Three Snag Pair of Wins at Keystone Classic
Courtesy: for VMI

PHILADELPHIA – After taking last weekend off from competition, the VMI wrestling team showed well at the Keystone Classic as three Keydets earned two wins Sunday at The Palestra in Philadelphia.

Juniors Stevan Smith and Blake Hohman and senior Taylor Thomas all picked up two wins before they were eliminated in the open tournament hosted by the University of Pennsylvania.

At 149 pounds, Smith opened with a major decision victory over Duke’s Brandon Leynaud by an impressive 14-0 score. He then topped Sacred Heart’s Alex Harnsberger by a 5-2 decision. Facing two-time defending national champion Zain Retherford of Penn State, Smith took his first loss as he was pinned in 1:52. He was then disqualified in the consolation bracket following a pin by Drexel’s Trevor Elfin in the third period.

Hohman competed well at 165 pounds as he opened with a 14-4 major decision over Sacred Heart’s Chris Zaccaria before topping Harvard’s Peter Bearse by an 8-5 decision. He took his first loss to nationally ranked Maazia Bethea of UPenn by a fall in 2:32 and was eliminated in the consolation bracket after falling to Northwestern’s Mike Sepke by a close 3-2 decision.

Thomas opened the tournament with a loss in the championship bracket but then claimed two wins in the consolation bracket. He defeated Northwestern’s Regis Durbin by an 11-7 decision before earning a 5-2 decision over Harvard’s Donovan Doyle. Randall Diabe of Appalachian State eliminated Thomas with a 6-2 decision in the following round.

The Keydets return to competition Saturday, Dec. 2, with a home dual against Franklin & Marshall at 4 p.m. at Cormack Hall.

VMI Results at Keystone Classic

C. Conway - 125
Lost to Dan Planta (UPenn), fall 1:34
Lost to Tomas Gutierrez (EMU), maj. dec. 13-5

Hunter Starner - 133
dec. Trevor Tarsi (Harvard), 4-2
Lost to Corey Keener (Penn State), dec. 5-2
Lost to Colin Valdivez (Northwestern), maj dec. 13-3

John Reed - 141
Lost to Chris Martorello (F&M), dec. 5-3
Lost to Mark McCormick (Rider), dec. 5-2

Stevan Smith - 149
maj. dec. Brandon Leynaud (Duke), 14-0
dec. Alex Harnsberger (Sacred Heart), 5-2
lost to Zain Retherford (Penn State), fall 1:52
lost to Trevor Elfvin (Drexel), fall 6:13

Dolan Walsh - 149
lost to Hunter Ladnier (Harvard), fall 3:56
lost to Trevor Elfvin (Drexel), tech fall 17-1 (5:00)

Steven Midkiff - 157
lost to Laken Cook (App State), fall 1:16
dec. Anthony Petrone (Northwestern), 8-1
lost to Tyler Tarsi (Harvard), fall 0:58

Robert DuPont - 157
lost to Shayne Oster (Northwestern), fall 1:17
lost to Brian Friery (Penn State), dec. 6-5

William Lawrence - 157
lost to Tyler Tarsi (Harvard), maj. dec. 10-2
lost to David Kasper (EMU), tech fall 16-0 (6:32)

Blake Hohman - 165
maj. dec. Chris Zaccaria (Sacred Heart), 14-4
dec. Peter Bearse (Harvard), 8-5
lost to Maazia Bethea (UPenn), fall 2:32
lost to Mike Sepke (Northwester), dec. 3-2

Cade Kiely - 174
lost to Matthew Finesilver (Duke), maj. dec. 13-2
dec. Brian Krasowski (UPenn), 2-0
lost to Andrew McNally (EMU), dec. 1-0

Ben Wagner - 184
lost to Bo Nickal (Penn St.), fall 0:53
lost to Kayne MacCallum (EMU), maj. dec. 9-1

Taylor Thomas - 197
lost to Zack Chakonis (Northwestern), maj. dec. 12-0
dec. Regis Durbin (Northwestern), 11-7
dec. Donovan Doyle (Harvard), 5-2
lost to Randall Diabe (App State), dec. 6-2

Max Gallahan - 197
lost to Randall Diabe (App State), dec. 9-3
lost to Michael Carfagno (Rider), dec. 11-5

Jake Koch - 285
lost to Nick Nevills (Penn State), fall 1:40
lost to Patrik Garren (UPenn), fall 4:10

Jake Tomlinson - 285
lost to Jacob Kasper (Duke), fall 0:48
lost to Tyler Hall (UPenn), tech fall 18-0 (1:53)