Virginia Wrestlers Compete in VMI's Keydet Invite and EMU Open
Nov. 3, 2003
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Virginia wrestling program had five individuals compete unattached in two events over the weekend. The group of Brian Foley (157), Kyle Narkiewicz (184), Andrew Leffler (HWT) and Conor Manley (165) traveled to Lexington, Va. to compete in VMI’s Keydet Invitational, while Will Durkee (165) headed off to Ypsilanti, Mich. to compete in the Eastern Michigan (EMU) Open. Four of the five Cavaliers that competed over the weekend placed in the top four spots in their respective weight classes, including Foley (4-0) who took first place at 157 at the Keydet Invite. Narkiewicz (4-1) and Leffler (2-1) each placed third at the Keydet Invitational, while Durkee (5-2) placed fourth at the EMU Open.
At VMI’s Keydet Invitational, Foley, a true-freshman, won all four matches he competed in. He won a hard-fought 8-7 decision over Anderson’s Herb Porter to claim the 157 championship with a perfect 4-0 record in his class. Narkiewicz and Leffler each turned in a third place finish at 184 and HWT, respectively. Narkiewicz defeated Old Dominion’s Rob Valentine 5-1 in the 184-pound consolation championship to finish in third place, while Leffler was awarded a medical forfeit over SVU’s Brian Hensley in the consolation championship to place third in the heavyweight class. UVa’s Manley picked up a win over VMI’s Wayne Huggins at 165 to finish 1-2 in the event.
At the EMU Open, Virginia’s Durkee shot out of the gate quickly with two decisive finishes after polishing off Lock Haven’s Carlos Ponce with a fall at 3:18 before nearly missing a technical fall victory over Gregory Goidosik following a 15-1 major decision win. Durkee won five of his first six matches at 165 before falling to Michigan’s R.J. Boudro 5-3 in the consolation championship resulting in a fourth place finish.
In all, UVa wrestlers finished a combined 16-6 with three falls and two major decision victories.
The Cavaliers will begin the regular season portion of their schedule on November 8-9 when Virginia travels to East Lansing, Mich. to compete in the 2003 Michigan State Open.
Here is a match-by-match look at UVa’s individual finishes from this past weekend:
W/L Opponents Result157 *** 1st Place ***W Brian Foley (UVa) def. Derik Neitz (The Citadel) 9-2W Brian Foley (UVa) def. Barry Boone (VMI) 5-2W Brian Foley (UVa) def. Cody Humphrey (Carson-Newman) 8-5W Brian Foley (UVa) def. Herb Porter (Anderson) 8-7
184 *** 3rd Place ***W Kyle Narkiewicz (UVa) def. Joc Scognamiglio (Davidson) Fall @ 2:47W Kyle Narkiewicz (UVa) def. Matt Sawyer (Carson-Newman) MD, 16-5L John Buck (The Citadel) def. Kyle Narkiewicz (UVa) 3-2W Kyle Narkiewicz (UVa) def. Matt Dollar (Anderson) 4-2W Kyle Narkiewicz (UVa) def. Rob Valentine (ODU) 5-1
165 *** 4th Place ***W Will Durkee (UVa) def. Carlos Ponce (Lock Haven) Fall @ 3:18W Will Durkee (UVa) def. Gregory Goidosik (unat.) MD, 15-1L David Bolyard (CMU) def. Will Durkee (UVa) 3-1W Will Durkee (UVa) def. Bala (Edinboro) Fall @ 5:37W Will Durkee (UVa) def. Max Dean (unat.) 7-2W Will Durkee (UVa) def. Brad Anderson (CMU) 3-1L R.J. Boudro (Michigan) def. Will Durkee (UVa) 5-3
HWT *** 3rd Place ***L Aaron Lambert (Anderson) def. Andrew Leffler (UVa) 5-4W Andrew Leffler (UVa) def. Mike Williams (JMU) Med. ForfeitW Andrew Leffler (UVa) def. Brian Hensley (SVU) Med. Forfeit
165L Steve Smith (Duke) def. Conor Manley (UVa) 7-6W Conor Manley (UVa) def. Wayne Huggins (VMI) 11-5L Scott Doerr (Duke) def. Conor Manley (UVa) Fall @ 1:28
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