1. Elizabethtown 115
2. Stevens Tech 113.5
3. Huntington 106
4. Ferrum 105.5
5. Washington and Lee 90.5
6. Apprentice School 74.5
7. Averett 42.5
8. East Carolina 39.5
9. Liberty 25.5
The Builder wrestling squad traveled to the Salem Civic Center in Roanoke, VA Sunday to compete in the Star City Open hosted by Ferrum College. The Builders fared well with an abbreviated lineup in the NCAA div III dominated event, placing 6th of 9 teams. Unraked Elizabethtown College (PA) won the event with 115 team points, besting #3 ranked Stevens Institute of Technology (2nd with 113 team points), Huntingdon College (3rd with 106 team points), and #11 ranked Ferrum (4th with 105.5 points).
Freshman Wes Sorey was the star of the day, winning the 184 lb bracket. Others leading the way were Junior Chad Simmons finishing 3rd at 174 lbs, followed by Colton Messick (125 lbs) and Jeremy Mosely (165) both placing 4th. Sophomore Vandan Schmidt Placed 6th at 197 to round out the place-winners.
Sorey's title was the first championship of his collegiate career. The Chesapeake native's toughest bouts came early, avenging a loss from his first match of the season by pinning Cody Richmond of Liberty University in his first bout of the day. In the second round Sorey upset #2 seed Antavian Leary of host Ferrum in a tightly contested 1-1 bout after being awarded an additional point on riding-time criteria after the 3rd period. After another pin in the semi-finals, Wes defeated #1 seed Max Baker, also of Ferrum, with a 7-2 decision to take the gold. He is now 6-1 on the season with four bonus point wins.
After a first round bye, Simmons advanced to the semi-finals with a 16-0 tech fall before falling to runner-up Brandon LeFore of Washington & Lee. Chad bounced back with a major-decision and a 7-0 victory in the consolation-finals to take his second 3rd place finish of the season. Chad is now 8-4 on the season with five bonus point victories.
Mosely and Messick both advanced to the semi-finals before losing to the eventual champions in their respective brackets. Both battled back to advance to the consolation finals before falling short of a medal. Messick is now 7-4 on the season and Mosely is 6-5.
Schmidt got out of his early season rut with a much needed win in one of the most exciting bouts of the tournament. After a back and forth battle, Schmidt forced the bout into double-overtime. After being reversed in the first of two ride-outs, he needed a reversal in 24 seconds or less in the final ride-out. Schmidt secured a reversal followed up with a pin with 16 seconds remaining to secure a top six finish.
The Builders will travel to Gortham, ME to take part in the Ted Reece Invitational on Saturday, December 2nd.
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