Porter, Evans Eliminated at Nationals

Photo by Justo Photography
Photo by Justo Photography

Written by Chris Pendleton

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.—After advancing to the quarterfinals of the NCWA National Championships with two wins on Thursday, sophomore Sean Porter lost both of his matches on Friday and was eliminated from the 149-lb. bracket.

"Sean made a valiant effort with a severe shoulder injury and I am extremely proud of his effort," said fifth-year head coach Nate Casperson following Porter's elimination.

Porter (Kaysville, Utah) was knocked out of the quarterfinals by US Naval Academy Prep's Jonathan Clemente, who pinned Porter 3:49 into their bout.  

Following his first loss of the tournament, Porter moved to the consolation bracket where he was pinned by Daniel Carr of UMBC and knocked out of the double-elimination tournament with a 2-2 record.

Southern Virginia was also represented at nationals by freshman Andrew Evans (Gahanna, Ohio), who lost his opening match on Thursday before pinning his next two opponents to remain in contention for third place.

In his opening match on Friday, Evans defeated Marion Military Institute's Evan Burchette 30-13 before falling to Austin Sanders of Notre Dame College finishing nationals at 3-2.

"We had a good run and were much improved from last season," said Casperson. "Remember, a champion is built from picking up the pieces and trying again. I'm excited for next year."