@GWUWrestling Splits Saturday Matches, Topping Cleveland State and Falling To Northern Illinois

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Tim Cowie Photo | GWUPhotos.com

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Gardner-Webb lost its morning dual to Northern Illinois by a 22-18, but recovered to beat host Cleveland State, 27-16, in its final dual of the season.

Gardner-Webb 27, Cleveland State 16
Fifth-year seniors Ryan Mosley, Austin Trott, Kyle Ash and Boyce Cornwell each posted bonus point victories in the final dual of their careers to power Gardner-Webb to a 27-16 win over Cleveland State Saturday afternoon.

The Runnin' Bulldogs scored bonus points in four of their six overall wins in the finale, beginning with Philip Anderson's 10-2 major decision over Andrew Coghill at 133 pounds. Joby Armenta followed with a 5-2 decision at 149 pounds to trim Cleveland State's lead to 8-7 – then Ryan Mosley recorded a 16-0 tech fall at 157 pounds to push the 'Dogs in front 12-8.

After a tech fall win by the Vikings at 165 pounds, Trott rebounded from a morning loss to whip Devon Pingel by a 16-0 score in just 2:25 – pushing the 'Dogs back in front for good at 17-13. Hunter Gamble fought hard at 184 pounds before losing a 5-2 decision to Nick Corba, but Ash posted a 10-2 major decision at 197 pounds to put the Runnin' Bulldogs comfortably in front 21-16 with one match remaining.

Cornwell wasted little time sealing the win, pinning Michael Furbee in only 1:49 to cap the dual in style.

Gardner-Webb 27, Cleveland State 16
125: John Martin (CSU) over Landon LoAlbo (GWU) – 6-1 dec. | CSU leads, 3-0
133: Philip Anderson (GWU) over Andrew Coghill (CSU) – 10-2 MD | GWU leads, 4-3
141: Evan Cheek (CSU) over Dallas Roemer (GWU) – 16-0 TF 5:00 | CSU leads, 8-4
149: Joby Armenta (GWU) over Sam Matzek (CSU) – 5-2 dec. | CSU leads, 8-7
157: Ryan Mosley (GWU) over Ryan Montgomery (CSU) – 16-0 TF 4:46 | GWU leads, 12-8
165: John Vaughn (CSU) over Alex Bennett (GWU) – 15-0 TF 7:00 | CSU leads, 13-12
174: Austin Trott (GWU) over Devon Pingel (CSU) – 16-0 TF 2:25 | GWU leads, 17-13
184: Nick Corba (CSU) over Hunter Gamble (GWU) – 5-2 dec. | GWU leads, 17-16
197: Kyle Ash (GWU) over Collin Kelly (CSU) – 10-2 MD | GWU leads, 21-16
285: Boyce Cornwell (GWU) over Michael Furbee (CSU) – Fall 1:49 | GWU wins, 27-16

Northern Illinois 22, Gardner-Webb 15
Gardner-Webb picked up wins in five weight classes in its first match of the day in Cleveland, but Northern Illinois scored bonus points in four of its five wins to seal a 22-15 dual win Saturday morning.

The Runnin' Bulldogs faced a 6-0 deficit after a pin at 125 pounds, but Philip Anderson battled hard at 133 pounds to secure a 6-5 decision that cut that team margin in half quickly. Back-to-back wins by NIU – including a tech fall at 149 pounds – gave the MAC program a 14-3 lead.

Ryan Mosley picked up a well-earned 9-5 decision at 157 pounds and senior Alex Bennett came through again subbing for 17th-ranked Tyler Marinelli at 165. Bennett picked up his second pin in as many starts, putting down NIU's Shaun McMurtry in 6:32 to trim the team deficit to 14-12.

The Huskies' Trace Engelkes stunned Austin Trott at 174 pounds, taking a 10-2 major decision to swing momentum. Hunter Gamble took a 5-4 decision at 184 pounds to pull GWU back within three team points – but NIU got a major decision at 197 pounds to seal the win.

Boyce Cornwell took a 3-1 (SV) decision at 285 pounds to end the match and pull GWU within 22-18.

Up next for Gardner-Webb is the 2017 Arby's SoCon Championships in Charleston, S.C., on March 4.

Northern Illinois 22, Gardner-Webb 15
125: Brock Hudkins (NIU) over Landon LoAlbo (GWU) – Fall 2:03 | NIU leads, 6-0
133: Philip Anderson (GWU) over Alijah Jeffery (NIU) – 6-5 dec. | NIU leads, 6-3
141: Angel Velasquez (NIU) over Dallas Roemer (GWU) – 9-3 dec. | NIU leads, 9-3
149: Steve Bleise (NIU) over Joby Armenta (GWU) – 20-5 TF 4:35 | NIU leads, 14-3
157: Ryan Mosley (GWU) over Caden McWhirter (NIU) – 9-5 dec. | NIU leads, 14-6
165: Alex Bennett (GWU) over Shaun 'Qae McMurty (NIU) – Fall 6:32 | NIU leads, 14-12
174: Trace Engelkes (NIU) over Austin Trott (GWU) – 10-2 MD | NIU leads, 18-12
184: Hunter Gamble (GWU) over Bryce Gorman (NIU) – 5-4 dec. | NIU leads, 18-15
197: Shawn Scott (NIU) over Kyle Ash (GWU) – 10-1 MD | NIU leads, 22-15
285: Boyce Cornwell (GWU) over Caleb Gossett (NIU) – 3-1 SV | NIU wins, 22-18

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