December 5, 2010
Five place at Nittany Lion Open
Dong leads the way with a runner-up finish

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Five Virginia Tech wrestlers placed at the annual Nittany Lion Open, held Sunday at Penn State University. Jesse Dong, wrestling unattached, placed second at 157 pounds by going 5-1 on the day.

Cameron Hurd had a good showing by placing fourth at 149 pounds with a 4-2 mark for the day. Erik Spjut, wrestling unattached, placed fifth at 133 pounds with a 5-1 mark. Also taking fifth was Zach Neibert, who went 6-1 on the day at 141 pounds. Ty Mitch, who competed unattached, took eighth at 125 pounds after going 3-3.

The team, ranked 10th in the country with a 6-2 record, will take the rest of the month off before taking on Appalachian State and Campbell on Tuesday, Jan. 4 in Boone, N.C. The Hokies will take on ASU at 4 o’clock, and then will wrestle Campbell right after.

Below are the results from all of the Tech wrestlers who competed Sunday, both attached and unattached.

125: Ty Mitch (unattached; 3-3; EIGHTH PLACE)
First Round: def. David White (Army), 5-3
Second Round: def. Colton Dalberth (Lock Haven), 11-4
Third Round: lost to Matt Fusco (Rutgers), 8-3
Consolations: def. Robert Dyar (Columbia), 7-4
Consolations: lost to Joe Roth (Central Michigan), 8-4
Seventh Place Match: lost to Nate Morgan (Penn State), Fall, 1:21

133: T.J. Mitchell (unattached; 0-1)
First Round: lost to Patrick McCaffery, Fall, 1:51

133: Erik Spjut (unattached; 5-1; FIFTH PLACE)
First Round: def. Richard Alarcon, Jr. (Citadel), MD 13-4
Second Round: def. Jeremiah Biddle (Bloomsburg), 5-4
Third Round: lost to Mitchell Port (Edinboro), 4-2
Consolations: def. Bryan Pearsall (Penn State), 5-3
Consolations: def. Samuel Sherlock (Penn State), 3-1
Fifth Place Match: def. Lou Ruland (Maryland), 4-1

141: Nick Murray (4-2)
First Round: def. Nicholas Katich (UPJ), 7-05
Second Round: def. Javari Williams (King), Fall, 2:11
Third Round: lost to Zack Kemmerer (Penn), 8-2
Consolations: def. Brandon Deamer (unattached), MD 12-0
Consolations: def. Jordan Beverly (Rutgers), 7-5
Consolations: lost to Mark Hartenstine (Maryland), TF 15-0 (3:37)

141: Zach Neibert (6-1; FIFTH PLACE)
First Round: def. Augustus Sako (Virginia), 8-6
Second Round: def. Jordan Beverly (Rutgers), 6-3
Third Round: def. Danny O’Malley (Maryland), 4-1
Quarterfinals: lost to Adam Lynch (Penn State), 8-2
Consolations: def. Ben Matthiesen (Central Michigan), MD 15-5
Consolations: def. Mark Hartenstine (Maryland), 1-0
Fifth Place Match: def. Danny Lopes (North Carolina), MD 8-0

149: Cameron Hurd (4-2; FOURTH PLACE)
First Round: def. Zach Johnson (Navy), MD 14-3
Second Round: def. Ryan Cubberly (Central Mich), 8-2
Third Round: def. Peter Ferrara (unattached), Fall, 3:55
Quarterfinals: def. Nestor Taffur (Boston), 5-3
Semifinals: lost to Frank Molinaro (Penn State), Fall, 2:40
Third Place Match: lost to James English (Penn State), 9-5

149: Chris Mears (unattached; 1-2)
First Round: def. David Ivashchenko (Citadel), 3-2
Second Round: lost to William Ashnault (Rutgers), 8-3
Consolations: lost to Anthony Salupo (Lehigh), 5-2

157: Jesse Dong (unattached; 5-1: SECOND PLACE)
First Round: def. Kyle Toth (Millersville), Fall, 3:44
Second Round: def. Troy Lamson (Michigan State), Fall, 6:14
Third Round: def. Corey Mock (North Carolina), 5-2
Quarterfinals: def. Nick Terdick (Hofstra), Fall, 2:02
Semifinals: def. Kyle John (Maryland), MD 10-2
Finals: lost to David Taylor (Penn State), 9-3

157: Harrison Hightower (unattached; 2-2)
First Round: lost to Eric Cubberly (Central Michigan), MD 11-0
Consolations: def. Kevin Mowrey (unattached), Fall, 1:45
Consolations: def. Joe Chamish (Binghamton), Fall, 1:52
Consolations: lost to Jacob Salazar (Michigan), 8-4

157: Taylor Knapp (unattached)
First Round: lost to James Rafferty (Army), 6-1
Consolations: def. Jeffrey Brigham (Edinboro), MD 9-0
Consolations: def. Nick Tourville (Boston), Fall, 2:34
Consolations: lost to Eric Cubberly (Central Michigan), 10-3

174: Angelo Malvestuto (unattached; 0-1)
First Round: lost to Mike Letts (Maryland), TF 16-0 (5:58)

174: Robbie Wannenburg (0-2)
First Round: lost to Hunter Meys (Boston), Fall, 2:55
Consolations: lost to Mike Cucinotta (Rutgers), Fall, 4:13

184: John Dickson (1-2)
First Round: def. Williams George (FLWC), 3-2
Second Round: lost to Kevin Bailey (Lehigh), 7-6 (TB)
Consolations: lost to Brock Mantella (Boston), 4-0

197: Bobby Lavelle (3-2)
First Round: def. Brandon Lapp (Sacred Heart), MD 11-3
Second Round: lost to Justin Ortega (Penn State), 5-0
Consolations: def. Tim Murphy (Hofstra), 8-4
Consolations: def. Alex Najjar (Boston), 8-3
Consolations: lost to Steven Graziano (Penn), 8-3

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