Mason (6-3, 2-1 EWL) fell behind in the match when The Citadel (0-4) recorded a pin a 133 pounds in the first bout of the afternoon.
At 141 pounds, freshman Julio Alegria (2-13, 1-7) recorded his first collegiate pin at 1:22 of the first period against sophomore Ethan Philips. It was also Alegria’s first NCAA dual victory.
In the 149-pound matchup, Mason redshirt senior Tejon Anthony (22-7, 7-2) built a 7-5 lead over freshman Chon Porter after two periods, but dropped a hard-fought 12-10 decision.
The Citadel then picked up a technical fall at 157 pounds to increase their match-score lead to 14-6.
Mason redshirt junior Colston DiBlasi (22-8, 6-1) recorded a takedown in the first period to take a 2-0 advantage over freshman Dazjon Casto.
After a defensive and scoreless second period, DiBlasi notched his 14th pin of the season in the final frame of the bout. He leads the NCAA in pins this season.
At 174 pounds, Mason redshirt freshman Cornelius Schuster (12-5, 6-2) took a 4-2 lead into the third period and held on for a 5-3 decision over freshman Kyle Kretzer to put the Patriots in front 15-14.
Schuster has won each of his last four dual matches and eight of his last 10 bouts overall.
Mason redshirt sophomore Philip Stolfi (7-7, 4-1) then registered his first pin of the season at 184 pounds, increasing the Patriots lead to 21-14 with the fall over Bulldogs freshman Jared Zenie.
The Citadel trimmed the Mason match-score advantage to 21-18 with a 17-4 major decision at 197 pounds.
In the heavyweight bout, Mason redshirt senior Matthew Voss (23-4, 8-1) built a 6-0 first-period lead over Bulldogs junior Michael McAleavy. Voss went on to a 12-2 major decision for his team-leading 23rd win of the season.
Voss has earned bonus points in 10 of his victories this season.
The match concluded with the Patriots winning by forfeit at 125 pounds.
The Patriots are on the road for an Eastern Wrestling League matchup against Clarion on Thursday, Jan. 17 at Marwick-Boyd Auditorium in Clarion, Pa. The match is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
133 | Paddy Kearney (The Citadel) fall over Talha Farooq (Mason), :21 | 6-0 The Citadel
141 | Julio Alegria (Mason) fall over Ethan Philips (The Citadel), 1:22 | 6-6
149 | Chon Porter (The Citadel) decision over Tejon Anthony (Mason), 12-10 | 9-6 The Citadel
157 | Rian Burris (The Citadel) technical fall over Justin Yorkdale (Mason), 17-0 (4:56) | 14-6 The Citadel
165 | Colston DiBlasi (Mason) fall over Dazjon Casto (The Citadel), 6:04 | 14-12 The Citadel
174 | Cornelius Schuster (Mason) decision over Kyle Kretzer (The Citadel), 5-3 | 15-14 Mason
184 | Philip Stolfi (Mason) fall over Jared Zenie (The Citadel), 4:29 | 21-14 Mason
197 | Sawyer Root (The Citadel) major decision over Alex Donahue (Mason), 17-4 | 21-18 Mason
285 | Matthew Voss (Mason) major decision over Michael McAleavy (The Citadel), 12-2 | 25-18 Mason
125 |Spencer Reed (Mason) by forfeit | 31-18 Mason