SALEM, Va. – Eight members of the Virginia wrestling team placed to lead the squad in season-opening action at the Southeast Open on Saturday (Nov. 4). The tournament was held at the Cregger Center at Roanoke College.

Virginia had five wrestlers place in the open division of the event with a trio of third-place finishers, a fifth-place finish and a sixth-place finish. Dylan Cedeno (157), Jack Gioffre (141) and Kyle Montaperto (125) all finished third. Gable Porter (133) finished fifth and Nick Hamilton (165) finished sixth.

Three wrestlers placed in the freshman/sophomore bracket with Steven Burrell Jr taking second at 197 pounds, Cooper Rudolph taking third at heavyweight and Michael Murphy taking fifth at 165 pounds.


  • Steven Burrell Jr. went 3-1 on the day with three bonus-point victories in his debut for the Cavaliers.
  • Michael Murphy went 4-1 on the afternoon, while Cooper Rudolph went 2-1 for their place finishes.
  • Nick Hamilton went 5-1 and advanced to the fifth-place match but NCAA limits did not allow him to continue.
  • Jack Gioffre and Dylan Cedeno both went 3-1 on the day to claim third-place finishes.
  • Virginia wrestlers posted eight wins by fall on the afternoon, including two pins from Nick Hamilton.
  • The Cavaliers posted 26 bonus-point victories on the afternoon.

“We have a lot of work to do. Our guys need to lock in and be intentional about getting better at their attack areas. We can’t just go in the room and bang. It’s got to be smart and actually be improving every day. I’m not pleased with the way we competed today, but I know it’s a long season and they are a great group. This is the most fun I’ve had around a group in a long time, so I believe in them and I know they can do it. But, our standard is higher than we showed today. We have high expectations for this team and that’s a good thing. It’s our job to give them hard truth with love when necessary. Today was one of those days. There were some bright spots for sure, but again we need to keep the standard high, and we didn’t meet our standards today overall.”

Freshman/Sophomore Bracket
Luke Roberts
R32: Roberts tech fall Evan Glynos (VMI), 20-3 (3:58)
R16: Roberts pinned Oliver Fairchild (Campbell), 1:44
QF: Tyler-Xavier McKnight (Davidson) dec. Roberts, 4-0
Conso. R8-2: Roberts dec. Luke Jacobs (Maryland), 7-3
Conso. R4: Hagen Heistand (Campbell) major dec. Roberts, 15-2 

Michael Murphy – Fifth Place
R16: Murphy dec. Makoa Niebel (F&M), 8-2
QF: Kamden Munro (UTC) dec. Murphy, 5-2
Conso. R8-2: Murphy major dec. Wyatt Gibbs (UTC), 14-3
Conso. R4: Murphy major dec. Jack Lledo (Ohio), 13-5
FIFTH-PLACE MATCH: Murphy dec. Josh Palmucci (F&M), 7-3 

Steven Burrell Jr. – Second Place
R16: Burrell Jr. tech fall Dean Hettrick (Tiffin), 20-4 (5:53)
QF: Burrell Jr. major dec. Logan Webster (UTC), 16-3
SF: Burrell Jr. major dec. Hunter Janecezko (Ohio), 11-3
FINALS: Aaron Starr (Ohio) pinned Burrell Jr., 1:07 

Cooper Rudolph – Third Place
QF: Rudolph dec. Wilson Spires (WVU), 8-2
SF: Joey Schnek (Maryland) dec. Rudolph, 3-2
THIRD-PLACE MATCH: Rudolph dec. Ethan Vergara (UTC), 5-0

Open Bracket
Kyle Montaperto – Third Place
SF: Jett Strickenberger (WVU) pinned Montaperto, 3:50
Conso. SF: Montaperto pinned William Finnerty (Limestone), 4:11
THIRD-PLACE MATCH: Montaperto dec. Marc Cafurello (Roanoke College), 5-2

Joe Haynes

R16: Logan Heil (Campbell) major dec. Haynes, 10-0
Conso. R8-1: Haynes dec. Kevin Lopez (Morgan State), 11-7
Conso. R8-2: Haynes over Marlon Yarbrough (UVA) by medical forfeit
Conso. R4: Gable Porter (UVA) tech fall Haynes, 19-1 (5:54)

Gable Porter – Fifth Place
R16: Thaddeus Long (Life) pinned Gable Porter, 1:46
Conso. R8-1: Porter pinned Hayden Halter (UTC), 1:40
Conso. R8-2: Porter major dec. Keyveon Roller, 9-1
Conso. R4: Porter tech fall Joe Haynes (UVA), 19-1 (5:54)
FIFTH-PLACE MATCH: Porter dec. Kase Mauger (Utah Valley), 12-7

