ATHENS, GA. - The Apprentice School wrestling team ventured to Athens, Georgia to compete in the Circle City Tournament and finished second out of 15 teams with 122 points on Saturday at the University of Georgia.
Marion Military Institute won the event with 149 points, followed by the Builders, Georgia Southern (61) while South Carolina and Auburn tied for fourth with 59.5 points. The Builders had five wrestlers take firsts, while six others placed in the top six in their weight classes.
Senior Matt Perry went 4-0 at 157 pounds to win that weight and win the Outstanding Wrestler award for the lightweights. Those four wins enabled him to become the third Builder wrestler in the last 20 years to break the 100 career victories mark. His 100th came in his opening match of the tournament as he recorded a 19-3 tech fall win over Tim Keyes of the University of Florida. The Chesapeake, Va. native joins Darrick Walker and Cecil Lee as the only Builder wrestlers to have over 100 career victories as he now has 103.
At 141 pounds, the Builders had co-champions as sophomore Marcus Chevres and senior Ty Holley each went 2-0. Chevres had a win by a major decision, while Holley had one of his wins by a tech fall. Freshman Patrick McIntosh took the title at 165 pounds by going 3-0 with a win by fall, while senior Will Harcum went 3-0 with a pair of wins by fall at 174 pounds to win that title. Harcum has 22 wins by fall this season to move into a tie for second in single season falls and third in career falls with 41.
Sophomore Ty Ford went 2-1 to finish second at 125 pounds while sophomore L.A. Colon was 3-1 at 235 to take third and freshman Malachi Outlaw was 3-1 to take third at 174 pounds.
Other placers included: freshman Jeremy Diley was 2-1 with a pair of falls to take fourth at heavyweight, junior Austen Damico finished 4-2 with three wins by fall to finish fifth at 184 pounds and sophomore Quintin Bowling was 3-2 with a pair of falls to take sixth at 184 pounds.
"With all the changes in the schedule due to the weather, the guys stepped up and performed very well at a strong tournament," said Apprentice School coach Bruce Shumaker.
Next up for the Builders will be a tri-meet on February 20 in Laurinburg, N.C. with NCAA Division II St. Andrews Presbyterian College and NCAA Division I Campbell University starting at noon.