Wrestling Wins Team Title in Season Opener

Wrestling Wins Team Title in Season Opener

By Zachary Bowers

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Southern Virginia University wrestling team earned its first-ever team title in the program's Division III history on Saturday, the team also earned two individual titles along the way at the Virginia Beach Open.

Keaton Gomez and Zachary Davidson claimed individual championships in the 174 and 149-pound weight classes.

The Knights started the day with the 141-pound weight class. Christopher Fletcher dominated his quarterfinal and semifinal opponents before finally falling to East Carolina University's Wesley Hollingsworth in the Championship match, causing Fletcher to take second. 

Matthew Rosson also competed in the 141-pound category. Rosson fell to eventual champion Wesley Hollingsworth in the semifinals but regrouped to finish fourth in his class.

In the 165-pound weight class, Tyler Johnson rolled into the semifinals, defeating wrestlers from Virginia Commonwealth University and Penn State before falling in the semifinals. Johnson eventually took sixth as he made his way through the consolation bracket. 

Alex Brunner and Joshua Lewis took second and fourth place in the 285-pound bracket, respectively. Quigley Whitaker took also second in the 197-pound bracket.

Two Knights finished first in their respective brackets, Keaton Gomez and Zachary Davidson. Gomez faced off against fellow Knight Matthew Rohrdanz in the finals. After a well-fought bout, Gomez emerged the victor taking first and Rohrdanz finishing second.

Davidson defeated opponents from Apprentice, East Carolina, and Penn State to take first in the 149-pound category.

With their slew of victories, the Knights finished first as a team. The Knights beat out both Apprentice School and Hampden Sydney to whom the Knights lost to during their 2016-17 season. 

The Knights will be back in action on Friday, Oct. 10 at 6 p.m. in their first home dual of the season against Alderson Broddus.