Wrestlers Finish Third At NCWA Conference Meet

Wrestlers Finish Third At NCWA Conference Meet

Corrected with 8 qualifiers

EVENT: NCWA Mid-Atlantic Conference

LOCATION: Liberty University/Lynchburg, VA

TEAM PLACE: 3rd out of 13

IN BRIEF: The Apprentice School wrestling team qualified a minimum of eight wrestlers on Saturday for the National Collegiate Wrestling Association (NCWA) Nationals as they finished third in the Mid-Atlantic Conference meet held at Liberty University.

ON THE MAT

  • The wrestling team had three wrestlers finish in second place, two take third, two in fourth and one in fifth to earn automatic qualifying spots for the NCWA Nationals March 12-14 in Allen, Texas.
  • Junior Jacob Michael went 1-1 at 125 pounds advancing to the semifinals with a bye before scoring a 7-2 decision over Shane Shaffner of Middle Tennessee State University.  In the finals he lost to top-seeded Tim Nordan of Liberty 12-4.
  • Patrik Foxworth also took second in his 165-pound weight class going 3-1 on the day.  He opened with a 24-9 technical fall victory over Austin Kirtlan of Liberty.  His next two bouts were 4-3 decisions over Everett Colbert of MTSU and David Abbadusky of Liberty to make the final.  In the final he fell to top-seeded Chase Boontjer of Liberty 6-4.
  • Josh Rodriguez finished second at 197 pounds going 2-1 on the day.  He also opened with a technical fall win over Michael Belliveau of VMI 23-6.  In the semis he won by decision over Tyler McClendon of MTSU 7-2 before falling to Stefan Haas of James Madison 6-5 in the final.
  • Senior Ian Jones took third at heavyweight as he was 3-1 on the day.  He opened with a win by fall in 5:22 over Austin Wells of MTSU before falling 4-3 to second-seeded Josh Pelletier of Liberty in the semifinals.  His first consolation match was a win by fall in 48 seconds over Ashton Williams of Longwood and then scored a 3-1 win in sudden victory over top-seeded Rashied Rayford of MTSU.
  • Tyrell Watkins also took third in his bracket at 149 pounds going 4-1 on the day.  His first match was a win by fall over Andriy Onufrienko of VMI in 6:47 and he made the semifinals with a 10-3 decision over Nick Patton of MTSU.  He lost to top-seeded Peter Tatanish of Liberty 7-1 in the semifinals before scoring a pair of wins in the wrestlebacks to take third.
  • Coming in fourth was Kyle Lowry (4-2) at 157 and Chris Kennedy (4-2) at 174 while Philip Porto (3-2) took fifth at 174 to finish out the automatic qualifiers.  Some more wrestlers may qualify with wildcard spots that will not be determined until the week of nationals.

TEAM STANDINGS

The Builders with 117.5 points finished third behind host Liberty (215) and Middle Tennessee State (154).  East Carolina rounded out the top four with 100 points.

NEXT UP

The wrestling team will close out its season on March 12-14 at the NCWA Nationals in Allen, Texas.

RESULTS

NCWA Mid-Atlantic Conference Tournament Results for The Apprentice School
125 - Jake Michael (25-11) placed 2nd and scored 14.00 team points.
    Quarterfinal - Jake Michael (The Apprentice School) 25-11 received a bye () (Bye)
    Semifinal - Jake Michael (The Apprentice School) 25-11 won by decision over Shane Shaffner (Middle Tennessee State University) 11-6 (Dec 7-2)
    1st Place Match - Tim Nordan (Liberty University) 22-5 won by major decision over Jake Michael (The Apprentice School) 25-11 (MD 12-4)

