Virginia Wrestling | Trio Of Cavaliers Place At Mat Town Open

LOCK HAVEN, Pennsylvania— Three wrestlers have placed to lead a group of six Cavaliers at the Mat Town Open hosted by Lock Haven on Sunday (Nov. 27).

Rocco Contino and Hadyn Danals placed second at 174 pounds and 184 pounds, respectively, while Justin Phillips placed fourth at 174 pounds, leading the group of Virginia wrestlers.

Contino went into the championship game 3-1 that day before being sidelined by injury in the third period of the championship fight. Danals won 3-1 in the 184lb round robin competition, scoring two wins via technical fall and a pin to secure second place.

Phillips closed out the place winners for the Cavaliers with his fourth place finish after winning 2-2 on the day.

“If our boys say they want to compete, I’ll do whatever it takes to help them. I’m proud of these guys who have committed to getting needed matches over the holidays. They want to improve and they know the best way to do that is through real-time competition. So that mission was accomplished. We made a lot of mistakes today, but sometimes the best way to learn is to learn from things like that. So I think our guys learned a lot today and will be better through this journey.”

Evan Buchanan
Buchanan Dec. Frank Antonelli (Navy), 4-0
QF: Ryan Michaels (Pitt) Dec. Buchanan, 6-0
Cons. R8-2: Buchanan Dec. David Graves (Navy), 6-1
Cons. R4: Lukas Luzern (Navy) Dec. Buchanan, 3-2

Rocco Contino – Second place
Continuing Dec. Ethan Wiant (Clarion), 8-1
QF: Continued Dec. Luke Gorg (Cornell), 2-0
SF: Contino via Vic Marcelli (UVA) through medical loss
FINAL: Tyler Stoltzfus (Lock Haven) via Contino due to injury

Vic Marcelli
R16: goodbye
QF: Marcelli Major Dec. Carson Miller (Pitt), 13-5
SF: Marcelli medical waiver of Rocco Contino (UVA)
Cons. SF: Christian Hansen (Cornell) on Marcelli through medical loss

Justin Phillips – Fourth place
QF: Phillips pinned Christian Hansen (Cornell) at 0:34
SF: Dec. Tyler Stoltzfus (Lock Haven) Phillips, 6-4 (sv-1)
Cons. SF: Phillips Dec. Carson Miller (Pitt), 7-0
MATCH FOR THIRD PLACE: Christian Hansen (Cornell) pinned Phillips at 6:21

Hudson Stewart
QF: Tyler Stoltzfus (Lock Haven) pinned Stewart at 3:52
Cons. R4: Christian Hansen (Cornell) Dec. Steward, 6-4

Hadyn Danals – Second place

RR1: James Lledo (Pitt) pinned Danals at 6:26
RR2: Danal’s tech crash John Baker (Binghamton), 18-0 (1:46)
RR3: Danal’s tech crash Vincent Andreano (Bucknell), 19-2 (6:21)
RR4: goodbye
RR5: Danals pinned Cael Black (Lock Haven) at 2:10