W&L Wrestling Opens Season with a 19-15 Win Over No. 11 Ferrum

Shane Conners

FERRUM, Va. – Washington and Lee first-year 285-pounder Clay Chadwick (Arlington, Va. / Yorktown) secured a 6-4 overtime win to give the Generals a 19-15 road victory over 11th-ranked Ferrum in wrestling on Saturday.

The Generals (1-0) built a 17-6 lead midway through the match following a 16-2 major decision by junior Shane Conners (Mount Airy, Md. / South Carroll) over first-year Christian Hite at 165 pounds.  Also key in building the lead were a pin of first-year Victor Allen by sophomore Bryce Crew (St. Mary's, Ga. / Camden County) at 149 pounds and a 12-3 major decision by first-year Ryan Luth (Milford, Conn. / Joseph A. Foran) over sophomore Austin Smith at 157 pounds.

Ferrum (0-1) sliced the W&L advantage to just 17-15 entering the heavyweight match by taking decisions at 174, 184 and 197 pounds.  After sparring to a 4-4 tie after regulation, Chadwick scored a takedown in the first overtime against senior Alveno Matthews, a 2018 NCAA Qualifier, to give the Generals their first season-opening dual meet victory since the 2010-11 campaign.

Washington and Lee will next compete at the Washington & Jefferson Invitational on Saturday at 9:45 am.

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WASHINGTON AND LEE 19, #11 FERRUM 15
125 - Levi Englman (FC) d. Ethan Hartman (W&L); 9-2 [0-3]
133 – Charlie Cunningham (W&L) d. Kyle Burns (FC); 4-3 [3-3]
141 – Mario Vasquez (FC) d. Zach Bylykbashi (W&L); 6-2 [3-6]
149 – Bryce Crew (W&L) d. Victor Allen (FC); Fall 2:08 [9-6]
157 – Ryan Luth (W&L) d. Austin Smith (FC); 12-3 [13-6]
165 – Shane Conners (W&L) d. Christian Hite (FC); 16-2 [17-6]
174 – Andrew Tolbert (FC) d. Joe Scott (W&L); 10-4 [17-9]
184 – Blake Rosenbaum (FC) d. Rexx Hallyburton (W&L); 3-1 (OT) [17-12]
197 – Braden Homsey (FC) d. Brad Basham (W&L); 7-1 [17-15]
285 – Clay Chadwick (W&L) d. Alveno Matthews (FC); 6-4 (OT) [20-15]
W&L assessed -1 point for coach misconduct
133 Exhibition – Russ Zimmerman (W&L) d. Javiaughn Basnight (FC); TF, 15-0
157 Exhibition – Malik Barr (FC) d. Will Medick (W&L); 9-4