Pembroke, NC- Senior 133 pounder Patrick Wells placed fifth at the UNC-Pembroke Open on Saturday afternoon to lead all St. Andrews grapplers on the day.
Senior Josh Tegard also had a good day as he went 2-2 at 125 lbs. while freshman Mario Vega posted his first collegiate win by major decision as he went 1-2.
Junior Chauncey Foster (125), sophomore Kody Getkin (149), junior James Green (157, sophomore Steffan Baker (165), sophomore Russell Lindsay (174), and freshman Jared Key (197) also won a match at the prestigious Pembroke Open, which featured numerous ranked NCAA Division 2 schools including a national champ and many All-Americans.
Lindsay had perhaps the toughest opponent of the day as he wrestled UNCP's defending national champ Mike Williams in his quarterfinal bout. Even though Lindsay lost by technical fall, he battled hard and even had Williams in a headlock. Lindsay pinned his first opponent in the first period for his first collegiate win since 2007 when he wrestled as a freshman at SAU before taking leave to join the military.
Key then recorded his first career win and pin as he decked his opponent in the first period. However, he went on to lose two close bouts and finish 1-2 on the day.
Foster crushed his first opponent by the score of 22-13 before having to default out of the tournament due to injury. Baker dropped his first match of the day by a close 7-6 decision before rallying back and tech falling his next opponent 15-0 to finish 1-2.
The day, however, will be remembered because of Wells' performance as he was able to send the St. Andrews crowd into a flurry as he pinned his opponent form UNC-Pembroke in 1:30 using a beautiful leg cradle during his consolation bout on the way to his 4-2 day. Wells won his first match as he scored a last second reversal to prevail 11-9 as well.
SAU will next travel to Anderson, SC to battle the Trojans of Anderson University at 12 PM Saturday Nov. 17.