ORLANDO, FLA. – The Apprentice School wrestling team competed Saturday in the Central Florida Open and took fourth place out of 16 teams scoring 99.5 points. Central Florida took home the team title with 176.5, followed by Mercer (141), Marion Military Institute 112.5 and the Builders to round out the top four.
Two Builders took second to lead eight wrestlers who placed in the top five. Junior Kyle Spruill finished second at 149 pounds going 2-1 on the day. He opened winning by a 21-6 tech fall over Andrew Eck of Mercer before pinning his teammate Raymond Meeks in 1:45 to make the finals. He lost an 8-6 decision to William Burns of Marion Military Institute in the final.
Freshman Sterling Briscoe was 3-1 at 141 pounds to also take second place. He opened with a pair of Central Florida opponents scoring an 8-1 decision over Jace Lunn and pinning Harrison Billig in 6:48 to make the semis. There he pinned John Miller of Mercer in 4:14 before getting pinned by Matt Vaughn in the final from Central Florida in 2:44.
Junior Ty Ford took home third place at 125 pounds where he went 4-2 on the day. After losing his opening bout, he sandwiched a pair of wins by fall around a pair of decisions to finish third. He earned a major decision win (8-0) over Spencer Field from Florida Institite Of Technology before pinning Michael Stone of UCF (1:22) and Billy Abrahamson of Truett McConnell (1:27). For third he avenged his opening round loss to Cody Roberts from Marion Military by a 6-2 count.
Finishing fourth place were freshmen Justin Martz (2-2 at 184) and Ian Jones (2-2 at heavyweight), while taking fifth were Meeks (3-2 at 149), sophomore Odis Wesby (3-2 at 157) and senior Anthony Damico (4-2 at 165).
The wrestling team will now be off until December 3 when they compete in the York Spartan Invitational in York, Pa.