VMI Wrestling Defeats Virginia 27 9 at The Rumble on the River

By Melissa Wilson | Jan. 08, 2003, 12 a.m. (ET)
Richmond, Va. - The VMI wrestling team defeated Virginia, 27-9 on Wednesday evening in the first annual "Wrestling Rumble on the River" at the Collegiate School in Richmond. The match was wrestled in front of a raucous crowd of 734 that overflowed the gymnasium. The match was the first dual meet of the season for VMI. Virginia's dual record falls to 1-4. The win marked the second consecutive victory for the Keydets over UVA. The match was a homecoming for VMI's 157-pounder Adam Britt, who is a native of nearby Mechanicsville, Va. and graduate of Atlee High School. Britt didn't disappoint the home crowd, as he came back to win the final match of the evening by a score of 8-3 over Virginia junior Tim Foley. "I knew that if I kept pushing and kept pushing, I'd get him in the end," said Britt of his match that he trailed 3-2. He has now defeated Foley in all five of their collegiate encounters. UVA jumped on top early in the match as sophomore Will Durkee defeated VMI's sophomore Mike Parsons (Loudonville, Ohio/ Lakeville), 7-4 in the 165-pound match. VMI came right back, building a lead (6-3) that it would not relinquish as senior Matt Erwin (South Vienna, Ohio/ Graham) pinned Peter Kang in 55 seconds. The Keydets stretched the lead to 12-3 with a 5-4 win from junior Jason Cox (Amherst, Va./ Amherst County) over senior Brian Muir at 184 lbs. and a comeback double overtime 5-4 win by junior David Walker (Chesapeake, Va./ Great Bridge) over sophomore Zach Freday at 197 lbs. UVA wrestled its way back into the match and cut the lead to 12-9 with consecutive 5-4 wins by 285-pound senior Josh Etu and 125-pound freshman Brian Sticca over VMI's freshman Scott Buhman (Portage, Ind./ Portage) and freshman Juan Sanchez (Alexandria, Va./ Hayfield). VMI took the match over from there winning the final four matches of the night. The quartet began with freshman 133-pounder Micah Amrozowicz's comeback 10-5 win over freshman Ian Derath, pushing the lead to 15-9. VMI's freshman Chris Seta (Reading, Ohio/ Reading) put the Keydets on the brink of victory by pinning senior Ryan Stewart in 3:55. The match was clinched when VMI sophomore Jason Kontopedes (Beaverdam, Va./ Boys Ranch (Texas)) won a 2-2 rideout in double overtime over sophomore Paul Bjorlo, making the score 24-9. Britt's victory capped the night. "I'm very proud of our team, they wrestled hard," said VMI head coach John Trudgeon. "We worked hard during the break and it showed. As for this event, I can't say enough about the crew (Dave Brown, Hunter Elliott, Frank Trice and Cliff Foster). This was a super event. It was a great event for our athletes and our alumni." "It was really great to see such support for wrestling," added Britt. VMI will return to action on Friday and Sunday in the Virginia Duals at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Va. The 16-team tournament includes six of Intermat's top 25 teams.