BOILING SPRINGS – Gardner-Webb rallied from a 12-3 deficit Sunday afternoon, winning the six individual bouts of the day to top Ohio by a 24-12 score in the final home dual of the season.
It was Gardner-Webb's first win over the Bobcats (7-7) in the first dual of a busy day. The Runnin' Bulldogs (6-9) will travel to Davidson Sunday night for a 7:00 pm SoCon match.
After Hayden Lee and 14th-ranked Cameron Kelly posted bonus points for Ohio in the first two weight classes, Gardner-Webb got a lift from redshirt sophomore Dallas Roemer at 141 pounds. The Pinehurst, N.C., native picked up his first win of the season on Sunday, holding off KeVon Powell for an 8-6 decision to get the 'Dogs on the board.
The Bobcats recovered with a 9-5 decision from Noah Forrider at 149 pounds, but Gardner-Webb sent its veteran core to the match next.
Ryan Mosley came alive at 157 pounds and topped Cullen Cummings by a 6-3 score to pull the Runnin' Bulldogs within 12-6.
Tyler Marinelli pulled off a critical takedown with just three seconds remaining in the third period at 165 pounds, sending the crowd into a frenzy with a 3-1 decision over Austin Reese.
Austin Trott overcame an early takedown by Arsen Ashughyan at 174 pounds – one that required video review to confirm – getting the Bobcats' sophomore on the ground to secure a 5-2 decision that tied the dual at 12-12.
Hunter Gamble kept his hot streak alive at 184 pounds for Gardner-Webb, controlling the action early and rolling to a 13-0 major decision.
The decisive match came at 197 pounds, with redshirt senior Kyle Ash pulling of a a thrilling, 5-4 decision to seal the win for Gardner-Webb. after recording a takedown in the third to tie the score at 3-3, Ash allowed a deliberate escape to Bailey Faust in order to attempt another shot for the win. He scored points with a late takedown and held on for the win.
With the match decided, the Bobcats went with 197-pounder Devin King in the heavyweight bout. Boyce Cornwell took advantage of the weight differential, jumping out to a quick 6-0 lead after a takedown and near fall. He closed the match in the third period, winning with a 15-0 tech fall (6:09) for the final margin.
GARDNER-WEBB 24, OHIO 12
125: Hayden Lee (OHIO) major dec. Landon LoAlbo (GWU); 13-0 – 0-4
133: #14 Cameron Kelly tech. fall Philip Anderson (GWU); 22-3 (4:56) – 0-9
141: Dallas Roemer (GWU) dec. KeVon Powell (OHIO); 8-6 – 3-9
149: Noah Forrider (OHIO) dec. Joby Armenta (GWU); 9-5 – 3-12
157: Ryan Mosley (GWU) dec. Cullen Cummings (OHIO); 6-3 – 6-12
165: Tyler Marinelli (GWU) dec. Austin Reese (OHIO); 3-1 – 9-12
174: Austin Trott (GWU) dec. Arsen Ashughyan (OHIO); 5-2 – 12-12
184: Hunter Gamble (GWU) major dec. Dontae McGee (OHIO); 13-0 – 16-12
197: Kyle Ash (GWU) dec. Bailey Faust (OHIO); 5-4 – 19-12
285: Boyce Cornwell (GWU) tech. fall Devin King (OHIO); 15-0 (6:09) – 24-12
TEAM RECORDS: GARDNER-WEBB (6-9); OHIO (7-7)