Wrestlers Sit Fifth After Day One Of NCWA Nationals

EVENT: NCWA Division I Championships

LOCATION: Allen, Texas

TEAM STANDING: 5th out of 29 after day one

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IN BRIEF: Sophomore Josh Rodriguez and junior Ian Jones both went 2-0 to advance to the quarterfinals of the 2014 NCWA Division I National Championships on Thursday at the Allen Event Center.


Josh Rodriguez won both of his matches against opponents from Renssalear Polytechnic Institute on Thursday at 197 pounds.  His first match he won by fall in 1:22 over Omar Abdoun.  In the third round he won in sudden victory over Steven Curtis 6-4.  He will take on the #2-seed Paul Ardilla of Georgia who won both of his matches on Thursday by a fall in 40 seconds and a 17-2 tech fall win.

Jones advanced to the quarters with a pair of wins by fall.  He started his march at heavyweight by winning in 6:35 over Richard Gorton of the University of Maine and then won by fall in 2:44 over David Velez of Henry Ford Community College.  Jones will face the #5-seed Donald Shovestill of Navy Prep in the quarters on Friday morning.

Four Builders lost in the third round on Thursday night and will have to win three consolation matches to advance to the All-American round.  Shane Smith (125 lbs), Philip Porto (174), Patrik Foxworth (157) and Kyle Lowry (157) all lost for the first time in the event in the final round on Thursday night.

Four other Builders are already battling through the consolation brackets in hopes of making it out to the All-American round on Saturday afternoon.  Jacob Michael (125), Ty Watkins (141), Dan Henson (165) and Kyle Cox (235) are all still fighting through the wrestleback rounds.

Leading the team race is Grand Canyon University (82.5 points), followed by Liberty University and Shorter University (72.5) and University of Central Florida (60.0) with the Builders rounding out the top five with 54.5 points.
Shane Smith
First Round:  Bye
Second Round:  dec. Darion Litton (Auburn) 8-2
Third Round: lost to Buddy Poynter (Mott CC) 3-0


Jake Michael
First Round: Bye
Second Round: lost to Austin Vajen (Fla. Gulf Coast) 12-2
Consolation Second Round: Bye
Consolation Third Round: p. Cody Carbaugh (Penn St Mont Alto) 2:38


Derek Burhenn
First Round: Bye
Second Round: lost to Jimmy Hughes (Penn St. Mont Alto) 5-2
Consolation Second Round: def. Jason Singleton (Middle Tenn. St.) 8-0
Consolation Third Round: lost to Gregory Williams (UMass) 1:05


Ty Watkins
First Round: def. Junior Francois (Central Fla.) 2:58
Second Round: lost to Marc Magano (Douglas) 14-6
Consolation Second Round: def. Ali Saad (Henry Ford CC) 12-7
Consolation Third Round: def. Kevin Hernandez (Texas A&M) forfeit


Cruz Garcia
First Round: lost to Joey Affronti (Army Prep) 1:13
Consolation Second Round: def. Beau Doerr (Fla.) forfeit
Consolation Third Round: def. Andrew Doobay (Central Fla.) 9-3


Patrick Foxworth
First Round: def. Aaron Camis (Dixie) 7-6
Second Round: def. Chadd Baribault (West Chester) 8-6
Third Round: lost Codie Nichols (Alfred State) 8-3


Kyle Lowry
First Round: Bye
Second Round: def. Joshua Jeffries (South Fla.) 7-2
Third Round: lost #3 seed Nick Bendon (Central Washington) 5-2


Chris Kennedy
First Round: lost to Jesse Garrett (MMI) 16-5
Consolation Second Round: dec. Jamal Reynolds (Mercer) 17-10
Consolation Third Round: lost to Markevis Duncan (ETSU) 16-8


Dan Henson
First Round: lost to Konnor Kremer (Alfred St) 7-1
Consolation Second Round: def. Reginald Fields (Toledo)  2:32
Consolation Third Round: dec. Gavin Oplinger (W&M) 10-6


#4-seed Philllip Porto
First Round: Bye
Second Round: def. Will Bonagura (RPI) 13-9
Third Round: lost to Eric Dietz (Grand Valley State) 4:41


CW Sorey
First Round: Bye
Second Round: lost to Jack Wedholm (Army Prep) 3:56
Consolation Second Round: Bye
Consolation Third Round: lost to Will Robinson (Colorado-Ft Collins) 5-3


Josh Rodriguez
First Round: Bye
Second Round: p. Omar Abdoun (RPI) 1:22
Third Round: def. Stuart Curtis (RPI) 6-4 (SV-1)


Kyle Cox
First Round: def. Austin Maddox (Toledo) 8-5
Second Round: lost to Ryan Kreppel (West Chester) 3-1
Consolation Second Round: Bye
Consolation Third Round: lost to Tim Suydan (Penn St DuBois) 3-1 (SV-1)


#4-seed Ian Jones
First Round: Bye
Second Round: p. Richard Gorton (Maine) 6:35
Third Round: p. David Velez (HFCC) 2:44