149 - Robert Saunders (17-20) placed 8th.
    Champ. Round 1 - Josh Sanders (Liberty University) 20-6 won by decision over Robert Saunders (The Apprentice School) 17-20 (Dec 8-2)
    Cons. Round 1 - Robert Saunders (The Apprentice School) 17-20 won by fall over Daniel Evon (East Tennessee State University) 4-6 (Fall 6:39)
    Cons. Round 2 - Robert Saunders (The Apprentice School) 17-20 won by decision over Nick Patton (Middle Tennessee State University) 17-9 (Dec 6-5)
    Cons. Round 3 - Gene Balcita (Liberty University) 13-16 won by major decision over Robert Saunders (The Apprentice School) 17-20 (MD 12-3)
    7th Place Match - Josh Sanders (Liberty University) 20-6 won by decision over Robert Saunders (The Apprentice School) 17-20 (Dec 8-3)

149 - Ty Watkins (22-9) placed 3rd and scored 16.50 team points.
    Champ. Round 1 - Ty Watkins (The Apprentice School) 22-9 won by fall over Andriy Onufrienko (Virginia Military Institute) 3-4 (Fall 6:47)
    Quarterfinal - Ty Watkins (The Apprentice School) 22-9 won by decision over Nick Patton (Middle Tennessee State University) 17-9 (Dec 10-3)
    Semifinal - Peter Tatanish (Liberty University) 12-9 won by decision over Ty Watkins (The Apprentice School) 22-9 (Dec 7-1)
    Cons. Semi - Ty Watkins (The Apprentice School) 22-9 won by decision over Garrett Hinton (East Carolina University) 18-7 (Dec 7-0)
    3rd Place Match - Ty Watkins (The Apprentice School) 22-9 won by forfeit over Jacob Freeman (Middle Tennessee State University) 15-3 (For.)

157 - Landon Leithauser (11-11) placed 7th and scored 9.00 team points.
    Champ. Round 1 - Michael Bryant (Liberty University) 3-5 won by major decision over Landon Leithauser (The Apprentice School) 11-11 (MD 13-4)
    Cons. Round 1 - Landon Leithauser (The Apprentice School) 11-11 received a bye () (Bye)
    Cons. Round 2 - Landon Leithauser (The Apprentice School) 11-11 won by fall over Lawrence Cotton (Middle Tennessee State University) 10-10 (Fall 1:12)
    Cons. Round 3 - Kyle Lowry (The Apprentice School) 21-19 won by decision over Landon Leithauser (The Apprentice School) 11-11 (Dec 4-3)
    7th Place Match - Landon Leithauser (The Apprentice School) 11-11 won by fall over Alex Sakalas (Virginia Military Institute) 4-9 (Fall 2:29)

157 - Kyle Lowry (21-19) placed 4th.
    Champ. Round 1 - Kyle Lowry (The Apprentice School) 21-19 won by fall over Alex Sakalas (Virginia Military Institute) 4-9 (Fall 1:32)
    Quarterfinal - Cody Richmond (Liberty University) 16-12 won by decision over Kyle Lowry (The Apprentice School) 21-19 (Dec 9-8)
    Cons. Round 2 - Kyle Lowry (The Apprentice School) 21-19 won by major decision over Tony Protogyrou (Virginia Military Institute) 5-5 (MD 15-5)
    Cons. Round 3 - Kyle Lowry (The Apprentice School) 21-19 won by decision over Landon Leithauser (The Apprentice School) 11-11 (Dec 4-3)
    Cons. Semi - Kyle Lowry (The Apprentice School) 21-19 won by medical forfeit over Michael Bryant (Liberty University) 3-5 (M. For.)
    3rd Place Match - Tanner Reynolds (University of Tennessee at Knoxville) 15-3 won by major decision over Kyle Lowry (The Apprentice School) 21-19 (MD 18-9)

165 - Dan Henson (6-7) placed 6th.
    Champ. Round 1 - Dan Henson (The Apprentice School) 6-7 won by fall over Jake Valdes (East Carolina University) 7-12 (Fall 6:54)
    Quarterfinal - Chase Boontjer (Liberty University) 13-1 won by major decision over Dan Henson (The Apprentice School) 6-7 (MD 11-2)
    Cons. Round 2 - Dan Henson (The Apprentice School) 6-7 won by tech fall over Austin Kirtlan (Liberty University) 1-10 (TF-1.5 5:00 (16-0))
    Cons. Round 3 - Dan Henson (The Apprentice School) 6-7 won by decision over Gavin Oplinger (College of William & Mary) 9-8 (Dec 7-5)
    Cons. Semi - David Abbadusky (Liberty University) 15-15 won by decision over Dan Henson (The Apprentice School) 6-7 (Dec 3-1)
    5th Place Match - Austin Jackson (Northern Kentucky University) 5-2 won by decision over Dan Henson (The Apprentice School) 6-7 (Dec 3-0)

