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Wildcats insider: Patrick ready to take care of ‘unfinished business’

Davidson wrestler Scott Patrick, top, tries to take down VMI's Derek Thurman in an 184-pound match at Belk Arena in Davidson on Jan. 23.
Davidson wrestler Scott Patrick, top, tries to take down VMI's Derek Thurman in an 184-pound match at Belk Arena in Davidson on Jan. 23. DAVIDSONPHOTOS.COM

Scott Patrick could have graduated from Davidson last year and taken a job in the banking industry.

Instead, Patrick decided to come back for another season with the Wildcats’ wrestling team to take care of what he called “unfinished business.”

Patrick won his second straight championship at 184 pounds at the Southern Conference wrestling tournament on March 7 in Asheville. He became just the second Davidson wrestler to win back-to-back titles, and the first since Henry Westervelt won three straight between 1957-1959.

That puts Patrick back into the NCAA Division I championships, scheduled to begin March 19 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo.

The goal: become the first Wildcats wrestler to win a match at the NCAA tournament since the late 1960s.

“I was very content at the NCAA tournament last year. I was just happy to be able to represent Davidson,” Patrick said. “The only bad part was the matches.

“This year is a lot different. The novelty has worn off, and the nerves are gone. I’m excited to get back out there.”

That’s an achievement in itself, considering how Patrick’s career began with the Wildcats.

Patrick’s freshman and sophomore seasons were cut short because of concussions, but the NCAA granted a hardship year of eligibility after he was medically cleared to resume wrestling.

“It was a scare for a little while,” Patrick said. “You’re never guaranteed anything in life, and you’ve got to make the most of your opportunities. So when I came back, I tried my best to stay healthy.”

After going 20-10 as a junior – his first full season of competition – Patrick went 22-3 his senior year, won his first SoCon title at 184 pounds in 2014 and earned his first NCAA tournament appearance.

But Patrick’s time at the NCAAs was short-lived. He lost to Nebraska’s T.J. Dudley in the first round, and to Michigan’s Domenic Abounader in the consolation round.

Now Patrick, a red-shirt senior, is back in the NCAA tournament – he enters with a 12-3 record, including an undefeated run through the SoCon regular season and tournament – looking to become the first Wildcats wrestler to win an NCAA tournament match since Kerry Keith at the 1968 tournament.

“He turned down the opportunity to make a lot of money to chase his dream,” Davidson coach Bobby Patnesky said. “Right now, he’s got this sense of confidence that I’ve never seen in him before. Hopefully when he gets out to St. Louis, he can show that to people.”

Rollo wins at A-10 track championships

Middle-distance runner Patrick Rollo won Davidson’s first individual title as a member of the Atlantic 10, taking the men’s 800-meter run at the A-10 indoor track and field championships Feb. 21-22 in Kingston, R.I.

Rollo, a junior, posted a time of 1 minute, 53.59 seconds in the 800 final to win the title. He beat St. Joseph’s senior Matt McGarvey by 0.45 seconds.

Rollo’s title helped the Wildcats finish fifth in the men’s team standings with 44 points at the A-10 championships, held at Rhode Island’s Mackal Field House.

Rhode Island won the men’s team title with 203 points, edging George Mason by four points.

Davidson’s women finished 12th overall with 21 points. Virginia Commonwealth won the team title with 125 points, 20 ahead of Richmond and George Mason.

The Wildcats’ women’s best individual finish came from senior Erin Osment, who came in third in the 5,000-meter run. Davidson also had a pair of third-place finishes in relay events, the 4x800-meter and distance medley relays.

Football sets spring game, dinner

Davidson’s football team will cap its off-season drills with its annual Spring Game and post-game dinner on March 28 at Richardson Stadium.

The game will begin at 3 p.m., with dinner with the team and coaching staff following at the Baker Sports Complex.

Admission to the Spring Game is free, but tickets are required for the post-game dinner. Tickets are $20 per adult and $8 for children ages 3-9.

