Wrestling Falls at Home to Gardner-Webb
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LEXINGTON, Va. - Looking for its first dual win of the season, the VMI wrestling team fell at home to Southern Conference foe Gardner-Webb by a 26-16 score Friday night at Cormack Hall.

The Keydets opened with a quick 6-0 lead thanks to a forfeit at 125 pounds by Gardner-Webb, providing VMI's Clifton Conway with six free points for the squad. 

The lead was short-lived, however, as the Bulldogs would go on to win the next four weight classes, starting with a decision at 133 pounds and two consecutive pins at 141 and 149 to put Gardner-Webb up, 15-6, after four bouts. The Bulldogs also claimed the 157 match as Tyler Marinelli defeated VMI's Robert DuPont by a 12-4 major decision.

VMI junior 165-pounder Blake Hohman ended the damage by topping Gardner-Webb's Joshua Walker by a 12-4 major decision to cut the deficit to 19-6 in favor of the Bulldogs. The win marked Hohman's first career dual victory by major decision and was his second major decision win of the season as he logged one at the Keystone Classic a few weeks ago.

The Bulldogs quickly retained momentum, however, en route to claiming the next two weight classes at 174 and 184 pounds.

Senior 197-pounder Taylor Thomas of VMI improved to 6-5 on the season after picking up a 4-2 decision victory over Anthony Perrine, his sixth win by decision on the year. Senior heavyweight Jake Tomlinson earned his first career dual victory with a 9-4 decision over Gardner-Webb's Jackson Price to finish the loss on a strong note.

The Keydets next compete at the Lock Haven Classic on Friday, Dec. 29, to finish up the calendar year. VMI will next compete at Cormack Hall on Saturday, Jan. 13, for its final home event of the season.

Gardner-Webb 26, VMI 16
Friday, Dec. 8, 2017
Cormack Hall – Lexington, Va.
125: Clifton Conway (VMI) wins by forfeit (GWU) ... 6-0
133: Philip Anderson (GWU) dec. Hunter Starner (VMI), 4-1 ... 6-3
141: Denton Spencer (GWU) pinned Jacob Mills (VMI), 1:11 ... 6-9
149: Joby Armenta (GWU) pinned Michael Hulcher (VMI), 1:08 ... 6-15
157: Tyler Marinelli (GWU) maj. dec. Robert DuPont (VMI), 12-4 ... 6-19
165: Blake Hohman (VMI) maj. dec. Joshua Walker (GWU), 12-4 ... 10-19
174: Christian Maroni (GWU) dec. Cade Kiely (VMI), 6-1 ... 10-22
184: Cole Graves (GWU) maj. dec. Jack Scalio (VMI), 21-9 ... 10-26
197: Taylor Thomas (VMI) dec. Anthony Perrine (GWU), 4-2 ... 13-26
285: Jake Tomlinson (VMI) dec. Jackson Price (GWU), 9-4 ... 16-26