Virginia Wrestling Finishes Eighth at Mat Town USA Invitational
Nov. 29, 2003
LOCK HAVEN, Pa. – Eleven members of the University of Virginia wrestling team competed in the 2003 Mat Town USA Invitational at Lock Haven University. UVa finished in eighth place (62 points) out of the 11 teams that competed in the tournament and had four wrestlers finish in the top eight spots of their respective weight classes. Virginia’s 141-pounder Scott Moore took first place at 141-pounds and Tim Foley placed second at 165-pounds. The Cavaliers’ Paul Bjorlo placed sixth at 157-pounds and Ryan Stewart took eighth at 125-pounds to highlight UVa’s individual finishes.
Virginia’s Moore improved his record this season to 14-0 following his 4-0 run in the Mat Town USA Invite. He won one of his four bouts by fall giving him 10 falls for the season, which is just one fall shy of tying the school record at UVa. The Cavaliers’ Foley won three consecutive bouts, including his first two by fall, to finish 3-0 at 165 before having to pull out of competition due to a medical issue. Bjorlo went 3-3 at 157 and won three consecutive matches in the wrestle-back bracket after dropping his first match to place sixth in his weight class. Stewart posted two wins (2-3) en route to his eighth place finish at 125.
The trio of Michael Grogan, Scott Smith and Andrew Leffler each recorded a win in their respective weigh classes. Grogan went 1-2 at 174, Smith finished 1-2 at 197 and Leffler went 1-2 in the heavyweight class.
Four other Cavaliers competed in the event but did not record a victory. Joey Carpenter went 0-2 at 141, Paul Bowman finished 0-2 at 149, Drew Michelotti went 0-2 at 165 and Conor Gentil finished 0-2 at 174.
Virginia will return to tournament action on Friday, December 19th when the Cavaliers travel to Newark, Delaware to compete in the Beast of the East Invitational.
Here is the team scoring and a complete match-by-match look at UVa’s individual finishes from the 2003 Mat Town USA Invitational:
PLACE TEAM SCORE1 Cornell 1562 Penn State 1273 Pittsburgh 126.54 Ohio 119.55 Rider 886 Lock Haven 87.57 Buffalo 83.58 VIRGINIA 629 Clarion 54.510 Slippery Rock 40.511 North Carolina 29
W/L Opponents Result125 *** 8th Place ***W Ryan Stewart (UVa) def. Chris Rodrigues (UNC) Med. For.L Matt Franklin (Ohio) def. Ryan Stewart (UVa) 12-9W Ryan Stewart (UVa) def. Mike Lauff (Slippery Rock) 4-3L Peter Derstine (Clarion) def. Ryan Stewart (UVa) Fall @ 3:08L Alejandro Alvarez (Cornell) def. Ryan Stewart (UVa) 9-4
141 *** 1st Place ***W Scott Moore (UVa) def. Aaron Gomoll (Ohio) Fall @ 3:54W Scott Moore (UVa) def. Mike Trotta (Buffalo) 10-3W Scott Moore (UVa) def. Mike Molosky (Rider) 8-1W Scott Moore (UVa) def. Ron Tarquinio (Pitt) 8-6
157 *** 6th Place ***L Charlie Brenneman (Lock Haven) def. Paul Bjorlo (UVa) 6-4 SVW Paul Bjorlo (UVa) def. Tommy Thekkekandam (UNC) Fall @ 4:20W Paul Bjorlo (UVa) def. Chris Horning (Clarion) 11-7W Paul Bjorlo (UVa) def. Joey Hooker (Cornell) Fall @ 2:46L Charlie Brenneman (Lock Haven) def. Paul Bjorlo (UVa) 3-1L Brad Cieleski (Slippery Rock) def. Paul Bjorlo (UVa) 6-2
165 *** 2nd Place ***W Tim Foley (UVa) def. Carlos Ponce (Lock Haven) Fall @ 5:14W Tim Foley (UVa) def. Jason Cardillo (Slippery Rock) Fall @ 5:13W Tim Foley (UVa) def. Joe Mazzurco (Cornell) 5-2NM Zach Doll (Pitt) def. Tim Foley (UVa) Med. For.
174L John Konyesni (Ohio) def. Michael Grogan (UVa) 7-6W Michael Grogan (UVa) def. Ryan Summers (Lock Haven) 6-3L Chris Marold (Rider) def. Michael Grogan (UVa) Fall @ 2:37
174L James Yonushonis (Penn State) def. Conor Gentil (UVa) TF, 17-2L Rich Brooks (Penn State) def. Conor Gentil (UVa) MD, 26-11
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