FERRUM, Va. -- #22 Ferrum College picked up a men's wrestling win over visiting Bluefield College Tuesday, Jan. 15, winning 48-6 at Swartz Gym. Prior to the match, the Panthers honored six graduating wrestlers with a Senior Night ceremony.
The Panthers got pins from Levi Englman (133), Caden Dalton (149), Malik Barr (157), Blake Rosenbaum (184) and Alveno Matthews (285) to secure the win. Javiaughn Basnight (141) and Andrew Tolbert (174) each posted a decision for Ferrum. Noah Reynolds helped the Rams avoid the shutout with a pin at 165 pounds.
SENIOR NIGHT '19
Prior to the match, the Panthers honored Antavian Leary, Alveno Matthews, Tyrique Nolen, Blake Rosenbaum, Collin Saunders and Andrew Tolbert with a senior night ceremony. This group of six wrestlers have helped Ferrum post a four-year record of 44-16 and helped the Panthers secure top-five finishes at the NCAA Regionals the past three years, including winning the 2017 East Regional title.
125: Jalen White (Fer) win by forfeit
133: Levi Englman (Fer) over DeAndre Jackson (Blue) Fall 2:58
141: Javiaughn Basnight (Fer) over Isaac Wright (Blue) 11-5
149: Caden Dalton (Fer) over Gerron Poston (Blue) Fall 2:34
157: Malik Barr (Fer) over Gustavo Gomez (Blue) Fall 0:55
165: Noah Reynolds (Blue) over Christian Hite (Fer) Fall 0:45
174: Andrew Tolbert (Fer) over Luke Young (Blue) 10-5
184: Blake Rosenbaum (Fer) over Jacob Booth (Blue) Fall 1:08
197: Braden Homsey (Fer) win by forfeit
285: Alveno Matthews (Fer) over Matthew Bourne (Blu) Fall 2:32
BEHIND THE WHISTLE
"Great work by our guys last night. The freshman did an excellent job of attacking early and often, something that we preach every workout. That's fun to watch. Even though Christian Hite had a small setback, we loved his intensity out of the gate. I am so proud of our six seniors. They've all had to overcome obstacles in their lives to get where they are. Nothing has been easy for them, but they've persevered and are all threats to be All-Americans. Wrestling is great because it teaches you how to get back up when you've been knocked down. These six guys are a perfect examples of that. Truly love these guys and this team." --Head Coach Nate Yetzer
BACK ON THE MAT
Yetzer's team will be back in action Friday and Saturday, Jan. 25-26, at the Pete Willson Invitational. The prestigious two-day event will be hosted by Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois.