WASHINGTON, D.C. – Facing Gardner-Webb and American in a unique tri-dual match format, the Columbia wrestling team earned a pair of victories to improve to 5-3 on the season and 2-2 in the EIWA. Columbia won eight bouts, four with bonus points, to down GWU, 32-6, and then held off a tough American squad for a 20-13 victory.

Gardener-Webb Recap
Columbia opened session one sending it’s heavier weight classes to the mats against GWU. Austin Trott gave the Runnin’ Bulldogs the early lead with an 8-2 decision at 165 pounds, but the lead was short-lived, as Shane Hughes scored his second fall in as many bouts at 174 pounds. Hughes needed just 100 seconds to take care of Aaron Rabin, swinging the team score in favor of the Lions, 6-3.

Zack Hernandez made it a 9-3 lead with a 5-0 decision at 184 pounds. Hernandez score in each period versus Zachary Bennett, using a takedown in the first, escape in the second and a stalling penalty on Bennett and the riding time point in the third for the final bout score.

The 197-pound bout drastically shifted the match in the Lions’ favor, as Matt Idelson pinned Terry Hendreson in 2:17 for his second fall of the season. Just prior to securing the pin, Idelson held Hendreson for a two-point nearfall and on the second effort placed him on his back. GWU would take a decision at heavyweight, but the Lions concluded session one ahead, 15-6.

The second session was all Columbia, as the Lions recorded wins in all five bouts against GWU, including major decisions from Ryan Ponte and Markus Scheidel.

Penn Gottfried began the second session with a 4-0 shutout of William Anderson. The scrappy bout was controlled by Gottfried for most of the way, with the only scoring coming in the form of a takedown in the first period and escape in the second for the Lion. He would add the riding time point for the 4-0 tally.

At 133 pounds, Angelo Amenta built a 7-0 cushion on Robert Golde through the first two periods, including a nearfall. Golde looked to bounce back scoring a reversal and nearfall, but Amenta held off the late charge and added the riding time point for the 8-4 victory.

Senior Matt Bystol made it three wins by decision in a row for Columbia, defeating Ryan Mosley, 5-2. A takedown and escape gave Bystol a 3-0 advantage heading into the final period. Mosley got on the board with a takedown with 1:01 left in the bout, but Bystol was able to escape seconds later and hold off Mosley for the win.

Junior Ryan Ponte notched Columbia’s third shutout of the match and the first of two major decisions with a 8-0 victory over Tyler Ziegler. After a scoreless first period, Ponte exploded for six points off two three-point nearfalls and then controlled the third period, posting an escape and the riding time point to earn his first major of the season.

First-year Markus Scheidel registered his highest point total of the season, scoring a 17-4 major decision versus Alex Bennett. Scheidel wasted little time getting on the board with a takedown six seconds into the bout. He would add another two minutes later and was able to pick up three points with a nearfall in the waning seconds of the period. The Columbia rookie would add two more takedowns in each of the next two periods to run away with the victory.

Columbia 32, Gardner-Webb 6
165: Austin Trott (GW) dec. #17 Josh Houldsworth (CU), 8-2; Gardner-Webb leads, 3-0
174: #20 Shane Hughes (CU) fall Aaron Rabin (GW), 1:37; Columbia leads, 6-3
184: Zack Hernandez (CU) dec. Zach Bennett (GW), 5-0; Columbia leads, 9-3
197: Matt Idelson (CU) fall Terry Henderson (GW), 2:17; Columbia leads, 15-3
HWT: Justin Kozera (GW) dec. Wyatt Baker (CU), 3-1; Columbia leads, 15-6
125: Penn Gottfried (CU) dec. Phillip Anderson (GW), 4-0; Columbia leads, 18-6
133: Angelo Amenta (CU) dec. Robbie Golde (GW), 8-4; Columbia leads, 21-6
141: Matt Bystol (CU) dec. Ryan Mosley (GW), 5-2; Columbia leads, 24-6
149: Ryan Ponte (CU) major dec. Tyler Ziegler (GW), 8-0; Columbia leads, 28-6
157: Markus Scheidel (CU) major dec. Alex Bennett (GW), 17-4; Columbia wins, 32-6

