By Jason Bryant
Amateur Wrestling News
HAMPTON, Va. – Three of the top four seeds advanced to the semifinals in the National College Division at the 34th annual Virginia Duals at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Va., on Friday.
Top-seeded Virginia, second-seeded Edinboro, third-seeded Virginia Tech and fifth-seeded Kent State will take to the mats on Saturday. Virginia had a first-round bye and then defeated a scrappy Chattanooga team 18-13.
At 165 pounds, third-ranked All-American Nick Sulzer from Virginia handed Chattanooga’s Corey Mock his first loss of the season 10-6. Mock was 18-0 coming into the match and was ranked fifth in the country.
Wins by Jon Fausey at 184 pounds and Zach Nye at 197 pounds sealed the win for the 13th-ranked Cavaliers. Virginia will face Kent State in Saturday’s semifinal.
The Golden Flashes used two falls and an injury default to knock off fourth-seeded and 22nd-ranked Bloomsburg. Tyler Small (141) and Ian Miller (157) picked up falls, while Mike DePalma beat eighth-ranked Bryce Busler by injury default. DePalma was up 2-0 at the 1:41 mark of the first period when the default took place.
In the bottom bracket, 15th-ranked Virginia Tech won its opening round dual over Division II Nebraska-Kearney 27-6 before pulling away from Rider 25-9.
Rider’s Rob Deutsch, ranked 16th, edged Virginia Tech’s 18th-ranked Joey Dance 4-3 in the second tiebreaker at 125 pounds. Rider pulled an upset at 149 pounds when Curt Delia scored a takedown with one second remaining to beat 19th-ranked Zach Neibert 5-4.
Virginia Tech pulled away after Nick Vetterlein defeated Rider’s Clint Morrison 6-4 at 184 pounds and Virginia native Chris Penny won by injury default over Don McNeil at 197. Ty Walz defeated Rider’s Greg Velasco 5-1 at heavyweight.
Second-seeded and 14th-ranked Edinboro needed a takedown from Ernest James in overtime in the dual’s final bout to defeat seventh-seeded Old Dominion. James scored a takedown on Matt Tourdot with six seconds left in sudden victory to give the Fighting Scots a 17-16 win over the Monarchs.
Edinboro’s top-ranked 141 pounder Mitchell Port beat Old Dominion’s fourth-ranked Chris Mecate 5-1 in the dual’s top matchup, while ODU did pull one upset – Alexander Richardson defeated 14th-ranked David Habat 5-3 with a reversal at the buzzer. Other notables saw 17th-ranked Kory Mines of Edinboro earn a 15-4 major decision over 20th-ranked Brandon Jeske at 125 pounds and All-American A.J. Schopp majored Scott Festejo 9-0.
UNC Pembroke, Ferrum, Limestone and Stevens Tech won opening round bouts in the American College Division to reach the semifinals of the eight-team field. The tighest match pitted two Virginia colleges as Division III Ferrum, wrestling in its first season, defeated Liberty, an NCWA team 19-18 on criteria. With both teams tied in bouts, it came down to the second criteria – most falls — and Ferrum heavyweight Tate Dulaney’s fall at heavyweight was the lone fall of the dual.
In the National High School Division, it’s the same deal as the National College Division, with seeds 1, 2, 3, and 5 advancing. Top-seeded Nazareth (Pa.) trounced Gloucester (Va.) 65-3 and then defeated St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) 52-9 in the quarterfinals. The Friars will face fifth-seeded Colonial Forge (Va.) in the semis.
The Eagles, from Stafford, Va., defeated Benedictine Prep (Va.) 37-27 before pulling a slight upset in beating fourth-seeded South Plainfield (N.J.) 28-25.
In the bottom bracket, third-seeded Don Bosco Prep (N.J.) beat Cave Spring (Va.) 56-15 in the opening round and beat Arvada West (Colo.) 56-17 in the quarterfinals. Bosco will face second-seeded McDonogh (Md.). McDonogh defeated St. Christopher’s (Va.) 42-18 in the opening round and then defeated Lexington (S.C.) 47-18 in the quarterfinals.
Action continued in the other two high school divisions on Friday night with the American High School Division and the Black and Blue High School Division.
Full results can be found at Trackwrestling.com and VirginiaDuals.org