Tornado Wrestlers storm at Hokie Open

SALEM, Va. - King College opened the 2010-11 men's wrestling season at the Hokie Open Sunday as Tornado wrestlers were able to pick up wins against top-notch foes.

Along with King, teams came from Virginia Tech, Duke, Appalachian State, Tennessee Chattanooga, the Citadel, Iowa State, Gardner-Webb, Kent State, Liberty, Ohio, Newberry, Old Dominion, North Carolina, Virginia, and Virginia Military for the event.

Brandon Tressler (Orlando, Fla.) pinned Ohio's Kyle O'Donnell in 68 seconds. He also pinned Taylor McClain, from Gardner-Webb, at the 5:21 mark.

Dondricus Anderson (Macon, Ga.) pinned Michael Gregory, from North Carolina Greensboro, to advance. He pinned Gregory in 3:31 in the 285-pound bracket.

In the 149-pound division, Nic Stella (Sweet Home, N.Y.) picked up a win on the consolation side of the bracket.

Cullen King (Memphis, Tenn.) won a consolation match 11-7 after losing in the opening round to Virginia Tech All-American Jarrod Garnett in 125-pound action.

"After wrestling at that high of level it exposed a lot of areas that need to be worked on," King head coach Nate Moorman said. "We're going to work on them this week in preparation for the King Open on Sunday."

Dyvon Passmore (Miami, Fla.), Dakota Moore (Pemberton, N.J.) and John Forbes (Miami, Fla.) also added wins wrestling unattached for King at the event.

The Tornado welcomes a host of teams to the King Open Sunday in Bristol's Viking Hall. Action gets underway at 9 a.m.

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