Builders 9th after First Day of Nationals
The Apprentice School wrestling team currently sits in ninth place after day one of the 2008 National Collegiate Wrestling Association National Championships at the George Jenkins Arena in Lakeland, Fla.
Three wrestlers advanced to the quarterfinals in their weight classes. Senior Justin Gilliard won his first match by pin in 3:15 and scored a 5-1 decision in his second round to make the quarterfinals at 165. Freshmen Charles Robinson and Thad Lloyd each made the quarterfinals at 184 pounds. Both had first round byes before Lloyd advanced with a 19-4 win over his opponent from Naval Academy Prep School and Robinson scored a 9-7 victory over his opponent from Marion Military Institute.
Seven Builders are alive in the consolations: senior Josh Flint at 141 pounds lost his first match by pin and won his second also by pin; sophomore Matt Perry at 149 pounds lost his first by a 5-1 decision and won his second match by forfeit; freshman Austen Damico at 157 pounds lost by a decision and won his first consolation match by decision; senior Eric Lybarger dropped to the consolation bracket at 174 pounds after winning his first match by pin and losing his second 6-5 to his opponent from Army Prep School; senior Kendall Ridenour won his first match at 197 pounds before losing in the second round to drop to the consolations and freshman Josh Seal lost his first match at heavyweight and won his first consolation match by pin.
Action starts again on Friday morning at 9 am.