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App State Wrestling Opens Season With App State Individual Quad
Francis Morrissey won three matches on the day at the 149 pound weight class.
photo courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics

App State Wrestling Opens Season With App State Individual Quad

Unbeaten days from Codi Russell, Thomas Flitz, Caleb Smith and Francis Morrissey, coupled with Will Formato’s overtime win in a matchup of Southern Conference standouts, highlighted the season-opening performances at the App State Individual Quad event Saturday in Varsity Gym.

Wrestlers from App State, Virginia and The Citadel combined to participate in more than 100 matches in an event that featured a round-robin format, with most competitors getting in three matches and some taking the mat as many as four times.

Formato went 2-1 at 165 pounds, winning by a 16-0 tech fall against Virginia’s Loudon Hurt and dropping a 7-5 decision against Virginia’s Jake Keating (who had 42 wins in his first two competitive seasons) before earning a 3-1 decision against The Citadel’s Dazjon Casto thanks to a takedown with six seconds left in the Sudden Victory-1 period. Formato executed a second-period escape with Casto at 57 seconds of riding time, and Casto tied the match with an escape early in the third period.

In a SoCon dual last season, Formato also won in overtime against Casto, who qualified for the 2020 NCAA Championships.

Along with Formato, the other Mountaineers with two wins Saturday were Mason Fiscella (2-1 with two pins at 197 pounds), true freshman Tristan Pugh (2-1 with two first-period pins at 149), Anthony Brito (2-1 at 141 pounds), Ramon Rodriguez (2-1 at 197), Julian Gorring (2-2 at 184 pounds), Cody Bond (2-2 at 157 pounds) and true freshman Tommy Askey (2-2 at 157).

Flitz’s 3-0 showing at 174 pounds included wins by decision against Virginia’s Robby Patrick (6-2), The Citadel’s Cole Burke (11-6) and 2019-20 Virginia starter Vic Marcelli (7-3).

Making his official debut at 125 pounds, Russell posted a 3-0 record with an 18-1 tech fall against Virginia’s Trey Lane, a 17-4 major decision against Virginia’s Patrick McCormick (who went 12-5 for the Cavaliers at 125 last season) and an 11-3 major decision against Virginia’s Sam Book, who entered this season with a 39-24 career record.

Smith also produced an unbeaten mark at 125, going 4-0 with a major decision, two decisions and one medical forfeit. He started his day with a 4-1 decision against McCormick.

A true freshman at 149 pounds, Morrissey had a second-period pin of The Citadel’s Andrew Barnett, a 7-2 decision against Virginia’s Patrick Evans and a 16-1 tech fall against The Citadel’s Sabastian Collazo.

Six App State wrestlers split their two matches: Sean Carter (1-1 at 133 pounds with an early takedown in a loss to 14th-ranked Louie Hayes of Virginia and a 6-4 decision against Virginia’s Evan Buchanan), Tyler Kellison (1-1 at 133), Isaac Byers (1-1 at 141), Joshua Spurlin (1-1 with one pin at 141), Jack Campbell (1-1 with one pin at 149) and Jackson Boles (1-1 at 174).

 

Wrestler, School Result Score
125 pounds
Codi Russell

Trey Lane, Virginia W, TF 18-1
Patrick McCormick, Virginia W, MD 17-4
Sam Book, Virginia W, MD 11-3

Caleb Smith

Patrick McCormick, Virginia W, Dec 4-1
Trey Lane, Virginia W, Dec 11-6
Jordi White, The Citadel W, MD 12-3
Ben Kamali, Virginia W, MF

Carson Smith

Sam Book, Virginia L, MD 17-4
Ben Kamali, Virginia W, MF
Patrick McCormick, Virginia L, Dec 4-2
Trey Lane, Virginia L, Dec 11-4

133 pounds
Sean Carter

Evan Buchanan, Virginia W, Dec 6-4
#14 Louie Hayes, Virginia L, MD 12-4

Tyler Kellison

Evan Buchanan, Virginia W, Fall 6:22
#14 Louie Hayes, Virginia L, TF 20-2

Ethan Oakley

Jake Rotunda, The Citadel L, Dec 11-8
Evan Buchanan, Virginia L, Dec 6-4

Kobe Early

#14 Louie Hayes, Virginia L, Fall 3:28
Jake Rotunda, The Citadel L, Dec 9-6
Evan Buchanan, Virginia L, Dec 5-1

