December 30, 2012
Brascetta and Garnett earn championships at Midlands
Hokies finish second in team standings
Midlands Championships
Virginia Tech

Evanston, Ill. - Virginia Tech wrapped up competition Sunday night at the 50th Ken Kraft Midlands Championships at Welsh-Ryan Arena on the campus of Northwestern University after a very impressive showing, finishing in second place with 97.5 points, two points back of Illinois and 12.5 points clear of Oklahoma.

The Hokies went two-for-two in championship matches on the night as both Jarrod Garnett at 125-pounds and Nick Brascetta at 149-pounds earned the first Midlands titles of their careers.

After knocking-off No. 3 seed Cory Clark of Iowa, 10-6, with five quick points right the end of the third period to advance, Garnett needed extra time to defeat No. 4 seed and No. 3-ranked Jesse Delgado of Illinois in the championship bout after the two were tied at 1-1 after the third period. Garnett won the match in sudden victory after getting the Illini wrestler into a cradle and forcing him onto his back to earn the 5-1 win. With the victories today, the redshirt senior moves into sole possession of sixth place in career wins at Tech with 107 and moves to 13-1 on the season.

Brascetta had an impressive meet as well, picking up a pair of major decisions in the early rounds before notching wins over three former All-Americans on his way to the 149-pound title. To reach the finals, the sophomore bested the No. 1 seed and former three-time All-American and two-time NCAA runner-up, Montell Marion who was wrestling unattached. Against the No. 2 seed and No.3-ranked Donnie Vinson of Binghamton, Bracsetta earned a takedown late in the first period and held on for the 3-1 victory. To cap off his tournament, the sophomore was named Art Kraft Champion of Champions which is voted on by the 10 champions. Brascetta is now 16-1 on the year.

Pete Yates took third at 165-pounds, while Devin Carter, who was competing unattached, finished fourth at 141-pounds and Jesse Dong was fifth at 157-pounds.

Below are the full results of the tournament from Tech competitors.

125: #2 Seed Jarrod Garnett 5-0; CHAMPION
First Round: Bye
Second Round: def. Eric Coufal (Nebraska), Fall 3:50
Third Round: def. Tyler Iwamura (CSU Bakersfield), 9-3
Quarterfinals: def. Joe Roth (Central Michigan), 5-2
Semifinals: def. #3 seed Cory Clark (Una-Iowa), 10-6

Championship: def. #4 Jesse Delgado (Illinois), 5-1; SV1

141: #2 Seed Devin Carter (unattached) - 4-2; FOUTH PLACE
First Round: def. Seth Schaner (Eastern Michigan), MD 17-6
Second Round: def. Travis Shaffer (Pitt), Fall 3:21
Third Round: def. Tom Kelliher (Wisconsin), Fall 1:13
Quarterfinals: def. #10 seed CJ Cobb (Penn), 8-6
Semifinals: lost to #3 BJ Futrell (Illinois), 8-5

Consolations: def. #5 Evan Henderson (North Carolina), 7-3
Third-Place Match: lost to #6 Mike Mangrum (Oregon State), 3-1; SV

141: #7 Seed Zach Neibert - 3-2
First Round: Bye
Second Round: def. Mark Erickson (North Dakota State), MD 8-0
Third Round: lost to #10 seed CJ Cobb (Penn), 3-2
Consolations: def. Matt Bystol (Columbia), TF 15-0; 3:53
Consolations: def. Scott Mattingly (Central Michigan), MD 12-0
Consolations: lost to #8 seed Justin Tsirtsis (Una-Northwestern), 5-3

149: #4 Seed Nick Brascetta 5-0; CHAMPION
First Round: def. Dalton Kelley (CSU Bakersfield), MD 10-1
Second Round: def. Bart Reiter (Northern Iowa), 4-0
Third Round: def. Christian Barber (North Carolina), MD 11-3
Quarterfinals: def. 5 seed Nick Lester (Oklahoma), 5-2
Semifinals: def. #1 seed Montell Marion (Unattached), 5-4

Championship: def. #2 seed Donnie Vinson (Binghamton), 3-1

157: #6 Seed Jesse Dong - 4-2; FIFTH PLACE
First Round: Bye
Second Round: def. Andrew Morse (Northern Illinois), Fall 1:39
Third Round: def. Ian Miller (Kent State), Fall 6:40
Quarterfinals: lost to #3 seed Joey Napoli (Lehigh), 6-3
Consolations: def. #5 seed RJ Pena (Oregon State), 10-6

Consolations: lost to Isaac Jordan (Una-Wisconsin), 4-2, SV1
Fifth-Place Match: def. #11 seed Ian Miller (Kent State), Medical Forfeit

165: #2 Seed Pete Yates - 5-1; THIRD PLACE
First Round: Bye
Second Round: def. Austin Wilson (Nebraska), MD 14-3
Third Round: def. Alex Elder (Oregon State), TF 15-0; 3:07
Quarterfinals: def. Jackson Morse (Una-Illinois), 7-6
Semifinals: lost to #3 seed Bubby Graham (Oklahoma), 7-2

Consolations: def. #5 Conrad Polz (Illinois), 8-6
Third-Place Match: def #4 Steven Monk (North Dakota State), 4-0

165: Chris Mood (unattached) - 2-2
First Round: def. Curtis Cook (Utah Valley), 5-4
Second Round: lost to #1 seed Bekzod Abdurakhmnov (Clarion), 12-5
Consolations: def. John Michael Staudenmayer (North Carolina), Fall 4:05

Consolations: lost to Jim Wilson (Stanford), 7-3

174: #12 Seed Austin Gabel - 2-2
First Round: Bye
Second Round: def. Zac Cardwell (Oregon State), 6-1
Third Round: lost to #5 seed Stephen West (Columbia), 3-1; SV1
Consolations: def. Austin Morehead (Oregon State) MD, 16-8
Consolations: lost to Mikey England (Iowa State), 8-4

184: Nick Vetterlein - 2-2
First Round: lost to #1 seed Robert Hamlin (Leigh), 10-4
Consolations: def. Greg Wilson (Oklahoma), 15-8
Consolations: def. Matt Gile (UW Park), 5-4; SV1
Consolations: lost to #12 seed Ty Vinson (Oregon State), 10-8

197: Derrick Borlie - 3-2
First Round: Bye
Second Round: def. #8 seed Christian Boley (Maryland), 6-3
Third Round: lost to #9 seed Max Huntley (Michigan), 3-1
Consolations: def. John Bolich (Lehigh), 6-3
Consolations: def. Donald McNeil (Rider), 6-2

Consolations: lost #10 Kevyn Gadson (Iowa State), 9-6

285: #12 Seeded David Marone - 3-2
First Round: def. Evan Knutson (North Dakota State), 6-2
Second Round: def. Justin Dozier (Michigan), 3-2
Third Round: lost to #5 seed Adam Chalfant (Indiana), 3-1; SV1
Consolations: def. Paul Snyder (Hofstra), 6-4
Consolations: def. Phil Catrucco (Clarion), 6-2

Consolations: lost to #6 seed Matt Meuleners (Northern State), 3-1; SV1

285: Chris Penny (unattached) - 1-2
First Round: lost to Chris Lopez (Illinois), 2-1; TB1
Consolations: def. Cody Klempay (North Carolina), Fall 1:26
Consolations: lost to Dallas Brown (Maryland), 5-2

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