Like many other wrestling coaches, Welch has wrestling in his blood. He grew up in a wrestling family where his father was a 20 year National Wrestling Hall of Fame coach and his older brother was a two-time NJ state champion and ACC champion for UNC as well. Welch’s father coached both of his... More
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NORFOLK, Va. -- The Old Dominion (7-5, 3-1 MAC) wrestling team won its third straight match after defeating American University (4-5, 1-2 EIWA) by a score of 27-10 at the Ted Constant Center on Sunday afternoon.
ODU won seven out of 10 matches and acquired bonus points in four of those seven matches.
"I thought we wrestled well in all of our matches, even the ones we didn't come out on the right side of the score on. We really started to hit our groove the other night when we wrestled against Buffalo, where we had all 10-weight classes competing. Today, we went out there and tried to have some fun with all 10-weight classes. This could have been a very close match or blew them out of the water. I think we're starting to hit our stride
ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio wrestling team (3-6) recorded an exciting 34-6 victory over Mid-American Conference foe Northern Illinois to close out a weekend of MAC competition in the Convocation Center on Sunday (Jan. 21).
Highlights of the match included pins by Ohio redshirt juniors Austin Reese and Arsen Ashughyan and a technical fall by junior Cameron Kelly.
125 - Trevor Giallambardo vs. Kirk Johansen
Ohio redshirt freshman Trevor Giallambardo (Gaylord, Mich.) took on Northern Illinois' Kirk Johansen at 125-pounds. The match was faced paced throughout with Johansen landing a two-point takedown in the first after a scramble. Giallambardo escaped after a few escape attempts fell short, but Johansen led 2-1 after the first. Giallambar
EDINBORO, Pa. -- The Rider University wrestling team defeated Edinboro University by a final score of 21-15 in a matchup of the perennial top two teams in the Eastern Wrestling League. With the win, the Broncs improved to 9-2 (3-0 EWL), while the Fighting Scots fall to 3-3 (1-1 EWL).
The Broncs ended the match-up tied with five victories apiece. But while the Edinboro wrestlers were held to no bonus points in their five wins, the Rider wrestlers earned bonus points in all five victories by major decision or technical fall.
This match was the first dual meet victory for the Broncs against Edinboro since they moved into the EWL and snapped Edinboro's 24-match EWL winning streak. The streak spanned the last four years since a Feb. 22, 20
LOCK HAVEN, Pa. -- The No. 23/18 Lock Haven University wrestling team improved to 9-1 after winning eight of 10 bouts in a thrilling 31-7 win over visiting Brown (2-4) today at home in front of a packed Thomas Fieldhouse crowd.
Yesterday, Lock Haven dominated George Mason 40-6 in a return to Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) action and today, the Bald Eagles poured it on once again. Five of the Bald Eagles' eight wins came by way of bonus points as they recorded four majors and a pin.
Highlighting the victory was upset-wins from Alex Klucker (Summerdale, Pa./East Pennsboro) and Corey Hazel (Spring Mills, Pa./Penns Valley).
At 9-1, the Bald Eagles are off to their best start in 16 seasons and with six scheduled duals remaining LHU a
BLOOMSBURG, Pa. -- The Bloomsburg University wrestling team swept its event at the Nelson Field House on Sunday (Jan. 21), beating Virginia Military Institute (VMI) 39-12 and Sacred Heart 29-13.
With the matches starting at 141 pounds, Shawn Orem (Pasadena, Md./Mount Saint Joseph) got things started with a 10-8 decision over Michael Hulcher, before the Huskies jumped up 9-0 on a forfeit at 149 pounds awarded to Evan Campbell (Berwick, Pa./Central Columbia). Bloomsburg extended its lead to 15-0 on a win by fall (3:51) by Kevin Laubach Jr. (Berwick, Pa./Berwick) at 157 pounds, before Blake Hohman got the Keydets on the board by pinning Nate Newberry (Biglerville, Pa./Biglerville) in 4:11 at 165 pounds. The Huskies went right back to work
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Boosted by bonus points from redshirt freshman Dylan Duncan and redshirt senior No. 2 Isaiah Martinez, the No. 14 Fighting Illini wrestling team defeated No. 24 Purdue, 21-12, on Sunday afternoon at Holloway Gym. The victory improves Illinois' record to 4-3 overall, 3-2 in the Big Ten, while Purdue falls to 5-5, 0-4 in conference action.
