CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Redshirt senior Hunter Gamble advanced to the semifinals of the 2017 Southern Scuffle on Sunday, leading Gardner-Webb's contingent in the prestigious tournament.
Gamble (McDonough, Ga. / Union Grove HS) will face No. 1 seed and nationally top-ranked Gabe Dean of Cornwell in Monday's semifinal bout.
The Runnin' Bulldogs enter Monday tied for 12th – with SoCon mates Chattanooga and Appalachian State – with 24.5 team points.
Gamble – seeded fifth in Saturday's bracket at 184 pounds – took down Stephen Loiseau of Drexel by decision (7-3) and followed with an 8-5 decision over No. 4 seed Chip Ness from North Carolina.
Dean advanced with a pin and major decision into Monday's semifinal matchup.
Tyler Marinelli (165) and Boyce Cornwell (285) each advanced to the round of 16 before dropping matches in their respective championship brackets. Marinelli topped Penn State's Caleb Livingston by an 11-4 decision, before falling to third-seeded Chandler Rogers of Oklahoma State. He dropped a 7-2 decision to nationally-ranked Brandon Womack (Cornwell) in the consolation bracket.
Cornwell took a 6-4 decision in his opening round bout over Missouri's Austin Myers and battled No. 2 seed Michael Kroells of Minnesota – ranked No. 6 nationally – before falling, 4-1, in the round of 16.
Cornwell bounced back with an 8-3 decision of Kerry Powers (Air Force) in the consolation bracket before dropping a decision by the same score to Hofstra's Mike Hughes.
The Runnin' Bulldogs had 17 wrestlers competing Saturday. Cole Graves (149) and Ryan Mosley (157) also picked up multiple wins for GWU.
INDIVIDUAL RESULTS – Gardner-Webb
125: Landon LoAlbo (0-2)
Baughman (Cornell) major dec. LoAlbo (GWU), 13-4
Atkins (Duke) major dec. LoAlbo (GWU), 10-2
133: Philip Anderson (0-2)
Hyder (Air Force) dec. Anderson (GWU), 4-2
Baumgartner (Duke) dec. Anderson (GWU), 9-2
133: Garrett Hancock (1-2)
Parker (Lehigh) tech. fall Hancock (GWU), 16-1 (6:32)
Hancock (GWU) dec. Lirette (North Carolina), 4-3
Phillippi (Virginia) major dec. Hancock (GWU), 12-4
141: Ryan Hull (1-2)
Heil (Oklahoma St.) tech. fall Hull (GWU), 17-1 (5:49)
Hull (GWU) pinned Gudenburr (Citadel), 7:00
Hodges (Northern Iowa) dec. Hull (GWU), 5-2
141: Dallas Roemer (0-2)
Box (Northern Colo.) tech. fall Roemer (GWU), 16-1 (3:38)
Cheek (Cleveland St.) tech. fall Roemer (GWU), 15-0 (3:16)
149: Chris Vassar (1-2)
Krivus (UVA) dec. Vassar (GWU), 4-2
Vassar (GWU) tech. fall Oliva (Penn), 17-1 (5:23)
Heilmann (North Carolina) dec. Vassar (GWU), 8-1
149: Cole Graves (2-2)
Thomsen (Northern Iowa) pinned Graves (GWU), 1:31
Graves (GWU) dec. Armenta (GWU), 9-3
Graves (GWU) medical forfeit Dempsey (Stanford)
Monday (North Carolina) pinned Graves (GWU), 3:32
149: Joby Armenta (0-2)
Cimato (Drexel) tech. fall Armenta (GWU), 15-0 (5:37)
Graves (GWU) dec. Armenta (GWU), 9-3
157: Ryan Mosley (2-2)
Mosley (GWU) dec. Fulk (NC State), 10-3
Kutler (Lehigh) dec. Mosley (GWU), 7-0
Mosley (GWU) major dec. Cooke (Appalachian St.), 13-2
Fox (Stanford) dec. Mosley (GWU), 5-3
165: Tyler Marinelli (2-2)
Marinelli (GWU) tech. fall Vaughn (Cleveland St.), 16-0 (4:16)
Marinelli (GWU) dec. Livingston (Penn St.), 11-4
Rogers (Oklahoma St.) tech. fall Marinelli (GWU), 17-2 (4:41)
Womack (Cornell) dec. Marinelli (GWU), 7-2
165: Christian Maroni (0-2)
Kane (North Carolina) dec. Maroni (GWU), 6-4
Patton (Northern Iowa) dec. Maroni (GWU), 2-0
165: Kyle Ash (1-2)
Ash (GWU) major dec. Greene (Drexel), 10-2
Bethea (Virginia) dec. Ash (GWU), 6-5
Perez (Campbell) major dec. Ash (GWU), 10-2
184: Hunter Gamble (2-0)
Gamble (GWU) dec. Loiseau (Drexel), 7-3
Gamble (GWU) dec. Ness (North Carolina), 8-5
197: Payton Mills (0-2)
Stout (Penn St.) dec. Mills (GWU), 6-1
Aiello (Virginia) major dec. Mills (GWU), 11-2
197: Drew Barrett (0-2)
Orndorff (Utah Valley) major dec. Barrett (GWU), 10-0
Roetman (Navy) pinned Barrett (GWU), 2:47
285: Boyce Cornwell (2-2)
Cornwell (GWU) dec. Myers (Missouri), 6-4
Kroells (Minnesota) dec. Cornwell (GWU), 4-1)
Cornwell (GWU) dec. Powers (Air Force), 8-3
Hughes (Hofstra) dec. Cornwell (GWU), 8-3
285: Jackson Price (0-2)
Schafer (Oklahoma St.) pinned Price (GWU), 1:16
Kuck (Northern Colo.) dec. Price (GWU), 3-0