Dec. 16, 2017


CLEVELAND – Four wrestlers placed to lead Virginia in competition on Saturday (Dec. 16) at the Cleveland State Open hosted by Cleveland State at Woodling Gym.

Freshmen Sam Book (Fairfax, Va.) finished fifth at 125 pounds, while Jake Keating (Naperville, Ill.) finished sixth at 149 pounds. Freshman Brian Kennerly (Drexel Hill, Pa.) finished fourth at heavyweight. Redshirt-sophomore Fred Green (Orting, Wash.) finished fourth at 157 pounds.

“I’m really happy our guys got to get these last matches in before the semester ended,” said Virginia head coach Steve Garland. “They needed the competition. This tournament was a long day, but well worth the trip. Our guys got a ton of matches and any time you can get on the mat to compete, you are getting better whether you win or lose. We feel good about today.”

The group of individuals now heads to Bloomsburg to meet the team for a dual match against the Huskies at 1 p.m. on Sunday (Dec. 17). Bloomsburg dropped a dual match to No. 22 Lock Haven on Saturday.

In all, eight wrestlers competed for the Cavaliers at the Cleveland State Open.

Sam Book – 5th Place Finish
Fabian Gutierrez (Chattanooga) dec. Book, 11-9
Book tech fall Devin Brown (West Virginia), 17-2
Book major dec. Ethan Curtain (Michigan State), 9-0
Book tech fall A. Richard (App. State), 19-4
Book dec. Joey Thomas (West Virginia), 7-0

Scott Kiyono
Micky Phillippi (Pitt) tech fall Kiyono, 23-8
Kiyono dec. Steven Simpson (Old Dominion), 6-2
Philip Anderson (Gardner-Webb) dec. Kiyono, 13-6

Jake Keating – 5th Place Finish
Keating pinned Nolan Saxton (C. Michigan), 4:42
Tanner Smith (Easter) dec. Keating, 6-4
Keating dec. Luke Raczkowski (C. Michigan), 7-0
Keating pinned Dallas Bulsak (Pitt), 0:40
Keating major dec. Zach Shareef (Chattanooga), 13-2
Keating pinned Trence Gillem (Cornell), 1:46

Cam Coy
Nico O’Dor (Cleveland State) dec. Coy, 2-0
Alex Smythe (Buffalo) dec. Coy, 10-6

Fred Green – 4th Place Finish
Green major dec. Ben Heyob (Kent State), 19-9
Green dec. Chase Archangelo (Cleveland State), 7-0
Tyler Marinelli (Gardner-Webb) tech fall Green, 16-0
Samuel Cokeley forfeit to Green

Brian Kennerly – 4th Place Finish
Kennerly dec. Luke Ready (Michigan), 5-2
Kennerly dec. Matt Lloyd (Michigan State), 6-4 (sv-1)
Kennerly dec. Ali Wahab (Old Dominion), 8-6
Kennerly medical forfeit to Devin Nye (Kent State)
Kennerly medical forfeit to Newton Smerchek (Central Michigan)

Quinn Miller
Miller dec. David Smith (West Virginia), 11-7
Miller major dec. Seth Janney (Finger Lakes), 13-5
Miller medical forfeit to Lathan Bumgarner (Gardner-Webb)
Miller medical forfeit to Brendan Furman (Finger Lakes)

Robert Scherer
Jackson Price (Gardner-Webb) dec. Scherer, 8-4
Scherer dec. Jacob Parker (Pitt), 10-5
Billy Bolia (Kent State) dec. Scherer, 8-6