Stewart Picks up Two Victories but VMI Wrestling Falls to NC State and Indiana
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RALEIGH, N.C.  – Zeb Stewart logged a pair of wins on Sunday at a quad match, hosted by North Carolina State, but the Keydets fell in their two dual matches, dropping a 39-6 decision against Indiana University and falling 36-12 to the host.

Additionally, Gardner-Webb University was at the quad match, which was contested at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh, but VMI did not wrestle Gardner-Webb, as the two Southern Conference foes met earlier this season in Lexington.

Stewart logged his first win of the afternoon against the Hoosiers, posting a narrow 2-1 decision over Matt Ortega at 141 pounds. After a scoreless first period, Ortega opted to start the second period down and earned an escape for the period’s only point. Likewise, Stewart began the third period on bottom and also earned an escape. Stewart logged enough time to pick up a riding time point and earned the victory.

Following Stewart’s win, teammate David Yost posted the only other Keydet victory, besting Indiana’s Ryan Nieman 4-3. With the match knotted at 3-3 at the end of the second, Yost began the period on bottom and broke free to earn a point and secure the victory.

In the second bout with NC State, Stewart picked up an easy six points after the Wolfpack forfeited 141 pounds.

In the heavyweight division against NC State, sophomore Andrew Embree posted his third first-period pin of the season. The win by fall was the fastest by Embree this season as he put Josh Davis on his back in just 52 seconds.

Despite the lopsided score versus Indiana, several of the matches were close, with four being decided by two points or less.

VMI (5-10, 2-3 SoCon) is idle until Feb. 20 when the Keydets return to The Thunderdome one last time in 2012 as Chattanooga comes to Lexington for a Southern Conference dual. Action is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. and will serve as the team’s senior night.


Indiana -  39
VMI (5-9) 6
Bout-by-Bout Winner def. Loser Type Score  – Running Score: (VMI-IU) 
125: Zachary Zimmer (IU) won by forfeit (0-6)
133: Joseph Duca (IU) def. Joe Jarrells (VMI) Fall 1:30  (0-12)
141: Zeb Stewart (VMI) def. Matt Ortega (IU) Dec. 2-1 (3-12)
149: David Yost (VMI) def. Ryan Nieman (IU) Dec. 4-3 (6-12)
157: Sawyer Morris (IU) def. Edward Gottwald (VMI) Dec. 5-3 (6-15)
165: Preston Keiffer (IU) def. Jon Jones (VMI) Fall 3:58 (6-21)
174: Ryan LeBlanc (IU) def. Matthew Brock (VMI) Dec. 5-3 (6-24)
184: Luke Sheridan (IU) won by forfeit (6-30)
197: Matt Powless (IU) def. Urayoan Garcia (VMI) Fall 4:40 (6-36)
285: Adam Chalfant (IU) def. Juan Adams (VMI) Major Dec. 15-5 (6-40)
Indiana was penalized 1 pt for bench misconduct


NC State - 36
VMI (5-10) - 12
Bout-by-Bout Winner def. Loser Type Score  – Running Score: (VMI-NCS)
125: #23 Coltin Fought (NCS) won by forfeit (0-6)
133: Ben Elliott (NCS) def. Joe Jarrells (VMI) Major Dec. 15-1 (0-10)
141: Zeb Stewart (VMI) won by forfeit  (6-10)
149: Matt Nereim (NCS) def. David Yost (VMI) Major Dec. 10-0 (6-14)
157: Colton Palmer (NCS) def. Edward Gottwald (VMI) Fall 1:38 (6-20)
165: Nijel Jones (NCS) def. Jonathan Jones (VMI) Major Dec. 18-8 (6-24)
174: Quinton Godley (NCS) def. Matthew Brock (VMI) Dec. 4-2 (OT) (6-27)
184: Robert O’Neill (NCS) won by forfeit  (6-33)
197: KaRonne Jones (NCS) def. Urayoan Garcia (VMI) Dec. 10-3 (6-36)
285: Andrew Embree (VMI) def. Josh Davis (NCS) Fall 0:52 (12-36)