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Wrestling Returned to the Mat at Patriot Open

by | Dec 8, 2021

Wrestler Gavin Henry in the ‘Cats match vs. Rutgers.


FAIRFAX, Va. – Davidson wrestling was back in action Sunday, grappling at the Arms Software Patriot Open hosted by George Mason on Saturday. The day was highlighted by Kyle Gorant’s and Gavin Henry’s third place finishes in the 133 and 184 weight classes, respectively. 

“It was a very solid day for us,” head coach Andy Lausier said. “Anytime we get a group of guys going deep into brackets and wrestling five or six matches a day, we are gaining invaluable experience. These open tournaments are a grind, so we are looking to build competitive character that will ultimately be a difference maker at the SoCon tournament.”

Gorant and Henry both made it to the semi-final round Sunday. Gorant had a first round bye, then advanced with a 16-1 tech fall over his opponent from Rider. The senior followed that up with a 14-2 major decision over a Maryland wrestler before advancing again on an 8-7 decision over his opponent from West Virginia. He secured third place in his bout with a for from West Virginia with a 7-4 decision. 

Henry also had a first round bye and advanced on a 18-3 tech fall. He earned a 5-3 decision to advance to the quarterfinals before moving on to the semi-final round with a 11-3 major decision over his opponent from the Wolfpack Wrestling Club. The junior finished in third place after a 11-5 decision 

Along with the pair of third place finishes, sophomore 157-pounder Bryce Sanderlin and senior heavyweight Mitchell Trigg supplied a pair of sixth place finishes. 

Sophomores Gavin Damasco and Jaden Hardrick as well as junior David Loniewski both had a solid day, each posting a 3-2 record for the Wildcats. 

Davidson returns to Belk for a home dual with George Mason on Sunday, Dec. 19 at 7 pm. 

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