Virginia Tech, Arizona State, Northern Iowa roll into semifinals at 38th annual Virginia Duals, joined by Oklahoma

By Jason Bryant, Special to TheMat.com | Jan. 12, 2018, 6:05 p.m. (ET)
Action image from Virginia Duals courtesy of Virginia Tech Athletics.

HAMPTON, Virginia -- Three teams ranked in the top 11 in the country cruised into Saturday’s semifinals after winning their respective pools in the National College Division of the 38th Virginia Duals at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Virginia on Friday.

Ninth-ranked Virginia Tech, 10th-ranked Arizona State and 11th-ranked Northern Iowa each went 2-0 in pool competition. Oklahoma, which was ranked in the Top 25 for much of the season, topped No. 20 Lock Haven 21-15 in the York River Pool to wrestle its way into the semifinals. Oklahoma will face Virginia Tech while Northern Iowa will face Arizona State in the other pool.

Virginia Tech wasn’t tested in a pair of wins. The Hokies defeated Campbell 40-0 before topping rival Old Dominion 28-9. Solid wins in the opener were registered by local product B.C. LaPrade at 157 pounds, David McFadden at 165, Hunter Bolen at 174 and Andrew Dunn at 285.

LaPrade, who’s wrestling about 20 miles from where he grew up in New Kent, Virginia, topped Austin Kraisser 11-5. McFadden followed with a win over a scrappy Quentin Perez before Bolen, another Virginia product, topped Andrew Morgan at 7-5.

Against Old Dominion, the Hokies won seven out of 10 and pulled away on the strength of upper weights Zack Zavatsky, Jared Haught and Dunn. Both Zavatsky and Haught picked up technical falls at 184 and 197 pounds. Dunn capped the dual with an 8-4 decision over Ali Wahab.

“I was pleased with our teams effort and approach especially after a long lay off,” said Virginia Tech head wrestling coach Robie, whose team hasn’t competed since a December 22 dual at home against West Virginia. “I thought our guys wrestled all seven minutes even in the few matches that we lost today. I think our two senior leaders Dennis Gustafson and Jared Haught have helped set the tone in terms of the expectation is when we step out on the mat.”

The Hokies will face Oklahoma in the top half of the Gold Bracket semifinals.

Oklahoma started the day slow in the four-team York River pool, topping Bucknell 21-13, but the Sooners would set themselves up to win the pool after taking out No. 20 Lock Haven 21-15 in the second round. Conor Webb’s fall at 285 pounds over Derek Dragon broke a 15-15 tie and gave the Sooners the win. The Sooners picked up the only two bonus points in the dual, with falls by Webb and 125-pounder Christian Moody. Lock Haven wrestled without regular heavyweight Thomas Haines, who was injured at the Southern Scuffle.

“I’m excited about the challenge tomorrow with Oklahoma, they came to scrap today and I expect it will be more of the same from them tomorrow,” said Robie.

Arizona State blitzed Virginia 35-3. The Sun Devils picked up a big win at 133 pounds as Ali Naser topped returning All-American Jack Mueller 10-7. Jason Tsirtsis and Zahid Valencia each registered falls at 149 and 184 pounds respectively.

Arizona State would wrestle its way into the semifinals with a 25-13 win over Iowa State. The Cyclones jumped out to an early lead after wins by Ian Parker, Kanen Storr and Jarrett Degen from 133 to 149 pounds. Degen’s rise through the weight was evident in his 16-8 major decision over NCAA qualifier Josh Maruca at 149 pounds. Iowa State’s upset bid was thwarted as the Sun Devils won five of the next six matches to earn the team victory.

“Overall the effort was good,” said Arizona State head coach Zeke Jones. “I think we learned riding time wins and pinning reigns the day.”

“In the last two weeks we found that you have to do it the hard way, like (Josh) Shields did, scoring a takedown the hard way on the edge of the mat instead of just going out of bounds to get an new start and no points,” explained Jones. “He also got a major decision by scoring three take down to the last 30 seconds of the third period. If that’s not the hard way, I don’t know what is.”

