Four Cavaliers place at Lehman Open Friday

Courtesy UVA Media Relations


(© Michael Chamberlin –

Four members of the Virginia wrestling team placed at the Lehman Open on Friday with Jarod Verkleeren and Quinn Miller taking second-place finishes, while Patrick McCormick and Denton Spencer both finished third.

Verkleeren and Miller took the highest finishes of the day on the way to his runner-up finishes at 149 pounds and heavyweight, respectively. Verkleeren posted three wins by technical fall to open the day and added a pin in his semifinal match before dropping a one-point decision in the final to go 5-1. Miller went 4-1 on the day, dropping his final match by pin to the top-seeded wrestler.

Spencer went 4-1 on the day with a pin in his opening match on the way to his third-place finish at 149 pounds, while McCormick also went 4-1 with a major decision in his opening bout.


  • Quinn Miller placed for the second straight appearance at the Lehman Open after winning in 2019-20.
  • It’s the second straight runner-up finish for Verkleeren after second at the Mat Town Open in December.
  • Denton Spencer also placed for the second consecutive tournament after taking second at the Mat Town Open.
  • Gabe Christenson made his first appearance after transferring to Virginia from Iowa at the semester.

Head coach Steve Garland

“We had a really solid day today. Our guys were grateful to be able to compete and it showed out there. Patrick (McCormick) wrestled the best he has all year. Jarod (Verkleeren) was in the finals and made it there in dominating fashion. Quinn (Miller) got the opportunity to wrestle one of the nation’s best heavyweights in the finals. That’s what we came here for.

“We wanted to compete. We wanted to get as many matches as we could. We need them. I’m thankful. There were a lot of other positives as well. Lots of guys I could list. I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do here in the coming weeks with these guys.”

Individual results

125 Patrick McCormick – Third Place Finish

R32: McCormick major dec. Dom Flatt (Millersville), 10-2
 McCormick major dec. Matthew Schreiber (Binghamton), 14-3
QF: McCormick dec. Hunter Adrian (Brown), 3-1
SF: Jacob Allen (Navy) dec. McCormick, 5-3
Third-Place Match: McCormick over Jared Van Fleet (Air Force) by disqualification

133 Joe Haynes

R32: Bye
Sidney Flores (Air Force) dec. Haynes, 7-2
Conso. R16-2: Haynes dec. Matt Morris (Millersville), 7-0
Conso. R8-1: Jace Palmer (North Carolina) dec. Haynes, 6-3

133 Erik Roggie

R32: Mark Montgomery (Army) dec. Roggie, 8-3
Conso. R16-2: Roggie tech fall Darby Diedrich (Brown), 15-0 (5:23)
Conso. R8-1: Roggie pinned Corey Cabanban (Iowa State), 3:39
Conso. R8-2: 
Angelo Rini (Columbia) major dec. Roggie, 14-6

141 Kyren Butler

R32: Thomas Deck (Army) dec. Butler, 3-2
Conso. R16-1:
 Butler dec. Blake Boyers (Brown), 8-2
Conso. R16-2: Butler over Lachlan McNeil (North Carolina) by medical forfeit
Conso. R8-1: Butler dec. Myles Griffin (Spartan WC), 6-2
Conso. R8-2: Vince Cornella (Spartan WC) dec. Butler, 5-3

141 Nick Coy

R32: Andrew Gapas (Rutgers) dec. Coy, 4-3
Conso. R16-1: Timothy Levine (Brown) pinned Coy, 0:36

141 Scott Kiyono

R32: Gabe Willochel (Edinboro) major dec. Kiyono, 12-1
Conso. R16-1:
 Garrett Kuchan (Air Force) major dec. Kiyono, 12-2

149 Jarod Verkleeren – Second-Place Finish

R64: Verkleeren tech fall Eli Tuckey (Millersville), 18-1 (7:00)
R32: Verkleeren tech fall. River Curtis (Navy), 17-1 (5:13)
R16: Verkleeren tech fall. Tanner Craig (Army), 18-0 (3:00)
QF: Verkleeren dec. Ricky Cabanillas (Brown), 4-0
SF: Verkleeren pinned Ryan Burgos (Edinboro), 2:26
FINAL: No. 23 PJ Ogunsanya (Army) dec. Verkleeren, 4-3 

157 Jon Errico

R32: Errico dec. Niko Katsuyosji (Harvard), 11-5
R16: Levi Haines (Unattached) dec. Errico, 6-2
Conso. R16-2: Errico major dec. Logan Sciotto (Navy), 16-6
Conso. R8-1: Errico dec. Derek Fields (NC State), 4-2
Conso. R8-2: Luca Frinzi (Lehigh) dec. Errico, 7-6

