Ridley leads King at the Hokie Open

Ridley leads King at the Hokie Open

BLACKSBURG, Va. – The King University men's wrestling team opened the season on Sunday at the Hokie Open. Cade Ridley led the Tornado with a fourth place finish in the freshman/sophomore division.


  • Cade Ridley finished fourth at 285 pounds, the only non-NCAA Division I wrestler to place in the top four of the freshman/sophomore division.
  • He started his career with a 5-4 decision over Keaton Kluever of the University of North Carolina, Ridley then pinned Matthew Bourne of Bluefield College in 2:39 to reach the semifinals.
  • However, he dropped his final two matches to Mitchell Trigg of Davidson College 5-1 and Michael Burchell of Appalachian State University 5-2 to finish fourth.
  • Also at 285 pounds, Chris Vasquez earned his first career win, a 15-7 major decision over Calvin Hayford of Campbell University. However, he dropped his other two matches on the day.
  • At 125 pounds, Elijah Hicks won his first match of the day on a 17-5 major decision over Spencer Reed of George Mason University.
  • He later took a 14-8 major decision over Will Anders of Bluefield College, but he dropped his next match to end his day.
  • Also at 125 pounds, Rylee Billings went 3-2, winning his first two matches via pin, starting with a 2:20 pin over Anders. He then pinned Will Jacobs of The Citadel in 1:00.
  • Following a defeat, Billings defeated Virginia Tech University's Hunter Graf 5-4 before falling in the next match to end his day.
  • Riley Alderman went 1-2 on the day, pinning Nathan Buchanan of UNC Pembroke in 3:45.


125 – Elijah Hicks 2-2; Rylee Billings 3-2

133 – Josh Wynn 0-2

141 – Riley Alderman 1-2

165 – Tyler Williams 0-2

285 – Cade Ridley 2-2, 4th; Chris Vasquez 1-2


  •  King returns to action on Sunday at the King Open in the Student Center Complex.