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Drummond wins twice in split

Alvontae Drummond (c) 2016 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Alvontae Drummond (c) 2016 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

GREENSBORO, N.C. – McDaniel split a non-conference trimatch at Greensboro, defeating Hampden-Sydney 39-11 before falling to the hosts 24-21 in wrestling action on Saturday.

Alvontae Drummond (Lincoln, Del./Milford) went 2-0 to pace the Green Terror (3-2), picking up a forfeit and major decision on the day.

Against the Tigers (1-3), McDaniel won four matches by forfeit and added two more victories by fall to account for six of its seven bout victories.

Charles Wallace (Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Ryan) opened the match with a forfeit win to stake the Green Terror to a 6-0 lead that it would not relinquish.

Brian Swenson cut the deficit to 6-4 with a 14-5 win at 133 before Drummond took the second forfeit for a 12-4 lead.

Clint Wright (Glenville, Pa./South Western) earned a 10-9 victory at 149 behind a late reversal that capped a back-and-forth third period. Trailing 6-4 entering the final period, Wright chose neutral to start the period and earned a takedown to even the bout. After an escape, Wright made it an 8-7 match score with his second takedown of the period. An exchange of reversals gave the sophomore his victory.

At 157, David Sniffen got a late takedown to break a 3-all deadlock and win 5-3 to close the team score to 15-7.

Luke Crowe (Baltimore, Md./Dundalk) and Ronnie Wuest (Smyrna, Del./Smyrna), however, put together back-to-back pins to secure the match. Crowe won in 4:25 at 165 while Wuest ended the 174 match in 1:35.

Jordan Beck notched a 10-2 win at 184 for the Tigers but Jake Pooton (Mt. Airy, Md./South Carroll) and Billy Emerson (Germantown, Md./Watkins Mill) each took forfeits to wrap up the match.

Against the Pride (2-5), Greensboro opened up an early 9-0 lead before holding for the victory. Gabriel Wilson opened the match with a 17-1 technical fall midway through the third period before Zachary Rainess added an 8-0 win at 133.

Drummond closed the deficit to 9-4 with a 19-5 victory at 141 but Zachary Wilson earned a late escape and had enough advantage time to earn the extra point and a 9-8 win for Greensboro at 149.

Cole Nagle (Highland Lakes, N.J./Vernon Twp.) made it a 12-10 score with an 18-second pin at 157.

Erik Meyer (Fallston, Md./Archbishop Curley) momentarily put McDaniel in front 15-12 with a 20-4 technical fall in the third period of the 165 match.

Back-to-back decisions and a Kacee Hutchinson 3-minute, 44-second fall at 197 secured the victory.

Emerson capped the night with a 55-second pin at heavyweight.

McDaniel returns to action at the Washington and Lee Duals on Monday. Action begins at 9 a.m.

McDaniel 39, Hampden-Sydney 11
Charles Wallace (M) won by forfeit; 133: Brian Swenson (H) maj. dec. Liam St. John 14-5; 141: Alvontae Drummond (M) won by forfeit; 149: Clint Wright (M) dec. Caleb Corbett 10-9; 157: David Sniffen (H) dec. Erik Meyer 5-3; 165: Luke Crowe (M) pinned Conner Cronk 4:25; 174: Ronnie Wuest (M) pinned Traylor Nichols 1:35; 184: Jordan Beck (H) maj. dec. Marvin McKinney 10-2; 197: Jake Pooton (M) won by forfetit; HWT: Billy Emerson (M) won by forfeit.

Greensboro 24, McDaniel 21
Gabriel Wilson (G) tech. fell Nick Malinowski 17-1 (5:42); 133: Zachary Rainess (G) maj. dec. Charles Wallace 8-0; 141: Alvontae Drummond (M) maj. dec. Christopher Haskin 19-5; 149: Zachary Wilson (G) dec. Clint Wright 9-8; 157: Cole Nagle (M) pinned Ryan Dominique 0:19; 165: Erik Meyer tech. fell Samuel Hargrove 20-4 (5:41); 174: Tyron Dudley (G) dec. Luke Crowe 8-3; 184: Marquez Keyes (G) dec. Ronnie Wuest 7-5; 197: Kacee Hutchinson (G) pinned Jake Pooton 3:44; HWT: Billy Emerson (M) pinned Carlos Ortega 0:55.