With a share of the Southern Conference title on the line, Appalachian State University wrestling won in dominating fashion over Virginia Military Institute, 27-9. The Mountaineers (11-3, 6-1 SoCon) won seven of ten matches over the Keydets (3-9, 1-6 SoCon).
“I thought we came out a little flat tonight. It’s one of those matches where it’s kind of hard to keep focus with the No. 5 ranked team in the country coming here tomorrow night,” said JohnMark Bentley. “We did a good job getting it done tonight anyway.”
With the win, the Mountaineers clinched a share of their first Southern Conference regular season title since 2012.
“Obviously, I am tickled to death that we won a Southern Conference Championship. It’s a big deal for our program and our school, so we are very proud of that. Hopefully, we can keep building and finish this year strong.”
Vito Pasone (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./E.L. Meyers) took on one of the hottest wrestlers in the SoCon in Dalton Henderson who had won his previous 11 matches. Pasone jumped out to a 4-1 advantage after the two periods and hung on for a 4-3 decision win to put the Apps up, 3-0.
Irvin Enriquez (Aberdeen, N.C./Pinecrest) got the start at 133 pounds and faced Dominick Gallo. After a wild first period Enriquez was on top, 3-2. Gallo tied the match late in the second period and a reversal in the final period gave Gallo a 6-4 decision win.
Michael Longo (Corona, Calif./Santiago) used a takedown and a three near-falls in the first period to open up a commanding 12-0 lead in the first period. Longo went on to win by a 15-0 technical fall in the second period.
With the Apps up 8-3, Matt Zovistoski (Paramus, N.J./St. Joseph Regional) took the mat against Emmitt Kelly and opened up a 6-2 lead with one period left. Zovistoski fought off a rally from Kelly to win 8-5.
David Peters-Logue (Hillsborough, N.C./Orange) took on Neal Richards and was down 6-3 after two periods. Peters-Logue was unable to rally and dropped a 12-5 decision. Apps led 11-6
Forrest Przybysz (Jefferson, Ga./Jefferson) jumped out to an 8-3 lead over Shabaka Johns through two periods and went on win by the same score. Nick Kee (Laurinburg, N.C./Scotland) enjoyed 12-0 lead in the third period before a late reversal for VMI would end the match at 13-2.
The 184-pound match started with the Apps up 18-6. Taylor Jackson (Lady Lake, Fla./The Villages) (Rutgers) battled through a low scoring match but fell by 6-0 decision to Derek Thurman. A quick first period takedown gave Randall Diabe (Greensboro, N.C./James B. Dudley) a 2-0 lead in the 197-pound match. Diabe hung on for a 5-3 decision win after a late charge from Taylor Thomas.
Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) came out of the gate quickly to a 10-0 lead in the first period over Tasi Mathias. With just seconds remaining in the period, Dejournette pinned Mathias to cap the 27-9 victory with his fifth pin of the year.
The Mountaineers will be back in Varsity Gym Tomorrow night for a showdown between ranked opponents. No. 24 App State will welcome No. 5 Missouri to Boone. Match time is set for 6:30 p.m.
App State 27, VMI 9
125: Vito Pasone (A) def. Dalton Henderson (V) D, 4-3 (App leads 3-0)
133: Dominick Gallo (V) def. Irvin Enriquez (A) D, 6-4 (Tied 3-3)
141: Michael Longo (A) def. Hunter Starner (V) TF, 15-0 (App leads 8-3)
149: Matt Zovistoski (A) def. Emmit Kelly (V) D, 8-5 (App leads 11-3)
157: Neal Richards (V) def. David Peters-Logue (A) (App leads 11-6)
165: Forrest Przybysz (A) def. Shabaka Johns (V) D, 8-3 (App leads 14-6)
174: Nick Kee (A) def. Mark Darr (V) MD, 13-2 (App leads 18-6)
184: Derek Thurman (V) def. Taylor Jackson (A) D, 6-0 (App leads 18-9)
197: Randall Diabe (A) def. Taylor Thomas (V) D, 5-3 (App leads 21-9)
Hwt: Denzel Dejournette (A) pinned Tasi Mathias (V) (Pin 2:58) (App leads 27-9)
The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team has cancelled its home weekend tournament – Bear Bash II – and has rescheduled several doubleheaders. Lenoir-Rhyne will now host Concord in a doubleheader Friday at 2:00 p.m., and host Lees-McRae for a 2:30 p.m., doubleheader on Thursday, March 3.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team (15-7, 10-7) took over in the second half and rolled to a 78-67 victory over Coker (7-14, 3-14) at the DeLoach Center Wednesday evening in a South Atlantic Conference contest.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior guards Keenan Palmore (Stone Mountain, Ga.) and Will Perry (Wake Forest, N.C.) combined for 37 points as the Bears won their third straight game and completed the season sweep of the Cobras. Palmore finished with 19 points and eight rebounds while Perry scored 18 points in the win.
Lenoir-Rhyne rallied from a 38-31 deficit at halftime and remained tied for fourth place in the conference standings. Junior guard JacQues Chambers (Maysville, N.C.) added 16 points and dished out five assists for the Bears, who scored 47 points after the break and finished with 13 treys in the win.
Coker was led by Jake Barrett (Rocky Mount, N.C.) with 19 points with five three-pointers and Donte Samuels (Rocky Mount, N.C.) added 14 points in the setback.
