HAMPTON, Va. – The King University men's wrestling team opened the Virginia Duals with an emphatic victory of the University of Central Florida. The Tornado topped Central Florida 35-13 to advance to Saturday's semifinals.
FINAL SCORE: King 35, Central Florida 13
LOCATION: Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, Va.
RECORD: King 2-1
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Reed Jacks got King on the board with a come-from-behind win at 125 pounds. Jacks trailed Eddison Garcia 1-0 until the final period when he evened the score at one and then took the 3-1 win in the final minute.
- Central Florida bounced back with win by fall at 133 pounds to take a 6-3 advantage.
- However, Bryce Killian put the Tornado back ahead with an emphatic 16-0 technical fall victory over Matt Seymour, giving King an 8-6 lead.
- A win by forfeit at 149 pounds stretched the Tornado lead before Cory Collins earned a 16-3 major decision at 157 pounds to put King ahead 18-6.
- Central Florida earned a win by decision at 165 pounds, but Joey Mammolenti came back with a 16-0 technical fall at 174 pounds.
- The King lead grew to 35-9 following a pair of forfeits at 184 and 197 pounds before Central Florida won the final match, making the final score 35-13 in favor of the Tornado.
- King next takes on Ferrum College in the semifinals on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.
- Central Florida face Nassau Community College in the consolation bracket.
KING 35, CENTRAL FLORIDA 13
125 – Reed Jacks (KING) dec. Eddison Garcia (UCF), 3-1 (KING 3-0)
133 – Justus Griffith (UCF) pinned No. 4 Dustin Kirk (KING), 3:33 (UCF 6-3)
141 – Bryce Killian (KING) tech. fall Matt Seymore (UCF), 16-0 (KING 8-6)
149 – Landon Goforth (KING) won by forfeit (KING 14-6)
157 – Cory Collins (KING) maj. dec. Clay Perry (UCF), 16-3 (KING 18-6)
165 – Austin Bailey (UCF) dec. Darius Rutland (KING), 4-2 (KING 18-9)
174 – Joey Mammolenti (KING) tech. fall Tarek Motkar (UCF), 16-0 (KING 23-9)
184 – Elijah Seay (KING) won by forfeit (KING 29-9)
197 – Eldon Valery (KING) won by forfeit (KING 35-9)
285 – Jesse Gaudin (UCF) maj. dec. Cody Davis (KING), 10-2 (KING 35-13)