Belmont Abbey claimed wins in seven of ten matches as the Crusaders wrestling team earned a 23-8 dual win over the visiting St. Andrews Presbyterian Knights this afternoon in the program's annual outdoor match. The dual was staged outdoors under partly cloudy skies with a temperature of 66 degrees on Ehmann's quad, right in the heart of the Belmont Abbey campus.
The Crusaders are now 1-1 in their dual meets this season and the victory gives the Abbey possession of the "Wrestling War on 74" trophy, a three-way competition between Belmont Abbey, UNC Pembroke and St. Andrews, the three schools situated along the U.S. 74 corridor.
The dual started with the 157 weight class where Jake Glunt picked up a 4-2 victory. After the Knights won the next bout, at 165, the Crusaders reeled off four straight wins, with the first two coming on Major Decision victories. Joseph Maumoynier battled to an easy 11-2 win, followed by Marcus Dwaileebe's 10-2 victory.
Kelly Baker kept the win streak going with a 6-2 decision over Carlos Martinez. At the heavyweight bout, Glenn Cothren won 9-6 as he earned a two point takedown just before the final buzzer sounded in the third, and his riding time gave him an extra point.
St. Andrews broke the Abbey's run with a victory at 125, but Gabe Pastirik picked up his first collegiate win with an 8-3 decision at 133. St. Andrews won the next bout at 141, but Taylor Harrington closed the dual with a 1-0 victory at 149, earning an escape for the only point of the match.
Belmont Abbey 23, St. Andrews 8
125 Chauncey Foster (St. Andrews) won by decision over Patrick Mestrez (BAC) 9-4
133 Gabe Pastirik (BAC) won by decision over Tyran Taylor (St. Andrews) 8-3.
141 Dashon Eure (St. Andrews) won by decision over Clemente Narviaz (BAC) 6-3
149 Taylor Harrington (BAC) won by decision over Kody Getkin (St. Andrews) 1-0
157 Jake Glunt (BAC) won by decision over Alex Knight (St. Andrews) 4-2
165 Djemson Villard (St. Andrews) won by decision over Daniel Callahan (BAC) 12-10
174 Joseph Maumoynier (BAC) won by major decision over Corey Hubbard (St. Andrews) 11-2
184 Marcus Dwaileebe (BAC) won by major decision over Steffan Baker (St. Andrews) 10-2
197 Kelly Baker (BAC) won by decision over Carlos Martinez (St. Andrews) 6-2
285 Glenn Cothren (BAC) won by decision over Denzel Vaughan (St. Andrews) 9-6