Late surge lifts King past Belmont Abbey, 34-12

BRISTOL, Tenn. - The King College men's wrestling team defeated NCAA Division II Super Region II foe Belmont Abbey (N.C.) College 34-12 Wednesday as the Tornado scored the final 24 points of the match.

King, ranked No. 7 in the last NCAA Division II Super Region II ranking, improved to 7-2-1 on the season while Belmont Abbey, the No. 8 team in the region, slipped to 8-11.

Belmont Abbey got the win at 125-pounds via forfeit before King's Caleb Myers (Greeneville, Tenn.) won a 10-2 decision at 133-pounds. At 141-pounds, Belmont Abbey's Will James defeated Francisco Bisono (Virginia Beach, Va.) 9-2. Nic Stella (Sweet Home, N.Y.) pinned Frank Alley at the 5:59 mark of his 149-pound bout.

The visitors went back ahead 12-10 after Jean-Paul Appolon was a 6-2 winner against John Brasher (McCalla, Ala.) at 157-pounds.

King answered when Patrick Spano (Tampa, Fla.) was a 16-0 winner over Ian Kelly at 165-pounds and John Forbes (Virginia Beach, Va.) posted a 13-1 major decision over Kwame Seymour in the 174-pound match. Brandon Tressler (Orlando, Fla.) pinned Jerami Bartley in 2:41 and Frank Morgan (Maynardville, Tenn.) picked up a forfeit win at 197-pounds to give King a 31-12 lead.

Dondricus Anderson (Macon, Ga.) closed out the match with a 4-1 decision in the 285-pound match.

It was the third time King scored 30 or more points in a dual this season.

King travels to No. 4 Newberry (S.C.) College for a 7:30 p.m. dual Friday.

King 34, Belmont Abbey 12

Individual Matches

Wt        Winning Wrestler (School) WinType  Losing Wrestler (School) Score

125       Shane Summerlin (BAC) For Forfeit (King)

133       Caleb Myers (King) MD Patrick Mestrez (BAC) 10 - 2

141       Will James (BAC) DEC Francisco Bisono (King) 9 - 2

149       Nicolas Stella (King) FALL Frank Alley (BAC) 5:59

157       Appolon Jean-Paul (BAC) DEC John Brasher (King) 6 - 2

165       Patrick Spano (King) TF5 Ian Kelly (BAC) 16 - 0 (5:15)

174       Jonathan Forbes (King) MD Kwame Seymour (BAC) 13 - 1

184       Brandon Tressler (King) FALL Jerami Bartley (BAC) 2:41

197       Frank Morgan (King) For Forfeit (BAC)

285       Dondricus Anderson (King) DEC Kyle Spar (BAC) 4 - 1