RENO, Nev. – Prior to the start of the medal rounds, the West Virginia wrestling team had two grapplers still competing in the Reno Tournament of Champions in Reno, Nev.
Redshirt sophomore Nathan Pennesi (141) and redshirt junior Lance Bryson (174) each advanced to the placement rounds of their brackets and will have a chance to wrestle for fifth and third place, respectively.
The No. 5-seeded Pennesi opened his tournament with two straight major decisions over opponents from Montana State Northern and Arizona State. In his third match, Pennesi come out on top of a 4-2 decision against Michigan State’s Bryan Gibbs. In the following match, Pennesi fell to No. 4-seeded Josh Strait of Boise State in a 10-4 decision. In his first consolation match, Pennesi toughed out a 3-0 decision against Darrin Boing of Ohio and followed that with a 7-2 decision victory over Great Falls’ Myles Mazurkiewicz. In the consolation semifinals, Pennesi lost in a 12-2 major decision to No. 3-seeded Josh Kindig of Oklahoma State. Pennesi will wrestle Kyle Wirkuty of Southern Oregon in his final match.
After starting the day with a 3-0 decision loss to No. 1-seeded Ryan DesRoaches of Cal Poly, Bryson was matched against Dallas Hintz of Wyoming in his first consolation match. After being down 2-1 heading into the third period, Bryson scrambled and was able to secure a takedown on Hintz that iced away the match. In his next match, Bryson was able to pin Trevor Davis of Southwestern Oregon Community College 35 seconds into the first period. Bryson then used consecutive decision victories over Clay Gable of Air Force and No. 5-seeded Ty Vinson of Oregon State to advance. The Shoaf, Pa., native faced No. 6-seeded Curran Jacobs of Michigan State in the consolation semifinals and won a 4-2 decision in extra time. Bryson fell behind 2-1 early in overtime, but was able to gain a point after Jacobs was called for stalling. Bryson then converted a takedown to score the victory.
A final recap of the day’s action from the Reno Tournament of Champions will be available on MSNsportsNET.com after the completion of the medal rounds.
Updated brackets from the Reno Tournament of Champions are available at RTOC.net