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Dec. 20, 2002


NEWARK, Del. – The University of Virginia wrestling team finished in sixth place with 64.00 points in the First Annual “Beast of the East” Collegiate Invitational at the Bob Carpenter Center on the campus of the University of Delaware. Virginia was one of 15 schools that competed in the inaugural event. A total of 12 UVa wrestlers competed in the competition, with four UVa wrestlers: Bob Seidel (Wall, N.J./Wall), Tim Foley (Stafford, Va/Brooke Point), Will Durkee (Pittsburgh, Pa./Shady Side Academy) and Brian Sticca (Greensburg, Pa/Greensburg Salem) each placing in the top four spots of their respective weight classes. Seidel (141) and Durkee (165) each placed third, while Foley (157) and Sticca (125) took fourth place for Virginia.

The Cavaliers’ Seidel added a pair of falls to his career pin-total at UVa, first by pinning Wagner’s Gene Ronkiewicz at 2:43 in his first bout at 141. Seidel then defeated Old Dominion’s Chad Sichak 6-4 in his second match before being upended by Rider’s Mike Molosky by the score of 4-1 in his third bout. Seidel bounced right back and recorded his second fall of the event by pinning The Citadel’s Mike Martinez at 3:00 to move into the 141 consolations finals. In the 141 consolation finals, Seidel defeated Binghamton’s Josh Ruff by the score of 8-6 to place third in his class after posting a 4-1 record at 141.

Virginia’s Durkee won his first two matches at 165 and made it look easy after pinning Binghamton’s Mark Tae just 1:16 into his first match before recording an 8-0 major decision over Princeton’s Matt Denichil in his second bout. Rider’s Nick Harrington gave Durkee his first loss of the event after posting a 7-2 decision over Durkee, but Durkee came right back and defeated Rider’s John Robinson by the score of 15-8 to advance into the 165 consolation finals. In the 165 consolation finals, Durkee defeated Bloomsburg’s Ryan Garner 5-0 to finish third with a 4-1 record.

UVa’s Foley stormed through his first three matches in the 157 class by winning three consecutive bouts in convincing fashion. Foley posted a 14-1 major decision over The Citadel’s Braxton Harrison in his first match, earned an 8-3 decision over Delaware’s Jesse Dixon in his second bout, and then racked-up a 17-0 technical fall decision over Old Dominion’s Rob Gosnell in his third match. Bloomsburg’s George Cater handed Foley his first loss of the day by the score of 10-4, however, Foley responded with another victory by defeating Binghamton’s Rob Sckalor with an 8-0 major decision to move into the 157 consolation finals. In the 157 consolation finals, Foley dropped a 7-1 decision to Buffalo’s Labe Black to finish in fourth place with a 4-2 record at 157.

The Cavaliers’ Sticca rebounded from an opening-round loss to post four consecutive victories in his next five matches to place fourth at 125. Sticca edged Drexel’s Zach Makovsky by the score of 8-7 and recorded an 8-0 major decision over Binghamton’s Kyle Willard before defeating The Citadel’s Brad Ragan by the score of 14-9. Sticca then defeated Bloomsburg’s Brock Hite 7-1 before losing in the 125 consolation finals to The Citadel’s Ryan McClester to finish four in the class with a 4-2 record.

Several other UVa wrestlers recorded a victory in the event. The Cavaliers’ 174-pounder Brian Muir (Toms River, N.J./Toms River North) pinned Binghamton’s Jeff Vitale at 2:56 and Josh Etu (Queensbury, N.Y./Queensbury) defeated Ohio’s Jeremiah Beltran by the score of 8-2 in the heavyweight class. At 133, Virginia’s Ian DeRath (Forest, Va./Lowell, Mich.) pinned Duke’s Matt Burney at 2:41, UVa’s Conor Manley (Wilton, Conn./Wilton) defeated Old Dominion’s Tim Goodale by the count of 7-5 at 157 and the Cavaliers’ Andy DeMartino (McLean, Va./Jefferson) defeated The Citadel’s Troy Bartoes by the score of 8-2 in the 197 class.

Virginia will return to action on January 3-4 when UVa travels to Dallas, Texas to compete in the prestigious Lone Star Duals. The Cavaliers will take on national wrestling-powers Nebraska, Stanford, Wyoming and Northern Iowa in the event. Competition will take place at South Prairie High School.

