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Jon Jon Millner
Jon Jon Millner titles at the Mountaineer Invitational and Keystone Classic.
photo courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics

App State Wrestling Picks Up Wins at Mountaineer Invitational

Jon Jon Millner won a title at 149 pounds as App State had four Mountaineer Invitational finalists on Saturday in Varsity Gym.

In the open division, with younger wrestlers competing, the Mountaineers had three champions in Kaden Keiser (149), Joe Zovistoski (184) and Carson Floyd (197). App State’s other finalists in the Invitational were Caleb Smith (125), Sean Carter (133) and Heath Gonyer (141), while Mason Fiscella took third in his heavyweight debut.

In a 149-pound bracket with four wrestlers ranked in the top 25 nationally, Millner went 4-0 with three bonus point wins. He posted an 8-0 major decision against Air Force’s Dylan Martinez in the final after needing only 3 minutes, 25 seconds to pin 22nd-ranked Kody Komora of Kent State in the semifinals and 66 seconds to pin Gardner-Webb’s Sam Harris in a quarterfinal match.

Millner’s toughest match against in the opening round, as he was tied at 1-all with Virginia’s Michael Gioffre before recording takedowns with 1:21 left and nine seconds left in a 5-3 decision.

Carter went 3-1, and Smith had a 2-1 record. Gonyer’s 3-1 showing included a 7-5 semifinal win in which he overcame a 5-0 deficit and posted a tiebreaking takedown with 1:01 left against Ohio’s Kyran Hagan. Gonyer had a Sudden Victory takedown in his 7-5 decision against Kyren Butler of Virginia in his first match.

Keiser had a 4-0 record in his bracket, with a finals meeting against fellow freshman Kai O’Dell, and Floyd went 3-0. Zovistoski won two matches to place first in his bracket.

Fiscella won his final three matches in the Invitational bracket for heavyweights, and Chopper Mordecai had three wins in a fourth-place finish at 174.

O’Dell and OJ Bost (165 pounds) were finalists and runners-up in their Open brackets.