157 Denton Spencer – Third-Place Finish

R32: Spencer pinned Derek Fields (NC State), 1:31
R16: Spencer dec. Nate Lukez (Army), 4-2
QF: Spencer dec. Ben Barton (Lock Haven), 6-4
SF: No. 28 Markus Hartman (Army) pinned Spencer, 4:39
Third-Place Match: Spencer over No. 18 Andrew Cerniglia (Navy) by medical forfeit

165 Gavin Cagle

R32: Jonathan Park (Navy) dec. Cagle, 9-3
Conso. R16-1: Cagle major dec. Andrew Vogelbaucher (Millersville), 13-4
Conso. R16-2: Cagle dec. Grant Stotts (Iowa State), 6-4 (sv-1)
Conso. R8-1: Erik Gibson (Spartan WC) dec. Cagle, 7-2 

174 Krystian Kinsey

R32: No. 29 Ben Pasiuk (Army) dec. Kinsey, 8-2
Conso. R16-1: Kinsey dec. Jack Kelly (Penn State), 8-3
Conso. R16-2: Marcelli dec. Kinsey, 10-9

174 Vic Marcelli

R32: Marcelli dec. Anthony Cicciarelli (West Virginia), 4-1
R16: Anthony Yacovetti (Millersville) dec. Marcelli, 3-1
Conso. R16-2: Marcelli dec. Krystian Kinsey, 10-9
Conso. R8-1: Marcelli pinned Coy Bastian (Bucknell), 1:57
Conso. R8-2: Colt Bartley (Cornell) major dec. Marcelli,

174 Hudson Stewart

R32: Stewart dec. Joey Arnold (Edinboro), 8-5
R16: Alex Faison (NC State) dec. Stewart, 12-7
Conso. R16-2: Stewart dec. Andrew Sharer (West Virginia), 9-3
Conso. R8-1: Stewart dec. Sean Kilrain (Lehigh), 4-3
Conso. R8-2: Stewart dec. AJ Demsey (Va. Tech), 16-11
Conso. R4: No. 29 Ben Pasiuk (Army) tech fall Stewart, 16-1 (2:42) 

184 Vikram Ostrander

R32: Jake Thompson (Air Force) major dec. Ostrander, 9-0
Conso. R16-1: Cody Fisher (Iowa State) pinned Ostrander, 5:52

197 Gabe Christenson

R32: Christenson tech fall Pierce Bausano (Harvard), 15-0 (3:48)
R16: Christenson dec. Kyle Epperly (Rutgers), 8-5
Lucas Cochran (Penn State) dec. Christenson, 8-6
Conso. R8-2: Christenson dec. Channing Connors (UVA), 8-6
Conso. R4: Cade Wilson (Brown) dec. Christenson, 4-2

197 Channing Connors

R32: Bye
Geoff Magin (Pittsburgh) dec. Connors, 7-3
Conso. R16-2: Connors dec. Matteo Fulgieri (North Carolina), 9-2
Conso. R8-1: Connors pinned Bruce Vaughn (Millersville), 1:33
Conso. R8-2: Gabe Christenson (UVA) dec. Connors, 8-6

197 Colden Dorfman

Conso. R16-2: Dorfman major dec. Kyle Epperly (Rutgers), 14-3
Conso. R8-1: Dorfman major dec. Cole Forrester (Air Force), 10-2
Conso. R8-2: Dorfman over Geoff Magin (Pittsburgh) by forfeit
Conso. R4: No. 25 JT Brown (Army) tech fall Dorfman, 15-0 (5:41) 

285 Jessie Knight

R32: No. 27 Riley Smith (Navy) major dec. Knight, 20-8
Conso. R16-2: Knight pinned Collin Burns (Binghamton), 6:08
Conso. R8-1: Bishop McCoy (Millersville) dec. Knight, 5-2

285 Mateusz Kudra

R32: Bye
R16: Isaac Reid (Lock Haven) tech fall Kudra, 17-2 (4:50)
Conso. R16-2: Kudra dec. Lear Quinton (Brown), 9-5
Conso. R8-1: Brandon Whitman (North Carolina) tech fall Kudra, 16-0 (4:00)

No. 29 Quinn Miller – Second-Place Finish

R32: Miller dec. Nico Colucci (Rutgers), 4-1
R16: Miller dec. Dan Conley (Columbia), 5-0
QF: Miller dec. No. 27 Riley Smith (Navy), 6-1
SF: Miller over Matthew Cover (Princeton) by forfeit
FINAL: No. 7 Wyatt Hendrickson (Air Force) pinned Miller, 2:28