Wrestling Collects First Win of Season, Splits in Duals at Davidson
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DAVIDSON, N.C. -- It took some time, but if your team is going to get its first win of the season, it may as well be a shutout of a conference opponent.

The Virginia Military Institute wrestling team did just that Sunday afternoon as it took on a pair of foes in Boston University and Davidson College at the Wildcats’ Baker Sports Complex. VMI dropped its opener with BU 34-6, but the Keydets rallied in the nightcap, blanking Southern Conference foe Davidson 36-0.

The shutout was VMI’s first since Jan. 29, 2004 when the Keydets bested James Madison University 43-0 in Lexington. The victory over Davidson improved VMI to 25-1-1 all-time against the Wildcats while extending a winning streak over Davidson to four in a row.

Not only did VMI pick up its first SoCon victory of the 2012-13 season, but the Keydets snapped a 14-match skid, dating back to Jan. 26, 2012.

In the opener against Boston University (6-4),, which began at 174 pounds, VMI started off on the right foot as John Dommert, who went 2-0 on the day, won a 9-4 decision over Andrew Maksimovic at 174 pounds. But the Terriers put together five straight victories, four of which came with bonus points.

At 141 pounds, Emmitt Kelly, halted BU’s run with a 4-1 decision over Dane Harlowe. But it was too little, too late as the Terriers went on to take the match 34-6. BU won both of its matches on the day, taking down the host 34-6.

Against Davidson, it was once again Dommert who got things going, posting his second victory of the day with a 5-0 shutout against Ian Solcz. Conor Black continued the Keydets’ winning ways with a 9-4 decision at 184 pounds against Scott Patrick.

In the next bout at 197 pounds, Urayoan Garcia collected his first major decision of the season, dominating with a 14-2 victory over Carson Stack. In the heavyweight division, Michael LaPrade picked up his first SoCon victory with a 6-1 decision against Eddie Isola.

VMI (1-10, 1-2 SoCon) got an afternoon-high six points at 125 pounds as Armando Herrera earned an injury default victory against Philip Elias in the opening moments of the bout. The 133-pound match saw Andriy Onufriyenko keep the shutout alive, edging out Anthony Elias 4-3.

At 141 pounds, Ryan Goodsell continued his strong wrestling, winning his sixth match in his last eight appearances on the mat. Goodsell, who reached double-figure wins for the season, posted a major decision with a 13-1 victory against Matt Zarth.

The 149-pound match was another close affair, but VMI’s Zeb Stewart came out on top 4-2 over Kevin Birmingham. Ted Gottwald got the win at 157 pounds with a major decision victory against Patrick Devlin, 9-1.

In the final bout of the tri-match, the Keydets completed the shutout with Mark Darr logging a 10-4 victory over Christopher Cirenza.

VMI returns to the friendly confines of the The Thunderdome on Wednesday as it hosts in-state rival George Mason University. Action is set for 7:30 p.m. at Cocke Hall.

Sunday, Jan. 27 at Davidson College - Baker Sports Complex - Davidson, N.C.
VMI 6 (0-10)
Boston University 34 (6-4)
Weight: Winner (School) Type Loser (School) Result - Running Score (BU-VMI)
174: John Dommert (VMI) DEC Andrew Maksimovic (BU) 9-4 - 0-3
184: Alex Najjar (BU) MAJ DEC Conor Black (VMI) 14-3 - 4-3
197: Hunter Meys (BU) WBF Urayoan Garcia (VMI) 1:00 - 10-3
285: Kevin Innis (BU) DEC Michael LaPrade (VMI) 9-3 - 13-3
125: Bubba McGinley (BU) MAJ DEC Armando Herrera (VMI) 10-0 - 17-3
133: B.J. Suitor (BU) WBF Brandon Goodwyn (VMI) 2:39 - 23-3
141: Emmitt Kelly (VMI) DEC Dane Harlowe (BU) 4-1 - 23-6
149: Nick Tourville (BU) DEC Zeb Stewart (VMI) 2-1 - 26-6
157: Nestor Taffur (BU) TECH FALL Ted Gottwald (VMI) 16-0 - 31-6
165: Mitchell Wightman (BU) DEC Mark Darr (VMI) 3-1 - 34-6

Sunday, Jan. 27 at Davidson College - Baker Sports Complex - Davidson, N.C.
VMI 36 (1-10, 1-2 SoCon)
Davidson College 0 (5-8, 0-3)
Weight: Winner (School) Type Loser (School) Result - Running Score (VMI-DC)
174: John Dommert (VMI) DEC Ian Solcz (DC) 5-0 - 3-0
184: Conor Black (VMI) DEC Scott Patrick (DC) 9-4 - 6-0
197: Urayoan Garcia (VMI) MAJ DEC Carson Stack (DC) 14-2 - 10-0
285: Michael LaPrade (VMI) DEC Eddie Isola (DC) 6-1 - 13-0
125: Armando Herrera-Dos Reis (VMI) INJ DEF Philip Elias (DC) 0:09 19-0
133: Andriy Onufriyenko (VMI) DEC Anthony Elias (DC) 4-3 - 22-0
141: Ryan Goodsell (VMI) MAJ DEC Matt Zarth (DC) 13-1 - 26-0
149: Zeb Stewart (VMI) DEC Kevin Birmingham (DC) 4-2 - 29-0
157: Edward Gottwald (VMI) MAJ DEC Patrick Devlin (DC) 9-1 - 33-0
165: Mark Darr (VMI) DEC Christopher Cirenza (DC) 10-4 - 36-0