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What an opening act this was.

Lake Norman High School wrester Will Edmiston fashioned a first-place finish in the Open Division of the 133-pound weight class division for Gardner-Webb University’s wrestling team during participation in the annual Appalachian State University Mountaineer Invitational.

Competing as an unattached entry in the affair, Edmiston logged in with convincing wins by decisions in each of his two matches for his first gold medal-winning performance during the early phases of his current freshman season with the Bulldogs.

A former four-time selection for all-conference honors and three-time pick for receiving All-State status during a stellar high school wrestling career, Edmiston prevailed first by a major decision and then by a regular decision to show for his efforts.

Edmiston, also a former I-Meck Conference and Statesville Record & Landmark Wrestler of the Year, was one of three members of the Gardner-Webb roster to collect first-place finishes within the attraction’s Open Division.

Edmiston arrived as Gardner-Webb following a prep career that included the capturing of his then 113-pound weight class’ N.C. High School Athletic Association’s 4A class title as a junior. He then clocked in with a statewide runner-up placement at the 120-pound class as a senior prior to embarking on what already has the appearance of a similarly successful collegiate career.

Edmiston is joining his Bulldogs teammates for participation over the course of the pre-Thanksgiving holiday by competing in a dual-team match against California Baptist in Riverside, California, before engaging in the Road Runner Open set to be held in Bakersfield.

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