Three Hokies win titles at Franklin & Marshall Open

LANCASTER, Pa. - Sophomore David McFadden and redshirt juniors Dennis Gustafson and Kevin Norstrem claimed individual titles representing the Virginia Tech wrestling team at the Franklin & Marshall Open on Saturday.

Gustafson, who had been starting for the Hokies this season at 141 pounds before suffering an injury, won the 133-pound title wrestling in the weight class for the first time this season. Norstrem swept his bracket at 141 in his return to the mat while McFadden took home his second piece of hardware this season wrestling unattached at 165 pounds.

With the score tied at 5-5 after regulation and sudden victory overtime, Gustafson broke through in the first tie break period to top Virginia’s Micky Phillippi in the finals. Norstrem, who was an NCAA qualifier for the Hokies in 2015, pinned Lock Haven’s Ronnie Perry at 5:56 in the semis before taking a 3-1 decision over Nicholas Gil of Navy in the first place match.

Taking third at 125 for the Hokies was freshman Kyle Norstrem, who defeated Thomas Cox of NC State by decision in the consolation semis before picking up another decision over Brown’s Michael Russo, 5-0, in the third place bout. Cody Hughes also took third at 174 as he rebounded from a tough loss in the semis to win consecutive matches. Despite falling in the third round, redshirt junior Mattheos Lozier rattled off four-straight wins to go 5-1 against the field at 149 pounds.

The No. 6 Hokies take on North Carolina tomorrow in Chapel Hill for their ACC opener at 6:30 p.m. The dual will be streamed live on WatchESPN via ACC Digital Network Extra.

133 - Dennis Gustafson
Champ Round 1 - Gustafson TF Samuel Goldman (Harvard), 25-2
Champ. Round 2 - Gustafson TF Ronnie Howard (Unattached), 16-0
Quarterfinal - Gustafson TF Nicholas Lattanze (Brown), 17-2
Semifinal - Gustafson MD Tariq Wilson (NC State), 17-3
1st Place Match - Gustafson dec. Micky Phillippi (Virginia), 6-5 (TB-1)

141 - Kevin Norstrem
Champ. Round 1 - Norstrem - Bye
Champ. Round 2 - Norstrem MD Robert Lee (Pitt), 12-4
Champ. Round 3 - Norstrem dec. Kellen Devlin (NC State), 6-3
Quarterfinal - Norstrem dec. Zachary Davis (Naval Academy), 11-7
Semifinal - Norstrem fall Ronnie Perry (Lock Haven), 5:56
1st Place Match - Norstrem dec. Nicholas Gil (Naval Academy), 3-1

149 - Mattheos Lozier
Champ. Round 1 - Lozier - Bye
Champ. Round 2 - Lozier MD Ashby Diaz (Clarion), 12-2
Champ. Round 3 - Adam Whitesell (Maryland) dec. Lozier, 14-12
Cons. Round 4 - Lozier dec. Aaron Kruk (Harvard), 6-1
Cons. Round 5 - Lozier dec. Curtis Decker (Pitt), 5-2
Cons. Round 6 - Lozier fall Lucas Ortiz (Mat Town USA), 6:50
Cons. Round 7 - Lozier dec. Sam Martino (Virginia), 4-2 (SV-2)

157 - Derek Ciavarro
Champ. Round 1 - Ciavarro - Bye
Champ. Round 2 - Justin Staudenmayer (Brown) MD Ciavarro, 13-2
Cons. Round 2 - Ciavarro MD Mike Marano (Franklin & Marshall), 18-7
Cons. Round 3 - Ciavarro dec. John Nakhleh (Rowan College), 8-3
Cons. Round 4 - Jack Conway (Pennsylvania) dec. Ciavarro, 7-2

184 - T.J. Allen
Champ. Round 1 - Alexander Benoit (Navy) fall Allen, 4:17
Cons. Round 1 - Allen dec. Ray Bernot (Mat Town USA), 4-3
Cons. Round 2 - Kanon Dean (Harvard) MD Allen, 13-1

