December 5, 2010

Anderson wrestles to fifth at Nittany Lion Open

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The King College men's wrestling team was a part of the Nittany Lion Open at Penn State Sunday in the team's final open tournament of the season with a fifth place performance from a Tornado newcomer.

The event fielded 580 wrestlers from over 32 teams, mostly NCAA Division I members.

Dondricus Anderson (Macon, Ga.) was fifth in the 285-pound bracket, the first time a Tornado earned medalist honors at the Nittany Lion Open. He came to King as a two-time NJCAA National qualifier. He defeated Luke Johnson, from the Citadel (S.C.), in the first round by a 9-3 decision. He followed with a win over Carl Buhcholz, from Rugters (N.J.), to move into the quarterfinals.

He was derailed of a potential title by eventual champion, Cameron Wade, ranked No. 7 among NCAA Division I grapplers and from host Penn State. With fifth being the highest possible finish after dropping to the consolation bracket, Anderson rallied with a 8-2 win over Navy's Mike Landis. He followed the win with two overtime victories over Spencer Myers, ranked No. 28 in NCAA Division I and representing Maryland. For fifth he had to defeat Bucholz again and Anderson delivered.

Anderson finished the tournament 5-1 for the day and improves his record to 10-6.  He also remains unbeaten by NCAA DII opponents, including a victory by fall two weeks ago over Colorado State-Pueblo's Patrick Carey, who was ranked No. 7 in NCAA Division II.

"We're all proud of the progress Don has made over the last few tournaments," King head coach Nate Moorman said. "He's really became a leader on the team and beginning to show that he's a championship wrestler."

Other competitors who competed well at the event include Caleb Myers (Greeneville, Tenn.) in the 133-pound bracket who was 2-2 for the day. He picked up wins over Elliot Zackowski of Bloomsburg University by technical fall and Jason Turpyn of Penn St. by fall. Javari Williamson (Chesapeake, Va.) was a winner over Michael Savastano.

"Our program has developed as well," Moorman added. "We've wrestled really tough tournaments, battled through injuries as a team, and have gained a lot of experience collectively as we move forward with a primarily NCAA Division II schedule."

King wrestles inside the Student Center for the first time this season when Spartanburg Methodist (S.C.) College comes Tuesday with action starting at 7 p.m.