Trojans Take Down St. AndrewsNovember 17, 2012
ANDERSON, S.C. – Using four pins and a major decision, the Anderson University wrestling team earned its first win of the season by defeating St. Andrews University, 29-19, Saturday afternoon at the Abney Athletic Center.
Anderson improved to 1-5 on the season, while St. Andrews slipped to 0-2.
"It feels good to finally get our first dual meet win,"said Anderson head coach Dock Kelly. "Overall, the team wrestled well today. We still have a lot of areas where we need to improve, but I’m confident that this group of guys is committed to overcoming our areas of concern. We started seven true freshmen today, so I’m excited about our future. We’re going to recover over this upcoming Thanksgiving break, and then will be ready to wrestle Truett-McConnell."
St. Andrews’ junior Chauncey Foster gave the Knights an early 4-0 advantage by rallying from an early deficit to earn a major decision past AU’s Greg Williams at 125 pounds, but freshman Zak Hale put the Trojans on top, 6-4, by pinning SAU’s Patrick Wells at the 2:50 mark of the 133-pound bout.
The Knight’s Sterling Perry answered for St. Andrews by pinning AU’s Brandon Benitez just 36 seconds into the 141-pound bout, while junior standout 149-pounder Dan Telhada gave the Trojans a lead they would not relinquish, at 12-10, by pinning the Knight’s Mario Vega with 33 seconds left in the first period.
Anderson junior Nick Giuliette pushed the Trojan lead to 17-10 with a convincing 19-4 technical decision past St. Andrews’ Andrew Bushey and freshman Jamal Lackey gave AU its third straight bout by posting a hard-fought 11-9 decision 16 seconds into the first extra period.
Sophomore Russell Lindsey pulled the Knights within 20-16 by pinning AU’s Jake Allen at the 5:57 mark, but St. Andrews would get no closer, as junior Donnee Grase shut out SAU’s James Green, 6-0, and freshman Spencer Foucher clinched the victory for Anderson by pinning Denzel Leggett less than a minute into their 197-pound matchup.
St. Andrews’ Jared Key posted a 17-10 decision in the heavyweight bout to set the final margin.
Anderson has an 11-day layoff that encompasses the Thanksgiving Holiday before returning to action by playing host to Truett-McConnell on Thursday, Nov. 29.