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Wrestlers Finish Third At NCWA Mid-Atlantic Conference

Wrestlers Finish Third At NCWA Mid-Atlantic Conference

EVENT: NCWA Mid-Atlantic Conference

LOCATION: Johnson City, TN.

FINISH: 3rd out of 16

ON THE MAT: The Apprentice School started its post-season wrestling run on Saturday at the National Collegiate Wrestling Association Mid-Atlantic Conference Championships hosted in Johnson City, Tennessee and came in third out of 16 teams.

Four Builders advanced to the finals in their weight classes, but no one came through with a conference crown.  Sterling Briscoe made the finals at 149 pounds after opening with a pair of decision wins over Dallin Tritapoe (Southern Virginia/6-1) and Eric Woodard (Liberty/10-4).  He lost the final to Peter Tatanish of Liberty 5-0.

Junior Phillip Porto came in second at 174 pounds after defeating Justin Trey-Harrell of East Carolina in the first round by a fall in 6:06.  He followed that with a pair of wins over Caleb Prather (VMI/15-3) and Josh Sturgill (Liberty/4-3).  In the final he lost to Keyshaun Ward of Liberty by a 6-2 decision.

Sophomore Josh Rodriguez took second at 197 pounds going 2-1 on the day.  He opened in the quarterfinals with a win by fall in 3:11 over Brandon Davis of Liberty.  In the semifinals he routed Joey Moughan of James Madison by a 19-3 tech fall before losing to top-seeded Aaron Thompson of Liberty in the finals.

Junior Ian Jones split a pair of matches to take second at heavyweight.  He opened in the semifinals with a fall in 5:19 over Aaron McMillion of Bridgewater.  In the final he lost a tough 2-1 decision to Rashied Rayford of Middle Tennessee State.


  • Ten Builders finished in the top four in their weight classes – joining the four runner-ups were:
  • 125: Shane Smith (3rd); Jacob Michael (4th)
  • 141: Ty Watkins (4th)
  • 157: Kyle Lowry (3rd); Patrik Foxworth (4th)
  • 285: Jace Grimmett (4th)
  • This marked the first time in 16 years of competing in the NCWA that the Builders didn't have a conference champion or not finished in the top two.


The 2013-14 Apprentice School wrestling season will conclude in Allen, Texas at the NCWA Nationals running March 13-15.


Team Scores: 1: Liberty 219; 2; Middle Tenn. St. 149; 3. Apprentice 139.5; 4. James Madison 65; 5. Southern Virginia 61.5; 6. E. Tenn. State 46.5; 7. VMI 43.5; 8. Tennessee 37; 9. Bridgewater 35; 10. William & Mary/East Carolina 31.5; 12. Tennessee Temple 29.5; 13. Memphis 19.5; 14. Longwood 8.5; 15. Wake Forest 3; 16. South Carolina 0. 

