Five Grapplers Place at Harris Open

Five Grapplers Place at Harris Open
ASHLAND, Ohio – King College participated among a number of NCAA Division I and II schools at the 2011 Harris Open, held at Ashland University (Ashland, Ohio) on Saturday. The Tornado saw five of its own place in a field largely made up of nationally-ranked and Division I members.

Matt Bodardus (Nyack, N.Y.) was the first of two King grapplers to medal, taking third place at the 174-pound weight class. He opened up his first two bouts with wins of Ashland's Alex Tuttle and Justin Smith (Ohio Valley) before dropping his third match. Bodardus lost in a close 9-6 decision to eventual champion, Nick Bonaccorsi, of the University of Pittsburgh. Bodardus returned to the mat and advanced to the third place match after beating Purdue University's Andy Wiseman. He earned a third place finish after pinning unattached wrestler, Sam Law, in the second period of their match.

After winning his opening bout, Patrick Spano (165#) lost to Kent State University's Tyler Buckwalter by a slight edge, 6-5. The Tampa, Fla. native roared back to win his next three matches, two against other members of the Golden Flash wrestling team, and then pinned Tiffin's Nick Hall to advance to the medal match. Spano took University of Findlay wrestler Mason True to the wire but fell by decision, 4-3. He earned a fourth place finish at the 165-pound weight class.

Nationally-ranked Brandon Tressler (184#) went 2-2 on the day, also pulling out a win over a Wolverine. He defeated Miles Trealout (UM) by an 8-5 decision before losing to the eventual champion of the division, Cole Baxter of Kent State (unattached). He ended the day with a fifth place finish.

Dakota Moore (Pemberton, N.J.) also medaled at 184 pounds, falling in the third place match to Virginia Tech's Angelo Malvestuto by a 7-6 decision. Malvestuto also eliminated Tressler on his way to facing Moore in the higher medal round.

Austin D'Amico (Virginia Beach, Va.) earned a big win over Thomas Brosnahan (University of Michigan) in his string of three straight wins, but finished his appearance at the open 3-2 after losing to Virginia Tech's Nick Murray by decision (8-1) in the 149 pound division.

Jeremy Miller (157#) wins opening two bouts against Division I opponents Jake Platt (Ashland) and Andrew Hollern (KSU) before being forced to retire. He advanced far enough into the bracket to finish sixth and medal for King.

King wrestling concludes its run of participating in three straight open tournaments in the last three weekends, having hosted its own last week at Tennessee High School and traveling to the Hokie Open (Salem, Va.) on Nov. 6. The team will have the next two weeks off before coming back to competition on Dec. 4 to compete in the Maryville University Open, held in St. Louis, Missouri.


NOTE: The bracket incorrectly reads that Matt Bodardus lost in the third place bout to Sam Law. Bodardus, in fact, won that bout as described in the release. The bracket is in error.