Wrestling Hosts Sacred Heart for Senior Night
Courtesy: VMIKeydets.com  
Release: 02/17/2017
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LEXINGTON, Va. – Closing out the regular season this weekend, the VMI wrestling team hosts non-league opponent Sacred Heart Friday night at 7 p.m. before traveling to Campbell for a conference tilt Saturday at 5 p.m. in Buies Creek, North Carolina.

Friday night’s matchup with Sacred Heart marks Senior Night for two cadet-athletes as 125-pounder Dalton Henderson and 174-pounder Shabaka Johns will compete for the last time at Cormack Hall.

Henderson ranks second on the team with 21 wins on the season and second in dual points with 27 for the year. Johns earned his second major decision victory of the year last weekend as he combined for seven dual points in two bouts, his best weekend of the season.

Last weekend marked several firsts for the Keydets as 133-pound sophomore John Reed earned the first dual win of his career, a pin in which registered six dual points for VMI in the win over Davidson. At 149 pounds, sophomore Stevan Smith achieved his first SoCon dual win of the year and first overall dual win this season. Junior 197-pounder Taylor Thomas picked up his first major decision victory of the year in the victory over Davidson.

The team now has 40 individual dual wins, 20 individual SoCon dual wins and 35 individual wins by fall.

The SoCon tournament is slated for Saturday, March 4, hosted by The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina.

About the Pioneers (2-11)
Sacred Heart has a 2-11 overall record on the year as members of the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association. The Pioneers, looking to end a 10-match losing streak, have claimed wins this season over Shippensburg and SoCon member Davidson, a 27-11 victory in early December. Sacred Heart is coming off a 29-13 loss last Saturday at Brown.

About the Camels (9-6, 5-1 SoCon)
Campbell has enjoyed a strong wrestling campaign this season with nine wins as they have topped multiple nationally recognized programs. The Camels opened the year with a 29-17 victory at West Virginia and beat Kent State, 26-16, in mid-January at the Virginia Duals. They have also claimed wins over a good Gardner-Webb team in conference and recently shocked the league with a 21-19 win at Chattanooga on January 28.

Campbell is riding a five-match win streak with its most recent victories coming over Davidson, The Citadel and SIU Edwardsville. Close losses for the Camels have come to the likes of Pitt, App State and Arizona State.


Friday Night
VMI (2-11, 1-5) vs. Sacred Heart (2-11) – Probable Starting Lineup
125: Dalton Henderson (21-10, 3-2 SoCon) wins by forfeit
133: Michael Hulcher (12-10, 2-3 SoCon) vs. Gerard Daly
141: John Reed (3-19, 1-3 SoCon) vs. Paul Klee
149: Alex Rinehart (7-11, 0-2 SoCon) OR Stevan Smith (7-11, 1-3 SoCon) vs. Alex Harnsberger
157: Neal Richards (22-5, 5-1 SoCon) vs. Casey Mitchell
165: Cade Kiely (6-16, 2-3 SoCon) vs. Matt Fisher
174: Shabaka Johns (13-16, 3-3 SoCon) vs. Dom Celli
184: Chris Beck (8-18, 2-4 SoCon) vs. Elliott Antler
197: Taylor Thomas (6-17, 1-5 SoCon) vs. Mark Boyle
285: Thomas Shea-Roop (0-13, 0-4 SoCon) OR Sam Bouis (5-8, 0-2 SoCon) vs. John Hartnett


Saturday Night
VMI at Campbell – Probable Starting Lineup
125: Dalton Henderson (21-10, 3-2 SoCon) vs. No. 15 Nathan Kraisser
133: Michael Hulcher (12-10, 2-3 SoCon) vs. Jon Ryan
141: John Reed (3-19, 1-3 SoCon) vs. Josh Heil
149: Alex Rinehart (7-11, 0-2 SoCon) OR Stevan Smith (7-11, 1-3 SoCon) vs. Ben Barton
157: Neal Richards (22-5, 5-1 SoCon) vs. Austin Kraisser
165: Cade Kiely (6-16, 2-3 SoCon) vs. Quentin Perez
174: Shabaka Johns (13-16, 3-3 SoCon) vs. Jon Weiss
184: Chris Beck (8-18, 2-4 SoCon) vs. No. 18 Ville Heino
197: Taylor Thomas (6-17, 1-5 SoCon) vs. Willie Bivens
285: Thomas Shea-Roop (0-13, 0-4 SoCon) OR Sam Bouis (5-8, 0-2 SoCon) vs. Jere Heino


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