"I thought we showed some more fight this week," said head coach Jim Heffernan following the victory. "Michael Carr had a good win, [Nate Limmex] has had a really good year. That was one of the bigger matches going into today. Duncan got us off to a good start. Emery [Parker] started a little slow, but Isaiah [Martinez] and Andre [Lee] looked good, and Kyle [Langenderfer found a w
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Cal Poly's non-conference dual wrestling meet Sunday at Air Force has been canceled due to the ongoing federal government shutdown.
"Due to the government shutdown, all Air Force Academy home and away intercollegiate athletic events have been cancelled until further notice," according to a statement posted on www.goairforcefalcons.com. "In the event a solution is reached, the Academy will work to reschedule as many missed events as possible."
On Saturday, Air Force postponed its men's and women's basketball games against Fresno State as well as a men's hockey match and a women's swim meet.
Cal Poly will host Stanford on Friday at 7 p.m. for a Pac-12 Conference dual meet as part of Alumni and Supporter Wee
LAKEWOOD, Ohio -- In front of an electric crowd at the Eagle's Nest in Lakewood, Ohio, No. 5 St. Paris Graham nor No. 8 St. Edward disappointed during Saturday night's showdown between Ohio's two best teams. With the match starting at 152 pounds, one of the evening's key swing bouts would be contested right off the bat.
Senior two-time state medalist Joey Sanchez started off strong for the Graham Falcons with an opening takedown against freshman Padraic Gallagher, a Cadet National and UWW Cadet freestyle All-American. Gallagher would find his rhythm in the second period, but it was Sanchez who scored a key mid-third period takedown to turn a 4-2 lead into a 6-2 lead. While Gallagher got a takedown late in the bout, Sanchez would put the
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- The Utah Valley University wrestling team concluded a perfect weekend trip with a 20-15 win at Pac-12 foe CSU Bakersfield on Saturday evening at the Icardo Center.
The Wolverines won six of the 10 bouts on the night, including two by bonus points, to improve to 7-3 on the season (3-1 Big 12). The Roadrunners dropped to 4-8 on the year with the setback (0-1 Pac-12).
Sixth-ranked Taylor LaMont (125 pounds), Matt Findlay (141), 16th-ranked Demetrius Romero (165), Kimball Bastian (174), Gary Jantzer (184) and 26th-ranked heavyweight Dustin Dennison all picked up wins for UVU on the night.
"Bakersfield is a solid team that is good throughout their lineup, so we knew that it was going to be a tough battle," hea
FARGO, N.D. -- Eight Cowboys earned wins as the Wyoming (8-3, 2-2 Big 12) wrestling team defeated Big 12 foe North Dakota State, 32-6, on Saturday evening in Fargo, N.D. It was the fifth-straight win for UW in Fargo.
"I'm happy when looking at the team score," UW head coach Mark Branch said. "But we no doubt came out a little flat tonight. I think the some of the guys allowed the travel schedule to affect them. It was nice for a majority of our guys to get a win, but overall the energy was lacking a bit. It was awesome to finish the way we did. Dewey (Krueger) gave up 40 pounds, went out there and was impressive. It'll be nice to get back home into our regular routine. We need to start focusing on the end of the season and make sure we s
TEMPE, Ariz. -- On the same day the 1988 Arizona State wrestling national champions were honored for the 30-year anniversary of their victory, the 2018 Sun Devils defeated Pac-12 foe Oregon State, 27-15, Saturday afternoon in Wells Fargo Arena.
