Central Florida Goes 2-0 at Cavalier Duals
Albany, GA -
The UCF Knights finished their fall semester competition season in style at the Cavalier Duals in Albany, GA. The Knights went 2-0 in the day against NCWA rival Marion Military Institute and NCJAA team Darton College. In total the team went 16-5 matches.
In the first dual the Knights used early momentum to nearly shutout MMI before forfeiting the 285 lbs. weight class. Brian Santiago started the team with a decision win at 125 lbs. At 133 lbs., Alex Chiricosta, returning off of an injury, continued the momentum with a 15-0 technical fall. At 141 lbs. Matt Vaughn improved his record to 17 wins with a victory by pin over MMI. At 157 lbs. & 165 lbs., both Santiago Martinez and Hayden Meyer pinned their opponents in the first period. Martinez improved his record to 18-1 for the fall semester. After accepting a forfeit at 174 lbs., UCF scored two pins at 184 lbs. and 197 lbs. by Seth Dorne and Daniel Polaski. Josh Woods completed the teamís perfect dual meet with a 2-1 decision win over MMI.
Next, the Knights did battle with NJCAA Georgia team, Darton College. The Knights continued their momentum with a second dual meet win over Darton College. At 125 lbs., Brian Santiago redeemed a previous loss to DeVita from Darton College by a score of 7-5. At 133 lbs., Alex Chiricosta earned a :30 pin in the first period. At 141 lbs., Matt Vaughn again improved his record with a major decision over Dartonís Cole Claar. At 149 lbs., Max Becks dominated his opponent with second period pin. At 157 lbs., Santiago finished the day 2-0 with a second pin over Dartonís Chris Antonucci. In the weight classes 165 lbs. to 197 lbs., Darton College rallied a comeback with 4 straight wins over UCFís Hayden Meyer, Nick Christian, Seth Dorne, and Daniel Polaski, respectively. At 285 lbs., Josh Woods closed the dual meet with a 3-1 decision win over Tracey Jewett. The Knights were able to get the best of Darton College with 28-18 dual meet score.
The Knights will now prepare for their holiday season competition with a trip to Los Angeles, CA and Las Vegas, NV to do battle with returning NCWA National Champions California Baptist. The team will also compete in the Desert Duals hosted by Wartburg College in Las Vegas, NV.