ANDERSON, S.C. – Coming off a 1-2 record at the Virginia Duals to open its 2014 schedule, Anderson University wrestling prepares for back-to-back regional duals beginning with a trip to Belmont Abbey on Wednesday. First bout is slated for 7 p.m.
AU grabbed its first win of the 2013-14 season in the seventh-place match over Central Florida, 30-22, after suffering setbacks to Stevens Tech and Apprentice School at the Virginia Duals on Friday. Regional opponent, UNC Pembroke, went on to claim the American College Tournament championship over Stevens Tech, 22-15.
Leading the way for the Trojans was sophomore Zak Hale (141) who totaled three wins for the afternoon, increasing his winning streak to 10 straight bouts. Hale is now 10-3 for the season with just one his victories coming by decision. The sophomore is responsible for 49 points for the Trojans this season.
Joining Hale with three wins on the day was junior Sean Turner at 149 with two pins and a technical fall to add to his record. Ranked No. 7 in the latest Basford Rankings, Turner is now 6-1 for the season and carries a six-bout winning streak with two pins and two technical falls in the span.
Graduate student Zane Newton moved out of his normal 157 weight class twice on Friday, dropping both bouts. At 157 against Apprentice School, Newton claimed his lone win on the day with a 12-7 decision over Brian Beatson. On the year, Newton currently ranks second on the team in wins with nine.
Belmont Abbey has also seen hard times, holding just two victories on the season. The Crusaders posted wins over St. Andrews in an outdoor match (23-8) and against Brewton Parker (30-12). Most recently, BAC came away with three straight setbacks in Ashland, Ohio to Gannon (27-12), Ashland (37-10) and Shippensburg (38-6).
Just two Crusaders enter Wednesday’s dual with winning records, as sophomore heavyweight Kelly Baker holds a 9-8 record, while redshirt senior Joseph Maumoynier (174) is 6-3 overall. Redshirt junior Patrick Mestrez has struggled this season after a successful 2012-13 campaign, posting a 5-10 overall record.
The Anderson and Belmont Abbey matchup has been close over the last four seasons, as AU has a slim advantage over the Crusaders, posting a 3-1 record over the last four matchups. BAC stopped Anderson’s winning streak last season with a narrow 23-22 win at the Abney Athletic Center.