April 16, 2007
CHARLOTTESVILLE - Virginia wrestlers Jack Danilkowicz (Green Oaks, Ill.) and Brent Jones (Burke, Va.) competed at two national tournaments April 4-6 in Las Vegas and came up with impressive performances.
Danilkowicz finished second in the 264.5-pound weight class at the FILA Junior Greco-Roman Championships. After winning a 3-1, 4-0 decision over Ben Berhow (Minnesota Storm) in his first match, Danilkowicz rallied to earn a 2-4, 2-1, 2-1 decision over Kurt Klimek of the Titan Wrestling Club in the semifinals. In the finals, Danilkowicz was pinned with 27 seconds remaining by Erik Nye of Northern Xtreme.
Jones competed in the U.S. Senior Freestyle Championships in the 211.5-pound weight class. Jones won two matches in the qualifying stages to advance to the main bracket. There, he lost his opening match to Israel Silva of Sunkist Kids, 1-0, 2-0. He then picked up a big win in defeating All-American Wynn Michalak of Advantage Wrestling Club in a 3-1, 1-5, 5-3 decision. Jones finished his tournament with by dropping a 7-1, 2-1 decision to Mike Tamilow of Wildcat Wrestling Club.
"This off season has been extremely busy for us," Virginia head coach Steve Garland said. "Our kids have been training hard every day and now the fruits of their labor are starting to show as we are getting some great wins on the national stage. We are competing in the University National Championships in Akron, Ohio, next week as well. Competition is the best way to get better and our kids have made the commitment to compete every chance they get. This will undoubtedly help us come next season."
FILA Junior Greco-Roman, Las Vegas
Jack Danilkowicz, 264.5
Ben Berhow, Minnesota Storm
W, Dec., 3-1, 4-0
Kurt Klimek, Titan Wrestling Club
W, Dec., 2-4, 2-1, 2-1
Erik Nye, Northern Xtreme
L, Pin, 1-1, 0:27
U.S. Senior Freestyle Championships, Las Vegas
Brent Jones, 211.5
Ernesto Ancona, Bakersfield Unattached
W, Dec., 7-0, 6-0
Malcolm Havens, Colorado WC
W, TF, 8-1, 8-0
Israel Silva, Sunkist Kids
L, Dec., 1-0, 2-0
Wynn Michalak, Advantage WC
W, Dec., 3-1, 1-5, 5-3
Mike Tamilow, Wildcat WC
L, Dec. 7-1, 2-1
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