Braves score 58-0 in historic victory
By Robert Kelley
UNCP improved to 3-6 on the season following their 58-0 victory over St. Andrews on Jan. 17 at the English E. Jones Center.
The Braves were led by nationally ranked stars Joe Mavins and Mike Nash, each winning their matches by technical falls.
Mavins, the seventh ranked ranked wrestler in the 125-pound weight class, and Nash, the sixth ranked wrestler in the 133-pound division, are two highlights of the Braves wrestling team, but the victory was a complete team effort.
Mavins and Nash combined for 15 takedowns of the team’s 24 total.
Other contributions came from Rashaad Saunders, J.J. Davis and John Henry Clemmer. They combined for three consecutive pins in the win and helped give the Braves the early advantage. With those pins, the Braves took a 39-9 lead and never looked back.
This is the second straight year that the Braves have shut out St. Andrews.
Last season, the Braves defeated the Knights 48-0. Over the past two seasons, the Braves have had the Knights number by a combined score of 106-0.
The victory was also the most lopsided victory in the history of the wrestling program.
The previous most lopsided victory in school history was against Gallaudet during the 2002-2003 season.
The Braves were victorious 57-0 in that match versus Gallaudet.
St. Andrews fell to 2-6 on the season.
The Braves look to build on their confidence during the East Coast Duals, which will take place on Jan. 25 at 6 p.m.