Pride Wrestling held its home opener on December 17th against the Tigers of Hampton – Sydney University and then against McDaniel University. The Pride racked up two victories as they beat Hampton-Sydney 41-12, then beat McDaniel 24-21. Coach Erik Wince was very proud of the team’s effort during these matches. He said, “We are extremely pleased with tonight’s performance as it was a phenomenal team effort.” During the Hampton Sydney match, the Pride gained victories from several different wrestlers. Dylan Cook recorded the first victory by way of forfeit, which would get the team rolling. The Pride continued to pour it on after Zachary Raniess won with a technical fall victory, which put Greensboro up 11-0. Tyler Dudley, Tyler Haskin, Conan Wilson, Kacee Hutchinson, and Vince Wilson were also victorious in this match.
In their second match against McDaniel, the Pride got out to another fast start. Gabe Wilson got the Pride off to a 5-0 lead with a technical fall victory over Nicholas Malinowski. The Pride then went up 9-0 after Zachary Rainess won with a major decision. Following the 141 win by McDaniel, Conan Wilson pulled out an exciting victory at 149 for the Pride. Trailing by one in the final minute, Wilson recorded a one point with seconds remaining to tie the bout. Wilson went on the win the bout 9-8 after receiving a riding bonus point. McDaniel rallied bac to tie the score, before Marquez Keyes racked up a decision win to give the Pride a 18-15 lead. The Pride went on to win the match by a score of 24-21.
The Pride traveled to Lexington, VA on December 19th for its next match, where it lost 0-3 at the Washington and Lee Duals. The Pride’s three loses came from Alma College, from #24 Coast Guard, and then from Muskingum. The Pride wrestling team finished 7th at the Jim Crytzer Invitational, positively starting off 2017. Coach Wince felt good about the Invitational even though his team only came in 7th. Furthermore, he was pleased with some of his team members,, saying, “Overall, we are happy with a few guys’ performances.” He also added, “This was a good event to get our feet wet following the long break.”
The Pride won one match and lost one match in their next two matches. It fell to Ferrum on the road 32-9, then picked a win on the road against Southern Virginia University. The Pride intend to keep improving throughout the rest of the season. Be sure to come out and support your Greensboro College Pride wrestling team as it looks to finish off the second half of the season on a good note.
This article was written by Tyrell Bartell.