Here is a closer look at the team finishes and all of UVa’s individual results from the First Annual “Beast of the East” Collegiate Invitational:

Team Results

Place	School		Points1	Rider		145.002	Ohio		119.503	Buffalo		99.004	The Citadel	95.505	Bloomsburg	83.006	VIRGINIA	64.007	Drexel		46.508	Old Dominion	39.009	Delaware State	28.5010	George Mason	27.0011	Binghamton	24.0012	Delaware		23.0013	Wagner		12.5014	Duke		11.5015	Princeton		4.00
Result	Opponents						Score125	*** 4th Place ***L	Jim DiCicco (Rider) def. Brian Sticca (UVa)			8-1W	Brian Sticca (UVa) def. Zach Makovsky (Drexel)			8-7W	Brian Sticca (UVa) def. Kyle Willard (Binghamton)		MD, 8-0W	Brian Sticca (UVa) def. Brad Ragan (The Citadel)		14-9W	Brian Sticca (UVa) def. Brock Hite (Bllomsburg)			7-1L	Ryan McClester (The Citadel) def. Brian Sticca (UVa)		5-1

133W Ian DeRath (UVa) def. Matt Burney (Duke) Fall @ 2:41L Paul Hodermarsky (Ohio) def. Ian DeRath (UVa) MD, 10-1L Chris Buckner (ODU) def. Ian DeRath (UVa) 7-4

141 *** 3rd Place ***W Bob Seidel (UVa) def. Gene Ronkiewicz (Wagner) Fall @ 2:43W Bob Seidel (UVa) def. Chad Sichak (ODU) 6-4L Mike Molosky (Rider) def. Bob Seidel (UVa) 4-1W Bob Seidel (UVa) def. Mike Martinez (The Citadel) Fall @ 3:00W Bob Seidel (UVa) def. Josh Ruff (Binghamton) 8-6

149L Paul Toomey (Duke) def. Reed Landry (UVa) 8-2L Dave Erwards (Buffalo) def. Reed Landry (UVa) MD, 12-2

149L Ryan Bentley (Buffalo) def. Paul Bjorlo (UVa) Fall @ 2:16L Mark Cartella (Drexel) def. Paul Bjorlo (UVa) 7-2

157 *** 4th Place ***W Tim Foley (UVa) def. Braxton Harrison (The Citadel) MD, 14-1W Tim Foley (UVa) def. Jesse Dixon (Delaware) 8-3W Tim Foley (UVa) def. Rob Gosnell (ODU) TF, 17-0L George Carter (Bloomsburg) def. Tim Foley (UVa) 10-4W Tim Foley (UVa) def. Rob Sckalor (Binghamton) MD, 8-0L Labe Black (Buffalo) def. Tim Foley (UVa) 7-1

157W Conor Manley (UVa) def. Tim Goodale (ODU) 7-5L Sean Early (GMU) def. Conor Manley (UVa) TF, 17-0L Bobby Lyons (Ohio) def. Conor Manley (UVa) Fall @ 2:39

165 *** 3rd Place ***W Will Durkee (UVa) def. Mark Tae (Binghamton) Fall @ 1:16W Will Durkee (UVa) def. Matt Denichil (Princeton) MD, 8-0L Nick Harrington (Rider) def. Will Durkee (UVa) 7-2W Will Durkee (UVa) def. John Robinson (Rider) 15-8W Will Durkee (UVa) def. Ryan Garner (Bloomsburg) 5-0

174W Brian Muir (UVa) def. Jeff Vitale (Binghamton) Fall @ 2:56L Gary Cooper (Buffalo) def. Brian Muir (UVa) 4-1L Chris Marold (Rider) def. Brian Muir (UVa) 6-4

184L Travis Smith (Ohio) def. Scott Mania (UVa) 3-1L Adam Wright (ODU) def. Scott Mania (UVa) MD, 11-2

197W Andy DeMartino (UVa) def. Troy Bartoes (The Citadel) 8-2L Chris Jones (Drexel) def. Andy DeMartino (UVa) MD, 11-0L Jordan Everatt (The Citadel) def. Andy DeMartino (UVa) 8-2

HWTW Josh Etu (UVa) def. Jeremiah Beltran (Ohio) 8-2L Nick Meyers (Delaware) def. Josh Etu (UVa) Med. ForfeitL Nate Rawlings (Princeton) def. Josh Etu (UVa) 8-2

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