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Grapplers dominate at Central Florida Open

By Jonathan Bym
Asst. Sports Editor

November 29, 2012


Photo by Samantha Langley
Freshman Stuart Nadeau squares off with an opponent. Nadeau won his first tournament of his collegiate career on Nov. 17.

Five UNCP wrestlers captured first-place finishes as well as seven other wrestlers earning place finishes en route to the Black and Gold capturing the Central Florida Open title on Nov. 17 in Orlando, Fla.

Freshman Blaze Shade was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Wrestler with his perfect 4-0 finish in the 165 pound weight class.

UNCP heavyweight Chris Giddens won his second tournament of the last three with his perfect performance in the 285 pound weight class. Giddens captured the same title at the Citadel Open on Nov. 3.

For the second tournament in a row, sophomore All-American Daniel Ownbey was able to take home the title in the 141 weight class. The previous weekend, Ownbey recorded a perfect run to take the Pembroke Classic as well.

After a third place finish at the Pembroke Classic, senior All-American Mike Williams used an undefeated run to win the 174 pound weight class title.

In the 184 pound bracket, redshirt freshman Stuart Nadeau won his first tournament title of his career with a 4-0 record.

Freshman Branch Walker recorded UNCP's only runner up finish in the 197 pound bracket.

Freshman Dontae Brown and Richard Kerekes both finished third in their tournaments in the 133 pound and 157 pound weight classes respectively. James De La Riva also took home a third place finish in the 285 pound weight class as the second Brave to place in that bracket.

Jake Smith and Thomas Fowler earned fourth place laurels in the 125 pound and 184 pound weight classes respectively.

Redshirt sophomore Brian Thomas captured fifth place in the 133 pound weight division and he was the second Brave to place in that weight class as well.

With 12 Braves capturing place finishes, UNCP was able to win the overall tournament.

This was the Black and Gold's first team tournament title since winning the Davidson Open in 2008.

The Braves will return to the mats on Nov. 27 as they take on Belmont Abbey in their first dual meet of the season.

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