#NextLevel: November 16

GREENWOOD, SC — Matmen alumni were on both sides of the ledger Tuesday night in the South Atlantic Conference Carolinas opening dual between Lander and University of Mount Olive.

The host Bearcats took care of business, kicking off their dual season with a 35-9 victory over the visiting Trojans.

And Lander got a substantial assist from freshman Ethan Lopez (Hagerty ’21; no headshot available from school). Lopez was one of two Bearcats to pick up a fall in the dual, with a pin at 184 over Mt Olive’s Isaiah Manning in 2:11.

Connor Spossey

Another freshman, the Trojans’ Connor Spossey (St Augustine ’21), got the start at 174 for Mount Olive, sustaining a 4-0 loss at the hands of Lander’s Jack Bond.

Slade Watkins

A third area wrestler, sophomore Slade Watkins (Wakulla ’20), made an appearance for Mount Olive in an extra match at 197, falling by a 9-0 count to the Bearcats’ Carter Shipp.

Lander will be at the Life University Open in Marietta GA on Saturday, while Mt Olive will be at the Star City Classic in Roanoke VA on Sunday.

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