EVENT: 36th Annual Virginia Duals
LOCATION: Hampton Coliseum/Hampton, Va.
APPRENTICE SCHOOL RECORD: 1-1
IN BRIEF: The Builders bounced back from a 48-0 opening loss to Minnesota State-Moorhead with a 32-19 victory against Anderson (S.C.).
MINNESOTA STATE-MOORHEAD 48, BUILDERS 0
The Dragons, seeded third, got four wins by fall as they advanced to the semifinals with a 48-0 victory against the Builders. Tyrell Watkins squared off against Isaac Novacek at the 149 match, but Novacek took the win with a 5-2 decision. At 165, Cameron Vaughne' battled with Adam Blees, but couldn't get the victory as Blees earned the 6-3 decision.
BUILDERS 32, ANDERSON 19
Watkins pinned Anderson's Dylan Crossland in 1:51 to win the 149 match. Landon Leithauser followed at 157 with a 15-2 major decision over William Dickerson, while Vaughne' earned an 8-0 major decision against Jared Costa. Steven Francisco also picked up a win at 285, pinning Timothy Williams in 1:45.
BEHIND THE MAT
- Watkins, ranked 9th in his weight class in the latest National Collegiate Wrestling Association (NCWA) poll, was 1-1 on the day. His pin of Anderson's Crossland was his sixth of the season.
- Francisco was 1-0 and picked up his fourth pin of the season with the win over Williams.
The Builders will wrestle again Saturday at 4 pm, where they will face the loser of the semifinal dual between top-seeded Kutztown (Pa.) and fourth-seeded Liberty (Va.).
MINNESOTA STATE-MOORHEAD 48, APPRENTICE SCHOOL 0
125: J. Goldsmith (MSM) won by forfeit; 133: B. Bosch (MSM) p. A. Bright (AS) 4:45; 141: K. Vazquez (MSM) maj. dec. J. Michael (AS) 12-4; 149: I. Novacek (MSM) dec. T. Watkins (AS) 5-2; 157: G. Hoffner (MSM) p. L. Leithauser (AS) 2:08; 165: A. Blees (MSM) dec. C. Vaughne' (AS) 6-3; 174: B. Kuntz (MSM) p. C. Simmons (AS) 5:50; 184: A. May (MSM) tech fall C. Kennedy (AS) 18-2; 197: C. Anderson (MSM) dec. J. Rodriguez (AS) 11-6; 235: Double forfeit; 285: N. Abdullatif (MSM) p. G. Saunders (AS) 3:24.
APPRENTICE SCHOOL 32, ANDERSON 19
125: T. Fitzpatrick (Anderson) won by forfeit; 133: A. Bright (AS) won by forfeit; 141: Z. Hale (Anderson) tech fall J. Michael (AS) 18-0; 149: T. Watkins (AS) p. D. Crossland (Anderson) 1:51; 157: L. Leithauser (AS) maj. dec. W. Dickerson (Anderson) 15-2; 165: C. Vaughne' (AS) maj. dec. J. Costa (Anderson) 8-0; 174: R. Saunders (AS) won by forfeit; 184: M. Gallagher (Anderson) tech fall C. Simmons (AS) 21-6; 197: S. Washington (Anderson) dec. J. Rodriguez (AS) 3-1; 235: Double forfeit; 285: S. Francisco (AS) p. T. Williams (Anderson) 1:45.
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