Jones is also trying to hold his team to a higher standard.

“We just lacked consistent effort,” he said. “Ali gets a great win and then doesn’t deliver on his second match. He can beat the best in the country but needs to do it every time out. He is going in the right direction but the season is coming to an end soon. Time to make it happen every time.”

Arizona State will face Northern Iowa, which saw little resistance in wins over Kent State and Chattanooga. The Panthers lost just four individual bouts in the Poquoson River pool. Individually, one of the toughest bouts came at 184 pounds where returning All-American Drew Foster edged Bryce Carr of Chattanooga 2-1 in the tiebreaker. Jay Schwarm was impressive at 125 pounds, pinning both his opponents on Friday.

“I told (the guys) to not pat themselves on their backs yet, you’re just in the semis,” said Jones. “UNI is a hard-fighting team. They came to wrestle. Time to find out if we did.”

Division III Ferrum will face Liberty in the top bracket semifinals in the American College Division. Liberty, an NCWA club program from Lynchburg, Virginia, opened up with a 33-15 win over Greensboro College, a second-year Division III program. In the bottom half, local hosts Apprentice School topped Camden County College, a junior college in New Jersey, 28-9. The Builders will face Division II King University, which opened with a 42-12 win over first-year Averett University, a Division III school from Danville, Virginia.

Full results and live streaming can be found at Trackwrestling.com

CROWELL WINS 500TH: In the National High School Division, Nazareth coach Dave Crowell won his 500th career dual as the Blue Eagles blitzed overmatched Woodside of nearby Newport News 82-0. Seeded No. 1, Nazareth advanced to Saturday’s semifinals with a 55-10 win over Independence (W.Va.).

MORE HIGH SCHOOLS: Two-time Cadet world champion Kurt McHenry won two bouts on Friday for St. Paul’s of Maryland. Coached by Olympian Rob Eiter, McHenry’s ranked No. 1 in the country at 113 pounds by virtually every measurable wrestling ranking service. He didn’t have the easiest go, though, as he bumped up to 120 pounds and fell behind in both matches before registering a fall over Logan Chandler of Benedictine College Prep (Va.) and a 10-7 victory over David Loniewski of South Plainfield (N.J.).

EVEN MORE HIGH SCHOOLS: The top four seeds held in the National High School Division. In addition to Nazareth and Independence, South Plainfield advanced as did second-seeded Erie Cathedral Prep (Pa.). South Plainfield beat St. Paul’s 38-25, while Erie Cathedral Prep topped St. Augustine Prep (N.J.) 34-21. American and Black and Blue High School

GOING BOWLING: Fresno State’s Josh Hokit and Oklahoma’s Marquise Overton spent some time in their team’s respective lineups on Friday after playing in college football bowl games in the last couple of weeks. Hokit, who led Fresno State’s football team in rushing in the Bulldogs’ 33-27 win over Houston on Christmas Eve, won two bouts at 197 pounds. Overton, a defensive tackle for Oklahoma’s football team, spent his New Year’s Day playing in the Rose Bowl. Overton lost his only bout of the day.

GRIDIRON GANG: In addition to Hokit and Overton, Chattanooga added football player Torrez Finney to the roster this week. His debut wasn’t thrilling as he fell behind 10-0 to Kent State’s Devin Nye before injury defaulting at 3:30 of his first college match. Finney was a two-time high school state champion at Jones County High School in Georgia.

WELCOME BACK: Back in 2000, Northern Iowa reached the finals of the Virginia Duals after knocking off three seeded teams in the process. That was the last time the Panthers competed here in Hampton. Maybe coach Doug Schwab just wanted to sample some seafood from the Virginia Duals’ legendary hospitality room.

SCANNING THE HALLS: Injuries and roster changes have Iowa State wrestling with its fourth 125-pounder this season. After Jake Allison, a wrestler they pulled off Iowa State’s club team, broke his hand, the team essentially put out an open casting call around campus. The end result was freshman Sinjin Briggs, a state qualifier from Gilbert, Iowa. He went 0-3 on Friday, losing by technical fall in all three bouts.

