Wrestling Begins Competition At The Las Vegas Collegiate Invitational
Dec. 3, 1999
LAS VEGAS – The University of Virginia wrestling team begancompetition in the 1999 Cliff Kenn Las Vegas Collegiate WrestlingInvitational held the Star of the Desert Arena. The invite began today andwill continue through Saturday, December 4th. Some of the top wrestlingprograms and wrestlers in the country will be compete in the event.
On day one of the tournament after three rounds of competition,Steve Garland (Middletown, N.Y.) picked right up where he left off after asuccessful first place finish at the Keystone Classic and recorded atechnical fall over Adam Chavira of Arizona State in the 125 class by ascore of 16-1 in the first round of competition. Garland then posted amajor decision victory over Buffalo’s Charlie Vorhees with a score of 14-1before earning a 7-0 win over Harvard’s Brandon Rhoades in the third roundto improve to 3-0 after three rounds.
Teammate David Santamaria (Holmdel, N.J./Christian BrothersAcademy) followed Garland’s lead and posted a technical fall of his own inthe 133 class after defeating North Idaho’s Derek Keaveny by a score of16-1 as well. However, Santamaria fell to Oklahoma State’s Charles Walkerin a major decision bout by the score of 15-4 in his next match.
Virginia’s John Pozniak (State College, Pa./State College) pinnedJason Grant of George Mason at 5:17 in the 149 class in the first round.However, Pozniak was then defeated by Jason Brown of Columbia by the scoreof 8-5 in the next round.
The Cavaliers’ Brian Muir (Toms River, N.J./Toms River North) at165 and Ryan McGrath (Blairstown, N.J./Blair Academy) at 184 also came awaywith victories in their respective weight classes in the first round. Muirdefeated Kevin Brown of Clarion by a score of 8-3 and McGrath posted an11-4 victory over Conrad Johnson of Adams State. In the second round, Muirwas pinned at 6:43 by Oklahoma State’s Ty Wilcox. However, McGrath pulledoff a 4-2 overtime victory over Joe Degain in the second round beforeeventually falling to Jeremy Wilson of Portland State by the score of 4-2in the third round.
In the first round of competition, UVa’s P.J. Bory (Suffern,N.Y./Suffern) dropped a close 5-2 decision to Arizona State’s Mark Perrymanin the 141 class and Steve Mazzola (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Edward’s) lost by anarrow margin to Matt Chase of Colorado SOM by a score of 9-7 in the 174class. Jack Anderson of Central Washington topped Virginia’s Jeremy Kirk(Flemington, N.J./Blair Academy) in the 157 round of 32 by a score of 11-3and the Cavaliers’ Josh Etu (Queensbury, N.Y./Queensbury) dropped a 7-5decision to Eric Rodreguez in the HWT class.
Virginia will continue competition in the Cliff Kenn Las VegasCollegiate Wrestling Invitational on Saturday, December 5th. Theinvitational will be held at the Star of the Desert Arena. Competition isscheduled for: 9:00 a.m. – Consolation Round 4, 10:00 a.m. – Semi-Finalsand Consolation Round 5, Consolation Semi-Finals, Consolation Finals, 5th &6th, 7th & 8th. 5:00 p.m. – Championship Finals 1st & 2nd, 3rd & 4th.
** Through Three Rounds of Competition **
Wgt. Results Score125 Steve Garland (UVa) def. Adam Chavira (ASU) TF, 16-1 Steve Garland (UVa) def. Charlie Vorhees (Buffalo) MD, 14-1 Steve Garland (UVa) def. Brandon Rhoades (Harvard) 7-0133 David Santamaria (UVa) def. Derek Keaveny (N. Idaho) TF, 16-1 Charles Walker (OSU) def. David Santamaria (UVa) MD, 15-4141 Mark Perryman (ASU) def. P.J. Bory (UVa) 5-2149 John Pozniak (UVa) def. Jason Grant (George Mason) Pin @ 5:17 Jason Brown (Columbia) def. John Pozniak (UVa) 8-5157 Jack Anderson (C. Wash.) def. Jeremy Kirk (UVa) MD, 11-3165 Brian Muir (UVa) def. Kevin Brown (Clarion) 8-3 Ty Wilcox (OSU) def. Brian Muir (UVa) Pin @ 6:43174 Matt Chase (Colorado SOM) def. Steve Mazzola (UVa) 9-7184 Ryan McGrath (UVa) def. Conrad Johnson (Adams St.) 11-4 Ryan McGrath (UVa) def. Joe Degain (Michigan) 4-2 OT Jeremy Wilson (Portland State) def. Ryan McGrath (UVa) 4-2HWT Eric Rodreguez (Cal-Poly St.) def. Josh Etu (UVa) 7-5