For more information, call 704-894-2448 or email SpecialEventsOffice@davidson.edu.

Patnesky appointed to NCAA committee

Davidson wrestling coach Bobby Patnesky has been appointed to the NCAA’s six-member Wrestling Committee, which deals with issues related to the operations of Division I wrestling.

Patnesky, the second-winningest coach in Wildcats wrestling history, begins his duties on the NCAA committee Sept. 1. His four-year appointment runs through August 2019.

Bill Kiser is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Bill? Email him at bkisercltobs@gmail.com.

Upcoming events

Thursday, March 19

▪ Women’s swimming and diving: at NCAA Championships, Greensboro.

Friday, March 20

▪ Women’s swimming and diving: at NCAA Championships, Greensboro.

▪ Men’s track and field: at 49ers Classic, Charlotte.

▪ Women’s track and field: at 49ers Classic, Charlotte.

▪ Women’s tennis: vs. Massachusetts, Charleston, S.C., 2 p.m.

▪ Baseball: vs. La Salle, Wilson Field, 6 p.m.

Saturday, March 21

▪ Women’s swimming and diving: at NCAA Championships, Greensboro.

▪ Men’s track and field: at 49ers Classic, Charlotte.

▪ Women’s track and field: at 49ers Classic, Charlotte.

▪ Women’s tennis: at College of Charleston, Charleston, S.C., 10 a.m.

▪ Women’s lacrosse: at Elon, Elon, N.C., 2 p.m.

▪ Baseball: vs. La Salle, Wilson Field, 2 p.m.

Sunday, March 22

▪ Baseball: vs. La Salle, Wilson Field, 1 p.m.

▪ Tuesday, March 24

▪ Baseball: at High Point, High Point, N.C., 6 p.m.

Wednesday, March 25

▪ Men’s tennis: vs. UNC Greensboro, Covington Tennis Courts, 3 p.m.

Thursday, March 26

▪ Men’s swimming and diving: at NCAA Championships, Iowa City, Iowa.

Friday, March 27

▪ Men’s swimming and diving: at NCAA Championships, Iowa City, Iowa.

▪ Men’s golf: at Furman Intercollegiate, Greenville, S.C.

▪ Women’s lacrosse: vs. George Washington, Richardson Stadium, 6 p.m.

▪ Baseball: vs. Saint Louis, Wilson Field, 6 p.m.

Saturday, March 28

▪ Men’s swimming and diving: at NCAA Championships, Iowa City, Iowa.

▪ Men’s golf: at Furman Intercollegiate, Greenville, S.C.

▪ Men’s track and field: at Raleigh Relays, Raleigh.

▪ Women’s track and field: at Raleigh Relays, Raleigh.

▪ Men’s tennis: at Richmond, Richmond, Va., 1 p.m.

▪ Women’s tennis: at Western Carolina, Cullowhee, N.C., 2 p.m.

▪ Baseball: vs. Saint Louis, Wilson Field, 2 p.m.

▪ Football: Wildcats Spring Game, Richardson Stadium, 3 p.m.

Sunday, March 29

▪ Men’s golf: at Furman Intercollegiate, Greenville, S.C.

▪ Men’s track and field: at Raleigh Relays, Raleigh.

▪ Women’s track and field: at Raleigh Relays, Raleigh.

▪ Men’s tennis: at N.C. Central, Durham, 1 p.m.

▪ Women’s tennis: at Brevard, Brevard, N.C., 1 p.m.

▪ Baseball: vs. Saint Louis, Wilson Field, 1 p.m.

Tuesday, March 31

▪ Baseball: at Winthrop, Rock Hill, S.C., 6 p.m.

▪ Women’s lacrosse: vs. Duke, Richardson Stadium, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, April 1

▪ Women’s tennis: at UNC Greensboro, Greensboro, 4 p.m.

Source: www.davidsonwildcats.com

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