165 - Patrick Foxworth (24-8) placed 2nd and scored 16.50 team points.
    Champ. Round 1 - Patrick Foxworth (The Apprentice School) 24-8 won by tech fall over Austin Kirtlan (Liberty University) 1-10 (TF-1.5 7:00 (24-9))
    Quarterfinal - Patrick Foxworth (The Apprentice School) 24-8 won by decision over Everett Colbert (Middle Tennessee State University) 10-4 (Dec 4-3)
    Semifinal - Patrick Foxworth (The Apprentice School) 24-8 won by decision over David Abbadusky (Liberty University) 15-15 (Dec 4-3)
    1st Place Match - Chase Boontjer (Liberty University) 13-1 won by decision over Patrick Foxworth (The Apprentice School) 24-8 (Dec 6-4)

174 - Chris Kennedy (24-20) placed 4th.
    Champ. Round 1 - Chris Kennedy (The Apprentice School) 24-20 won by decision over Jimmy Conte (James Madison University) 6-8 (Dec 6-3)
    Quarterfinal - Josh Sturgill (Liberty University) 15-10 won by major decision over Chris Kennedy (The Apprentice School) 24-20 (MD 16-3)
    Cons. Round 2 - Chris Kennedy (The Apprentice School) 24-20 won by major decision over Zach McMillan (University of Tennessee at Knoxville) 3-7 (MD 11-2)
    Cons. Round 3 - Chris Kennedy (The Apprentice School) 24-20 won by decision over Joe Miller (James Madison University) 7-5 (Dec 10-9)
    Cons. Semi - Chris Kennedy (The Apprentice School) 24-20 won by decision over Philip Porto (The Apprentice School) 15-11 (Dec 2-0)
    3rd Place Match - Jared Nicholson (East Carolina University) 17-4 won by tech fall over Chris Kennedy (The Apprentice School) 24-20 (TF-1.5 4:43 (17-1))

174 - Cameron Vaughne (7-8) place is unknown.
    Champ. Round 1 - Cameron Vaughne (The Apprentice School) 7-8 won by fall over Jorge Reyes (Liberty University) 1-9 (Fall 0:41)
    Quarterfinal - Jared Nicholson (East Carolina University) 17-4 won by fall over Cameron Vaughne (The Apprentice School) 7-8 (Fall 3:22)
    Cons. Round 2 - Joe Miller (James Madison University) 7-5 won by forfeit over Cameron Vaughne (The Apprentice School) 7-8 (For.)

174 - Philip Porto (15-11) placed 5th and scored 14.00 team points.
    Champ. Round 1 - Philip Porto (The Apprentice School) 15-11 won by tech fall over Zach McMillan (University of Tennessee at Knoxville) 3-7 (TF-1.5 3:00 (16-0))
    Quarterfinal - Philip Porto (The Apprentice School) 15-11 won by fall over Cody Brown (Northern Kentucky University) 2-4 (Fall 1:23)
    Semifinal - Josh Llopez (Liberty University) 19-2 won by fall over Philip Porto (The Apprentice School) 15-11 (Fall 0:43)
    Cons. Semi - Chris Kennedy (The Apprentice School) 24-20 won by decision over Philip Porto (The Apprentice School) 15-11 (Dec 2-0)
    5th Place Match - Philip Porto (The Apprentice School) 15-11 won by tech fall over Jimmy Conte (James Madison University) 6-8 (TF-1.5 4:47 (15-0))