125 - Kyle Norstrem (UA)
Champ. Round 1 - Norstrem - Bye
Champ. Round 2 - Norstrem medical forfeit over Jake Field (Lock Haven)
Quarterfinal - Norstrem MD Austin Camacci (Millersville University), 16-3
Semifinal - Gage Curry (American) dec. Norstrem, 7-3
Cons. Semi - Norstrem dec. Thomas Cox (NC State), 9-2
3rd Place Match - Norstrem dec. Michael Russo (Brown), 5-0

141 - Andrew Mehrholz (UA)
Champ. Round 1 - Mehrholz - Bye
Champ. Round 2 - Mehrholz dec. Luke Gardner (Penn State), 6-5
Champ. Round 3 - Zachary Davis (Navy) dec. Mehrholz, 8-6 (SV-1)
Cons. Round 4 - William Kui (Columbia) fall Mehrholz, 1:15

141 - Brent Moore (UA)
Champ. Round 1 - Moore - Bye
Champ. Round 2 - Moore fall William Kui (Columbia), 4:02
Champ. Round 3 - Moore dec. Jake Nicholson (Binghamton), 7-2
Quarterfinal - Moore dec. Jamel Morris (NC State), 6-1
Semifinal - Nicholas Gil (Navy) dec. Moore, 5-4
Cons. Semi - Zachary Davis (Naval Academy) dec. Moore, 7-3

149 - Jarrett Degen (UA)
Champ. Round 1 - Degen - Bye
Champ. Round 2 - Degen TF Curtis Decker (Pitt), 21-2
Champ. Round 3 - Ryan Kemmerer (Temple) dec. Degen, 5-3
Cons. Round 4 - Travis Vasquez (Brown) dec. Degen, 5-2

157 - B.C. LaPrade (UA)
Champ. Round 1 - LaPrade - Bye
Champ. Round 2 - LaPrade dec. Emmett LiCastri (Franklin & Marshall), 10-3
Champ. Round 3 - LaPrade dec. Wade Hodges (Maryland), 8-2
Quarterfinal - LaPrade MD Shane Jones (Old Dominion),13-3
Semifinal - Justin Staudenmayer (Brown) dec. LaPrade, 3-1
Cons. Semi - Laurence Kosoy (Columbia University) fall LaPrade, 1:12

165 - David McFadden (UA)
Champ. Round 1 - McFadden - Bye
Champ. Round 2 - McFadden TF Shane Ruhnke (Millersville University), 16-1
Champ. Round 3 - McFadden TF Connor Wagh (Bucknell), 16-1
Quarterfinal - McFadden dec. Brian Hamann (NC State), 3-2
Semifinal - McFadden MD Daniel Bullard (NC State), 14-3
1st Place Match - McFadden dec. Chandler Marsteller (Unattached), 7-3

174 - Cody Hughes (UA)
Champ. Round 1 - Hughes dec. Dylan Ammerman (Lehigh), 16-7
Champ. Round 2 - Hughes MD Melik Jimenez (Campbell University), 13-4
Champ. Round 3 - Hughes MD Jake Kocsis (Binghamton), 13-4
Quarterfinal - Hughes dec. Robert Winning (Navy), 10-6
Semifinal - Josef Johnson (Harvard) dec. Hughes, 4-0
Cons. Semi - Hughes dec. Spencer Carey (Navy), 5-3
3rd Place Match - Hughes dec. Adam Mackie (Lock Haven), 5-2

184 - Brooks Wilding (UA)
Champ. Round 1 - Anthony Mancini (Franklin & Marshall) dec. Wilding, 10-4
Cons. Round 1 - Tyler Askey (Virginia) MD Wilding, 13-3

197 - Dylan Cook (UA)
Champ. Round 1 - Cook fall over Anthony Piscopo (Columbia, 6:37
Champ. Round 2 - Cook (Virginia Tech Unattached) dec. Nick McShea, 4-2
Quarterfinal - Tristan Sponseller (Lock Haven) fall Cook, 1:03
Cons. Round 4 - Tucker Ziegler (Brown) dec. Cook, 6-3

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