Fairfax, Va. -- The George Mason University wrestling team defeated Virginia Military Institute, 16-15 in thrilling fashion but lost to Lock Haven, 22-14. Mason had strong efforts from redshirt senior captain Vince Rodriguez(133) redshirt senior captain Greg Flournoy(157) and redshirt freshman Matt Voss(HWT).
With the two results, Mason moves to 8-13 on the season and 2-4 in the Eastern Wrestling League.
The first dual of the night against EWL foe Lock Haven started out well for the Patriots, who led 7-0 after the first two matches. Redshirt sophomore Ibrahim Bunduka(125) was victorious by major decision 16-3 and Rodriguez followed up the act with an impressive 5-2 win by decision over the number 33 ranked wrestler in the country, Robert Rehm.
After Rodriguez's victory, the four matches starting at 141 and ending at 165 were extremely close. In the first period of each of those four matches, not one point was scored by either team. Flournoy was the only Patriot to come out on top in those four matches, winning by decision, 6-1.
Flournoy's win gave the Patriots a 10-6 advantage going into the final five matches of the dual. The lead would evaporate for Mason as the Bald Eagles took control.
Even though the Patriots were not in a position to win the dual, Voss wrestled strong and was able to earn a victory by major decision in the final match of the dual, 11-3. Voss gained control of the match in the second period and refused to let his opponent gain any momentum the rest of the way. However, the Patriots would go down by the final score of, 22-14.
In the next dual against VMI, the Patriots split their first four matches. Rodriguez won by decision, 4-1, capping off an undefeated night for the Fresno, Calif. native. Redshirt senior Blake Roulo(149) brought the Patriots level with the Keydets at 6, when he won by decision, 7-3.
Flournoy followed up Roulo with a decision victory, 3-1. The Patriots then lost two matches in a row before redshirt junior Luke Ludke(184) turned in his best performance of the season. Ludke dominated VMI's Ben Wagner and earned a major decision victory, 11-3, which put the Patriots up by one, 13-12.
After a tough loss by freshman Cameron Houston in overtime, the table was set for Voss to once again be the hero of a dual. Voss found himself down 1-0 after a VMI escape but the young Patriot produced a massive reversal to flip the script and take the lead, 2-1. Voss ended up losing a point due to his opponent's escape, but due to riding time, Voss won by decision 3-2 meaning the Patriots were victorious as well, 16-15.
Mason will have little time to regroup for Senior day Feb. 21 against American University after two competitive and grueling duals. The Patriots final regular season dual will begin at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, at the RAC.
Lock Haven 22, George Mason 14
125: Ibrahim Bunduka (George Mason) over Jake Field (Lock Haven) (MD 16-3)
133: Vince Rodriguez (George Mason) over Robert Rehm (Lock Haven) (Dec 5-2)
141: Cody Wheeler (Lock Haven) over Tejon Anthony (George Mason) (Dec 5-1)
149: Daniel Neff (Lock Haven) over Blake Roulo (George Mason) (Dec 3-2)
157: Gregory Flournoy (George Mason) over Aaron McKinney (Lock Haven) (Dec 6-1)
165: Cody Cordes (Lock Haven) over Patrick Davis (George Mason) (Dec 4-2)
174: Tyler Wood (Lock Haven) over Ryan Forrest (George Mason) (Dec 7-3)
184: Tristan Sponseller (Lock Haven) over Luke Ludke (George Mason) (TF 18-3 5:50)
197: Phil Sprenkle (Lock Haven) over Cameron Houston (George Mason) (TF 17-2 0:00)
285: Matt Voss (George Mason) over Brad Emerick (Lock Haven) (MD 11-3)
George Mason 16, VMI 15
125: Dalton Henderson (Vmi) over Ibrahim Bunduka (George Mason) (Dec 4-3)
133: Vince Rodriguez (George Mason) over Dominick Gallo (Vmi) (Dec 4-1)
141: Darren Ostrander (Vmi) over Tejon Anthony (George Mason) (Dec 10-5)
149: Blake Roulo (George Mason) over Stevan Smith (Vmi) (Dec 7-3)
157: Gregory Flournoy (George Mason) over Neal Richards (Vmi) (Dec 3-1)
165: Shabaka Johns (Vmi) over Patrick Davis (George Mason) (Dec 9-2)
174: Mark Darr (Vmi) over Ryan Forrest (George Mason) (Dec 7-4)
184: Luke Ludke (George Mason) over Ben Wagner (Vmi) (MD 11-3)
197: Taylor Thomas (Vmi) over Cameron Houston (George Mason) (TB-1 7-5)
285: Matt Voss (George Mason) over Urayoan Garcia (Vmi) (Dec 3-2)