GAFFNEY, S.C. – In a dramatic back-and-forth regional dual meet against the Limestone Saints, heavyweight Garrett Fosdyck broke an 18-all tie with a decision win in the final bout to clinch a 21-18 victory. The Tornado are now 3-1 in dual competition this season.
Fosdyck, a redshirt-sophomore from Mathews, Va., served as the winner of the deciding bout with a six-point victory over Limestone's Aaron Rowe in the heavyweight division. His 8-2 win by decision gave the Tornado the final three points of the meet, good for a 21-18 win.
Limestone had jumped out to a 14-6 lead in the meet before King turned the tide with three straight wins at 165, 174, and 184. Freshman John Jones (Alabaster, Ala.) began the run of wins with a narrow 7-6 decision over Max Redfoot. Senior Devon Passmore (Miami, Fla.) earned a momentum-shifting pin at the end of the second period over Demetre Liguori to take the lead, 15-14. Brandon Tressler (Orlando, Fla.) took a second one-point affair in a 3-2 win over Blake Steiert to create a four-point lead with two matches to go.
The Saints' Justin Tribble leveled the scoreboard with a major decision over Cody Davis to tie the meet before Fosdyck's win broke the tie for good.
King (3-1) will return to the Student Center Complex on Wednesday, Jan. 30, for their next dual meet against Newberry College. The Tornado and Wolves will take to the mat at 7 p.m. They will host Belmont Abbey the next day at 6 p.m.
King's previously scheduled dual versus Findlay (Jan. 27) has been canceled but will be made up next year on a return trip.
TEAM SCORE (KC-LC)
125: Jerrelle McCabe (KC) dec. Eric Rholetter (LC), 7-6.
133: Ross Benzel (LC) tech. fall Tanner Bates (KC), 22-7 (7:00).
141: Devon Jackson (LC) dec. Marcelle McCabe (KC), 6-2.
149: Nic Stella (KC) dec. Theran Goodale (LC), 4-2 OT.
157: Jeremy Bommarito (LC) pinned Jeremy Miller (KC), 6:40.
165: John Jones (KC) dec. Max Redfoot (LC), 7-6.
174: Dyvon Passmore (KC) pinned Demetre Liguori (LC), 6:00.
184: Brandon Tressler (KC) dec. Blake Steiert (LC), 3-2.
197: Justin Tribble (LC) major dec. Cody Davis (KC), 14-4.
HWT: Garrett Fosdyck (KC) dec. Aaron Rowe (LC), 8-2.