Apprentice Results

125 - Jacob Michael (2-2) placed 4th.
Quarterfinal: Michael tech fall Jeremy Beale (Liberty) 15-0
Semifinal: Anthony Patnode (Middle Tenn St) dec. Michael 8-5
Consolation Semi: Michael dec. Shaffner (Middle Tenn. St) 7-1
3rd: Shane Smith (Apprentice) dec. Michael 3-2
125 – Shane Smith (3-1) placed 3rd
Quarterfinal: Smith maj. dec. Cody Byrd (Southern Va) 15-3
Semifinal: Tim Nordan (Liberty) dec. Smith 6-3
Consolation Semi: Smith maj. dec. Jeremy Beale (Liberty) 18-4
3rd: Smith dec. Jacob Michael (Apprentice) 3-2
133 – Derek Burhenn (2-2) placed 5th
Quarterfinal: Jacob Paull (Liberty) p. Burhenn 2:37
Consolation Rd. 1: Burhenn maj. dec. Steven Byrd (Tenn. Temple) 10-0
Consolation Semi: Jason Singleton (Middle Tenn. St.) p. Burhenn 5:58
5th place: Burhenn dec. Nick Johnson (Tennessee) 5-0
141 – Ty Watkins (3-2) placed 4th
First Round: Watkins med. forf. Anthony Protogyrou (VMI)
Quarterfinal: Watkins dec. Gerard McQueen (Middle Tenn. St.) 10-5
Semifinal: Collin Lewis (Liberty) inj. def. Watkins
Consolation Semi: Watkins dec. Jackson Beggs (Tennessee) 8-3
3rd place: Steven Cotnoir (JMU) won by inj. def. Watkins
149 – Sterling Briscoe (2-1) placed 2nd
Quarterfinal: Briscoe dec. Dallin Tritapoe (SVU) 6-1
Semifinal: Briscoe dec. Eric Woodard (Liberty) 10-4
Final: Peter Tatanish (Liberty) dec. Briscoe 5-0
149 – Cruz Garcia (0-3) placed 8th
Quarterfinal: Peter Tatanish (Liberty) tech fall Garcia 16-0
Consolation 3rd Rd: Coulter Sims (SVU) p. Garcia 2:29
7th place: Travis Fuller (Tennessee) maj. dec. Garcia 19-6
157 – Kyle Lowry (5-1) placed 3rd
Second Round: Lowry p. Ian Hermanns (VMI) 3:28
Quarterfinals: Austen Brower (W&M) dec. Lowry 8-2
Consolation 4th Rd: Lowry dec. Logan Buck (E. Tenn. St) 3-1
Consolation 5th Rd: Lowry dec. Bandreicus Farmer (Memphis) 3-1
Consolation Semi: Lowry maj. dec. Jordan Russell (Middle Tenn. St.) 8-0
3rd place: Lowry dec. Patrik Foxworth (Apprentice) 10-4
157 – Patrik Foxworth (3-2) placed 4th
Second Round: Foxworth tech fall Logan Buck (E. Tenn. St.) 19-4
Quarterfinals: Foxworth maj. dec. Bandreicus Farmer (Memphis) 15-6
Semifinal: Austen Brower (W&M) dec. Foxworth 3-2
Consolation Semifinal: Foxworth dec. Will Hays (JMU) 9-8
3rd place: Kyle Lowry (Apprentice) dec. Foxworth 10-4
165 – Dan Henson (2-3) placed 8th
Second Round: Henson p. Dakota Hendrix (VMI) 2:09
Quarterfinal: Markevis Duncan (E. Tenn. St.) dec. Henson 2-0
Consolation 4th Rd: Henson p. Alex Cox (Liberty) 3:52
Consolation 5th Rd: Tanner Reynolds (Tennessee) dec. Henson 7-3
7th place: Gavin Oplinger (W&M) maj. dec. Henson 13-4
165 - Chris Kennedy (3-3) placed 6th.
Second Round: Kennedy dec. Sam Paulay (VMI) 7-0
Quarterfinals: Everett Colbert (Middle Tenn. St.) p. Kennedy 6:48
Consolation 4th Rd: Kennedy maj. dec. Jared Nicholson (ECU) 18-5
Consolation 5th Rd: Kennedy dec. Gavin Oplinger (W&M) 8-2
Consolation Semi: Spencer Buettner (VMI) tech fall Kennedy 20-5
5th place: Tanner Reynolds (Tennessee) maj. dec. Kennedy 11-3
174 - Phillip Porto (3-1) placed 2nd
First Round: Porto p. Justin Trey-Harrell (ECU) 6:06
Quarterfinals: Porto maj. dec. Caleb Prather (VMI) 15-3
Semifinals: Porto dec. Josh Sturgill (Liberty) 4-3
Finals: Keyshaun Ward (Liberty) dec. Porto 6-2
174 – Kenny Lowry (0-2)
First Round: Keyshaun Ward (Liberty) maj. dec. Lowry 10-1
Consolation 2nd Rd: Caleb Prather (VMI) dec. Lowry 7-0
184 - C.W. Sorey (2-2) placed 7th
First Round: Royal Brettrager (Liberty) p. Sorey 5:31
Consolation 2nd Rd: Sorey p. Daniel Pitts (Longwood) 2:11
Consolation 3rd Rd: Stefan Haas (JMU) maj. dec. Sorey 14-4
7th place: Sorey maj. dec. Dan Bowen (VMI) 15-5
197 - Josh Rodriguez (2-1) placed 2nd
Quarterfinal: Rodriguez p. Brandon Davis (Liberty) 3:11
Semifinal: Rodriguez tech fall Joey Moughan (JMU) 19-3
Final: Aaron Thompson (Liberty) maj. dec. Rodriguez 15-3
235 - Kyle Cox (2-3) placed 8th
First Round: Ryan Rowe (Bridgewater) p. Cox 2:49
Consolation 1st Rd: Cox dec. Charlie Hancock (Liberty) 2-1
Consolation 2nd Rd: Cox dec. Zachary Boyda (S. Carolina) 3-2
Consolation 3rd Rd: Daniel Siler (Bridgewater) dec. Cox 3-0
7th place: JD Drasbek (SVU) dec. Cox 3-1
285 - Jace Grimmett (2-2) placed 4th
Quarterfinal: Grimmett p. Zach Newton (Liberty) 6:12
Semifinal: Rashied Rayford (Middle Tenn. St) dec. Grimmett 5-2
Consolation Semifinal: Grimmett won by forfeit Jordan Greene (Memphis)
3rd place: Aaron McMillion (Bridgewater) dec. Grimmett 3-1 (SV1)
285 – Ian Jones (1-1) placed 2nd
Semifinal: Jones p. Aaron McMillion (Bridgewater) 5:19
Final: Rashied Rayford (Middle Tenn. St.) dec. Jones 2-1