NO. 13 HOK­IES PIN CAVS FOR CROWN

New Kent alum LaPrade fin­ishes 3-0 as Va. Tech wins Na­tional Divi­sion

Daily Press - - Sports - By Jim Mc­Grath Cor­re­spon­dent

HAMP­TON — The Vir­ginia Duals con­cluded Sat­ur­day evening with a se­ries of fi­nals in the five di­vi­sions – two col­lege and three high school. Yet, to many lo­cal ob­servers, none was more im­por­tant than the Na­tional Col­lege Divi­sion cham­pi­onship be­tween Vir­ginia and Vir­ginia Tech.

The Hok­ies, ranked 13th in the USA To­day/NCWA coaches poll, hand­ily de­feated their in-state ri­vals 37-5 to claim the crown.

“I like where this team is headed,” Tech coach Tony Ro­bie said after the plaque pre­sen­ta­tion. “We’re go­ing in the right di­rec­tion and build­ing the right way.”

As the Hok­ies head to­ward At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence and NCAA com­pe­ti­tions, Ro­bie noted that some wrestlers would need to con­tinue build­ing, but sin­gled out B.C. LaPrade (a New Kent High grad­u­ate) and Mitch Moore as two who have im­proved in re­cent weeks.

“He had a break­out week­end,” Ro­bie said of LaPrade. “He went 3-0 and beat two (na­tion­ally) ranked guys.”

Other cham­pi­ons

In the Black and Blue Divi­sion, Os­car Smith, ranked sec­ond in South Hamp­ton Roads, over­came an early dou­ble-digit deficit and held off top-ranked Great Bridge 36-25 to cap­ture the ti­tle.

In the Amer­i­can Col­lege Divi­sion, Kutz­town of Penn­syl­va­nia de­feated Fer­rum 27-14. Kel­lam won the Amer­i­can High School Divi­sion with a 48-21 vic­tory over St. John’s (D.C.).

In the Na­tional High School Divi­sion, two teams from New Jer­sey clashed in the fi­nal, with South Plain­field emerg­ing vic­to­ri­ous in a 37-17 win over St. Au­gus­tine Prep.

Ap­pren­tice fin­ishes sixth

After Fri­day’s 29-16 win over Alder­son Broad­dus, Ap­pren­tice coach Micah Am­ro­zow­icz spoke highly of his team’s next op­po­nent, Kutz­town, and said he hoped his team could at least make a good show­ing.

Am­ro­zow­icz’s con­cerns turned out to be jus­ti­fied. The Builders’ Kolin John­son scored a 6-2 de­ci­sion over Lu­cas Miller in the 133-pound bout, but Kutz­town, na­tion­ally ranked in Divi­sion II, rat­tled off eight straight vic­to­ries to top Ap­pren­tice 43-3 and evap­o­rate any chance the Builders had of mak­ing the fi­nal.

The bad for­tune con­tin­ued as Ap­pren­tice was nipped by Lib­erty 26-24 in the con­so­la­tion bracket and then fell vic­tim to a dose of re­venge from Alder­son Broad­dus, which beat the Builders 35-12 in the fifth-place match.

Ap­pren­tice’s Colton Mes­sick (125 pounds) won by fall in the fi­nal two con­so­la­tion bouts to fin­ish the week­end 3-1.

Old Do­min­ion takes fifth

ODU’s Mon­archs opened their Duals com­pe­ti­tion with a con­vinc­ing 30-10 win over Kent State, but the mo­men­tum did not carry into the Sat­ur­day matches.

The Mon­archs’ next clash, against Vir­ginia Tech, started in an aus­pi­cious man­ner, with 125pounder Michael McGee win­ning by fall in 5:47 over Kyle Norstrem to give ODU a 6-0 lead. Two bouts later, at 141, Sa’De­rian Perry edged Mitch Moore 3-2 and Old Do­min­ion took a 9-4 lead.

From there, it was all Tech, as the Hok­ies stormed back to win the last seven bouts, in­clud­ing an 8-4 de­ci­sion by LaPrade over Larry Early at 157 pounds. The Hok­ies’ con­vinc­ing 31-9 win gave them mo­men­tum they con­tin­ued by beat­ing U.Va.

