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Wildcat Wrestling Splits Dual Meet

by | Feb 9, 2021

Kyle Gorant for the win (this photo from a pre-COVID match).


CLINTON, S.C. – Davidson wrestling split their final regular season Southern Conference tri-dual Saturday at the Templeton Center against the host Blue Hose of Presbyterian and Gardner-Webb. 

The ‘Cats fell in the early match to the Runnin’ Bulldogs, 32-6, but for the second consecutive week responded in the nightcap with a dominant 39-9 win over the Blue Hose. They finished the shortened season 3-5 overall.

Davidson had a pair of double bout winners in junior Kyle Gorant (133) and freshman Bryce Sanderlin (157). 

Gorant outlasted Todd Carter of Gardner-Webb in the opener, 6-4, before pinning Dominic Chavez in the final minute of his bout with the Blue Hose foe. The Coopersburg, Pa., native will enter the SoCon Champs 5-3 and has a pair of pins on the year. Sanderlin improved to 4-2 this season behind a decision and a major.

FreshmanGavin Damasco (141) earned his second fall of the season in his bout with Presby’s Jacob Brasseur. Damasco pinned Brasseur just before the second period horn sounded and improved to 4-4.

Fellow freshman Anthony Spera (165) had his hand raised for the second straight week, picking up a gutsy 7-4 decision before classmate Jaden Hardrickwent on the offensive at 174 pounds with a full-time, 22-7 technical fall. 

The final bout of the match to take place was junior Mitchell Trigg at heavyweight. Trigg blanked Will Pontoon, 6-0. 

The Wildcats also picked up wins in extra matches with Gardner-Webb. Sophomore Dalton Blankenship saw his first action of the season and won a 7-3 decision. First-year Garrett Stewart won 7-4, before freshman Jake Fernicola pinned Gabriel Pickett in the first period.

Davidson returns to the mats Sunday, Feb. 28 at the SoCon Championship from the campus of Appalachian State in Boone, N.C. 

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Gardner-Webb 32, Davidson 6
125: Aedyn Concepcion (GWU) winner by forfeit
133: Kyle Gorant (DC) dec. over Todd Carter (GWU), 6-4
141: Trevon Majette (GWU) dec. over Gavin Damasco (DC), 9-3
149: Brandon Bright (GWU) maj. dec. over David Loniewski (DC), 13-5
157: Bryce Sanderlin (DC) dec. over Taylor Parks (GWU), 6-2
165: Rodrick Mosley (GWU) dec. over Anthony Spera (DC), 7-1
174: Evan Schenk (GWU) dec. over Jaden Hardrick (DC), 6-3
184: Jhaquan Anderson (GWU) maj. dec. over Gavin Henry (DC), 17-4
197: Sam Mora (GWU) fall over Finlay Holston (DC), 5:20
285: Anthony Perrine (GWU) dec. over Mitchell Trigg (DC), 4-3

Extra Matches:
133: Joseph Mecham (GWU) dec. over Noah Burstein (DC), 1-0
141: Dalton Blankenship (DC) dec. over Conrad Schiess (GWU), 7-3
149: Garrett Stewart (DC) dec. over Anthony Schiess (GWU), 7-4
285: Jake Fernicola (DC) fall over Gabriel Pickett (GWU), 2:11

Davidson 39, Presbyterian 9
125: Benny Gomez (PC) winner by forfeit
133: Kyle Gorant (DC) fall over Dominic Chavez (PC), 6:39
141: Gavin Damasco (DC) fall over Jacob Brasseur (PC), 4:56
149: Reid Stewart (PC) dec. over David Loniewski (DC), 5-2
157: Bryce Sanderlin (DC) maj. dec. over Michael Ramirez (PC), 14-4
165: Anthony Spera (DC) dec. over Bryton Goering (PC), 7-4
174: Jaden Hardrick (DC) tech. fall over Victor Tello (PC), 22-7, (7:00)
184: Gavin Henry (DC) winner by forfeit
197: Finlay Holston (DC) winner by forfeit
285: Mitchell Trigg (DC) dec. over Will Pontoon (PC), 6-0

Extra Matches:
141: Jacob Brasseur (PC) dec. over Dalton Blanskenship (DC), 10-9
285: Airin Spell (PC dec. over Jake Fernicola (DC), 8-6

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