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George Mason edges Brown

FAIRFAX, Va. -- The Patriots dual with Brown University came down to the final match. Mason (7-3, 2-2 MAC) won six of the ten matches today en route to a 19-15 win against Brown (0-2, 0-0 IVY) in a home match held in EagleBank Arena.

After the Patriots dropped decisions at 184 and 197 pounds to open the match, Jake Slinger stopped the run with a major decision, 10-2, over James Valentino at heavyweight. Holding a 4-0 lead entering the third period, Slinger scored two takedowns to seal the win.

Brown increased its lead to 11-4 with a 12-6 decision by Charlie Faber over the Patriots Talha Farooq at 133 pounds.

Josh Jones kept Mason within 11-7 in the team score behind a 10-6 win over Charlie Faber at 133 pounds. Jones leading the match 7-6 halfway through the third period earned an escape and a takedown to finish the scoring. The freshman improved to 11-8 overall, 7-2 in duals.

Alex Madrigal improved to 18-8 overall, 7-2 in duals with 6-2 decision over Brown's Jimmy Pawelski to bring Mason to within one, 11-10.

Mason took its first lead of the match, 13-11, after a tough fought battle at 149 pounds between Mason's Colston DiBlasi and Browns' Ricky Cabarillas. Colston, ranked 25th by TrackWrestling, earned his 99th career win with a 3-0 decision against Cabanillas, who he had defeated earlier this season at the Navy Classic.

Kolby Ho gave Mason its fourth straight decision with a 15-8 win over the Bears Jack Bokina. Ho scored a takedown with six seconds left in the second period to take a 9-5 advantage into the final period. The sophomore would earn three takedowns in the period, including one at the buzzer, to improve to 18-8 overall this season, 8-1 in duals.

Brown closed the Mason lead to 16-15, after Kiran Srikanth earned a major decision, 12-2, over Justin Yorkdale.

In the final bout of the day at 174, Anthony Lombardo prevailed with a 10-4 win over Bryce Rogers to give Mason the four-point margin.

MAT FACTS

*Redshirt-senior Colston DiBlasi is one win away from 100 in his collegiate career. The Patriots have six 100-win wrestlers in program history, led by Paul Maltagiati with 122.

* Alex Madrigal (141) entered TrackWrestling rankings this week at 29. DiBlasi (149) moved up in the rankings from 33rd to 25th.

*DiBlasi and Brown's Ricky Cabarillas met earlier this year on the mat at the Navy Classic (11/23). Diblasi won the match with a fall at 6:58.

UP NEXT
The Patriots are back in the RAC to host conference foe Lock Haven next Saturday, Jan. 18 at Noon.

Results:
125 | Trey Keeley (Brown) over Talha Farooq (Mason), Dec., 12-6. Brown leads, 11-4
133 | Josh Jones (Mason) over Charlie Faber (Brown), Dec., 10-6. Brown leads, 11-7
141 | Alex Madrigal (Mason) over Jimmy Pawelski (Brown), Dec., 6-2. Brown leads, 11-10
149 | Colston DiBlasi (Mason) over Ricky Cabanillas (Brown), Dec., 3-0. Mason leads, 13-11
157 | Kolby Ho (Mason) over Jack Bokina (Brown), Dec., 15-8. Mason leads, 16-11
165 | Kiran Srikanth (Brown) over Justin Yorkdale (Mason), MD, 12-2. Mason leads, 16-15
174 | Tony Lombardo (Mason) over Bryce Rogers (Brown), Dec., 10-4. Mason wins 19-5
Match Began
184 | Brandon Kui (Brown) over Paul Pierce (Mason), Dec., 3-1 (OT). Brown leads, 3-0
197 | Nino Bastianelli (Brown) over Ramses Montalvo (Mason), TF, 18-3. Brown leads, 8-0
285 | Jake Slinger over James Valentino (Brown), MD, 10-2. Brown leads, 8-4

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