Braves Grab Central Florida Open Title, 12 Wrestlers Place

Braves Grab Central Florida Open Title, 12 Wrestlers Place

ORLANDO - Five UNCP wrestlers, including newcomer Blaze Shade, each turned in perfect 4-0 runs through their respective brackets to capture individual titles and highlight action for 12th-ranked and tournament champion UNCP at the Central Florida Open on Saturday.

A dozen wrestlers captured place-winner laurels for the Braves, including all-Americans Daniel Ownbey and Mike Williams who tallied perfect records in the 141- and 174-pound tournaments, respectively. Chris Giddens captured his second 285-pound tournament title in the last three weeks, while Stuart Nadeau earned his first career event title with a perfect 4-0 record in the 184-pound tournament.

Brach Walker finished in the runner-up position at 197 pounds, while Dontae Brown (133 pounds), Richard Kerekes (157) and James De La Riva (285) came away with third place honors at the event. Jake Smith and Thomas Fowler finished fourth in the 125- and 184-pound tournaments, respectively, while Brian Thompson captured fifth place laurels at 133 pounds.

The individual performances helped UNCP run away with the overall team title. It was the first event championship for the Braves since capturing the 2008 Davidson Open.

UNCP will return to action again on November 27 when it opens the dual meet portion of the 2012-13 slate at Belmont Abbey. Wrestling action is set to get underway at 7:30 p.m. inside BAC's Wheeler Center.


Central Florida Open (UNCP Results Only)

Dylan Bernier (UNCP) pinned Rashad Anthony (Darton-Unatt.) F 2:15
Brian Radli (Central Florida) maj. dec. Dylan Bernier (UNCP) M 12-0
Cody Westray (Darton) dec. Dylan Bernier (UNCP) D 5-4
Jake Smith (UNCP) pinned Ronald Murray (Darton) F 3:57
Ben Smith (Marion Military Institute) dec. Jake Smith (UNCP) D 7-1
Jake Smith (UNCP) maj. dec. Cameron Banks (Apprentice School) M 9-0
Jake Smith (UNCP) dec. Donta Bennett (Darton-Unatt.) D 4-3
Jake Smith (UNCP) dec. Cody Westray (Darton) D 2-1
Jake Smith (UNCP) dec. Austin Vajen (Florida Gulf Coast) D 3-1
Ben Smith (Marion Military Institute) maj. dec. Jake Smith (UNCP) M 14-6

Brian Thompson (UNCP) tech. fall Derek Burhenn (Apprentice School) TF 16-0; 7:00
Ryan Hall (South Florida) dec. Brian Thompson (UNCP) D 4-3
Dontae Brown (UNCP) dec. Edward Schaekel (Mercer) D 7-5
Gabe Miller (Truett McConnell) maj. dec. Dontae Brown (UNCP) M 12-0
Dontae Brown (UNCP) maj. dec. Justin Kerr (Truett McConnell-Unatt.) M 12-1
Dontae Brown (UNCP) maj. dec. Lashaun Heard (Darton-Unatt.) M 20-10
Dontae Brown (UNCP) dec. Brian Thompson (UNCP) D 5-1
Dontae Brown (UNCP) dec. Dwayne Roes (Apprentice School) D 10-7

No. 2 Daniel Ownbey (UNCP) pinned Calvin Rabney (Florida Gulf Coast) F 6:01
No. 2 Daniel Ownbey (UNCP) tech. fall Nick Devanny (Apprentice School) T 23-5; 7:00
No. 2 Daniel Ownbey (UNCP) pinned Michael Fleming (Central Florida) F 6:22
No. 2 Daniel Ownbey (UNCP) dec. Brandon Owens (Darton) D 11-5
Nick Devanny (Apprentice School) dec. Daniel Hayes (UNCP) D 5-2
Calvin Rabney (Florida Gulf Coast) dec. Daniel Hayes (UNCP) D 12-7

Preston Steen (Truett McConnell) dec. Ryan Blackwell (UNCP) D 11-6
Randall Gines (Florida A&M) med. forfeit Ryan Blackwell (UNCP) M For

Richard Kerekes (UNCP) maj. dec. Sam Osakue (Mercer) M 9-1
Richard Kerekes (UNCP) dec. Dylan Husseri (Florida) D 5-3
Christian Grillo (Central Florida) dec. Richard Kerekes (UNCP) D 3-2
Richard Kerekes (UNCP) dec. Zane Turnipseed (Central Florida) D 5-1
Richard Kerekes (UNCP) forfeit No Entry For
Tyler Thompson (Georgia Southern) dec. Austin Helm (UNCP) D 11-9
Justin Jimenez (Florida Gulf Coast) dec. Austin Helm (UNCP) D 2-1

Blaze Shade (UNCP) pinned Sean Mann (Central Florida) F 1:10
Blaze Shade (UNCP) dec. Marvin Lawrence (Marion Military Institute) D 8-6
Blaze Shade (UNCP) dec. Santiago Martinez (Central Florida) D 3-2

No. 1 Mike Williams (UNCP) pinned Lee Cagle (Truett McConnell-Unatt.) F 1:20
No. 1 Mike Williams (UNCP) maj. dec. Gregory Lane (Shorter) M 13-3
No. 1 Mike Williams (UNCP) maj. dec. Scott Watson (Central Florida) M 12-1
No. 1 Mike Williams (UNCP) dec. Wally Figaro (Shorter) D 5-2

Thomas Fowler (UNCP) pinned Zach Malone (Marion Military Institute) F 2:08
Thomas Fowler (UNCP) dec. Dustin Brannom (Truett McConnell) D 10-6
Terrance Smith (Marion Military Institute) maj. dec. Thomas Fowler (UNCP) M 11-0
Stuart Nadeau (UNCP) pinned Chris Kellum (North Florida) F 3:27
Stuart Nadeau (UNCP) dec. Jeffrey Holmes (Mercer) D 12-10
Stuart Nadeau (UNCP) maj. dec. Terrance Smith (Marion Military Institute) M 14-2

Garrett Johnson (Florida Gulf Coast) dec. Brandon Grasty (UNCP) D 3-1
Brandon Grasty (UNCP) pinned Corey Hatton (Darton) F 2:32
Shaun Scruggs (Georgia Southern) pinned Brandon Grasty (UNCP) F 5:32
Brach Walker (UNCP) maj. dec. Steven Resby (Truett McConnell) M 13-2
Brach Walker (UNCP) pinned Josh Rodriguez (Apprentice School) F 4:00
Andrew Ewers (Shorter) pinned Brach Walker (UNCP) F 5:59

James De La Riva (UNCP) dec. Ricky Carter (Tallahassee CC) D 5-4
Henry Floyd (Darton) dec. James De La Riva (UNCP) D 3-2
James De La Riva (UNCP) pinned Dakota Hurley (Darton) F 1:02
James De La Riva (UNCP) dec. Marlen Morgan (Marion Military Institute) D 8-2
James De La Riva (UNCP) forfeit Richard Brown (Marion Military Institute) For
James De La Riva (UNCP) pinned Henry Floyd (Darton)F 2:04
Chris Giddens (UNCP) maj. dec. Jose Paz (Truett McConnell-Unatt.) M 12-4
Chris Giddens (UNCP) dec. Darren Sexton (Georgia Southern) D 7-1
Chris Giddens (UNCP) dec. Richard Brown (Marion Military Institute) D 3-2
Chris Giddens (UNCP) dec. Ian Jones (Apprentice School) D 4-1

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