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Wrestling Drops Match at Gardner-Webb

by | Feb 10, 2024

Wildcat Bryce Sanderlin


BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. – The Davidson College wrestling team battled the Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs in SoCon dual action in Boiling Springs, N.C. on Friday night. The Wildcats won four matches on the night, two by pin, but fell 25-17.

Senior Bryce Sanderlin began the match with a tone-setting pin in three minutes and 20 seconds to give the Wildcats an early 6-0 lead.

The Runnin’ Bulldogs took the next four matches to go out in front, 11-6.

In the heavyweight match, senior Jake Fernicola found himself down 6-1 in the third period. But the Piedmont, South Carolina native flipped the script and got the pin with a minute and a half to go, putting the ‘Cats in front, 12-11.

Gardner-Webb earned six points in a win by forfeit at 125 to go back ahead, 17-12.

Freshman Brady Joling made his collegiate debut in impressive fashion and picked up an 11-6 victory in the 133-pound bout. During the match, Davidson was docked a team point for misconduct bringing the score to 17-14.

The home team earned a tech fall win at 141 to boost their lead to 22-14, then Tyler-Xavier McKnight took SoCon runner-up Zach Price to double overtime. The score in the 149-pound bout was notched at 1-1 after three periods and the first overtime. Price earned eight seconds of riding time to earn a narrow victory.

Sophomore Tanner Peake ended the night strong with a decisive 8-2 decision. It was his seventh win in his last eight matches, and he moved to 3-0 in conference duals.

Up Next
The Wildcats will have a quick turnaround as they head to The Citadel on Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

Final Results
Gardner-Webb 25, Davidson 17
165 – Bryce Sanderlin def. Andrew Wilson, fall 3:20
174 – Sam Mora def. Jaden Hardrick, MD 8-0
184 – Jha’Quan Anderson def. Wyatt Ferguson, MD 16-3
197 – Josh McCutchen def. Dylan Smith, dec. 8-1
HWT – Jake Fernicola def. Peyton McComas, fall 5:30
125 – Drew West wins by forfeit
133 – Brady Joling def. Aedyn Concepcion, dec. 11-6
141 – Todd Carter def. Joshua Viarengo, TF, 15-0
149 – Zach Price def. Tyler-Xavier McKnight, TB-1, 3-2
157 – Tanner Peake def. Dominic DiTullio, dec. 8-2

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