Redshirt-freshman Vito Pasone (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./E.L. Meyers), senior Aaron Scott (Ashe County, N.C./AsheCounty) and redshirt Nick Kee (Lauringburg, N.C./Scotland) all secured second place finishes at the Appalachian Open Saturday at Varsity Gymnasium. In total, the Mountaineers produced six place finishers.
At the end of regulation in the semifinals, Kee was tied 1-1 with second-seeded Hunter Gamble of Gardner-Webb. After the second overtime period, things were still tied 1-1. Kee was able to gain dominant position and earned a two-point reversal for the 3-1 upset.
Kee then faced off against top-seeded Zach Epperly of Virginia Tech in the finals. Again, the match was tied 3-3 but Epperly was able to gain the one-point escape. With 15 seconds left in the match, Kee tried hard to gain an escape but was unsuccessful and took home second place in the 174-pound weight class.
Scott faced the hardest competition of the day as the 149pound weight class had the most registered wrestlers. Scott had to win four matches before reaching the finals, taking out wrestlers from The Citadel, Duke and UNC-Pembroke. Scott lost the championship match to top-seeded TJ Miller from Virginia 7-1 and took second place overall.
Pasone, who started the day as the second seed, finished in second place. With the match tied at 4-4 at the end of regulation, top-seeded Joe DeAngelo from North Carolina State has earned the one-minute riding time to gain the extra point and win with a 5-4 decision.
Appalachian added a third-place finish by redshirt Forrest Przybysz (Jefferson, Ga./Jefferson). After dropping his first match of the evening, Przbysz soared through the consolations, beating SoCon opponents and teammates. Przbysz picked up a 12-6 decision in the consolation finals to win third place in the 184-pound weight class.
Sophomore Tyler Radford (Marion, N.C./McDowell) and redshirt PJ Shuler (Wendell, N.C./Southeast Raleigh) both got to the consolation finals but lost and earned fourth-placed finishes In the 197 and 285-pound weight classes.
There was plenty of other excitement on the night too. As a team, Appalachian earned three tech-falls, three major decisions and two pins on the night. Redshirt Collin Johnson (Dallas, N.C./North Gaston) pinned his opponent in consolations in 52 seconds and redshirt Aaron Dickson (Fayetteville, N.C./Jack Britt) earned a first period technical fall (15-0), which was one of the most dominant two matches of the evening. .
Appalachian State returns to action on Feb. 2 when the team heads to Chattanooga to take on their conference rivals. The match will begin at 2 p.m.
Photo Courtesy: JohnMark Bentley, ASU Athletics