VIRGINIA DUALS
NATIONAL COLLEGE DIVISION POOL RESULTS


Hampton River Pool

Old Dominion 22, Campbell 18
125 Michael McGee (Old Dominion) over Korbin Meink (Campbell) Maj 19-6
133 Nathan Boston (Campbell) over Caleb Richardson (Old Dominion) Dec 6-0
141 Alex Madrigal (Old Dominion) over Jonathan Ryan (Campbell) TF 16-0
149 Kenan Carter (Old Dominion) over Zachary Barnes (Campbell) Dec 6-4
157 Larry Early (Old Dominion) over Austin Kraisser (Campbell) Maj 15-5
165 Quentin Perez (Campbell) over Luke Drugac (Old Dominion) Fall 3:58
174 Andrew Morgan (Campbell) over Seldon Wright (Old Dominion) Dec 7-5
184 Antonio Agee (Old Dominion) over Luke Funck (Campbell) Fall 6:02
197 Chris Kober (Campbell) over Noah Bushman (Old Dominion) Dec 5-4
285 Jere Heino (Campbell) over ali wahab (Old Dominion) Dec 8-2

Virginia Tech 40, Campbell 0
125 Kyle Norstrem (Virginia Tech) over Korbin Meink (Campbell) Dec 8-2
133 Dennis Gustafson (Virginia Tech) over Nathan Boston (Campbell) Dec 7-2
141 Brent Moore (Virginia Tech) over Jonathan Ryan (Campbell) Fall 3:37
149 Ryan Blees (Virginia Tech) over Zachary Barnes (Campbell) Maj 12-3
157 BC LaPrade (Virginia Tech) over Austin Kraisser (Campbell) Dec 11-5
165 David McFadden (Virginia Tech) over Quentin Perez (Campbell) Dec 11-5
174 Hunter Bolen (Virginia Tech) over Andrew Morgan (Campbell) Dec 7-5
184 Zack Zavatsky (Virginia Tech) over Luke Funck (Campbell) TF 20-3
197 Jared Haught (Virginia Tech) over Austin McNeil (Campbell) Maj 10-1
285 Andrew Dunn (Virginia Tech) over Jere Heino (Campbell) Fall 4:19
Dual Meet Score 0.0 40.0

Virginia Tech 28, Old Dominion 9
125 Kyle Norstrem (Virginia Tech) over Michael McGee (Old Dominion) Dec 9-3
133 Dennis Gustafson (Virginia Tech) over Caleb Richardson (Old Dominion) Dec 9-4
141 Alex Madrigal (Old Dominion) over Brent Moore (Virginia Tech) Dec 13-6
149 Ryan Blees (Virginia Tech) over Kenan Carter (Old Dominion) Dec 6-2
157 Larry Early (Old Dominion) over BC LaPrade (Virginia Tech) Dec 10-3
165 David McFadden (Virginia Tech) over Benjamin Schram (Old Dominion) Inj 0:25
174 Seldon Wright (Old Dominion) over Hunter Bolen (Virginia Tech) Dec 10-6
184 Zack Zavatsky (Virginia Tech) over Connor Frey (Old Dominion) TF 16-0
197 Jared Haught (Virginia Tech) over John D`Agostino (Old Dominion) TF 18-2
285 Andrew Dunn (Virginia Tech) over ali wahab (Old Dominion) Dec 8-4

James River Pool

Iowa State 21, Virginia 18
125 Louie Hayes (University of Virginia) over Sinjin Briggs (Iowa State) TF 20-4
133 Jack Mueller (University of Virginia) over Markus Simmons (Iowa State) Dec 5-2
141 Kanen Storr (Iowa State) over Sam Martino (University of Virginia) Dec 5-3
149 Jarrett Degen (Iowa State) over Jake Keating (University of Virginia) Fall 1:01
157 Chase Straw (Iowa State) over Fred Green (University of Virginia) TF 24-6
165 Andrew Atkinson (University of Virginia) over Skyler St. John (Iowa State) Maj 12-1
174 Will Schany (University of Virginia) over Daniel Bush (Iowa State) Dec 8-3
184 Dane Pestano (Iowa State) over Michael Battista (University of Virginia) Maj 20-7
197 Jay Aiello (University of Virginia) over Joe Teager (Iowa State) Dec 9-7
285 Marcus Harrington (Iowa State) over Tyler Love (University of Virginia) Dec 3-2

