BUENA VISTA, Va. — The Knight Duals wrapped up Saturday afternoon, where the Southern Virginia University wrestling team came away 1-2, winning their first matchup against Bluefield College 30-25 and falling to Liberty University Club 41-9 and West Virginia University Tech 26-24.
In the Bluefield College bout, the Knights would forfeit the 125-pound class and drop the next two weight classes falling behind early 16-0. Freshman Ethan Workman would change the momentum of the match with a fall victory in the 149-pound class. Christopher Fletcher at the 157-pound class would follow with a pin now closing the gap, making the score 16-12. Bluefield would take both the 165 and 174-pound weight classes to lead 25-12. The Knights would respond with three weight classes with Matthew Rohrdanz winning the 184-pound matchup with a pin, a forfeit at the 197-pound class and a heavyweight victory for Alex Brunner with a pin giving the Knights the 30-25 win.
The Knights in their next matchup faced Liberty University Club, finding this to be a difficult matchup. The Knights would only collect nine points coming from the 133-pound weight class from a forfeit and in the 174-weight class Keaton Gomez with the decision, making the final 41-9 in favor of Liberty.
The last matchup of the day for the Knights was West Virginia University Tech. The again would fall behind early in the match with the Golden Bears taking four weight classes and claiming a 20-0 lead. Fletcher would have another great match at the 157-pound class and would win by way of decision for the Knights first points. WVU Tech would record the win in the 165-pound class reaching a lead of 26-3.
The Knights would have an incredible run winning the last four weight classes with another Gomez win at the 174-pound class on a decision and Kage Tomlin with a pin. In the next two classes, the wins would come by way of forfeit. The Knights would fall in heartbreaking fashion losing by two 26-24.
Southern Virginia will compete once more before the winter break on Monday, Dec. 17 in the W&L Duals starting at 10 a.m.