Beginning with the 165-pound bout that featured Houldsworth and Cristian Masaya, the Lions jumped out to an 11-0 advantage through the first three bouts against American. Houldsworth put forth a dominant effort to start the match, scoring 11 points in the first two periods for an 11-2 lead with two minutes left to wrestle. The third period continued in Houldsworth’s favor, as he took down Masaya four times to secure a 19-6 major decision.

Hughes put the exclamation point on a stellar individual day, following his pin from his first bout with a major decision, 8-0, against Keithen Cast. It took just eight seconds for Hughes to score a takedown against Cast, but it would be the only scoring of the period. In the second, Hughes was able to escape Cast and then take him down to extend his lead to 5-0. Another takedown and the riding time point would bring the bout score to the 8-0 final.

A strong first period helped Hernandez extend the Lions’ lead to 11-0, as the sophomore used two takedowns in the first period to notch a 4-2 decision at 184 pounds against Jason Grimes. American would battle back before the end of session two, winning the 197-pound and heavyweight bouts with decisions to send the match to the third with the Lions ahead 11-6.

David Terao picked up American’s third straight win with a major decision at 125, closing the team scoring to 11-10, before Angelo Amenta got Columbia back in the win column in the 133-pound bout. The first two periods between Amenta and Esteban Gomez-Rivera went by without any scoring, but Amenta scored an escape and then took down Gomez-Rivera with five seconds left to ensure the win.

American once again responded with a win at 141 pounds, making it a 14-13 match heading into the 149-pound bout between Columbia’s Ryan Ponte and American’s Cole Moseley. Moseley scored the bout’s first points with a takedown one minute in, but Ponte tallied an escape before the end of the period. The 2-1 score in favor of Mosely stood heading into the third period, where Ponte took over. He began the period with an escape 13 seconds in to tie the score and then took Moseley to the mat and held him for a two-point nearfall to notch the 6-2 victory, giving Columbia a 17-13 advantage with one bout remaining.

The Lions would send Scheidel to the mat to take on John Boyle at 157 pounds looking to close out the victory. The team leader in victories came through with his 19th of the season, downing Boyle 11-4. With three takedowns in the first two periods, Scheidel held a 6-2 advantage heading into the final two minutes, where he scored two escapes and another takedown to punctuate a 20-13 victory for the Lions.

Columbia returns to the friendly confines of University (Blue) Gym on Friday, Jan. 24, hosting Bucknell in a 7 p.m. dual.

Columbia 20, American 13
165: #17 Josh Houldsworth (CU) major dec. Cristian Masaya (AU), 19-6; Columbia leads, 4-0
174: #20 Shane Hughes (CU) major dec. Keithen Cast (AU), 8-0; Columbia leads, 8-0
184: Zack Hernandez (CU) dec. Jason Grimes (AU), 5-1; Columbia leads, 11-0
197: #9 Daniel Mitchell (AU) dec. Matt Idelson (CU), 5-4; Columbia leads, 11-3
HWT: Blake Herrin (AU) dec. Wyatt Baker (CU), 10-3; Columbia leads, 11-6
125: #11 David Terao (AU) major dec. Penn Gottfried (CU), 16-6; Columbia leads, 11-10
133: Angelo Amenta (CU) dec. Esteban Gomez-Rivera (AU), 4-0; Columbia leads, 14-10
141: Spencer Slishman (AU) dec. Matt Bystol (CU), 7-3; Columbia leads, 14-13
149: Ryan Ponte (CU), dec. Cole Moseley (AU), 6-2; Columbia leads, 17-13
157: Markus Scheidel (CU) dec. John Boyle (AU), 11-4; Columbia wins, 20-13