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Appalachian State rolls to 43-6 win over VMI

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Pins by De'Andre Swinson-Barr and Angel Najar led Appalachian State's wrestling team as eight of its nine wins produced bonus points in a 43-6 road victory against VMI on Sunday.

App State (4-5, 2-0) increased its winning streak in SoCon duals to 18 matches in advance of next Sunday's big home dual against Campbell at 3 p.m. in Varsity Gym.

Michael Elliott (165 pounds), Cary Miller (heavyweight), Codi Russell (133 pounds), and Matt Zovistoski (149 pounds) all won by technical fall, while Alan Clothier (184 pounds) and Randall Diabe (197 pounds) each had wins by major decision. Irvin Enriquez claimed a 7-1 decision at 141 pounds against Dominick Gallo, who entered with a 5-3 record in duals, and the lone win for VMI (2-8, 1-1) came on a pin from Neal Richards, who improved to 17-3 overall and 10-0 in duals.

Returning to App State's lineup at 125 pounds, Swinson-Barr recorded his first pin of the season after posting four against wrestlers from SoCon schools as a freshman. Swinson-Barr held an 8-2 lead after one period and took an 11-2 advantage into the third before closing out Clifton Conway.

Najar, who recorded his third pin of the season, built a 7-1 lead before Darren Ostrander used an escape and a takedown to cut his deficit to 7-4 in the second period. Najar executed a two-point reversal and then pinned his opponent.


Elliott finished his 15-0 shutout halfway through the second period, and Russell needed only 2:52 to build a 16-0 lead thanks to a pair of takedowns and a trio of four-point near falls.

Miller had seven takedowns and one four-point near fall in his 21-5 victory, and Zovistoski followed his 10th takedown with a four-point near fall in his 26-8 victory. As a team, App State totaled 37 takedowns and seven four-point near falls.

Campbell's third-place finish in the SoCon last season included an 18-12 home loss to App State, and the Camels are 2-0 this season with wins against Ohio and Franklin & Marshall.

Results:
165: Michael Elliott (APP) def. Luke Nicksic (VMI), 15-0 tech. fall
174: Neal Richards (VMI) def. Thomas Flitz, fall, 1:07
184: Alan Clothier (APP) def. Max Gallahan (VMI), 13-5 maj. dec.
197: Randall Diabe (APP) def. Christopher Beck (VMI), 13-5 maj. dec.
HWT: Cary Miller (APP) def. Tre Momon (VMI), 21-5 tech. fall
125: De'Andre Swinson-Barr (APP) def. Clifton Conway (VMI), fall, 5:59
133: Codi Russell (APP) def. Derek Shockey (VMI), 16-0 tech. fall
141: Irvin Enriquez (APP) def. Dominick Gallo (VMI), 7-1 dec.
149: Matt Zovistoski (APP) def. Zach Schmitt (VMI), 26-8 tech. fall
157: Angel Najar (APP) def. Darren Ostrander (VMI), fall, 4:36

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