November 11, 2012

Jeremy Miller Takes Third to Lead King at Wolfpack Open

King Men's Wrestling competed in an open style tournament, hosted by North Carolina State, on Sunday. Sophomore Jeremy Miller led the Tornado with a third place finish at 157 pounds.

RALEIGH, N.C. – Jeremy Miller took home a third place finish in the 157 pound weight class at this weekend's Wolfpack Open, hosted by North Carolina State University. The Tornado competed against opponents across Divisions I and II, including many schools from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).

Miller went 3-1 on the day in the 157 pound bracket to earn a third place finish at the Wolfpack Open held on Sunday. The sophomore from Madison, Tenn. began his day with an unblemished 5-0 victory by decision over C.T. Talevi (Davidson) before posting his second shutout of the day against West Virginia's Dom Prezzia. Miller defeated Prezzia by decision, 2-0, to advance and wrestle Maryland's Ben Dorsay in the semifinal round. Dorsay and Miller battled to a 9-4 decision, putting the King grappler in the third place bout. His day ended with a third place finish after NC State's Mardel Gabriel withdrew during the match due to injury, giving Miller the win.

Tywan Claxton (Cleveland, Ohio), ranked sixth in the country at 141 pounds, wrestled up in 149-pound bracket. The sophomore began the day on a high note with a major decision (16-4) over Appalachian State's Collins Creech but was placed in the loser's bracket following a narrow 5-4 loss by decision to Christian Barber of the University of North Carolina. Claxton fought his way back all the way to the fifth place bout, rattling off four consecutive wins, three by decision and one by fall. Leading up to the fifth place bout, Claxton beat West Virginia's Mickey Bennett and UNC's Derek Golner, both in 4-2 decisions. His day came to an end after losing, 4-0, to Dylan Cottrell (Appalchian State) to settle for sixth place in his bracket.  

Also earning individual victories were D'Marcus Spencer and Jerrelle McCabe, who both went 1-2 in the 133 pound bracket, and freshman Billy Swanson who went 1-2 in the heavyweight division. Nic Stella (Sweet Home, N.Y.) went 2-2 in the 149 pound bracket with one pin.

The Tornado will host their annual King Open tournament this Sunday, Nov. 18, in the Student Center Complex (Bristol, Tenn.) gymnasium. The all-day open tournament will feature a host of teams that include some of the top-ranked Division II wrestlers.