Gardner-Webb Rolls Past Davidson, 41-3, Sunday Night In SoCon Wrestling Finale

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DAVIDSON, N.C. – Gardner-Webb capped its busy day with a 41-3 win over Davidson on the road Sunday night in SoCon wrestling action.

The Runnin' Bulldogs (7-9, 3-4 SoCon) won nine of the 10 bouts and scored bonus points in five of those victories – including three tech falls. GWU took a 24-12 win over Ohio in Boiling Springs on Sunday afternoon.

After a forfeit at 125 pounds, Gardner-Webb pushed its lead to 11-0 when Philip Anderson rolled to a 17-1 tech fall victory over Dustin Runzo at 133 pounds. Anderson finished off the match in just over four minutes.

Ryan Hull followed with a 5-2 decision at 141 pounds, before Davidson's Aidan Conroy held off Joby Armenta for an 8-4 win – the Wildcats' lone victory of the day.

Ryan Mosley took a 4-0 decision at 157 pounds to begin a string of six-straight wins for the Runnin' Bulldogs – its second six-match win streak of the day. Senior Alex Bennett made the most of his chance on the mat Sunday night, pinning Noah Satterfield in 4:59 to put the 'Dogs up by a 23-3 team score.

Austin Trott followed with a 19-0 tech fall in just 2:25 at 174 pounds and Hunter Gamble posted his second major decision of the day, a 10-0 shutout of Konnor Pritchard at 184. Gamble outscored his two opponents 23-0 on Sunday.

Kyle Ash picked up his second win of the day as well, rolling to a 21-6 tech fall at 197 pounds.

Boyce Cornwell wrapped up the successful visit with a 15-1 major decision at 285 pounds.

Gardner-Webb will close out the dual season next weekend, traveling to Cleveland, Ohio, on Saturday (Feb. 18) to battle Cleveland State (11:00 am) and Northern Illinois (12:30 pm).

125: Landon LoAlbo (GWU) win by forfeit
133: Philip Anderson (GWU) tech. fall Dustin Runzo (DAV); 17-1 (4:23)
141: Ryan Hull (GWU) dec. Hunter Costa (DAV); 5-2
149: Aidan Conroy (DAV) dec. Joby Armenta (GWU); 8-4
157: Ryan Mosley (GWU) dec. Tony Palumbo (DAV); 4-0
165: Alex Bennett (GWU) pinned Noah Satterfield (DAV); (4:59)
174: Austin Trott (GWU) tech. fall Conor Fenn (DAV); 19-0 (2:25)
184: Hunter Gamble (GWU) major dec. Konnor Pritchard (DAV); 10-0
197: Kyle Ash (GWU) tech. fall Michael Moore (DAV); 21-6 (5:00)
285: Boyce Cornwell (GWU) major dec. Will Cooley (DAV); 15-1

TEAM RECORDS: GARDNER-WEBB (7-9, 3-4 SoCon); DAVIDSON (4-12, 0-6 SoCon)