UNCP wrestling splits at tri-meet

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Stuart Nadeau

BROOKVILLE, N.Y. – Fifth-ranked Notre Dame (Ohio) registered five bonus-point wins en route to a 34-9 win over the University of North Carolina at Pembroke wrestling team in the morning dual, but the Braves rebounded with a 26-9 win over the host Pioneers to forge a split at the LIU Post Tri-Meet on Sunday inside the Pratt Recreation Center.

UNCP (6-3) has now won four out of its last five dual matches in the midst of a more than two month stretch away from home. It was the first dual meet action of the season for the nationally-ranked Falcons (1-0), while LIU Post (5-8) has now dropped three-straight dual meets after going 4-2 in the month of December.

Notre Dame won each of the first six individual matches in the morning session, including four bonus point victories, to build a 26-0 lead, but all-American Blaze Shade got the Braves on the board with a 6-4 decision over Anthony Daley at 174 pounds.

Top-ranked and two-time national champion Joey Davis tallied the final bonus point win of the day for Notre Dame in the 184 pound matchup and fourth-ranked Garrett Lineberger stretched the team lead out to 34-3 with a decision moments later at 197 pounds, but Stuart Nadeau turned in a third-period (5:22) pin of Almonte Patrick in the heavyweight bout to provide the final.

Josh Brown got the afternoon match started out right with a 16-9 decision over LIU Post’s Tyler Walsh in the 125-pound matchup, but the Pioneers won two-straight bouts, including a pin at 133 pounds, to storm ahead 9-3 on the team scoreboard. That would be all the Pioneers could muster for the remainder of the matchup, however, as the Braves took the final seven individual matches, including major decisions by both Eric Milks (149 pounds) and Shade.

The Braves will be back in action again on Friday when they head to Hartsville, S.C., to take part in the Coker Duals. The Black & Gold is scheduled to face Mount St. Joseph’s in their opening dual meet of the event on Friday morning, before taking on King in an Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) contest later that afternoon.

Braves softball releases schedule

PEMBROKE – Twenty-five home matchups, including a 10-game home stand in April, as well as 24 contests against Peach Belt Conference opponents, highlight the 56-game UNC Pembroke softball schedule released on Monday by head coach Brittany Bennett.

UNCP will open up its 2016 schedule by hosting its annual three-day, five-team UNCP Invitational beginning on Feb. 5 before heading out on the road for a 10-game road trip starting with a doubleheader at Coker on February 10. The trip will continue with contests at Catawba (Fe. 13), St. Augustine’s (Feb. 14), Pfeiffer (Feb. 17) and Chowan (Feb. 21). The Braves return home on Feb. 23 to host Wingate in a 2 p.m. doubleheader prior to competing at the Mid-South Classic in Spartanburg, S.C., to close out the month of February.

The Braves ring in the month of March with a home contest against St. Andrews on March 2 and proceed to compete in four-consecutive league battles starting with Lander on March 4 on the road. UNCP will play host to Francis Marion on March 9 and head back out on the road for another 10 matchups against Columbus State, Georgia Southwestern, Newberry, North Georgia and Young Harris. The Braves will take on Limestone in regional play on March 24 at 4 p.m. and follow the doubleheader up with road twinbills against Winston-Salem State and Barton.

Finally, in April, the Black and Gold will host Augusta (April 2), Georgia College (April 3), Flagler (April 8), Armstrong State (April 9) and Belmont Abbey (April 12) n in Pembroke and follow it up with the only road appearance of the month at USC Aiken on April 15. UNCP will take on Montevallo in Pembroke on April 17 and honor its three seniors during Senior Day. That outing will also mark a close to the regular seaso. The PBC Championships are scheduled for April 22-23 in Milledgeville, Ga.

The Braves bring back nine returners for the 2016 season, including five position players, three utility players and a pitcher. They will also add 12 newcomers to the roster, highlighted by 10 freshmen and two transfers.

Stuart Nadeau
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