Friday, February 23, 2018

Colonels Wrestling - Grossmann, Evans Advance to Semifinals of Southeast Regional; Ritter, Gyenizs and Judge Remain Alive in Consolations

ROCKY MOUNT, VA – Matthew Grossmann and Josh Evans led four Colonels still wrestling at the 2018 Southeast Regional hosted by Ferrum College on the first day of the event Friday afternoon. Grossmann and Evans advanced to the semifinals of their respective weight classes while John Ritter Matthew Judge and Ashton Gyenizs remain alive in hopes of an NCAA qualification in the consolation rounds.

At 141-pounds Grossmann began the day with a pin of Eric Schreck of York (Pa.) in 2:35 before earning a 9-2 decision over Nick Nunez of Messiah in the  quarterfinals to advance to the semifinal round. With a win over Washington and Lee’s Zach Bylykbashi in the semifinals, Grossmann would guarantee his second NCAA qualification of his career.

Evans wrestled well in the 149-pound bracket claiming two wins to advance to the semifinal round tomorrow. He began the day with a pin of Averett’s William Merritt in 2:13 before besting W&L’s Bryce Crew 5-2 in the quarterfinals. Evans now faces the top seed Gregory Warner of York (Pa.) in the semifinals tomorrow with a chance for a guaranteed spot in the NCAA tournament on the line.

Three other Colonels remain alive for a chance at third place in the consolation rounds of their respective weight class brackets. At 165-pounds, Gyenizs started the day with a 16-4 major decision in round two before falling by technical fall in the quarterfinals. He then wrestled back with another major decision (13-2) in his first match of the consolation bracket to remain alive in tomorrow’s competition.

At 174-pounds, Ritter opened with a fall in 3:34 over Southern Virginia’s keaton Gomez before falling by fall in the quarterfinals to the second seed Brandon Conrad of Lycoming. Ritter followed with his second pin of the day in his first match of the consolations in just :44 to remain alive into tomorrow’s action.

At 184-pounds Judge bounced back with a forfeit then a 4-0 decision in the consolations to stay alive after falling in a tough 5-3 decision to Delaware Valley’s Nikolas Boyd in the first round.

Semifinal and consolation action will get underway at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow. The top three wrestlers in each weight class qualify for the NCAA Tournament.

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