Seniors Lead Belmont Abbey to 31-8 Win over Greensboro

Seniors Lead Belmont Abbey to 31-8 Win over Greensboro

BELMONT, N.C. -- Four Belmont Abbey seniors swept their matches for a total of 16 points, leading the Crusaders to a 3-18 wrestling victory over Greensboro Wednesday night at the Wheeler Center. The action marked the ended of the 2017-18 regular season.

 Senior Michael Bedard got the Crusaders off to a good start, winning his match at 125 by a 7-6 score. He earned the deciding point on an escape with just three seconds left in the match. Greensboro evened the match with a win at 133, but were then deducted a team point for unsportsmanlike conduct in the 141 match, putting the Crusaders back in the lead, 3-2.

 The Pride took a 5-3 lead in the match by winning at 141 when the riding time point broke a 4-4 tie, increased the margin to 8-3 with an overtime victory at 149.  

Belmont Abbey's Jonathan Charpenter pulled the Crusaders to within 8-6 with an 8-6 overtime decision at 157, before Greg Hilliard pinned his 165-pound opponent in 1:18, to make the score 12-8.

 Senior Jake Glunt earned a major decision of 12-4 at 174, then senior John Wilson won by forfeit at 184, pushing The Abbey's lead to 22-8. Brian Girard earned a pin at 4:01 in his match at 197 before Chaas Delgado captured a 3-2 decision on riding time at the 285-pound weight class.

 In addition the four senior who wrestled Wednesday, senior Brando Dills was also honored in a pre-match ceremony.

 Belmont Abbey heads to the NCAA Super Regional 2 later this month in Findlay, Ohio.