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Two Top 4 Finishes Highlight Builders At Shorter Open

Two Top 4 Finishes Highlight Builders At Shorter Open

EVENT: Shorter Open

RESULTS: full brackets

LOCATION: Rome, Georgia

ON THE MAT: Two Apprentice School wrestlers finished in the top four in their weight classes as the Builders competed on Saturday in the Shorter College Open.

Junior Sterling Briscoe went 4-1 at 149 pounds to finish second in the bracket.  He won his first two bouts by fall over Johnathan Pickens of Darton College (3:15) and Mike Fleming of University of Central Florida (3:35).  His next match was against the top-seed Orlando Medina of Brewton Parker College and Briscoe won by a 15-5 major decision.  Briscoe made the finals with a 4-2 decision over Robbie Collum of Brewton Parker before falling 12-10 to Jake Williams of Cumberland College in the final. 

Fellow junior Ian Jones went 3-2 and took fourth place at heavyweight.  He opened the tournament with a 4-2 decision over Tracy Jewett of Life University.  A 4-3 decision over Jake Shumpert of Brewton Parker College put Jones into the semifinals where he lost to Courtney Freeman of University of Cumberlands by fall in 6:59.  In the consolation bracket he decisioned Shane Haller of the University of Central Florida 5-3 and then lost to Christian McLean of UNC Pembroke by fall for third place.

Other standout showings were by Chris Kennedy at 165 pounds going 3-2 with a major decision and tech fall win.  Three Builders won two matches each - Dwayne Roes (133), Derek Burhenn (141) and Phillip Porto (165).


  • With his first round win at heavyweight, Jones set a school record for most consecutive wins to start a season with his 13th.  The previous record of 12 was held by current assistant coach Will Harcum to start the 2009-10 season.
  • Jones leads the team in wins with his 15-2 record, followed by Philip Porto (14-5), and Jacob Michael (11-3).


125: Jacob Michael (1-2), Cameron Banks (0-2)

133: Dwayne Roes (2-2)

141: Derek Burhenn (2-2)

149: Sterling Briscoe (4-1), Cruz Garcia (1-2)

165: Chris Kennedy (3-2), Phillip Porto (2-2)

174: Kenny Lowry (0-2)

184: CW Sorey (0-2)

197: Josh Rodriguez (1-2)

285: Ian Jones (3-2)


The Builders will start December heading to York, PA. for the York Spartan Invitational on December 7.