Tornado wrestles to second at Virginia Duals

HAMPTON, Va. - King College saw York (Pa.) College win the 31st Annual Virginia Duals Saturday by a score of 25-19 in the championship match. The Tornado squad reached the title match after beating top-seed Brockport (N.Y.) 20-16 earlier in the day.

A forfeit at 125-pounds gave York a 6-0 lead. King trimmed the deficit in half after Caleb Myers (Greeneville, Tenn.) picked up a decision 11-6. York's Chris Albright made the score 12-3 with a pin in 2:08 over Francisco Bison (Virginia Beach, Va.) at 141 pounds. The 149-pound match saw Chris Gugliotti add three more points to York's total.

After seven more York points, King's John Forbes had a pin in just 64 seconds over Jeff Goldhagen in the 174-pound match. York got to the 25-point mark with three by Alex Martocello.

A major decision of 8-0 by Frank Morgan (Maynardville, Tenn.) was followed by a forfeit win for Dondricus Anderson (Macon, Ga.) to close out the match.

The Tornado squad, the event's No. 4 seed, will now wrestle York (Pa.) College at 8:30 for the Virginia Duals American College championship at 8:30 p.m. York, the No. 3 seed, upended No. 2 seed Nassau Community College 21-16 in the other semifinal match.

To start the day, Brockport started up 6-0 after a forfeit. King evened the score with back-to-back decisions. Myers and Bison were both decision winners with matching 4-2 scores.

Nic Stella (Sweet Home, N.Y.) put King up by three with his 7-3 decision at 149 pounds.

Brockport answered with a seven-point run, a major decision at 157 pounds and a decision at 165 pounds.

King answered with a 5-2 decision by Forbes. Brandon Tressler (Orlando, Fla.) and Frank Morgan (Maynardville, Tenn.) added two straight major decisions which eventually clinched the match. Tressler's score was 12-4 at 184 pounds while Morgan scored a 10-2 win at 197 pounds.

Brockport, ranked No. 12 in the last NCWA Division II National poll, added a three-point decision, 3-2, in the heavyweight match.

The weekend's trip to the duals was the first time King had participated in the national event.

After the championship, King returns to action on Jan. 17 with a trip to Limestone (S.C.) College. The match has a 7 p.m. start time scheduled. King enters the match as the No. 6 team in the NCAA Division II Super Region II team standings with Limestone at No. 7 in the rankings released earlier in the week.

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