HAMPTON, VA. – The Apprentice School wrestling team finished competition in the 32nd annual Virginia Duals on Saturday facing a pair of National Collegiate Wrestling Association foes and split action to take fourth in the American College Division.
This marked the second time the Builders have placed in the top four in the Virginia Duals. In 2007, they lost in the American College Division finals to South Dakota State.
In the opening match, the Builders avenged an earlier loss to University of Central Florida by defeating the Knights 27-21. After starting with a pair of forfeits, the Builders recorded a win by fall from Marcus Chevres at 141 pounds (in 3:52) and a decision by Kyle Spruill at 149 (5-2) to cut the deficit to 12-9.
The teams traded victories in the next three bouts as UCF won a decision at 157 and a fall at 174 in between BJ Compton's win at 165. Heading into the final three bouts, the Builders trailed 21-12 before freshman Justin Martz earned a 6-2 win at 184 to cut that to 21-15. Junior Stuart Roes won by fall at 197 (in 3:10) and freshman Ian Jones won by fall at heavyweight (in 3:18) to bring the Builders to a 27-21 win.
That put them against Liberty University for third place in the event. Apprentice School trailed 12-3 after the first three bouts only recording a win by Chevres at 133 pounds by a 10-6 decision. The teams split the next four bouts, all by decision, as Sterling Briscoe won for Apprentice at 149 (6-3) and Will Sexton won at 157 (2-0) to bring the score to 18-9 heading into the final three bouts.
All three of the final bouts went by fall, as Liberty won two of those. Roes won his third match of the duals at 197 in 2:54 for the lone Apprentice School win in the eventual 30-15 final.
Apprentice School (12-5) now will host the 32nd annual Apprentice School Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 21 at Woodside High School starting at 9 am.