PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Gardner-Webb captured a pair of wins at Saturday's Dragon Duals, whipping Shippensburg (29-6) and Sacred Heart (38-6) before falling to host Drexel, 23-15, in a tight finale.
The event was hosted at North Penn (Pa.) High School.
Armenta took a 14-4 major decision at 149 pounds in impressive fashion. It was the third of seven consecutive wins by the Runnin' Bulldogs in the match. Philip Anderson tied the match with a 6-0 decision at 133 pounds and Ryan Hull came through with a 17-11 win at 141.
Following Armenta's major, Ryan Mosley picked up an 8-3 decision at 157 pounds and Christian Maroni won 14-8 at 165 pounds. Trott had no trouble at 174 pounds, recording a 16-0 tech fall to keep momentum going.
Gamble followed suit, whipping his opponent 17-2 at 184 pounds for a second consecutive tech fall. Boyce Cornwell capped the team win with a 9-7 decision at heavyweight.
The Runnin' Bulldogs started fast again against Sacred Heart, bouncing back from an early pin fall to take the final nine weight classes.
After Garrett Hancock's 6-4 decision at 133, Hull picked up his second win of the day – this time via pin fall – at 141 pounds. Chris Vassar made his season debut at 149 pounds and blitzed his opponent for a 16-0 tech fall win. Mosley took an 8-3 decision at 157 pounds and Kyle Ash stepped in at 165 pounds with a pin fall.
After Trott's second 16-0 tech fall win of the day at 174 pounds, Gamble (7-2 decision), Payton Mils (3-2, decison) and Cornwell (10-2 major decision) closed the match in style.
The Runnin' Bulldogs ran into a tough Drexel squad in the finale, falling 23-15.
Gardner-Webb got wins from Hull at 141 pounds (4-3 decision), Mosley at 157 pounds (win via injury default), Trott at 174 pounds (9-4 decision) and Gamble at 184 pounds (4-1 decision).
GWU will be back in action on Sunday, November 20, at the 2016 Wolfpack Open in Raleigh, N.C.