Arizona State 35, Virginia 3
125 Joshua Krammer (Arizona State) over Louie Hayes (University of Virginia) Dec 8-5
133 Ali Naser (Arizona State) over Jack Mueller (University of Virginia) Dec 10-7
141 Nicholas Villarreal (Arizona State) over Sam Martino (University of Virginia) Dec 6-2
149 Jason Tsirtis (Arizona State) over Jake Keating (University of Virginia) Fall 4:11
157 Joshua Shields (Arizona State) over Michael Murphy (University of Virginia) Maj 11-3
165 Anthony Valencia (Arizona State) over Andrew Atkinson (University of Virginia) Dec 6-2
174 Zahid Valencia (Arizona State) over Will Schany (University of Virginia) Fall 5:10
184 Kordell Norfleet (Arizona State) over Jack Walsh (University of Virginia) Maj 16-3
197 Cade Belshay (Arizona State) over Jay Aiello (University of Virginia) Dec 9-5
285 Tyler Love (University of Virginia) over Austyn Harris (Arizona State) Dec 6-3

Arizona State 25, Iowa State 13
125 Ryan Millhof (Arizona State) over Sinjin Briggs (Iowa State) TF 16-1
133 Ian Parker (Iowa State) over Ali Naser (Arizona State) Dec 4-0
141 Kanen Storr (Iowa State) over Nicholas Villarreal (Arizona State) Dec 9-4
149 Jarrett Degen (Iowa State) over Joshua Maruca (Arizona State) Maj 16-8
157 Joshua Shields (Arizona State) over Chase Straw (Iowa State) Maj 10-2
165 Anthony Valencia (Arizona State) over Logan Breitenbach (Iowa State) Maj 15-7
174 Zahid Valencia (Arizona State) over Daniel Bush (Iowa State) Fall 0:00
184 Kordell Norfleet (Arizona State) over Dane Pestano (Iowa State) Dec 3-2
197 Joe Teager (Iowa State) over Conner Small (Arizona State) Dec 5-1
285 Tanner Hall (Arizona State) over Marcus Harrington (Iowa State) Dec 3-1

Poquoson River Pool

Chattanooga 23, Kent State 15
125 Alonzo Allen (Chattanooga) over Jake Ferri (Kent State) Maj 11-3
133 Anthony Tutolo (Kent State) over Chris Debien (Chattanooga) Dec 3-2
141 Mike Pongracz (Chattanooga) over Tim Rooney (Kent State) Dec 7-0
149 Nicholas Monico (Kent State) over Zach Shareef (Chattanooga) Dec 8-3
157 Casey Sparkman (Kent State) over Dylan Forzani (Chattanooga) Dec 4-2
165 Chad Pyke (Chattanooga) over Isaac Bast (Kent State) Dec 5-2
174 Justin Lampe (Chattanooga) over Dylan Barreiro (Kent State) Dec 9-5
184 Bryce Carr (Chattanooga) over Colin McCracken (Kent State) TF 16-1
197 Scottie Boykin (Chattanooga) over Kyle Conel (Kent State) TF 17-2
285 Devin Nye (Kent State) over Torrez Finney (Chattanooga) MFF

