BOILING SPRINGS – Gardner-Webb picked up pins from veterans Philip Anderson and Brett Stein and cruised to a 30-17 win over The Citadel Tuesday night in Southern Conference wrestling action.
After The Citadel (1-11, 0-6 SoCon) picked up a win via forfeit at 125 pounds to start, Anderson came through very quickly to knot the team score, pinning Nicholas Long to the mat in just 25 seconds.
The visiting Bulldogs took a 9-6 lead after Douglas Gudenburr outlasted Denton Spencer at 141 pounds for a 5-3 decision, but Joby Armenta picked up a win via forfeit at 149 pounds to put GWU up for good.
Tyler Marinelli captured a 14-3 major decision at 157 pounds to pick up his 22nd win of the season (5-1 SoCon) and Stein delivered six more team points by pinning Houston Curtis in 2:35 – giving Gardner-Webb a commanding 22-9 edge.
Christian Maroni worked hard for a tech fall at 174 pounds, scoring 27 points in a 27-10 win that took 6:18 to pull off. The former Dorman (S.C.) High standout recorded 12 takedowns of the Bulldogs' Michael Mewhorter in the victory.
Cole Graves sealed the team win with a dominant effort at 184 pounds, taking a 15-9 decision over Michael Lopouchanski for a 30-9 Gardner-Webb edge with two matches left on the card.
The Citadel closed with two individual wins, as Sawyer Root took an 18-3 tech fall at 197 pounds and Michael McAleavey held off Lathan Bumgarner for a 5-3 decision and the final margin.
Gardner-Webb will wrap up the regular season on Friday, February 16, hosting Davidson on Senior Night in Paul Porter Arena. The match is set to begin at 7:00 pm
GARDNER-WEBB 30, THE CITADEL 17
125: William Jacobs (CIT) win by forfeit
133: Philip Anderson (GWU) pin Nicholas Long (CIT); (0:25)
141: Douglas Gudenburr (CIT) dec. Denton Spencer (GWU); 5-3
149: Joby Armenta (GWU) win by forfeit
157: Tyler Marinelli (GWU) major dec. Rian Burris (CIT); 14-3
165: Brett Stein (GWU) pin Houston Curtis (CIT); (2:35)
174: Christian Maroni (GWU) tech fall Michael Mewhorter (CIT); 27-10 (6:18)
184: Cole Graves (GWU) dec. Michael Lopouchanski (CIT); 15-9
197: Sawyer Root (CIT) tech fall Nathaniel Kale (GWU); 18-3 (6:33)
285: Michael McAleavey (CIT) dec. Lathan Bumgarner (GWU); 5-3