November 11, 2012
Carter takes third at NYAC Holiday Invitational
Five Hokies place at Wolfpack Open

Virginia Tech wrestler Devin Carter took third place Saturday in the prestigious NYAC Holiday Invitational in New York City, a top international event. The junior, who is scheduled to redshirt for Virginia Tech, wrestled at 60kg in the freestyle competition, placing third. Carter won his first two matches to advance to the semifinals, where he was beaten by eventual champion Jimmy Kennedy. In the consolations, he picked up a pin over Russia’s Artas Sanaa and then beat Andrew Hochstrasser, who placed fourth at the Olympic Trials, to take third.

On Sunday, led by Sam Law, five Hokie wrestlers placed at the Wolfpack Open hosted by NC State. Law was the high finisher, going 4-1 to place second. Also placing while representing Virginia Tech was Huston Evans (fifth at 174). Placing while wrestling unattached were: Matt Stephens (fifth at 157); Chris Moon (fourth at 165); and Chris Penny (fifth at 285). Matt Peters, Darren Hankins, John Dickson and Ty Walz were scheduled to wrestle for seventh place at their respective weight classes, but those bouts weren’t wrestled.

Updated season records can be found here. Of note, results against Division II or III competitors, as well as forfeit wins, count toward season and career results, but not toward NCAA qualification while results against unattached competitors count toward season and career results, and can count toward NCAA qualification if they are on an NCAA roster. Forfeit losses do not count as losses against a wrestler or in NCAA qualification. Injury defaults, both wins and losses, count toward season stats and NCAA qualification.

Below are the results from Sunday’s Wolfpack Open:

125: Matt Peters (2-2)

First Round: lost to Jade Rauser (UVU), 8-2
Consolations: def. Alex White (G-W), Fall :33
Consolations: def. Andy Pitts (VMI), Fall :56
Consolations: lost to Brian Bokoski (UNC), TF 19-4

133: Michael Gowen (0-2)
First Round: lost to Andriy Onufriyenko (VMI), Fall 4:11
Consolations: lost to Ian Snyder (Duke), MD 11-2

157: David Bergida (2-2)
First Round: def. Deshawn Utley (Unattached), Fall 1:09
Second Round: def. Ted Gottwald (VMI), 8-7
Quarterfinals: lost to Mardel Gabriel (NCSU), 11-6
Consolations: lost to Matt Stephens (VT), TF 18-3

165: Brooks Morrison (2-2)
First Round: def. Ethan Smith (UVU), Inj. Def.
Second Round: lost to John Michael Staudenmayer (UNC), MD 12-3
Consolations: def. Tanner Tinsley (ODU), Inj. Def.
Consolations: lost to Ross Renzi (WVU), MD 13-5

174: Huston Evans (4-1; FIFTH PLACE)
First Round: lost to Levi Clemons (UTC), 1-0
Consolations: def. John Dommert (VMI), MD 9-1
Consolations: def. Brutus Scheffel (West Virginia), med. forf.
Consolations: def. Vincent Waldhauser (VA), Fall 6:54
Fifth-Place Match: def. Monte Schmalhaus (UVU), 6-5

184: Sam Law (4-1; SECOND PLACE)
First Round: def. Aaron Smith (AppSt), 5-2
Second Round: def. Clay Dent (UTC), MD 12-0
Quarterfinals: def. Mark Colabucci (WVU), 4-3
Semifinals: def. William Coggins (Unattached), 6-0
Finals: lost to Alex Utley (UNC), Fall 4:12

197: Darren Hankins (2-2)
First Round: def. Winston Church (Campbell), TF 21-4
Quarterfinals: lost to Niko Brown (UTC), 7-4
Consolations: def. Mike Brennan (AppSt), MD 13-3
Consolations: lost to Antonio Giorgio (UNC) Fall :43

197: Bobby Lavelle (1-2)
First Round: def. Carson Stack (Davidson), 7-1
Second Round: lost to Kevin Beazley (ODU), 4-3
Consolations: lost to David Prieto (UVU), 8-4

285: Dan Garwood (1-2)
First Round: lost to Phil Mandzik (WVU), 2-1
Consolations: def. Caleb Denny (UTC), 7-0
Consolations: lost to Mike Kosoy (NCSU), 2-1 (TB-1)

The following Hokies competed unattached, meaning they did not represent Virginia Tech and their results do not count toward season stats. For those scheduled to redshirt, their results while wrestling unattached would count toward NCAA qualification should the redshirt be pulled later in the season. Here are their results from Sunday:

157: Matt Stephens (5-1; FIFTH PLACE)
First Round: lost to Chase Cuthbertson (UVU), Fall 6:49
Consolations: def. Chris Mears (UNC), 4-1
Consolations: def. Ryan Harrington (UNC), 5-2
Consolations: def. David Bergida (VT), TF 18-3
Consolations: def. Austin Trott (G-W), 15-11
Fifth-Place Match: def. Chase Cuthbertson (UVU), MD 11-2

165: Issah Meade (2-2)
First Round: def. MJ Roberson (VA), 7-1
Second Round: def. Scott Marmoll (UNC), 7-5
Quarterfinals: lost to Nijel Jones (NCSU), 8-1
Consolations: lost to Kyle Ash (G-W), 2-0

165: Chris Moon (2-2; FOURTH PLACE)
First Round: def. Brian Dorsey (Duke), MD 12-4
Quarterfinals: def. John Lampe (UTC), 6-1
Semifinals: lost to Nijel Jones (NCSU) Fall 7:00
Third-Place Match: lost to Corey Mock (UNC), 7-2

174: John Dickson (2-2)
First Round: lost to Kyle Blevins (G-W), 3-0
Consolations: def. Patrick Davis (NCSU), MD 14-4
Consolations: def. Aaron Rabin (G-W), MD 13-1
Consolations: lost to Monte Schmalhaus (UVU), 7-0

285: Chris Penny (4-1; FIFTH PLACE)
First Round: def. Michael LaPrade (VMI), 10-3
Quarterfinals: lost Nick Gwiazdowski (NCSU), MD 15-2
Consolations: def. Joshua Davis (NCSU), 8-2
Consolations: def. Mike Kosoy (NCSU), 1307
Fifth-Place Match: def. Juan Adams (VMI), 3-1

285: Ty Walz (2-2)
First Round: def. Matthew Torain (Unattached), Fall 1:40
Quarterfinals: lost to Adam Fager (UVU), 6-5
Consolations: def. Lucas Ryan (ODU), 7-3
Consolations: lost to Juan Adams (VMI), 8-6 (SV)

The 12th-ranked Hokies will host No. 5 Ohio State Friday night at 7 p.m. inside Cassell Coliseum as they open their dual meet schedule. On Sunday, Tech will wrestle Wisconsin (2:00) and Manchester (3:45) at Cassell. All matches are free to the public.

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