Northern Iowa 32, Kent State 6
125 Jacob Schwarm (Northern Iowa) over Jake Ferri (Kent State) Fall 1:02
133 Anthony Tutolo (Kent State) over Jack Wagner (Northern Iowa) Dec 13-9
141 Josh Alber (Northern Iowa) over Tim Rooney (Kent State) Dec 11-6
149 Max Thomsen (Northern Iowa) over Nicholas Monico (Kent State) TF 17-0
157 Logan Ryan (Northern Iowa) over Casey Sparkman (Kent State) TB-1 2-1
165 Isaac Bast (Kent State) over Daniel Kelly (Northern Iowa) Dec 9-5
174 Taylor Lujan (Northern Iowa) over Dylan Barreiro (Kent State) Dec 3-0
184 Drew Foster (Northern Iowa) over Shane Mast (Kent State) Fall 1:07
197 Jacob Holschlag (Northern Iowa) over Kyle Conel (Kent State) Dec 1-0
285 Carter Isley (Northern Iowa) over Devin Nye (Kent State) Dec 8-4

Northern Iowa 33, Chattanooga 7
125 Jacob Schwarm (Northern Iowa) over Alonzo Allen (Chattanooga) Fall 1:24
133 Jack Wagner (Northern Iowa) over Chris Debien (Chattanooga) SV-1 8-6
141 Josh Alber (Northern Iowa) over Mike Pongracz (Chattanooga) Dec 5-2
149 Max Thomsen (Northern Iowa) over Zach Shareef (Chattanooga) Maj 10-1
157 Logan Ryan (Northern Iowa) over Dylan Forzani (Chattanooga) Maj 13-5
165 Chad Pyke (Chattanooga) over Isaiah Patton (Northern Iowa) Maj 15-3
174 Taylor Lujan (Northern Iowa) over Justin Lampe (Chattanooga) Maj 16-4
184 Drew Foster (Northern Iowa) over Bryce Carr (Chattanooga) TB-1 2-1
197 Scottie Boykin (Chattanooga) over Jacob Holschlag (Northern Iowa) Dec 8-7
285 Carter Isley (Northern Iowa) by forfeit

York River Pool

Lock Haven 25, Fresno State 13
125 Sean Williams (Fresno State) over Luke Werner (Lock Haven) Maj 15-5
133 DJ Fehlman (Lock Haven) over Trevor Williams (Fresno State) Maj 10-2
141 Kyle Shoop (Lock Haven) over Chris Deloza (Fresno State) TF 18-2
149 Ronald Perry (Lock Haven) over Khristian Olivas (Fresno State) Dec 6-4
157 Alex Klucker (Lock Haven) over Greg Gaxiola (Fresno State) Dec 9-2
165 Chance Marsteller (Lock Haven) over Isaiah Hokit (Fresno State) Dec 10-4
174 Jared Siegrist (Lock Haven) over Dominic Kincaid (Fresno State) Dec 10-3
184 Corey Hazel (Lock Haven) over Angel Solis (Fresno State) Maj 11-3
197 Josh Hokit (Fresno State) over Tristan Sponseller (Lock Haven) Dec 8-4
285 AJ Nevills (Fresno State) by forfeit

Oklahoma 21, Bucknell 13
125 Christian Moody (Oklahoma) over Geo Barzona (Bucknell) Dec 6-2
133 Jacob Rubio (Oklahoma) over David Campbell (Bucknell) Dec 6-2
141 Tyler Smith (Bucknell) over Mike Longo (Oklahoma) Maj 10-2
149 Davion Jeffries (Oklahoma) over Seth Hogue (Bucknell) Fall 2:16
157 Justin Thomas (Oklahoma) over Christian Bassolino (Bucknell) Dec 10-5
165 DJ Hollingshead (Bucknell) over DaWaylon Barnes (Oklahoma) Dec 5-3
174 Yoanse Mejias (Oklahoma) over Nick Stephani (Bucknell) Dec 10-5
184 Matt Waddell (Oklahoma) over Drew Phipps (Bucknell) Dec 5-3
197 Garrett Hoffman (Bucknell) over Andrew Dixon (Oklahoma) Dec 6-3
285 Brandon Stokes (Bucknell) over Marquise Overton (Oklahoma) Dec 9-4

