CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Cleveland State University wrestling team won six bouts against visiting George Mason Saturday, earning bonus points in five of them, as the Vikings topped the Patriots, 29-18, in Eastern Wrestling League action inside Woodling Gymnasium.
CSU won three matches via fall and one each via technical fall and major decision as the program celebrated Senior Day with a victory. Cleveland State is now 4-2 all-time against George Mason and has won both matchups to occur in Ohio.
After falling behind early and being unable to recover in the opening bout at 125 pounds, CSU came back with a vengeance courtesy of redshirt junior Andrew Coghill.
Coghill, who had built a lead worthy of a major decision, did not settle for anything less than the full six points. He pinned his opponent early in the third period to collect his fourth win via fall this season.
Junior Evan Cheek extended CSU's lead on the scoreboard with a dominant showing. He racked up 14 points in the opening period and would finish off the technical fall shutout in the second period.
George Mason cut its deficit to two points with a win at 149 pounds, but that was as close as it would get. The Vikings ran off four consecutive wins beginning at 157 to effectively clinch the team victory.
Junior John Vaughn built a two-point lead after the opening period at 157 pounds. He and his opponent traded escapes in the second and third period, as Vaughn would claim a 6-4 win to put momentum back on CSU's side.
True freshman Georgio Poullas then picked up his first EWL win in style as he won his match with a first-period pin at 165 pounds.
Redshirt senior Gabe Stark comfortably took down his foe at 174 pounds. He built a three-point lead after one period, was up eight points after five minutes and finished with the score in his favor by a 14-3 count.
Classmate Nick Corba joined Stark in winning on Senior Day and joined Poullas with a first-period pin. Corba built a 6-0 lead before finishing off his opponent via pin before the first period expired.
Cleveland State was unable to keep piling up wins at the final two weight classes, but the Vikings had built a lead that was sizeable enough to make that a moot point.
Cheek notched his fourth technical fall of the season and has now won 10 of his 14 matches with bonus points. Stark has won six of his 11 matches with bonus points on the season.
Vaughn's win, his 12th of the season, was his first dual victory in 2017-18 since he moved down to 157.
Corba won his 20th match of the season, marking his second straight season with 20+ wins. Corba, who has won both of his EWL matches thus far, now has seven pins and 12 bonus-point victories this season.
Coghill's win was his first dual victory as a Viking.
Corba, Stark and fellow classmate John Martin were recognized in a pre-match ceremony for their contributions to the program.
Cleveland State has no time to rest on its laurels as it hits the road to continue EWL action Sunday, Jan. 28, at Clarion.
Cleveland State 29, George Mason 18
125: Ibrahim Bunduka (GMU) over John Martin (CSU) – 15-5 MD | GMU leads, 4-0
133: Andrew Coghill (CSU) over Talha Farooq (GMU) – Fall 5:04 | CSU leads 6-4
141: Evan Cheek (CSU) over Trevor Mello (GMU) – 15-0 TF | CSU leads, 11-4
149: Tejon Anthony (GMU) over Ryan Ford (CSU) – 17-7 MD | CSU leads, 10-8
1 team point deducted during the 149-pound match from CSU for bench conduct
157: John Vaughn (CSU) over Bruce Reddington (GMU) – 6-4 dec. | CSU leads, 13-8
165: Georgio Poullas (CSU) over Ryan Yorkdale (GMU) – Fall 2:47 | CSU leads, 19-8
174: Gabe Stark (CSU) over Levko Higgins (GMU) – 14-3 MD | CSU leads, 23-8
184: Nick Corba (CSU) over Austin Harrison (GMU) – Fall 2:32 | CSU leads, 29-8
197: Eli Spencer (GMU) over John Kelbly (CSU) – Fall 2:12 | CSU leads, 29-14
285: Matt Voss (GMU) over Collin Kelly (CSU) – 13-4 MD | CSU wins, 29-18