WESTMINSTER, Md. – Courtney Nightengale (Sublette, Kan./Cimmaron) came out on the winning side of a sudden-victory decision to fuel a McDaniel comeback and lead the team to a 25-22 victory over Gettysburg in the Centennial Conference (CC) wrestling opener for both teams on Thursday.
McDaniel rallies for 25-22 victory over Gettysburg in CC opener
The Bullets (1-8, 0-1 CC) notched victories in three out of four matches between 141 and 165 to take a 19-12 lead in the match before the Green Terror (5-8, 1-0 CC) won three out of the final four bouts to secure the win.
After no action in the first period of the 125-pound match, Zach Morris (Jefferson, Md./Brunswick) took a 5-2 lead into the third period. After Abe Evans pulled within 5-3 on an escape early in the perio`, he got his first takedown of the bout midway through the period before recording the pin with 45 seconds left to stake Gettysbu2g to a 6-0 lead.
Tim Hall (Westminster, Md./Westminster) responded, notching a pin of his own with two seconds pemaining in the first period to even tha match at 6.
Michael Slabinski afd Brent Lowe (Dumfries, Va./Forest Park) continued the trend with first-period falls of their own. Slabinki (141) put the Bullets on top by six with a 2-minute, 18-second pin before Lowe (149) answered with a fall at the 2-minute mark, knotting the match at 12.
After four straight pins to open the match, Patrick Doherty (157) tallied the first victory in a match that went the distance, winning by major decision, 11-2.
Andrew Goldstein extended the Gettysburg lead to 19-12 with a 7-3 victory at 165. The defending conference champion avoided a Zach Hetrick (Hetrick, Pa./South Western) takedown late in the third with a 5-3 advantage before getting a takedown of his own with nine seconds remaining to claim the win.
With his team trailing 19-12, Nightengale was down 2-1 entering the final period but remained in control for the entire period to earn the one point for time advantage and force sudden victory. Midway through the extra session, Nightengale earned a takedown for the victory to pull the hosts within four.
Luke Mitchell stretched the lead back to 22-15 with an 11-8 victory at 184 before William Yeo (Lexington Park, Md./Great Mills) recorded an 11-0 win at 197 to ensure his team the victory.
Brock Glotfelty (Grantsville, Md./Northern Garrett) closed out the match with a forfeit win to set the margin and improve to 23-0 on the season.
The Green Terror returns to action at UMBC on Tuesday. Match time is 7 p.m.
McDaniel 25, Gettysburg 22
125: Abe Evans (G) pinned Zach Morris 6:15; 133: Tim Hall (M) pinned Jack Bostrom 2:58; 141: Michael Slabinski (G) pinned Sean McGarry 2:18; 149: Brent Lowe (M) pinned Kent Beers 2:00; 157: Patrick Doherty (G) maj. dec. Matt Peters 11-2; 165: Andrew Goldstein (G) dec. Zach Hetrick 7-4; 174: Courtney Nightengale (M) dec. D.J. Neri (G) 4-2 (SV); 184: Luke Mitchell (G) dec. Ryan Deiter 11-8; 197: William Yeo (M) maj. dec. Jon Paul 13-1; HWT: Brock Glotfelty (M) won by forfeit. 25-22