Seven Virginia wrestlers were placewinners Sunday at the Michigan State Open, held at Jenison Field House in East Lansing, Mich. Championships from Matt Bonson (Fr., Lewistown, Pa.), Chris Henrich (So., Lansdale, Pa.) and Brent Jones (Jr., Burke, Va.) highlighted a strong day for UVa’s wrestlers. The open tournament boasted over 500 wrestlers from nearly 40 teams.
Henrich, ranked 16th nationally, won the open title at 174 pounds, while Jones earned the championship in the 197-pound class. Bonson dominated the 133-pound class in the Freshman/Sophomore Division to notch his first college title.
Henrich had little trouble in steamrolling to his first collegiate open title. He recorded a technical fall and two major decisions before winning the championship match over No. 20 David Erwin of Penn State by injury default.
Jones notched four wins on the day, including a major decision and two falls. In the championship match, he needed just 1:15 to pin Kent State’s Michael Blackwell.
Bonson, a redshirt freshman, also had no troubles in his class. He started by recording three pins in a combined 2:35, then took care of Darrin Boing of Ohio by technical fall (15-0) in the championship match.
Jedd Moore (Fr., Mount Vernon, Ohio) continued the strong start to his college career with a runner-up finish at 157 pounds in the Freshman/Sophomore Division. After winning the Eastern Michigan Open last weekend, Moore ran off four straight wins (two tech falls, one major decision, one decision) Sunday before falling in the title match to Michigan State’s Anthony Jones.
Danny Gonsor (So., Cleveland, Ohio), competing unattached, went 5-2 Sunday and picked up a fourth-place finish in the open 157-pound class. Nick Nelson (So., Pittsburgh, Pa.) went 6-2 on the day and finished fifth at 141 pounds. In the Freshman/Sophomore Division, Derek Valenti (Fr., Newton, N.J.) went 4-2 en route to a fifth-place finish at 141 pounds.
Virginia, ranked 23rd nationally, opens its dual schedule Saturday at the ACC/Big Ten Clash in Chapel Hill, N.C. UVa battles No. 13 Wisconsin at noon, No. 9 Illinois at 2 p.m. and Michigan State at 4 p.m.