Three UVa wrestlers earned titles at the Appalachian State Open.
Jan. 26, 2014
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Three Virginia wrestlers earned championships Saturday (Jan. 25) at the Appalachian State Open in Boone, N.C. Competing unattached, Will Mason (R-Fr., Virginia Beach, Va.), Andrew Atkinson (Fr., Lynchburg, Va.) and TJ Miller (Fr., Medford, Va.) won titles at 125, 141 and 149 pounds, respectively.
Mason won three straight bouts to win the 125 crown and earn his first college championship. He downed Appalachian State's Vito Pasone in the championship match.
Atkinson captured his second straight open title; he also won the Franklin and Marshall Open on Jan. 4. He stormed to the title, winning four straight matches with little challenge. He started with a pair of falls before his closest match, an 8-2 decision over NC State's Beau Donahue. He defeated Virginia Tech's Nick Anderson, 11-4, in the championship match.
Miller also rolled to a championship at 149 with four straight wins for his first college crown. He piled up points in his first three bouts, winning 11-6, 13-6 and 10-4 before downing Appalachian State's Aaron Scott for the championship.
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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