BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. – Gardner-Webb picked up a pin from Tayler Parks and a major decision by RJ Mosley to go on to earn a 22-18 win over Franklin & Marshall Wednesday afternoon in the first home dual match of the season.
Gardner-Webb (1-3) totaled six wins on the day, including five straight over the Diplomats (3-1), en route to earning its first dual win of the season.
Action began at 125 pounds, where the riding time point gave Will Edmiston a narrow 6-5 decision over Jose Diaz to give the ‘Dogs an early 3-0 advantage.
A forfeit at 133 pounds gave Franklin & Marshall the lead, and the Diplomats added two straight decisions at 141 and 149 pounds to build a 12-3 lead.
The momentum shifted back in favor of Gardner-Webb, beginning at 157 pounds as Taylor Parks earned a fall over Noah Chan, pinning his shoulders to the mat in 3:00.
RJ Mosley followed by picking up an 11-3 major decision over Emmett LiCastri at 165 pounds to put GWU back on top by a 13-12 margin.
The momentum continued as Samuel Mora defeated John Crawford, 12-7, at 174 pounds, Christian Salter defeated James Stillerman, 3-2, at 184 pounds, and Roderick Davis defeated Ethan Seeley, 10-4, at 197 pounds to seal the overall dual win.
Action concluded at 285 pounds, where Gabriel Pickett fell to Steven Mercandante in 2:23.
The Runnin’ Bulldogs return to action on Wednesday, January 1, taking part in the Southern Scuffle in Chattanooga, Tenn.
TEAM SCORES: Gardner-Webb 22, Franklin & Marshall 18
125 – Will Edmiston (GWU) def. Jose Diaz (F&M), Dec 6-5
133 – Mike Simonetti (F&M) wins via forfeit
141 – Wil Gil (F&M) def. Brandon Bright (GWU), Dec 9-2
149 – Cristiaan Dailey (F&M) def. Anthony Schiess (GWU), Dec. 4-1
157 – Taylor Parks (GWU) def. Noah Chan (F&M), Fall 3:00
165 – RJ Mosley (GWU) def. Emmett LiCastri (F&M), MD 11-3
174 – Samuel Mora (GWU) def. John Crawford (F&M), Dec 12-7
184 – Christian Salter (GWU) def. James Stillerman (F&M), Dec 3-2
197 – Roderick Davis (GWU) def. Ethan Seeley (F&M), Dec. 10-4
285 – Steven Mercandante (F&M) def. Gabriel Pickett (GWU), Fall 2:23