With the score tied at 52 with 10:21 remaining in the second half, sophomore guard Billy Bales (Elizabethton, Tenn.) gave the Bears the lead for good with a trey and was the start of an 8-0 run for Lenoir-Rhyne.
The Bears also hit 13-of-14 free throw attempts and made all 11 from the charity stripe in the second half.
Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to face Carson-Newman in a South Atlantic Conference game while Coker takes on Tusculum in Greeneville, Tenn.
The Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball defeated 7th ranked Patrick Henry Community College 66-64.
The Red Hawks were led by JaQueaz Jackson who had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Kenny Lemon also had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Mon'Darius Black also scored in double digits with 10 points.
With the win, CVCC improves to 18-7 overall and 11-3 in conference play. The Red Hawks will travel to second place Bryant & Stratton College on Sunday.
The Caldwell Community College Cobras mens basketball team were defeated by Davidson County Community College 97-90.
The Storm exploded out and led by as many as 28 points before the Cobras fought back and made it a four point game with a minute left in the game.
Caldwell is 20-6 overall and 4-1 in conference play. The Cobras travel to Central Carolina Community College on Saturday for a must win conference game to tie for the regular season championship.
The Coker Women’s Basketball Team (9-14, 8-9) defeated Lenoir-Rhyne (8-13, 7-10), 62-50, in a South Atlantic Conference game Wednesday evening at the DeLoach Center.
Three players reached double figures for the Cobras – led by Morgan Williams (Irmo, S.C.) with 16 points – as Coker forced Lenoir-Rhyne into 22 turnovers and limited the Bears to just four points in the second period and never trailed after halftime.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior guard Jasmine Stafford (Memphis, Tenn.), the team’s leading scorer on the year, led the way again with 15 points but was the lone player to reach double figures for the Bears in the setback.
Coker held a 20-17 edge at halftime and held on the rest of the way as it connected on 17-of-22 free throws in the second half and avenged an earlier setback to Lenoir-Rhyne.
Coker’s Jazz Green (Darlington, S.C.) and Kiara Shoats (Dania, Fla.) added 15 and 11 points, respectively, and the Cobras also won the battle of the boards, 37-29.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior forward Morgan Cooper (Virginia Beach, Va.) added nine points and six rebounds but the Bears connected on just two three-pointers in nine attempts.
Lenoir-Rhyne next hosts Carson-Newman in a South Atlantic Conference game on Saturday afternoon at 2pm.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Lacrosse Team (0-1) fell to Mount Olive (2-0) by a 9-5 score Wednesday afternoon in its 2016 season opener at Moretz Stadium.
The Trojans, ranked No. 12 in NCAA Division II, were led by Riann Daziel (East Hampstead, N.H.) with five goals while Alysha Kulka (Calgary, Alberta, CANADA) added a score and three assists as Mount Olive rallied from a 4-3 halftime deficit to take the win.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led by freshman midfielder Rachel Elmore (White Plains, Md.) with two goals and sophomore midfielder Aubriana Benedetto (Rochester, N.Y.) with a goal and an assist despite the loss.
Daziel, who has nine goals in the first two games of the year, tallied the match-winner with 24:56 left in the second half.
Mount Olive held a 30-14 advantage in shots taken and held Lenoir-Rhyne to just one goal after intermission.
In goal, the Trojans’ Hannah Knight (Rochester, N.Y.) earned the win after picking up six saves while sophomore goalkeeper Ines Flueck (Coppell, Texas) suffered the loss for the Bears despite stopping 11 shots in the contest.
Lenoir-Rhyne next travels to Gaffney, S.C., to take on No. 11 Limestone on Saturday at noon.
North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 51
St. Stephens: 39
South Caldwell: 50
Fred T. Foard: 30
Southern District 7:
West Lincoln: 21
East Lincoln: 57
West Caldwell: 63
Bunker Hill: 50
North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 61
Statesville: 57, OT
Fred T. Foard: 63
South Caldwell: 58
St. Stephens: 51
Southern District 7:
Bunker Hill: 53
East Lincoln: 83
West Caldwell: 60
West Lincoln: 50
Butch Carter has been named as the new head football coach of Alexander Central.
Carter had spent the past 15 seasons as head coach of South Caldwell where he ammased a record of 104-79 and made 11 playoff appearances.
Carter replaces Nick Bazzle who retired in January.
After its huge Southern Conference win over Chattanooga on Friday, Appalachian State University wrestling re-entered the top 25 of the InterMat Wrestling poll at No. 24.
The Mountaineers (10-3, 5-1 SoCon) upended the defending champion Mocs for the first time since 2012 by a score of 22-15. With the win, the Mountaineers are now in a tie at the top of the SoCon standings and can claim a share of the Southern Conference regular season title with a win over VMI on Thursday.
App State was previously ranked No. 25 in the Jan. 26 edition of the InterMat poll before suffering its only SoCon loss to Gardner-Webb. Appalachian also cracked the top 25 of the USA Today/ NWCA Poll earlier in the season.
The Mountaineers wrap up their home schedule this week with matches against VMI Thursday night and No. 5 Missouri (12-1) on Friday night. Both matches are set to start at 6:30 p.m. in Varsity Gym.