Keyveon Roller
R16: Roller tech fall Josh Noble (Roanoke College), 21-6 (7:00)
QF: No. 4 Sam Latona (Va. Tech) major dec. Roller, 14-1
Conso. R8-2: Gable Porter (UVA) major dec. Roller, 9-1

Marlon Yarbrough
R16: Yarbrough pinned Antonio Saldate (Life), 2:23
QF: Gabe Whisenhunt (Ore. State) over Yarbrough by medical forfeit
Conso. R8-2: Joe Haynes (UVA) over Yarbrough by medical forfeit

Kyren Butler

R16: No. 20 Cleveland Belton (Ore. State) dec. Butler, 8-5
Conso. R16-2: Hillard (F&M) pinned Butler, 1:32

No. 21 Jack Gioffre – Third Place
R16: Gioffre major dec. Sam Hillegas (WVU), 14-6
QF: Gioffre major dec. Bret Minor (Life), 14-1
SF: No. 22 Jordan Titus (WVU) dec. Gioffre, 11-4
THIRD-PLACE MATCH: Gioffre dec. Chris Rivera (Campbell), 5-2

Luca Errico

R32: No. 4 Caleb Henson (Va. Tech) pinned Errico, 1:41
Conso. R16-2: Errico major dec. Matthew Williams (UTC), 17-8
Conso. R8-1: Ty Smith (Utah Valley) pinned Errico, 1:50

No. 17 Michael Gioffre
R16: Gioffre tech fall Matthew Williams (UTC), 21-5 (4:52)
QF: No. 31 Derek Raike (Ohio) major dec. Gioffre, 17-7
Conso. R8-2: Gioffre dec. Erik Roggie (UVA), 12-5
Conso. R4: Tom Crook (Va. Tech) dec. Gioffre, 4-1

Erik Roggie
R16: No. 23 Shannon Hanna (Campbell) dec. Roggie, 4-2
Conso. R8-1: Roggie tech fall Austin Scott (Ore. State), 17-0 (5:32)
Conso. R8-2: No. 17 Michael Gioffre (UVA) dec. Roggie, 12-5

Dylan Cedeno – Third Place
R16: Cedeno tech fall Josh Yost (VMI), 19-4(5:07)
QF: Cedeno dec. Tanner Peake (Davidson), 5-1
SF: No. 19 Peyton Kellar (Ohio) dec. Cedeno, 10-4
THIRD-PLACE MATCH: Cedeno over Brevin Balmeceda (Life) by injury default

Robert Avila

R32: No. 9 Peyton Hall (WVU) tech fall Avila, 15-0 (3:00)
Conso. R16-2: No. 24 Nick Hamilton (UVA) pinned Avila, 5:20

No. 24 Nick Hamilton – Sixth Place
R32: Hamilton major dec. Trey Johnson (WVU), 15-3
R16: Kekana Fouret (Ore. State) pinned Hamilton, 2:33
Conso. R16-2: Hamilton pinned Robert Avila (UVA), 5:20
Conso. R8-1: Hamilton pinned Luke Hart (VMI), 4:47
Conso. R8-2: Hamilton major dec. Jaxon Garoutte (Utah Valley), 14-3
Conso. R4: Hamilton major dec. Marcus Murabito (UNC), 13-4
FIFTH-PLACE MATCH: Not wrestled due to NCAA match limits

No. 30 Hadyn Danals

R16: James Conway (F&M) dec. Danals, 17-4
Conso. R8-1: Danals dec. Hunter Morse (Utah Valley), 12-6
Conso. R8-2: Connor Maslanek (Campbell) over Danals by injury default

Griffin Gammell
R32: Dylan Kohn (WVU) dec. Gammell, 4-2
Conso. R16-2: Hudson Stewart (UVA) dec. Gammell, 14-9

Hudson Stewart
R32: Stewart tech fall Ty Brandt (Life), 18-2 (3:59)
R16: Zayne Lehman (Ohio) dec. Stewart, 4-1
Conso. R8-1: Stewart dec. Griffin Gammell (UVA), 14-9
Conso. R8-2: Stewart major dec. Steven Martinos (Roanoke College), 18-7
Conso. R4: Kyle Homet (Life) over Stewart by medical forfeit

Colden Dorfman
R16: Dorfman dec. Nathatic Kendricks Jr (Morgan State), 4-2
QF: No. 15 Evan Bockman (Utah Valley) major dec. Dorfman, 20-6
Conso. R8-2: Dorfman pinned Demarco Lee (Life), 2:17
Conso. R4: Justin Rademacher (Ore. State) dec. Dorfman, 13-7