Atkinson Places Second, Hall Takes Third at VMI's Rat Rumble Open

Photo by Justo Photography
Photo by Justo Photography

Written by Chris Pendleton

LEXINGTON, Va.—Participating in its first meet of the 2011-12 season, the Southern Virginia University wrestling team made a strong showing at the 2011 Rat Rumble Open on Saturday, hosted by NCAA Division I Virginia Military Institute.

This year's Rat Rumble featured steep competition, including three NCAA Division I teams—host VMI, Davidson College and Campbell University—one NCAA Division III school—Washington and Lee University—and two teams from the NCWA Mid-Atlantic Conference—The Apprentice School and Southern Virginia.

Sophomore Jeremy Atkinson (Yuba City, Calif.) was Southern Virginia's top finisher on the day placing second in the 157-lb. bracket after going 1-1. Following a first-round bye, Atkinson cruised through the semi-finals, pinning W&L's Dan Igel in 1:16 before eventually falling in the bracket champsionship to C.T. Talevi from Davidson, 14-5.

Sophomore Joshua Hall (Pocatello, Idaho) also wrestled well for the Knights going 2-1 for a third-place finish in the 133-lb. bracket. Hall defeated Hunter Carroll from Campbell 5-2 in his opening match, but then fell to Davidson's Ben Hartshorn 12-2 in the quarterfinals. In the consolation match, Hall again defeated Carroll, this time winning 5-0.

Competing in the 141-lb. bracket, sophomore Sean Porter (Kaysville, Utah) lost his opening match of the day, but responded by pinning Campbell's Tony Donati 2:30 into his second match before dropping his third match finishing the meet at 1-2.

Freshman Caleb West (St. Albans, W.Va.) went 0-2 in the 197-lb. bracket during his first collegiate meet.