Oklahoma 21, Lock Haven 15
125 Christian Moody (Oklahoma) over Josiah Kline (Lock Haven) Fall 1:57
133 Jacob Rubio (Oklahoma) over DJ Fehlman (Lock Haven) Dec 5-3
141 Kyle Shoop (Lock Haven) over Mike Longo (Oklahoma) Dec 10-8
149 Ronald Perry (Lock Haven) over Davion Jeffries (Oklahoma) Dec 6-1
157 Justin Thomas (Oklahoma) over Alex Klucker (Lock Haven) Dec 8-7
165 Chance Marsteller (Lock Haven) over DaWaylon Barnes (Oklahoma) Dec 5-4
174 Yoanse Mejias (Oklahoma) over Jared Siegrist (Lock Haven) Dec 6-5
184 Corey Hazel (Lock Haven) over Matt Waddell (Oklahoma) Dec 9-8
197 Tristan Sponseller (Lock Haven) over Andrew Dixon (Oklahoma) Dec 5-3
285 Conor Webb (Oklahoma) over Derek Dragon (Lock Haven) Fall 4:36
Dual Meet Score 15.0 21.0

Fresno State 37, Bucknell 9
125 Sean Williams (Fresno State) over Geo Barzona (Bucknell) Dec 9-3
133 Trevor Williams (Fresno State) over Joey Gould (Bucknell) Dec 3-2
141 Tyler Smith (Bucknell) over Chris Deloza (Fresno State) Fall 0:32
149 Khristian Olivas (Fresno State) over Seth Hogue (Bucknell) Fall 5:43
157 Greg Gaxiola (Fresno State) over Andrew Milenamp (Bucknell) Dec 3-1
165 Isaiah Hokit (Fresno State) over DJ Hollingshead (Bucknell) Fall 0:57
174 Dominic Kincaid (Fresno State) over Nick Stephani (Bucknell) Maj 14-0
184 Drew Phipps (Bucknell) over Angel Solis (Fresno State) Dec 5-2
197 Josh Hokit (Fresno State) over Garrett Hoffman (Bucknell) Inj 1:57
285 AJ Nevills (Fresno State) over Brandon Stokes (Bucknell) Fall 3:36

Lock Haven 31, Bucknell 9
125 Luke Werner (Lock Haven) over Geo Barzona (Bucknell) Dec 2-0
133 DJ Fehlman (Lock Haven) over Joey Gould (Bucknell) TB-1 5-4
141 Tyler Smith (Bucknell) over Kyle Shoop (Lock Haven) TF 18-3
149 Ronald Perry (Lock Haven) over Seth Hogue (Bucknell) Maj 14-3
157 Alex Klucker (Lock Haven) over Christian Bassolino (Bucknell) Maj 8-0
165 Chance Marsteller (Lock Haven) over DJ Hollingshead (Bucknell) Maj 12-3
174 Jared Siegrist (Lock Haven) over Frank Guida (Bucknell) Maj 12-4
184 Corey Hazel (Lock Haven) over Drew Phipps (Bucknell) Dec 3-2
197 Trey Hartsock (Lock Haven) over Unknown (Unattached) Forf
285 Brandon Stokes (Bucknell) over Derek Dragon (Lock Haven) Maj 13-1

Oklahoma 27, Fresno State 8
125 Christian Moody (Oklahoma) over Sean Williams (Fresno State) Dec 4-3
133 Jacob Rubio (Oklahoma) over Trevor Williams (Fresno State) Maj 10-2
141 Mike Longo (Oklahoma) over Chris Deloza (Fresno State) TF 22-6
149 Khristian Olivas (Fresno State) over Davion Jeffries (Oklahoma) Dec 5-4
157 Justin Thomas (Oklahoma) over Greg Gaxiola (Fresno State) SV-1 5-3
165 DaWaylon Barnes (Oklahoma) over Isaiah Hokit (Fresno State) Dec 9-4
174 Yoanse Mejias (Oklahoma) over Dominic Kincaid (Fresno State) Dec 3-2
184 Matt Waddell (Oklahoma) over Angel Solis (Fresno State) Dec 11-6
197 Andrew Dixon (Oklahoma) over Josh Hokit (Fresno State) Dec 5-2
285 AJ Nevills (Fresno State) over Conor Webb (Oklahoma) TF 18-3