The Apprentice School wrestling team finished its 2010 season on Saturday night with a second place finish in the 2010 National Collegiate Wrestling Association National Championships held at the Hampton University Convocation Center.
The Builders scored 111.5 points to trail only the University of Central Florida with 128 points in the 79-team tournament. This is the first season that the NCWA went into divisions where full programs were considered Division I, while club teams were in Division II. Winning Division II was first-year program Massachusetts Institute of Technology with 64.5 points.
Apprentice School had seven All-American honors in the tournament which raised its all-time total to 70. Senior Ty Holley became a national champion by winning the 141-pound weight class with a 7-1 decision over Brandon Westerman of Marion Military Institute. Holley became the tenth national champion in the history of the Apprentice School wrestling program.
Builder Matchups For Final Session
133 pounds - Championship: Marcus Chevres vs. Shane Gentry (US Naval Academy Prep)
Gentry scored an early two-point takedown and took a 4-0 lead 45 seconds into the bout with a near fall. Chevres got on the board with an escape and an immediate two-point takedown cutting the deficit to 4-3. Gentry's reversal and Chevres' escap with seven seconds left in the first period gave Gentry a 6-4 lead.
In the second a two-point reversal for Chevres at the 1:15 mark tied the score 6-all for the only action of the period.
Gentry recorded an escape with 40 seconds left in the third period to take a 7-6 victory. Chevres finished with a 33-6 record on the season and his second straight runner-up finish at 133 pounds.
141 pounds - Championship: Ty Holley vs. Brandon Westerman (Marion Military Inst.)
After a scoreless first period, Holley recorded an escape 15 seconds into the period for an early 1-0 lead. He closed the period with a two-point takedown and a three-point near-fall for a 6-0 lead after two.
Third period saw an escape at the 1:20 mark for Westerman as Holley takes a 7-1 decision for the national title at 141 pounds. He becomes the tenth national champion for the Builders and finishes with a 34-6 record.
157 pounds - 3rd place: Patrick McIntosh vs. Matt Perry
Perry recorded an early 2-0 lead with a takedown with 50 seconds left in the period. In the second period, both wrestlers had flurries but no points scored until Perry put McIntosh down for a 4-0 lead.
One point escape 10 seconds into the third period for McIntosh cut the deficit to 4-1. McIntosh reversed a takedown attempt cutting it to 4-3 with three seconds left as Perry ended his career with a victory and his third NCWA All-American honor. He now becomes the fourth three-time NCWA All-American joining Ron Vecchione, Justin Gilliard and assistant coach Jovon Butler. Perry is from Chesapeake, Va., while McINtosh is from Sherrills Ford, NC.
165 pounds - 7th place: Will Harcum vs. Eric Pretto (SIU-Edwardsville)
Pretto scored an early takedown to grab a 2-0 lead 20 seconds into the match. Harcum's escape 10 seconds later cut the lead to 2-1. After a trade off of two points each, Harcum caught Pretto and scored a pinfall in 2:28 for the win to take seventh place. With that pin, Harcum finished with a school record 28 on the season and tied the second most wins in a single season ending 45-11.
184 pounds - 7th place: Quinten Bowling vs. Zumarr Archer (Central Florida)
Archer recorded an early takedown and allowed an escape from Bowling for a 2-1 lead a minute into the first. Another takedown from Archer with a minute left put him ahead 4-1 and went up 7-1 with a near fall at the end of the first period.
An escape for Bowling late in the second period was the lone scoring in the second period. Archer escaped early in the third and used a two-point takedown with 40 seconds left to take a 11-3 victory. Bowling, a Newport News, Va. native finished 20-20 on the year.
197 pounds - 5th place: Stuart Roes vs. Arthur Smith (SIU-Edwardsville)
Smith scores an early two-point takedown and Roes' escape cut it to 2-1 before Smith put him down with 1:30 left for a 4-1 lead after one period.
In the second Smith scored an early takedown and allowed Roes to escape for a 6-2 advantage and repeated that scenario with 1:10 left to lead 8-3. Another takedown puts him ahead 10-4 with 50 seconds left in the period as the lead grew to 13-4 into the third where Smith took a 16-4 decision. Roes, a Staunton, Va. native finished his season with a 24-21 record.
How the score turns - Score updates after round seven
After a 0-for-8 performance in Saturday's first session, Central Florida rebounded quickly with a pinfall victory at 125 pounds and a decision at 133 to retake the points lead. In session seven, UCF returned to form after losing all eight in the session six, they won all six in the seventh round of Saturday.
The Golden Knights exploded in round seven to leap back into the lead with 127 points, followed by the Apprentice School (107.5), SIU-Edwardsville (97.5), Grand Valley State (83.5) and the US Naval Academy Prep School with 75.5 round out the top five.