"It's an exciting weekend to have not only a Pac-12 weekend of conference foes but, at the same time, the opportunity to recognize the greatest team in the history of the Arizona State program," said head coach Zeke Jones. "I think it's great for the past to see the future and for the future to see the past."
The victory over the Beavers constitutes the Sun Devils' ninth-straight win, a streak long enough to tie the 1989-90 Sun Devils for the third-longest win streak in program history. The 1
LANCASTER, Pa. -- Closing out its two-day stay in central Pennsylvania, the Harvard wrestling team evened up its record in EIWA action with a 30-6 victory over Franklin & Marshall on Saturday afternoon. Of the Crimson's eight wins on the day, the team recorded four decisions, two major decisions and two technical falls.
Harvard (3-1, 1-1 EIWA) wasted little time, jumping out to a 16-0 advantage winning the first four bouts. Juniors Nolan Hellickson and Ryan Friedman set the tone early at 125 and 133 pounds, respectively. Hellickson claimed a 7-0 decision over Edgar Garcia, while Friedman picked up a technical fall (15-0) over Dan Martoccio.
Sophomore Hunter Ladnier (149) won his second straight match, picking up a technical fall (21-
NEW YORK, N.Y. -- The Drexel wrestling team won its second EIWA match of the day Saturday night as the Dragons defeated the Columbia Lions in New York City, X-X. The Dragons improved to 8-2 (3-2 EIWA) on the season with the victory.
After dropping 285 to start the match, the Dragons came back with wins at 125, 133, 141 and 149 to take control. Zack Fuentes earned a 14-6 major decision over Spencer Good, followed by an Austin DeSanto 23-7 technical fall over Alec Kelly. Julian Flores then came away with a major decision over Val Miek, 10-1, while Trevor Elfvin used a stall warning point in overtime to beat Jacob Macalolooy, 7-6. After dropping 157 pounds, the Dragons came back with a 12-1 major decision by Ebed Jarrell over Lawrence Koso
LANCASTER and LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Brown University wrestling defeated Franklin & Marshall College, 33-12, and topped Bucknell University, 18-13, in a pair of EIWA duals at the Mayser Center and Davis Gymnasium respectively on Saturday.
In their first road duals of the year, the Bears (2-3, 2-1 EIWA) came back from early deficits to sweep past the host Diplomats (1-8, 0-5 EIWA) and Bison (2-9, 1-3 EIWA). Brown totaled six bonus point victories on the day.
Senior Justin Staudenmayer (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.), juniors Tucker Ziegler (Myersville, Md.) and Ian Butterbrodt (North Andover, Mass.), and freshman Hunter Kosco (Canal Fulton, Ohio) all won twice on the day. Junior Jon Viruet (Springfield, Mass.) posted his third fall of the year agai
FAIRFAX, Va. -- The No. 23/18 Lock Haven University wrestling team returned to Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) action in a big way today as the Bald Eagles won nine of 10 bouts and rolled to a dominating 40-6 win over host George Mason (3-7, 0-3 EWL)
The Bald Eagles (8-1, 2-0 EWL) won the first nine bouts and raced out to a 40-0 lead before forfeiting at 285 pounds. With the win, Lock Haven improved to 11-0 all-time vs. the Patriots.
For Lock Haven, bonus points were certainly part of the story as LHU racked up four tech falls, two majors and a pin.
At 8-1, the Bald Eagles are off to their best start in 16 years. Lock Haven was 8-1 during the 2001-02 season and raced out to a 11-1 start before finishing that season at 17-4 overal
Services have been announced for Mike "Biggie" Smith, former wrestler, coach, official, entrepreneur, and founder of Middle Atlantic Wrestling Association who passed away Wednesday, Jan. 17. He was 71 years old.
Visitation will take place from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21 at the Newport Family Life Center, 27 W. Shortcut Road, Newport, Pa. A Masonic funeral service -- conducted by Newport-Tennis Lodge No. 381 -- will begin at 2:15 p.m. at the Newport Family Life Center with Rev. Mary Kay Miller officiating. Burial will follow in the Newport Cemetery.
