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Cody Bond
Cody Bond won the 149-pound weight class as he returns from a season-ending injury last year.
photo courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics

Appalachian State Wrestling Hosts Mountaineer Invitational

Cody Bond, Tommy Askey and Jacob Sartorio all won individual titles Saturday as App State Wrestling had 11 top-three finishers in the top division of the Mountaineer Invitational.

Bond, who suffered a season-ending injury last year, won a well-earned title with a 5-4 decision against 31st-ranked Michael Gioffre from Virginia in the 149 final. Bond trailed 4-1 entering the third period before getting an escape, delivering a three-point takedown with 33 seconds left and riding out the remainder of the match.

Askey went 4-0 in his 157-pound bracket, ending his run with a 4-2 finals decision over Virginia’s Dylan Cedeno. A takedown with 1:29 left in the second period made the difference.

Sartorio went 3-0 in the heavyweight division, winning by scores of 3-0 and 18-2 before claiming a 15-4 major decision against Air Force’s Antonio Ramos in the final match.

App State’s runners-up were Ethan Oakley (133), Will Miller (165) and Luke Uliano (174).

The third-place finishes came from Ike Byers (141), Jeremiah Price (149), Anthony Conetta (157), Drake Acklin (165) and Joe Zovistoski (184). A true freshman, Price won a 9-6 decision in his opening match against 33rd-ranked Zach Price (a Gardner-Webb standout who reached the SoCon final at 141 last year) and went to overtime against the 31st-ranked Gioffre before an escape in the 30-second Tiebreaker periods that follow Sudden Victory gave Gioffre a 2-1 win.

In the Open division, App State had three runners-up in Nicholas Grizales (165), Gunnar Pool (197) and James Bankston (heavyweight).