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Appalachian Wrestling Halts Gardner-Webb PDF Print
Written by Paul Blascovich   
Monday, 05 December 2011 21:41

The Mountaineers earned wins in an impressive nine of 10 bouts to earn an easy 41-2 win, as Appalachian State wrestling defeated Southern Conference opponent Gardner-Webb on Monday evening

at Paul Porter Arena.
With the win, Appalachian (3-1, 1-0 SoCon) extends its streak to 14-straight wins over Gardner-Webb (1-2, 0-1 SoCon) and takes control of the teams' inaugural conference meeting.
ASU’s Tony Gravely (Martinsville, Va./Magna Vista) opened the evening with a 2:20 pin at 125, and Gardner-Webb immediately put itself in a hole, drawing a one-team-point unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in the first bout.
Chris Johnson (Hillsborough, N.C.), Mike Kessler (Bay City, Mich./Western) and Savva Kostis (Boone, N.C./Watauga) followed with a trio of decisions for the Mountaineers. At 157 pounds, Chip Powell (Greensboro, N.C./S.W. Guilford) earned a quick pin in under two minutes to put the Apps on top 21 to -1 at the midpoint of the match.
No. 20 Kyle Blevins (Sapulpa, Okla./Sapulpa) had a free pass at 165 pounds, and Carter Downs (Jupiter, Fla./Jupiter Christian) pulled off a 7-4 decision at 174 pounds.
No. 11 Austin Trotman (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mount Tabor) remained undefeated with a 2:18 pin at 184 pounds, while Paul Weiss (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) notched the day’s only technical fall at 197 pounds.
In the day’s final bout, Gardner-Webb staved off the sweep and got out of red numbers as Justin Kozera earned a 6-3 decision over Brock Durfee.
The Mountaineers are back in action this weekend when they make the trip to face Ohio on Saturday, Dec. 10 at noon.


Appalachian State 41, Gardner-Webb 2


125: Tony Gravely (ASU) pinned Michael Slaughter (GWU), 2:20     ASU 6 - (1) ^

133: Chris Johnson (ASU) dec. Robbie Golde (GWU), 7-5     ASU 9 - (1)

141: Mike Kessler (ASU) dec. Davante Andujar (GWU), 11-6     ASU 12 - (1)

149: Savva Kostis (ASU) dec. Ryan Medved (GWU), 7-1     ASU 15 - (1)

157: Chip Powell (ASU) pinned Alex Medved (GWU), 1:53     ASU 21 - (1)

165: No. 20 Kyle Blevins (ASU) won by forfeit     ASU 27 - (1)

174: Carter Downs (ASU) dec. Justin Guthrie (GWU), 7-4     ASU 30 - (1)

184: No. 11 Austin Trotman (ASU) pinned Aaron Rabin (GWU), 2:18     ASU 36 - (1)

197: Paul Weiss (ASU) tech. fall Julian Ming (GWU), 24-8      ASU 41 - (1)

HVY: Justin Kozera (GWU) dec. Brock Durfee (ASU), 6-3     ASU 41 - 2


Starting weight: 125 pounds.


^ GWU penalized one point for unsportsmanlike conduct




Photo Courtesy: Paul Weiss, by Dave Mayo, ASU Athletics


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