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February 9, 2014
Epperly wins Edinboro Open
Six others place at tournament

EDINBORO, Pa. - Zach Epperly of the Virginia Tech wrestling team continued to roll in his redshirt season, winning the Edinboro Open Saturday in Pennsylvania. The true freshman from Christiansburg, Va., won his fifth tournament of the season to run his record to 25-2. Also placing at the Open were Kevin Norstrem (2nd at 133 pounds), Nick Anderson (3rd at 141 pounds ), Nick Brascetta (3rd at 157 pounds), David Reck (3rd at 197 pounds), Jared Haught (5th at 197 pounds) and David Wesley (6th at 165 pounds).

Epperly, wrestling at 174 pounds, has now won titles at the Hokie Open, the Wolfpack Open, the Shorty Hitchcock Memorial, the Appalachian State Open and now the Edinboro Open. He also placed fifth at the prestigious Midlands Invitational.

Here’s how all the Tech wrestling fared at the Edinboro Open:

133: Kevin Norstrem (unattached, 3-1; SECOND PLACE)
First Round: Bye
Second Round: def. Alex Schulmann (Edinboro), MD 13-3
Quarterfinals: def. Javier Gasca III (Michigan State), Fall 4:06
Semifinals: def. Cody Wheeler (Lock Haven), 3-1
Finals: lost to Mark Grey (Cornell), 4-3

141: Nick Anderson (5-1; THIRD PLACE)
First Round: def. Seth Schaner (Eastern Michigan), Fall 3:58
Second Round: def. Anthony Rix (Kent State), 5-2
Quarterfinals: def. Cameron Kennedy (Michigan), 1-0
Semifinals: lost to Daniel Neff (Lock Haven), TF 17-2 (7:00)
Consolations: def. Nathan Skonieczny (Kent State), Medical Forfeit
Third-Place Match: won by forfeit

141: Jerry Ronnau (3-2)
First Round: def. Jayce Carr (Cleveland State), 8-5
Second Round: def. Chance Driscoll (Kent State), 4-0
Quarterfinals: lost to Randy Cruz (Lehigh), MD 8-0
Consolations: def. Terry Turner (Michigan State), 7-4
Consolations: lost to Nathan Skonieczny (Kent State), 9-3

149: Cameron Bowen (1-2)
First Round: Bye
Second Round: lost to Macaulay Maldarelli (Lock Haven), MD 10-0
Consolations: lost to Blake Morder (Clarion), MD 13-1

149: Mattheos Lozier (unattached, 0-2)
First Round: Bye
Second Round: lost to Christian Pagdilao (Michigan State), MD 14-2
Consolations: lost to Matthew Harris (Alderson-Broaddus), 6-4 *

157: Nick Brascetta (unattached, 5-1; THIRD PLACE)
First Round: Bye
Second Round: def. Brandon Amsberger (Bloomsburg), MD 14-4
Third Round: def. Tyler Berger (Mercyhurst), Fall 6:48
Quarterfinals: def. Caleb Livingston (Penn State), TF 23-5 (5:34)
Semifinals: lost to Malcolm Martin (Central Michigan), medical forfeit
Consolations: def. Elias Biddle (Lock Haven), medical forfeit
Third-Place Match: won by forfeit

157: Mason Mele (unattached)
forfeited out

157: Chad Strube (2-2)
First Round: Bye
Second Round: def. Michael Griffith (Mercyhurst), 9-5
Third Round: lost to Chase Delande (Edinboro), 6-1
Consolations: def. Matt Gotzon (Pittsburgh), MD 12-2
Consolations: lost to Brandon Arnsberger (Bloomsburg), 5-1

165: David Wesley (unattached, 4-3; SIXTH PLACE)
First Round: Bye
Second Round: def. Dewey Espinal (Nassau), Fall 6:03 *
Quarterfinals: def. Tyler Button (Edinboro), 6-2
Semifinals: lost to Bo Jordan (Ohio State), Fall 0:57
Consolations: def. Dominic Prezzia (Ohio State), 7-5
Consolations: def. Andy Hoselton (Purdue), MD 14-5
Consolations: lost to Kasey Davis (Edinboro), medical forfeit
Fifth-Place Match: lost to Connor Brancheau (Michigan), Fall 2:47

165: David Bergida (unattached, 0-2)
First Round: Bye
Second Round: lost to Pat Robinson (Purdue), 9-6
Consolations: lost to Eric Burgey (Notre Dame Ohio), 9-4 *

174: Zach Epperly (unattached, 5-0; CHAMPION)
First Round: def. Jake Dorulla (Eastern Michigan), Fall 5:17
Second Round: def. Timothy Schaefer (Clarion), Fall 3:58
Quarterfinals: def. Travis Moyer (Lock Haven), MD 12-3
Semifinals: def. Jordan Ellingwood (Central Michigan), 5-2
Finals: def. Jordan Wohlfert (Michigan State), 7-0

184: Brooks Morrison (0-2)
First Round: lost to Ryder Newman (West Virginia), 6-3
Consolations: lost to Psomas Andrew (Columbia), 2-0

197: Jared Haught (unattached, 5-2; THIRD PLACE)
First Round: def. Chase Long (Ohio Valley), 3-1 *
Second Round: def. Jeff Pickel (Lock Haven), MD 12-1
Quarterfinals: lost to Vince Pickett (Edinboro), MD 10-0
Consolations: def. Warren Bosch (Edinboro), 2-0
Consolations: def. Jacob Hart (Edinboro), 4-1
Consolations: lost to Matthew Moore (Lock Haven), medical forfeit
Third-Place Match: def. Nick Whitenburg (Eastern Michigan), medical forfeit

197: Henry Mauk (unattached, 1-2)
First Round: Bye
Second Round: def. Raymone Stone (Cleveland State), 12-5
Quarterfinals: lost to Alen Tucinhodzic (Pittsburgh), 4-2
Consolations: lost to def. Nick Whitenburg (Eastern Michigan), MD 10-2

197: David Reck (unattached, 4-1; THIRD PLACE)
First Round: Bye
Second Round: def. Joe Ariola (Buffalo), Fall 2:23
Quarterfinals: def. Addison Knepshield (Virginia), 8-6
Semifinals: lost to Vince Pickett (Edinboro), 6-0
Consolations: def. Nick Whitenburg (Eastern Michigan), medical forfeit
Third-Place Match: def. Matthew Moore (Lock Haven), 4-1

285: Dan Garwood (unattached, 1-2)
First Round: Bye
Second Round: def. Newton Smerchek (Central Michigan), 4-2 (SV)
Quarterfinals: lost to Garrett Linton (Notre Dame Ohio), Fall 5:39 *
Consolations: lost to Gage Hutchison (Eastern Michigan), Fall 1:50

* non-Division I competitor; result doesn’t count toward NCAA qualification

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