In its first con­so­la­tion match, ODU dropped a 27-14 de­ci­sion to Ok­la­homa. McGee won a 17-2 tech­ni­cal fall over the Soon­ers’ Zach Aten­zio, and Perry, Shane Jones (165), and Ali Wa­hab (285) earned de­ci­sion vic­to­ries.

The Mon­archs de­feated Chat­tanooga 21-15 in the fifth-place match to fin­ish the week­end 2-2.

Na­tional High School Divi­sion

New Kent gained its sec­ond vic­tory of the Duals, beat­ing Cam­den Catholic (N.J.) 37-27.

Nathaniel Fly (145), Ja­mar Chris­tian (220) and Buddy White­cot­ton (285) won by fall, with Fly and Chris­tian need­ing less than a minute to pin their op­po­nents.

The Tro­jans’ day ended with a 39-28 loss to Erie Cathe­dral Prep (Pa.). New Kent fin­ished the Duals with a 2-2 mark for coach Mike Faus, who was without his goa­tee — as he promised — after his team’s dual-match win­ning streak ended with Fri­day’s heart­break­ing 37-37 tiebreaker loss to McDonogh of the Bal­ti­more area on cri­te­ria (most first points scored),

Lafayette and War­wick dropped their sec­ond and third matches to fin­ish the Duals win­less. The Rams dropped a 55-24 match to Eastern View be­fore fac­ing peren­nial Vir­ginia Class 3 cham­pion Chris­tians­burg on Sat­ur­day, a match that coach Chris Wi­att’s team lost 59-12.

Lafayette’s Jor­dan Robins (132) won two of his three bouts for the week­end, fin­ish­ing Sat­ur­day with a fall over Chris­tians­burg’s Foster Wil­liams.

War­wick fin­ished its run with a 59-17 de­feat at the hands of Bene­dic­tine from Rich­mond. Dillon Mes­sick (120) and Sta­ley Hamp­ton (220) scored pins for the Raiders.

Black and Blue Divi­sion

While none of the three Bay Rivers en­tries fin­ished among the top four, Po­qu­o­son com­piled a win­ning record for the week­end.

After a 36-33 loss to Powhatan in their open­ing match, the Is­landers topped Or­ange County (3929), Lib­erty of Beale­ton (44-33) and Sky­line (36-31) be­fore los­ing 39-23 to Cox to fin­ish their Duals cam­paign at 3-2.

With 59 wins in 35 Duals ap­pear­ances, the Is­landers re­main third in all-time Vir­ginia Duals high school vic­to­ries, trail­ing only Cox (61, in­clud­ing three this week­end) and Great Bridge (83 against just 24 losses, in­clud­ing the Black & Blue fi­nal de­feat).

York opened with a 4627 de­feat to Tall­wood, but the Fal­cons re­bounded to beat Spot­syl­va­nia 40-33 be­fore be­ing elim­i­nated by Sky­line 37-19.

Smith­field also fin­ished the week­end 1-2. The Pack­ers lost their ini­tial match to Lib­erty 48-30, but won a 39-39 tiebreaker by cri­te­ria over Ma­toaca in their first con­so­la­tion match.

A 41-30 de­feat to Powhatan ended the Duals for coach John Swartz’s con­tin­gent. Bran­don Voros (138) and Kane Sharon (170) won their three bouts, with Voros pin­ning two foes.

STEVE EARLEY/STAFF

Ster­ling Wa­ters, left, of Os­car Smith de­feats Ocean Lakes’ Grant Manock at 152 pounds at Hamp­ton Coli­seum. Os­car Smith beat Great Bridge in the Black & Blue fi­nal.

STEVE EARLEY/STAFF

Ri­ley Parker of First Colo­nial pins Nolan McEachin of Fauquier at 113 pounds Sat­ur­day in Amer­i­can Divi­sion com­pe­ti­tion at the Vir­ginia Duals at Hamp­ton Coli­seum.

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