The Builders traveled to Collegeville, PA this past weekend to compete in the annual Fall Brawl at Ursinus College. The young team had mixed success at the largely NCAA div III dominated event.
Kolin Johnson, a freshman from King George, VA, had an impressive outing finishing 3rd at what is possibly one of the toughest tournaments this season. Johnson upset #2 seed Caleb Kelly from Navy with a second period fall in his first round of action. After another pin in the quarter-finals Johnson was knocked off by NCAA DIII qualifier Chris Tan from host Ursinus by a narrow 12-10 decision. In the wrestle-backs Johnson reeled off two more pins including an impressive 30 second pin in the consolation finals to take the bronze. Johnson is now 5-2 on the season with 4 pins.
Simmons, a junior from Chesapeake, VA, recorded a fall and a major decision before being downed by eventual champion Spencer Carey from Navy. Simmons run was ended by Sam Karel from NCWA rival Liberty University in the consolation bracket. Chad, a 2017 NCWA All-American, is now 5-3 on the season.
Graham, a native of nearby Poquoson, VA, entered his first weekend of college competition wrestling up from 197 lbs to 285. He avenged teammate Sintobin's first round loss to Brendan Woody of McDaniel in the wrestle-backs with a 59 second pin. Ross is now 3-2 on the season with three wins by fall.
Wrestling up from 235 lbs, Sintobin (Clarion, PA) pinned returning HWT All-American Dominick Johnson of Liberty University. After a third pin, Zach nearly avenged his VB Nationals finals loss last weekend to Austin Amos of Liberty with a close 4-1 double-overtime decision in his final bout of the day. He is now 6-3 on the season with 6 pins.
Team scores were not recorded for this event.
The Builders will be traveling to the Salem Civic Center this Sunday (11/19) to compete in the Star City Open hosted by Ferrum College.
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