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Ethan Oakley
Ethan Oakley picked up a pair of wins at the 133 pound weight class.
photo courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics

Appalachian State Wrestling Wins Over The Citadel, Greensboro College

App State Wrestling started a Sunday sweep in Varsity Gym by opening its SoCon schedule with a dominant victory against The Citadel.

Ranked 23rd by FloWrestling and 24th by The Open Mat, the Mountaineers took nine of 10 matches in a 33-4 victory against the Bulldogs before five underclassmen were part of App State’s lineup for the first time in a 51-3 victory against Division III Greensboro College.

Six wrestlers from App State (4-2) recorded the first dual wins of their careers against Greensboro: Anthony Conetta (fall at 157), Drake Acklin (fall at 165), Gunnar Pool (major decision at 197), James Bankston (fall at heavyweight), Noah Luna (by forfeit at 125) and Kai O’Dell (by forfeit at 149). Ethan Oakley (133) and Tomas Brooker (184) also had pins against Greensboro to cap 2-0 days by the customary starters, while Oren Bost (174) won by tech fall in his second career start.

Facing The Citadel, which arrived in Boone with an 8-2 overall record, App State followed a pair of overtime wins by its ranked wrestlers at 149 and 157 pounds with five decisive victories from Will Miller (8-0 major decision at 165), Luke Uliano (16-0 tech fall at 174), Brooker (12-4 major decision at 184), Carson Floyd (8-1 decision at 197) and Jacob Sartorio (14-5 major decision at heavyweight).

Chad Bellis opened the dual with a 12-2 major decision at 125, giving him his first non-forfeit win in a dual, and Oakley recorded a tiebreaking takedown with 53 seconds left in a 4-1 decision against George Rosas at 133. After The Citadel won by major decision at 141 pounds, Cody Bond used an escape in the first Tiebreaker-1 overtime period to move ahead in a 2-1 decision against Jeff Boyd, and Tommy Askey overcame an early 6-0 deficit to win a 12-9 decision on a Sudden Victory takedown.

Boyd, a West Virginia transfer whose third-place finish at the Navy Classic included two ranked wins and a 1-0 loss to top-ranked Ridge Lovett from Nebraska, successfully escaped four single-leg holds following shots that had Bond on the verge of regulation takedowns. After a scoreless Sudden Victory overtime period with the match tied at 1-all (because of matching escapes in regulation), it went to a pair of 30-second Tiebreaker-1 periods (with each wrestler having a choice of how to begin the 30 seconds).

Bond needed only 9.2 seconds to deliver an escape from the bottom position, meaning he’d be in good shape if he stayed on top for at least 10 seconds in the next 30-second period. Given the likelihood of that happening, Boyd chose neutral in an attempt to give himself more time for a takedown, but Bond controlled the final 30 seconds.

A takedown and three-point near fall from Hayden Watson put Askey in a 6-0 hole after a minute, but Askey had a takedown later in the period to trail 7-4 going to the second. Askey tied the score at 8-all on a takedown with 1:32 left in the third period, conceded an escape (instead of trying to ride out the final 92 seconds) and tied the score with 19 seconds left on a second stall call against Watson. Askey completed the comeback on a takedown just 35 seconds into overtime.

Greensboro’s lone victory in the second dual came via a tiebreaking takedown in the final 30 seconds from Josh Wilson, a three-time Division III All-American who brought a No. 2 national ranking in that classification to Boone and improved to 23-1 this season.

The 2023-24 season is presented by Hungry Howie’s and Penn Station. The annual Appalachian Open will be held Saturday in Varsity Gym.

App State 33, The Citadel 4
125: Chad Bellis (APP) def. Malik Hardy (CIT), 12-2 maj. dec.
133: #25 Ethan Oakley (APP) def. George Rosas (CIT), 4-1 dec.
141: Jacob Silka (CIT) def. Riley Edwards (APP), 11-2 maj. dec.
149: #24 Cody Bond (APP) def. Jeff Boyd (CIT), 2-1 dec. (TB-1)
157: #20 Tommy Askey (APP) def. Hayden Watson (CIT), 12-9 dec. (SV)
165: #21 Will Miller (APP) def. Ben Haubert (CIT), 8-0 maj. dec.
174: Luke Uliano (APP) def. Brodie Porter (CIT), 16-0 tech fall
184: Tomas Brooker (APP) def. Adam Ortega (CIT), 12-4 maj. dec.
197: Carson Floyd (APP) def. Patrick Brophy (CIT), 8-1 dec.
HWT: Jacob Sartorio (APP) def. Ben Stemmet (CIT), 14-5 maj. dec.

App State 51, Greensboro College 3
125: Noah Luna (APP) win by forfeit
133: #25 Ethan Oakley (APP) def. Quadir Medley (GC), fall (2:15)
141: Josh Wilson (GC) def. Ike Byers (APP), 4-1 dec.
149: Kai O’Dell (APP) win by forfeit
157: Anthony Conetta (APP) def. Ethan Kring (GC), fall (1:47)
165: Drake Acklin (APP) def. Nick Menjivar (GC), fall (0:59)
174: Oren Bost (APP) def. Deven Ashley (GC), 19-3 tech fall
184: Tomas Brooker (APP) def. Omari Lee (GC), fall (1:55)
197: Gunnar Pool (APP) def. Khalil Belk (GC), 15-2 maj. dec.
HWT: James Bankston (APP) def. Dominic Harris (GC), fall (5:29)