Seven freshmen lead 10 Virginia placewinners at Southeast Open

Courtesy UVA Media Relations


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The Virginia wrestling team had 10 wrestlers place, including seven freshmen, in competition at the Southeast Open held at Roanoke College’s Cregger Center on Sunday.

In the open bracket, Alex Cruz took a fifth-place finish at 157 pounds with a 4-1 record that included four bonus-point victories as Cruz pinned three opponents and also posted a win by technical fall.

The Cavaliers had nine wrestlers place in the freshman/sophomore bracket – including seven first-year members of the squad.

Erik Roggie led the group of freshmen – and the Cavaliers on the day – as he claimed the championship at 133 pounds with a 5-0 mark that included a pair of bonus-point victories and a pin in his opening match of the day.

Rocco Contino, Hadyn Danals and Colden Dorfman all turned in runner-up finishes. Contino went 3-1 and also won by pin in his debut match at 174 pounds. Danals went 3-1 with a tech fall, fall and major decision at 184 pounds, while Dorfman went 3-1 for his runner-up finish at 197 pounds.

Two Cavaliers took third in their weight class with Kyren Butler going 4-1 at 141 pounds and Gavin Cagle going 4-1 at 165 pounds on the way to the podium finishes. Butler’s wins included a major decision and a fall, while Cagle posted three bonus-point victories that included back-to-back pins to start the day.

Marlon Yarbrough took a fourth-place finish at 133 pounds, while Patrick Noonan and Hudson Stewart both finished fifth with Noonan taking the podium finish at 133 pounds and Stewart at 174 pounds.


Trey Lane
QF: Sam Latona (VT) major dec. Lane, 13-3
Cons. Rof4: Nicholas Babin (Columbia) pinned Lane, 2:17

Alex Cruz – 5th Place Finish

R16: Cruz pinned Leo Rodriguez (Unattached), 0:34
QF: Quincy Monday (Princeton) pinned Cruz, 2:07

Conso. Ro8-2: Cruz pinned Dominic Isola (UVA), 3:57

Conso. Ro4: Cruz tech fall Jake Hart (VT), 16-0 (6:06)

5th Place Match: Cruz pinned Cesar Alvan (Columbia), 5:26

Dominic Isola
R16: Connor Brady (VT) dec. Isola, 3-2

Conso. Ro8-1: Isola dec. Connor Kievman (NYCRTC0), 4-0

Conso. Ro8-2: Cruz pinned Dominic Isola (UVA), 3:57

Nic Sansone
R16: Sansone tech fall Christian Hite (Ferrum), 20-15 (6:16)

QF: Kyle Mosher (NYCRTC) dec. Sansone, 4-2

Conso. Ro8-2: Dylan Mansor (Tiffin) dec. Sansone, 4-1


Ray Costa
R16: Joey Mazzara (UNC – Unattached) dec. Costa, 9-2

Conso. Ro8-2: Blaine Bergey (NJRTC-Unatt.) dec. Costa, 5-2

Jessie Knight
R16: Mitchell Trigg (Davidson) dec. Knight, 9-5

Conso. Ro8-1: Knight dec. Jalen Stephens (Columbia), 7-3

Conso. Ro8-2: Knight dec. Daniel Conley (Columbia), 6-5
Conso. Ro4: David Henson (Tiffin) dec. Knight, 9-4


Joe Haynes

R16: Haynes dec. Caden Crawford (Tiffin – Unatt.), 8-2

QF: Mac Cafurello (Roanoke College) dec. Haynes, 2-1
Conso. Ro8-2: Haynes tech fall Sam Congleton (VMI), 16-0 (2:52)
Conso. Ro4: Benjamin Monn (George Mason) dec. Haynes, 5-2

Patrick Noonan – 5th Place Finish

R16: Noonan major dec. Josh Noble (Roanoke College), 16-3

QF: Michael Rapuano (George Mason – Unatt.) dec. Noonan, 10-3
Conso. Ro8-2: Noonan dec. Jake Keeling (VT), 6-1
Conso. Ro4: Noonan major dec. Cole Anders (George Mason), 13-4
5th Place Match: Noonan major dec. Mike Tandurella (VMI), 16-5

