Caponi Takes Title at Cleveland State Open
Dec. 18, 2006
CLEVELAND, Ohio – – Fifteenth ranked Rocco Caponi captured the title at 184 pounds while fellow teammates Brent Fiorito and Brent Jones both placed at the Cleveland State Open over the weekend. Caponi went 4-0 and defeated Penn State’s Mike Ward, 8-0, in the finals.
Jones at 197 pounds and Fiorito at 165 pounds each finished fifth in the open after both going 4-1 due in the wrestleback format.
Caponi registered a 15-0 technical fall over Michigan’s Cody Waters before pinning Findlay’s Cody Reitmeier at 1:41. He earned a 7-0 decision over Central Michigan’s Eric Simaz. In the finals, Caponi shut out Ward, a former Ohio state champion, who is redshirting for the Nitany Lions.
Fiorito defeated Indiana’s Kyle Samuels, 6-2, before Penn State’s Jason Lapham edged him, 3-2. He later blanked Cleveland State’s Nate Kmetz, 3-0. Fiorito defeated Purdue’s Luke Manuel, 2-1. He decisioned Findlay’s Justin Shannon, 2-0, to take fifth place.
Jones’ first win of the open came over Easter Michigan’s Jake Wood, 11-6. He dropped a close match to Purdue’s Logan Brown, 5-3. Jones then won three consecutive matches over Kent State’s Tom Larosa, 9-3, Gannon’s Jacob Tazzi, 11-6 and Buffalo’s James Hamel. He pinned Hamel in eight seconds to take fifth place.
Here are Complete Results:
Anthony Burke (UVa) dec. Bryce Freeman (Kent State), 9-7
David Armstrong (Cleveland State) dec. Anthony Burke (UVa), 3-1
Sean Clair (Eastern Michigan) dec. Anthony Burke (UVa), 3-0
Zach Anderson (UVa) dec. Nick Hasbrouck (Jamestown CC), 3-0
Mike Grey (unattached) fall Zach Anderson (UVa), 1:12
Derrick Adams (Niagara CC) dec. Zach Anderson (UVa), 6-4
Brent Fiorito (UVa) dec. Kyle Samuels (Indiana), 6-2
Jason Lapham (Penn State) dec. Brent Fiorito (UVa), 3-2
Brent Fiorito (UVa) dec. Nate Kmetz (Cleveland State), 3-0
Brent Fiorito (UVa) dec. Luke Manuel (Purdue), 2-1
Brent Fiorito (UVa) dec. Justin Shannon (Findlay), 2-0
Rocco Caponi (UVa) major dec. Cody Waters (Michigan), 15-0
Rocco Caponi (UVa) fall Cody Reitmeier (Findlay), 1:47
Rocco Caponi (UVa) dec. Eric Simaz (Central Michigan), 7-0
Rocco Caponi (UVa) major dec. Mike Ward (Penn State), 8-0
James Hamel (Buffalo) dec. Joe DeGaravilla (UVa), 9-3
Tom Larosa (Kent State) dec, Joe DeGaravilla (UVa), 2-1
Brent Jones (UVa) dec. Jake Wood (Eastern Michigan), 11-6
Logan Brown (Purdue) dec. Brent Jones (UVa), 5-3
Brent Jones (UVa) dec. Tom Larosa (Kent State), 9-3
Brent Jones (UVa) dec. Jacob Tazzi (Gannon), 11-6
Brent Jones (UVa) fall James Hamel (Buffalo), 0:08