Apprentice School at 157 pounds
Freshman Patrick McIntosh faced off with Eric Powell of Williamson Trade. Powell scored a takedown with 19 seconds left in the first period for a 2-0 advantage which he took to the horn after one period. A couple near takedowns in the second period gave neither wrestler an advantage as that score held after two periods. In the third, McIntosh finally managed a reversal with 1:09 left to tie the score 2-2. The freshman from Sherrills Ford, NC held off a couple near escapes and forced an extra period.
The first extra session saw neither man gain an advantage for a takedown which forced a second period. In the second period, McIntosh took a one-point advantage with an escape at the horn. In the third period, McIntosh had an escape early and held off a couple of late flurries from Powell in a 4-2 victory. That win gave McIntosh a 40-win season to join Will Harcum with 40 victories in a season.
Senior Matt Perry followed him on mat #6 against Steve Powell of SIU-Edwardsville. A two-point reversal for Perry with 40 seconds left in the period gave him a 2-0 lead after one. Powell's escape early in the second period was the lone point as Perry held a 2-1 lead heading into the final two minutes. In the third, Perry scored a reversal with 75 seconds left and allowed an escape with 20 seconds left before taking a 5-2 victory.
Those wins sets up a McIntosh vs. Perry matchup for third place at 157 pounds.
Apprentice School at 197 pounds
Stuart Roes scored an early takedown and gave up a reversal 15 seconds later for a 2-2 score. Roes scored a takedown and gave up an escape to his opponent from the U.S. Military Academy Prep School. A Roes takedown with 15 seconds left gave him a 6-4 lead after one. Jeff Ducote took Roes down with a minute left in the second period and rode him out for a 6-6 score heading into the final period. Roes' escape with 1:45 left put him ahead 7-6. Ducote scored a reversal with 40 seconds left and with the advantage in riding time defeated Roes 9-8. Roes will wrestle for fifth place later on Saturday.
Longtime Apprentice wrestler serves as Honorary Captain
Ted Ray, an Apprentice School graduate who helped revive the program in the late 1960s, served as an honorary captain for the Builders. The Isle of Wight County resident made an appearance for Friday night's quarterfinal round and will be in attendance for the finals later on Saturday. The above photo was taken on Friday afternoon with the members of the 2010 Apprentice School coaching staff. Thanks to Tabitha Wilson of Rockstar Photography for the picture.
First Saturday Session
Taking advantage of a 0-for-8 performance from the University of Central Florida in the first session on Saturday morning, the Apprentice School wrestling team made up a 15.5 point deficit and held a 104-100 lead heading into the second session on Saturday at the 2010 National Collegiate Wrestling Association National Championships.
SIU-Edwardsville was sitting in third place with 94 points followed by Grand Valley State (83.5) and West Chester (72.5) round out the top five.
Sophomore Marcus Chevres, the top-seed at 133 pounds, advanced to the finals at his weight for the second straight season with a 7-5 sudden victory win over fourth-seeded Brendan Murphy of SIU-Edwardsville. Murphy’s scored a late takedown in regulation to take a lead, but Chevres had the advantage point with riding time to force a 5-all tie. In the first extra session, Chevres scored a takedown 30 seconds into the period to advance to the finals where he will face third-seeded Shane Gentry of the US Naval Academy Prep School.
Senior Ty Holley, the top-seed at 141 pounds, advanced to the finals as he used a 1:21 advantage in riding time to gain the extra point in a 2-1 win over fourth-seeded Raymond Borja of the US Naval Academy Prep School. After a scoreless first period, Holley scored an escape midway in the second period before allowing an escape late in regulation to Borja. With the advantage in riding time, Holley advances to the finals to face second-seeded Brandon Westerman of Marion Military Institute.
At 157 pounds, both Builder wrestlers fell to higher-seeded opponents. Senior Matt Perry fell to two-time defending champion Peter Rose of Southern Virginia University 3-2. Perry had lost a couple matches this year to Rose and took the champion to the wire in the semifinal match. Freshman Patrick McIntosh fell 2-1 to second-seeded Andrew Ritchie of Northampton Community College in another nailbiter. Both wrestlers will wrestle again on Saturday morning and with wins will meet for third place. Perry faces Steve Ross of SIU-Edwardsville, while McIntosh faces Eric Powell of Williamson Trade.
In consolation rounds, the Builders went 1-2 as freshman Stuart Roes pinned Arjan Gill of Douglas College in 1:54 at 197 pounds. Senior Will Harcum was pinned in his first match on Saturday and will wrestle for seventh place at 165 later on Saturday. Sophomore Quinten Bowling lost a tough 3-1 decision to Derek Marshall of Grand Valley State 3-1 in sudden victory at 184 pounds. He will face Zumarr Archer of Central Florida in the seventh place bout later on Saturday.