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Washington & Lee Upsets #11 Ferrum in Wrestling

Blake Rosenbaum earned a hard-fought 3-1 win in OT at 184 pounds.
Blake Rosenbaum earned a hard-fought 3-1 win in OT at 184 pounds.


FERRUM, Va. -- Washington & Lee University picked up a non-conference men's wrestling win over #11 Ferrum College, winning 19-15 this afternoon at Swartz Gym.

Washington & Lee (1-0)
Ferrum (0-1)

Clay Chadwick gave the Generals the win when he scored a takedown in overtime to beat NCAA qualifier Alveno Matthews in the final match of the night at 285 pounds. Ferrum trailed 17-6 after the 165-lb match, but picked up win by Andrew Tolbert (174), Blake Rosenbaum (184) and Braden Homsey (197) to get to within 17-15.

Chadwick trailed 3-1 after two periods, but tied it at 4-4 to send the match into OT, then took Matthews down to win the match and give W&L the win. Tolbert beat 2017 NCAA qualifier Joe Scott, while Rosenbaum needed a takedown in overtime to get past Rexx Hallyburton. Earlier in the match, Mario Vasquez earned a 6-2 decision over two-time NCAA qualifier Zach Bylykbashi at 141 pounds.

125  Levi Englman (Ferrum) over Ethan Hartman (W&L) (Dec 9-2)
133  Charlie Cunningham (W&L) over Kyle Burns (Ferrum) (Dec 4-3)
141  Mario Vasquez (Ferrum) over Zach Bylykbashi (W&L) (Dec 6-2)
149  Bryce Crew (W&L) over Victor Allen (Ferrum) (Fall 2:08)
157  Ryan Luth (W&L) over Austin Smith (Ferrum) (MD 12-3)
165  Shane Conners (W&L) over Christian Hite (Ferrum) (MD 16-2)
174  Andrew Tolbert (Ferrum) over Joe Scott (W&L) (Dec 10-4)
184  Blake Rosenbaum (Ferrum) over Rexx Hallyburton (W&L) (SV-1 3-1)
197  Braden Homsey (Ferrum) over Brad Basham (W&L) (Dec 7-1)
285  Clay Chadwick (W&L) over Alveno Matthews (Ferrum) (SV-1 6-4)
          Team score adjustment: WLU, control of mat  -1.0

"Obviously, we are disappointed in the outcome, but I am happy about our preparation and effort against Washington and Lee. That's a good program right there and one that has continued to get better. I love how we battled especially the five freshman. I really feel good about where we are as a team right now. Mario, Andrew and Blake all got big wins over good guys. We will continue to get better." -- Head Coach Nate Yetzer

Coach Nate Yetzer's team will be back in action Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Cougar Open, hosted by Averett University in Danville, Virginia.