fall over Zamir Ode (DC); (2:45), VMI 6-0
133: Hunter Starner (VMI) dec. over Kyle Gorant (DC), 9-4; VMI 9-0
141: Dominick Gallo (VMI) dec. over Caleb Ziebell (DC), 9-2; VMI 12-0
149: Aidan Conroy (DC) dec. over Jerrod Hunziker (VMI), 3-0; VMI 12-3
157: Tony Palumbo (DC) dec. Darren Ostrander (VMI), 5-2, VMI 12-6
165: Jakob Kennedy (VMI) winner by forfeit; VMI 18-6
174: Neal Richards (VMI) fall over Erik Eva (DC), (1:21); VMI 24-6
184: Conor Fenn (DC) maj. dec. over Max Gallahan (VMI), 9-0; VMI 24-10
197: Chris Beck (VMI) tech. fall over Finlay Holston (DC), 19-3, (7:00); VMI 29-10
HWT: Mitchell Trigg (DC) dec. over Tre Momon (VMI), 3-0; VMI 29-13