DAVIDSON, N.C. – Davidson wrestling finished the weekly sweep, downing Belmont Abbey on senior night at John M. Belk Arena Saturday, 25-16.
With the win Davidson improves to 3-9 overall, while with the loss Belmont Abbey falls to 4-8 on the season.
On a night celebrating the five seniors, captain Dustin Runzo picked up the 'Cats first win of the evening at 133 pounds, using a pair of first period takedowns and a third frame reversal to earn a difficult 13-9 decision.
Junior Tony Palumbo outlasted his opponent at 157 pounds, 9-5, while sophomore Connor Fenn dominated start to finish in a 17-2 technical fall.
The Wildcats ended the match with a pair of seniors in Konner Pritchard and Will Cooley. Pritchard ended his bout at 197 strong, using a two and four seconds near fall counts to gap Brian Girard and earn a technical fall victory, 16-1. Cooley needed overtime to win at heavyweight, but the Branchburg, N.J., native forced a stalling call to win his final match at home and seal a 25-16 victory over the Crusaders.
Davidson is 11-0 all-time against Belmont Abbey.
The 'Cats finish out the regular season on the road Friday, Feb. 16 at Gardner-Webb in a SoCon clash. First bout from Boiling Springs, N.C. is slated for 7 p.m.
Davidson 25, Belmont Abbey 16
125: Ryan Davis (BA) maj. dec. over Michael McClelland (DC), 15-2
133: Nathan Oakley (BA) dec. over Zamir Ode (DC), 5-1
141: Dustin Runzo (DC) dec. over Justin Payne (BA), 13-7
149: Will Baldwin (DC) winner by forfeit
157: Tony Palumbo (DC) dec. over Jonathan Carpenter (BA), 9-5
165: Greg Hilliard (BA) fall over Tien Hunter (DC), 1:09
174: John Glunt (BA) dec. over Noah Satterfield (DC), 7-3
184: Conor Fenn (DC) tech. fall over Luke Glunt (BA), 17-2
197: Konner Pritchard (DC) tech. fall over Brian Girard (BA), 16-1
285: Will Cooley (DC) SV over Mike Siwiec (BA), 5-4