141 pounds
Anthony Brito

Scotty Kiyono, Virginia W, Dec 6-3
Tyler Seeley, The Citadel W, Fall 2:47
Brian Courtney, Virginia L, Fall 1:41

Dawson Bates

Brian Courtney, Virginia L, TF 17-0
Dylan Cedeno, Virginia L, Dec 7-2

Isaac Byers

Scotty Kiyono, Virginia L, Dec 2-0
Tyler Seely, The Citadel W, Dec 6-1

Joshua Spurlin

Tyler Seeley, The Citadel W, Fall 2:08
Dylan Cedeno, Virginia L, Fall 1:38

Heath Gonyer

Dylan Cedeno, Virginia L, MD 21-13
Brian Courtney, Virginia L, Fall 2:04

149 pounds

Francis Morrissey

Andrew Barnett, The Citadel W, Fall 4:24
Patrick Evans, Virginia W, Dec 7-2
Sabastian Collazo, The Citadel W, TF 16-1

Tristan Pugh

Andrew Barnett, The Citadel W, Fall 2:21
Selwyn Porter, The Citadel L, Dec 9-6
Patrick Evans, Virginia W, Fall 2:06

Jack Campbell

Sabastian Collazo, The Citadel W, Fall 1:16
Selwyn Porter, The Citadel L, TF 17-2

157 pounds
Cody Bond

Nic Sansone, Virginia W, TF 18-3
Grant Speer, The Citadel W, Dec 11-5
#16 Justin McCoy, Virginia L, MD 15-7
Justin Phillips, Virginia L, Dec 9-6

Tommy Askey

Justin Phillips, Virginia L, Dec 10-6
#16 Justin McCoy, Virginia L, Fall 0:40
Nic Sansone, Virginia W, Dec 9-4
Grant Speer, The Citadel W, Dec 8-4

165 pounds

Will Formato

Loudon Hurt, Virginia W, TF 16-0
Jake Keating, Virginia L, Dec 7-5
Dazjon Casto, The Citadel W, Dec 3-1 (SV-1)

Kameron Miller

Dazjon Casto, The Citadel L, DQ 4:28
Loudon Hurt, Virginia W, Dec 7-3
Jake Keating, Virginia L, TF 15-0

Brett Mordecai

Loudon Hurt, Virginia W, Fall 0:56
Jake Keating, Virginia L, MD 15-4
Dazjon Casto, The Citadel L, Fall 1:04

174 pounds
Thomas Flitz

Robby Patrick, Virginia W, Dec 6-2
Cole Burke, The Citadel W, Dec 11-6
Vic Marcelli, Virginia W, Dec 7-3

Jackson Boles

Vic Marcelli, Virginia L, MD 9-0
Cole Burke, The Citadel W, Dec 8-4

184 pounds
Julian Gorring

Cooper Youngblood, The Citadel W, TF 19-2
Michael Battista, Virginia L, Dec 8-2
Hudson Stewart, Virginia L, Dec 6-5
Kyle Kretzer, The Citadel W, Dec 6-1

Barrett Blakely

Hudson Stewart, Virginia L, Dec 6-4
Kyle Kretzer, The Citadel L, Dec 7-3
Michael Battista, Virginia L, Dec 10-4
Cooper Youngblood, The Citadel W, Fall 1:53

197 pounds
Mason Fiscella

Houston Tywater, The Citadel W, Fall 3:57
#3 Jay Aiello, Virginia L, MD 13-3
Ben Stemmet, The Citadel W, Fall 1:47

Ramon Rodriguez

Ben Stemmet, The Citadel W, Dec 9-4
#3 Jay Aiello, Virginia L, Fall 2:15
Houston Tywater, The Citadel W, MD 15-6

Heavyweight
Michael Burchell

Jessie Knight, Virginia W, Dec 10-5
#20 Quinn Miller, Virginia L, Fall 3:28
Michael McAleavey, The Citadel L, Dec 6-1

Tim Warren

Michael McAleavey, The Citadel L, Dec 6-1
Jessie Knight, Virginia L, Dec 2-0

Jacob Barlow

#20 Quinn Miller, Virginia L, TF 20-1
Michael McAleavey, The Citadel L, Fall 0:26
Jesse Knight, Virginia L, Fall 3:44