Cobras open wrestling season with a victory

DANVILLE, Va. — The Coker University wrestling team opened its 2019-20 campaign with a 30-11 victory over Averett University on Sunday.

The match began at 157 pounds, where Averett’s Tony Blackman gave the Cougars a 3-0 lead with a 7-2 decision over Ethan Welsh.

Coker would go ahead for good in just the second bout of the match, when Corey Christie won by fall over Averett’s Isaiah Deck in just 1:29 for a 6-3 lead. Jhavon Innocent won his first match with the Navy and Gold with an 8-2 decision over Noah Wienclawski at 174, before Corey Perkins-Willett would post a 3-2 decision over George Moseley at 184 to put Coker ahead 12-3.

David Alvarez picked up his first collegiate win with an 8-3 decision at 197 pounds, before No. 7/10 Ramon Correa won by fall (2:40) at 285.

Averett would break up the Coker run at 125 when Samuel Braswell defeated Chris Navarro by technical fall, before Chris Poland secured a 4-1 decision at 133. Omar Armengol dropped a close 10-6 decision at 141, before Alex Braden finished off the match with a win by fall over Caleb Harmon in 2:27 at 149.

The Cobras are back in action Nov. 10, when they travel to Pembroke, N.C., to compete in the Pembroke Classic. The action is set to begin at 9 a.m.

Author: Rachel Howell

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