Grimes Wins a Pair of Bouts During “Shorty” Hitchcock Memorial Classic
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MILELRSVILLE, Pa.  – Five attached wrestlers represented VMI at the “Shorty” Hitchcock Memorial Classic on Sunday, hosted by Millersville University. Freshman Van Grimes fared well during the tournament, reaching the fourth round of consolations behind a pair of wins.

After falling in the first round of the main bracket, Grimes bounced back in the second round of the consolation bracket after getting a bye in the first round. The 165-pounder hit double-digit points in his next match as he advanced 10-7 over Binghamton’s Angelo Bortoluzzi.

Grimes continued to put up big numbers in the third round, knocking out Josh Snook, who was wrestling unattached for the University of Maryland, 6-1. Grimes’ afternoon came to a halt in the next round however as he fell to Virginia Tech’s Issah meade 6-1.

Also in the 165-pound bracket, Hardy Hendren picked up his first win since Dec. 3 at the Davidson Open. After dropping into the consolation bracket, Hendren put up his second biggest point total of the year, defeating Jared Rector 13-8. Hendren’s day was stopped short in the next round however, falling by major decision to American unattached wrestler Zeke Gammill.

Ted Gottwald was the only other VMI wrestler to advance in either bracket on a win, collecting an 8-3 decision over Lock Haven’s Joe Salinetro 8-3 in the second round of the consolations.

The Keydets return home to The Thunderdome this Friday as they host Southern Conference rival Gardner-Webb. Action is slated to begin at 7:30 p.m.

149 Pounds:
First Round: Michael Innes (WPP) def. Luke Todd (VMI) Dec. 10-5
Consolation First Round: Luke Todd (VMI) Advances on Bye
Consolation Second Round: Danny Orem (Maryland) def. Luke Todd (VMI) Forfeit

157 Pounds:
First Round: Ted Gottwald (VMI) Advances on Bye
Second Round: Zac Wawryzniak-Bush (Millersville) def. Ted Gottwald (VMI) Dec. 4-2
Consolation Second Round: Ted Gottwald VMI) def. Joe Salinetro (Lock Haven) Dec. 8-3
Consolation Third Round: TJ Guidice (Maryland-Unattached) def. Ted Gottwald (VMI) Major Dec. 12-4

165 Pounds:
First Round: Nicholas Visicaro (Rutgers) def. Van Grimes (VMI) Fall 3:26
Consolation First Round: Van Grimes (VMI) Advances on Bye
Consolation Second Round: Van Grimes (VMI) def. Angelo Bortoluzzi (Binghamton) Dec. 10-7
Consolation Third Round: Van Grimes (VMI) def. Josh Snook (Maryland-Unattached) Dec. 7-1
Consolation Fourth Round: Issah  Meade (Virginia Tech) def. Van Grimes (VMI) Dec. 6-1

First Round: Rex Lutz (Penn State-Unattached) def. Hardy Hendren (VMI) Fall 4:02
Consolation First Round: Hardy Hendren (VMI) def. Jared Rector (Short) dec. 13-8
Consolation Second Round: Zeke Gammill (American-Unattached) def. Hardy Hendren (VMI) Major Dec. 18-6

197 Pounds:
First Round: Darren Hankins (Virginia Tech) def. Urayoan Garcia (VMI) dec. 5-2
Consolation First Round: Urayoan Garcia (VMI) Advances on Bye
Consolation Second Round: Scott Syrek (Penn State-Unattached) def. Urayoan Garcia (VMI) Dec. 3-1 SV