Three Place at Lock Haven Classic
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LOCK HAVEN, Pa. – Putting a cap on the 2016 calendar, the VMI wrestling team saw several team members place in the top four Thursday at the Lock Haven Classic in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania.

Sophomore 157-pounder Neal Richards highlighted the event for the Keydets with a first-place finish in his weight class while seniors Dalton Henderson (125 pounds, third place) and Shabaka Johns (174, fourth place) also had strong showings at the open tournament.

After opening with two byes, Richards pinned Franklin and Marshall’s Michael Marano in 3:13 to advance to the quarterfinals, where he defeated Alex Smythe by a 15-4 major decision. In the semifinals, he topped unattached Hofstra wrestler Ricky Stamm by a high-scoring 17-10 decision. Facing Kent State’s Casey Sparkman in the championship match, Richards won by an easy 14-5 major decision to earn the individual title for the weight.

Henderson opened the tourney by defeating Franklin & Marshall’s Edgar Garcia for the second time this season, this time by an 8-2 decision. In the second round, he topped Old Dominion’s Steve Simpson by a 14-8 affair before falling to George Mason’s Ibrahim Bunduka by a close 5-2 decision. In the consolation semifinals, he defeated Buffalo’s Derek Spann by a 3-2 decision before facing Simpson again for the third-fourth place match, ultimately earning a pin in a quick 36 seconds.

At 174 pounds, Johns opened with two easy victories before overcoming Bucknell’s Kyle Inlander by a close 4-1 decision. Unattached Virginia wrestler Garrett Peppelman then defeated Johns by a 4-0 mark to send him to the consolation semis, where he defeated Kent State’s Dylan Barreiro by a 6-1 decision. In the third-fourth place match he fell by a hard-fought 4-2 decision to Buffalo’s Muhamid McBryde.

The Keydets return home to host their first home duals of the season next Saturday, Jan. 7, when they take on George Mason and SIU Edwardsville. VMI and GMU will grapple at 2 p.m. before the SIUE matchup at 4 p.m. at Cormack Hall. George Mason is set to wrestle SIU Edwardsville at noon.

Lock Haven Classic Individual Summaries

Chris Beck – 184 pounds
Lost to Corey Hazel (Lock Haven), maj. dec. 11-2
Lost to Brett Perry (Buffalo), dec. 5-2

Dalton Henderson – 125 pounds - 3rd place
Dec. Edgar Garcia (F&M), 8-2
Dec. Steve Simpson (ODU), 14-8
Lost to Ibrahim Bunduka (GMU), dec. 5-2
Dec. Derek Spann (Buffalo), 3-2
Pinned Steve Simpson (ODU), 0:36

Blake Hohman – 165 pounds
Lost to Tyler Rill (Buffalo), dec. 12-10
Pinned Brett Donner (Rutgers-unatt.), 2:38
Lost to Eric Fasnacht (Buffalo-unatt.), dec. 9-4

Michael Hulcher – 133 pounds
Lost to Jaquan Loney (ODU), dec. 3-1
Maj. dec. Kevin Keaveney (VMI), 12-1
Pinned Kyle DiNapoli (GMU-unattached), 1:44
Pinned Vinny Vespa (Hofstra), 1:13
Dec. Blake Retell (Buffalo), 5-3
Lost to Bryan Damon (Hofstra-unattached), fall 2:08

Shabaka Johns – 174 pounds - 4th place
Maj. dec. James Stilleman (F&M), 12-3
Tech fall Henry Kamornik (Binghamton-unatt.), 16-0
Dec. Kyle Inlander (Bucknell), 4-1
Lost to Garrett Peppelman (UVa.-unattached), dec. 4-0
Dec. Dylan Barreiro (Kent St.), 6-1
Lost to Muhamid McBryde (Buffalo), dec. 4-2

Nick Johnson – 174 pounds
Dec. Ryan Kromer (Buffalo), 4-3
Maj. dec. Jarek Gozdieski (Bucknell-unatt.), 16-2
Dec. Kaleab Fetahi (ODU), 6-2
Lost to Sage Heller (Hofstra), TF 22-4, 3:59
Lost to Muhamid McBryde (Buffalo), maj. dec. 12-3

Kevin Keaveney – 133 pounds
Lost to Josh Markham (ODU), TF 19-4 (5:57)
Lost to Michael Hulcher (VMI), maj. dec. 12-1

Cade Kiely – 165 pounds
Lost to Luke Drugac (ODU-unatt.), dec. 12-8
Lost to William MacDonald (UNC-unatt.), dec. 5-4

Jake Koch – 184 pounds
Lost to Phillip Stolfi (George Mason – unatt.), fall 4:27
Lost to Cory Damiana (Hofstra-unatt), fall 2:19

Steven Midkiff – 149 pounds
Lost to Kyle Shoop (Lock Haven), TF 16-0, 3:20
Lost to Will Verallis (ODU-unatt.), dec. 8-3

Darren Ostrander – 149 pounds
Lost to Sahid Kargbo (GMU), maj. dec. 9-0
Lost to Nick Ottaviano (Rutgers-unatt.), fall 4:15

John Reed – 141 pounds
Lost to Tejon Anthony (GMU), Fall 1:49
Lost to Charlie Kane (Hofstra-unatt.), dec. 4-3

Neal Richards – 157 pounds - 1st Place
Pinned Michael Marano (F&M), 3:13
Maj. dec. Alex Smythe (Buffalo), 15-4
Dec. Ricky Stamm (Hofstra-unatt.), 17-10
Maj. dec. Casey Sparkman (Kent State), 14-5

Alex Rinehart – 149 pounds
Lost to Tim Rooney (Kent State), TF 18-2
Lost to Sam Butler (F&M), maj. dec. 15-7

Thomas Shea-Roop – 285 pounds
Lost to Marc McDonald (Rutgers-unatt.), TF 17-1
Lost to Ali Wahab (ODU-unatt.), dec. 3-1

Taylor Thomas – 197 pounds
Lost to Phillip Robilotto (F&M-unatt.), fall 5:30
Dec. Hezar Haddad (Hofstra), 10-3
Lost to Stephen Suglio (Kent St.), TF 17-0, 5:35

Ben Wagner – 174 pounds
Lost to Sage Heller (Hofstra), maj. dec. 12-0
Lost to Dean Drugac (ODU-unatt.), dec. 2-0

Kameron Warlitner – 157 pounds
Lost to Casey Sparkman (Kent St.), TF 19-2
Maj. dec. Richard Jackson (Kent St.-unatt.), 14-4
Lost to Jake Kaminsky (Hofstra), TF 18-2, 5:20