Mike "Biggie" SmithMemorial donations can be made to Zembo Shriners Charity Fund, 2801 North Third St., Harrisburg, PA 17110, or BU Foundation, c/o Marcus Gordon, 400 East Second St.,
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Despite finding themselves down early in the match, No. 8/9 Arizona State rebounded to tie the match and, after gaining the lead in the third bout, never looked back en route to a 24-15 win vs. Stanford in their Pac-12 opener. The win vs. the Cardinal marked the first since the 2012-13 season.
The Sun Devils' current eight-match win streak is tied for fourth-longest in program history (also eight straight in 1984-85, 1988-89, and 2007-08). The 1989-90 Sun Devils won nine straight, the 1977-78 team 13 straight, and the 1975-76 team earned a perfect 15-0 record for the longest win streak in program history.
"Tonight's win is about improvement," said head coach Zeke Jones. "We haven't beat Stanford since I've been here,
FRESNO, Calif. -- Utah Valley won six of the first seven bouts including a first-period fall from sixth-ranked Taylor LaMont on its way to recording a 26-12 Big 12 victory at Fresno State on Friday evening at the Save Mart Center in Fresno.
The Wolverines, who won seven of the 10 matches on the night, improved to 6-3 overall and 3-1 in Big 12 Conference action with the win, while the Bulldogs, who are in their first season of competition since the 2005-06 season, dropped to 3-11 overall and 0-4 in conference competition with the setback.
Sixth-ranked LaMont (125 pounds), Durbin Lloren (133), Matt Findlay (141), No. 16 Demetrius Romero (165), Kimball Bastian (174), Gary Jantzer (184) and Tanner Orndorff (197) all recorded wins on the
GREELEY, Colo. -- It came down to the last match, but Northern Colorado wrestling was able to rally and then hold on for a 21-20 victory against Cal Poly Friday night. The Bears and Mustangs went toe-to-toe and won five matches each in an exciting dual.
The difference in the match was Tyler Kinn's major decision victory, followed by No. 19 Keilan Torres fall that pushed UNC ahead of Cal Poly for good.
The dual started in the 184 lb weight class as No. 15 Dylan Gabel faced off against Sohrab Movahedi. Gabel scored a quick takedown on Movahedi for a 2-0 lead after the first period. Gabel extended his lead in the third period with two more takedowns. Riding time gave Gabel a 9-1 major decision victory and UNC started with a 4-0 lead.
BLAIRSTOWN, N.J. -- One year after making the trip to Kingston, Pa., and suffering a 31-27 defeat despite winning eight of the fourteen weight classes, on this Friday night No. 2 Blair Academy (N.J.) protected its home turf to win nine weight classes in a 37-24 victory over No. 3 Wyoming Seminary.
As was the expectation, the Buccaneers came out strong in the opening three weight classes. No. 10 Ryan Miller upended Tim Levine 7-3 in the evening's opening bout at 106 pounds. Then it was a pair of momentum crucial pins from wrestlers ranked No. 2 nationally, Trevor Mastrogiovanni in 1:51 over Nic Botello at 113 and Michael Colaiocco late in the match at the 5:32 mark over Zeke Escalera at 120.
However, the Blue Knights countered with th
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- After dropping decisions in three of the first four matches of Friday night's dual at American, the Navy wrestling team (6-1, 3-1 EIWA) rallied to win the final six matches and post a 25-9 victory over the Eagles (4-4, 1-2 EIWA). Winners of each of the last seven matches against American, the Midshipmen now lead the all-time series 13-1.
"It was good to see the team bounce back after a tough loss last weekend," said fourth-year head coach Joel Sharratt, whose Mids dropped their first dual of the season last Sunday against sixth-ranked Lehigh. "I can say the greatest thing I take away from tonight is the resiliency in this team.
"American has notched some good wins this year and has a group of very talented athlet