Erik Roggie – 1st Place Finish
R32: Roggie pinned Noah Messman (Notre Dame College), 4:57
R16: Roggie dec. Dominic Dutillo (Gardner-Webb), 3-1
QF: Roggie major dec. Corey Messick (Roanoke College), 14-3
SF: Roggie dec. Michael Rapuano (George Mason – Unatt.), 7-4
FINAL: Roggie dec. Andrew Wert (VT – Unatt.),  7-6

Marlon Yarbrough – 4th Place Finish

R16: Yarbrough dec. Jake Keeling (VT), 3-1

QF: Yarbrough major dec. Kobe Early (App. State), 13-4
SF: Andrew Wert (VT – Unatt.) pinned. Yarbrough, 2:05
3rd Place Match: Michael Rapuano (George Mason – Unatt.) dec. Yarbrough, 13-8

Evan Buchanan

R32: Nathan Higley (George Mason) major dec. Buchanan, 14-2

Conso. R16-1: Buchanan dec. Riley Edwards (App. State – Unatt.), 10-8
Conso. R16-2: Jaekus Hines (App. State – Unatt.) major dec. Buchanan, 9-0

Kyren Butler – 3rd Place Finish
R32: Butler major dec. James Dalrymple (Chattanooga – Unatt.), 12-4
R16: Butler pinned Grant Bloch (Princeton), 2:48

QF: Butler dec. Caden McCrary (UNC – Unatt.), 3-2

SF: Kaden Cassidy (George Mason) tech fall Butler, 15-0 (5:45)

3rd Place Match: Butler over Callum Sitek by medical forfeit


Gavin Cagle – 3rd Place Finish
R32: Cagle pinned Tyler Jenkins (Roanoka College), 4:52
R16: Cagle pinned Jaden Hardrick (Davidson), 10:00

QF: Cagle dec. Anthony Robinson (George Mason), 3-1 (sv-1)

SF: Tyler Kocak (George Mason) dec. Cagle, 5-2
3rd Place Match: Cagle major dec. Braxton Lewis (Virginia Slaughter House), 16-3


Rocco Contino – 2nd Place Finish

R16: Contino pinned Steven Martinos (Roanoke College), 1:12
QF: Contino major dec. James Brown (VT), 12-2
SF: Contino dec. Trey Kibe (VT – Unatt.), 6-4 (sv-1)

FINAL: Logan Messer (George Mason) pinned Contino, 3:29

Hudson Stewart – 5th Place Finish

R16: Stewart major dec. Sawyer Dereszynski (Roanoke College), 16-6

QF: Malachi Duvall (George Mason – Unatt.) pinned Stewart, 6:32
Conso. R8-2: Stewart major dec. Andrew Wilson (Gardner-Webb), 14-5
Conso. R4: Stewart dec. Joal Diaz (VMI), 11-6
5th Place Match: Stewart dec. Jeremy Seymour (George Mason), 8-3


Hadyn Danals – 2nd Place Finish

R16: Danals tech fall Shane Quick (Campbell – Unatt.), 17-2 (4:33)

QF: Danals pinned Sam Francis (Roanoke College), 1:40

SF: Danals major dec. Simeone Holmes (VT), 9-1
FINAL: Cole Rees (Campbell – Unatt.) dec. Danals, 5-3

Vikram Ostrander

QF: Cole Rees major dec. Ostrander, 8-0

Conso. R8-2: Ostrander over Shane Quick (Campbell – Unatt.) by medical forfeit

Conso. R4: Sam Slate (Ferrum) pinned Ostrander, 1:57


Colden Dorfman – 2nd Place Finish
R16: Dorfman major dec. Dylan McCandless (Tiffin – Unatt.), 13-2

QF: Dorfman dec. Triston Norris (App. State – Unatt.), 10-6
SF: Dorfman dec. Bradnon Hoselton (Campbell – Unatt.), 8-3
FINAL: Jonathan List (George Mason) dec. Dorfman, 7-4