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Wrestling Rumbles and Moves Up in Conference

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Garrett Steele Redshirt Freshman, maintains composure as he holds off his opponent in a friendly match for the Braves. PN Photo/ Mahala Treish

By: Michaela Tisdale, Social Media Manager

Jan. 6

NWCA Multi-Division National Duals #8 University of Indianapolis

UNCP traveled to Louisville, Kentucky for a match against the University of Indianapolis on Jan. 6 2022. The Braves won 3-10 matches by overall obtaining 94 points. The Braves lost to the Indianapolis Greyhounds with a final score of 25 to 15.

Braves freshman Chance Cottingham, received 9 points for the Braves in the third match, leading them to victory in this round. The Braves are 1-5 all time against Indianapolis dating back to their first meeting in 1995.

King University

UNCP’s wrestling team traveled to Louisville, Kentucky during that weekend for a conference match against King University. The Braves defeated the Greyhounds winning seven of the 10 matches, by a final score of 34 points to nine. Nick Daggett won the match by technical fall, with a score of 16 to 0. Daggett’s record improves to 13-4. Braves are on a six match win streak against King dating back to December 2009. Braves freshman, Chance Cottingham defeated his opponent via technical fall, by a score of 15 to 0. Cottingham’s record improves to 7-9.

#15 Colorado Mesa University

UNCP’s wrestling team competed against Colorado Mesa University. The Braves had a match against the Colorado Mesa Mavericks. The Braves won two out of 10 matches by a final score of 10 points to 33. The Braves are 1-1 with Mesa and have received 37 points overall. Braves wrestler Anthony Carter, received 6 points for the Braves in the second match against Mesa wrestler, Collin Metzgar.

“Although we lost the duel overall a lot of guys came out with energy, grit and go-get it mentality,” Carter said. “The support from guys who weren’t wrestling on the bench were through the roof as well.”

Carter says that he and his team received love and support from the coaches before the match, going forward.

“I believe that match put a fire on our team moving forward, as we make this push to sweep the conference and win a title,” Carter said.

Jan. 11

UNCP Defeats Queens University

UNCP’s wrestling team obtained 16 takedowns at home on Jan. 11. The Pembroke team had a home match against Queens. The match resulted in 16 takedowns and this led to the team’s first South Atlantic Conference. One of Queen’s Wrestlers, Nico D’Amico had an advantage on the Braves, but the Braves made a comeback with Jake Piccirilli (157 pounds).

“Getting the pin and sitting in the pin chair and getting the team’s momentum going was very fun,” Piccirill said.

UNC Pembroke are now 5-0 all-time versus Queens University. UNCP is now 3-6 overall and ranked #6 in the conference.

The Braves’ next match will be against Emmanuel College on Feb.1. UNCP is 3-1 all-time against Emmanuel.

The Braves next home match is Feb. 1 versus Belmont Abbey 1 p.m. Currently UNCP are on a 9 match win streak against Belmont Abbey.

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