BUENA VISTA, Va. — The Southern Virginia University wrestling team placed fifth overall at the Jim Crytzer Invitational hosted by No. 22 Washington and Lee University with seven wrestlers placing.
The invitational consisted of eight teams, two of which with national rankings, No. 22 and No.23 Ferrum College. The individual talent competing in the invitational was just as competitive as the teams.
The Knights seven placers are the highest number of athletes to place at the Jim Cryzter Invitational.
Keaton Gomez for the second consecutive year came away with a third-place finish at the 174-pound weight class. Gomez would receive a bye in the first round and face Mason Contini of Kent State where he would pin Contini in 6:30. He would then face Blake Rosenbaum of Ferrum in the semifinals, dropping the match. He would bounce back and come away with a victory over Michael Nelson of St. Andrews and teammate Matt Rohrdanz to finish third.
Kage Tomlin would also receive a bye in his first match where he would then take on Pablo Zanistanavicius winning the match in an 11-6 decision. Tomlin fell in the semifinals to Demontay Wimbush of Averett University by way of a major decision 11-3. He would lastly compete in Zanistanavicius once more for third place, winning on a 4-2 decision.
Senior Matt Speelman placed third at the invitational where he fell to Brad Basham of Washington and Lee in the semifinals. He would then climb his way up the consolation bracket defeating teammate Avery Rabb and Washington and Lee's Robert Rosen by way of fall.
The Knights had a several other notable performances Matt Rohrdanz came away with a fourth-place finish in the 174-pound class, with teammates Kyle Bookwalter in the 184-pound class finishing fifth and Avery Rabb 197-pound class and Alex Brunner in the 285-pound weight class each with a sixth-place finish.
"We have made consistent progress all season," said head coach Logan Davis. "We have a lot to be proud of this weekend and our guys are really enjoying the process of getting better each week. I look forward to next week at the Budd Whitehall Duals."
The Knights head to a two-day competition at the Budd Whitehall Duals Jan. 11-12, starting at 9:00 a.m. each morning.