DALTON, GA. – The Apprentice School opened action on Friday in the NCWA National Duals and split its opening pair of matches. They defeated University of Toledo 63-0 and then lost a hard-fought 23-21 decision to Lindenwood-Belleville.
In the opener against Toledo, junior Ty Ford opened the match with a quick win in 23 seconds at 125 pounds before a couple of wins by forfeit put the Builders up 18-0. Freshman Sterling Briscoe scored a 20-5 technical fall win at 149 to take a 23-0 lead. Following a forfeit win at 157, Anthony Damico scored a major decision at 165 (14-3) and Montrell Barbine won by fall in 4:45 at 174 to take a 39-0 lead.
The dual ended with a pair of wins by forfeit and then a pair of wins by fall for Willie Crawford (235-2:36) and Michael Carta (HWT-:52) for the 63-0 final.
Against Lindenwood-Belleville, the Builders got behind early 11-3 after four bouts. A pair of decisions by Will Sexton (157) and Damico (165) brought the Builders to within two at 11-9. Barbine won by injury default at 174 to put the Builders up 15-11, before the Lynx scored wins at 184 and 197 to go up 23-15. The Builders got a pair of decisions at 235 and heavyweight but fell 23-21.
Apprentice School is still alive in the tournament as Friday's matches seeded the teams heading into the final day. The Builders will have a third match with the University of Central Florida starting at 9 am on Saturday. Apprentice School knocked off UCF in the consolation round of the Virginia Duals two weeks ago and the Knights scored an early-season win over the Builders in Orlando at the Central Florida Knight Duals.