Three King wrestlers place top-3 at King Open

BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men's wrestling team hosted their annual King Open on Saturday, and turned in a solid performance before the Thanksgiving break. JA Jones headlined a trio of wrestlers that finished in the top-3 of their weight class with a second place finish at the 165 pound weight class.

Jones first defeated Alex Cox of Liberty University on a fall in 1:22 before topping Newberry College's Brandon Vovan on a fall in 1:36. In the semifinals he bested Newberry's Tyler Johnson on another fall, this one in 6:00. In the finals he faced Peter Santos of the University of North Carolina, falling 10-0 on a major decision to take second place.

At the 133 pound weight class, D'Marcus Spencer started his day with back-to-back wins on falls. He first topped East Tennessee State University's Ian McKinley in 1:41 before besting Christopher Rivera of Limestone College in 2:00. In the semifinals he faced a tough bout against Virginia Tech's Kevin Norstrem. The bout was all square at 1-1 at the end of regulation, but Norstrem scored two points in the extra session to take the 3-1 win. However, Spencer bounced back to take a pair of wins in the consolation bracket, the final one over Newberry's Brandon Thompson on a fall in 2:00.

At the same weight class, Collin Crume turned in a fifth place finish. After winning his first match of the day on a fall in 3:15 over Newberry's Gregory Altamirano, he dropped his next bout to fall to the consolation bracket. Crume won his first three matches in the consolation bracket, including an 18-5 major decision over VMI's Caleb Yost. After falling to teammate Spencer, Crume defeated Nicholas Lankford of Newberry on a 7-5 decision to take fifth place.

Garrett Fosdyck turned a good performance at 285 pounds with a third place finish. His day started with an 8-0 major decision over Appalachian State University's Kacee Hutchinson. Fosdyck followed that with a 3-1 decision over Brandon Taylor of Virginia Tech before falling in the semifinals to drop to the consolation bracket. The his first match in the consolation bracket, the semifinal bout went to double overtime where Fosdyck took a narrow 5-4 win over Glen Cothren of Belmont Abbey College. In the third place bout, he faced off with Taylor again and Fosdyck took a 3-0 win.

King will have a couple weeks off before they travel to Indianapolis, Ind., for the Midwest Duals on December 14-15.