By Zachary Bowers
BUENA VISTA Va. – Behind four straight pins in the heaviest weight classes, the Southern Virginia University wrestling team defeated Hampden-Sydney 54-0.
The Knights jumped to a 30-0 lead after the Tigers were forced to forfeit the first six weight classes, with a double forfeit occurring at 133 pounds.
With the team win secured with four matches to go, Keaton Gomez was the first to face an opponent for the Knights, matching up with Hampden-Sydney's Norjan Hedman in the 174-pound weight class.
With just two seconds remaining in the first round, Gomez was able to pin his opponent (2:58), earning his third fall of the season. This was Gomez and Hedman's second match of the year, as the two wrestled in the Virginia Beach Open where Gomez pinned Hedman in 40 seconds.
Competing in the 184-pound weight class for the Knights was Gordon Whitaker who quickly gained the upper hand in his bout and pinned his opponent, Seth Halman, in just under a minute (0:58), earning six more points for the team. When these two met in the Casperson Classic, Whitaker won by fall in 4:49.
Matt Speelman faced Austin Carlson in the 197-pound weight class. He made fast work of his opponent for the third-straight pin of the night (0:43), and his third fall of the season.
The final and longest bout of the night was between Southern Virginia's Alex Brunner and Hampden-Sydney's Jacob Justus. After just over four minutes Brunner made his move and secured the shutout victory the fourth straight pin of the night (4:15).
"What's going through my mind is how far we have come as a team from last year to this year," commented head coach Logan Davis after the match. "Hampden-Sydney beat us last year and a lot of the guys who won tonight were on that team last year. Tonight really shows the steps we are making and going forward to where we want to be."
Last year the Knights fell 33-15 to the Tigers.
The Knights move out to 2-0 and will face off in their third duel of the season at McDaniel College in Westminster, Md. on Saturday at 12:00 p.m.