184 - Kenny Lowry (22-19) placed 6th and scored 7.00 team points.
    Champ. Round 1 - Kenny Lowry (The Apprentice School) 22-19 received a bye () (Bye)
    Quarterfinal - Greg Humphrey (East Carolina University) 18-7 won by decision over Kenny Lowry (The Apprentice School) 22-19 (Dec 7-4)
    Cons. Round 2 - Kenny Lowry (The Apprentice School) 22-19 received a bye () (Bye)
    Cons. Round 3 - Kenny Lowry (The Apprentice School) 22-19 won by decision over Daniel Bowen (Virginia Military Institute) 9-7 (Dec 7-4)
    Cons. Semi - Spencer Buettner (Virginia Military Institute) 12-1 won by fall over Kenny Lowry (The Apprentice School) 22-19 (Fall 1:08)
    5th Place Match - Caleb Prather (Virginia Military Institute) 7-4 won by decision over Kenny Lowry (The Apprentice School) 22-19 (Dec 8-3)

197 - Josh Rodriguez (27-9) placed 2nd and scored 16.50 team points.
    Champ. Round 1 - Josh Rodriguez (The Apprentice School) 27-9 received a bye () (Bye)
    Quarterfinal - Josh Rodriguez (The Apprentice School) 27-9 won by tech fall over Michael Belliveau (Virginia Military Institute) 1-4 (TF-1.5 6:45 (23-6))
    Semifinal - Josh Rodriguez (The Apprentice School) 27-9 won by decision over Tyler McClendon (Middle Tennessee State University) 19-11 (Dec 7-2)
    1st Place Match - Stefan Haas (James Madison University) 11-2 won by decision over Josh Rodriguez (The Apprentice School) 27-9 (Dec 6-5)

235 - Shakeem Lassiter (13-9) placed 7th and scored 7.50 team points.
    Champ. Round 1 - Shakeem Lassiter (The Apprentice School) 13-9 won by decision over Jamarius Julius (University of Tennessee at Knoxville) 3-5 (Dec 6-3)
    Quarterfinal - Jordan Greene (University of Memphis) 6-3 won by major decision over Shakeem Lassiter (The Apprentice School) 13-9 (MD 10-2)
    Cons. Round 2 - Shakeem Lassiter (The Apprentice School) 13-9 won by fall over Sean Bowers (University of Tennessee at Knoxville) 0-8 (Fall 5:11)
    Cons. Round 3 - Charles Hancock (Liberty University) 10-12 won by decision over Shakeem Lassiter (The Apprentice School) 13-9 (Dec 7-1)
    7th Place Match - Shakeem Lassiter (The Apprentice School) 13-9 won by decision over Jamarius Julius (University of Tennessee at Knoxville) 3-5 (Dec 4-1)

285 - Ian Jones (37-7) placed 3rd and scored 16.50 team points.
    Champ. Round 1 - Ian Jones (The Apprentice School) 37-7 received a bye () (Bye)
    Quarterfinal - Ian Jones (The Apprentice School) 37-7 won by fall over Austin Wells (Middle Tennessee State University) 15-7 (Fall 5:22)
    Semifinal - Josh Pelletier (Liberty University) 28-5 won by decision over Ian Jones (The Apprentice School) 37-7 (Dec 4-3)
    Cons. Semi - Ian Jones (The Apprentice School) 37-7 won by fall over Ashton Williams (Longwood University) 6-4 (Fall 0:48)
    3rd Place Match - Ian Jones (The Apprentice School) 37-7 won in sudden victory - 1 over Rashied Rayford (Middle Tennessee State University) 17-8 (SV-1 3-1)

285 - Gino Saunders (4-10) place is unknown.
    Champ. Round 1 - Zach Newton (Liberty University) 9-6 won by fall over Gino Saunders (The Apprentice School) 4-10 (Fall 5:53)
    Cons. Round 1 - Gino Saunders (The Apprentice School) 4-10 received a bye () (Bye)
    Cons. Round 2 - Austin Wells (Middle Tennessee State University) 15-7 won by fall over Gino Saunders (The Apprentice School) 4-10 (Fall 1:04)