|COLLEGE WRESTLING: ATHENS GRAD COURTNEY 3-1 AT SOUTHERN SCUFFLE; ALIVE IN WRESTLEBACKS (2018-01-01)
Valley Sports Report
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Athens grad Brian Courtney, a freshman on the University of Virginia wrestling team, is 3-1 here at the Southern Scuffle and one win away from a top-eight finish.
In his opening-round match, Courtney recorded a fall over Appalachian State’s Bradley Irwin in 5:38.
A minute into the bout, Courtney scored a takedown and worked that into a four-point near-fall move for a 6-0 lead at the end of the first period.
Courtney scored a reversal to start the second period, then Irwin registered an escape. Courtney led 8-1 heading into the third period.
Working from the top, Courtney turned Irwin to his back early in the third period for the fall.
In the round-of-16, Courtney faced top-seed Josh Alber of Northern Iowa and dropped a 7-4 decision.
Alber scored a takedown just 27 seconds into the bout, but Courtney escaped 23 seconds later.
After Alber was warned for stalling less than 30 seconds into the second period, Courtney registered another escape to tie the bout at 2-2 heading into the final two minutes
Alber chose bottom to start the third period, and scored a reversal and takedown, sandwiched around a Courtney escape, in the first minute to take a 6-3 lead.
Courtney notched another escape with 43 seconds remaining, but could not get a takedown.
Alber received a riding-time point to provide the final margin.
In the consolation bracket, Courtney bounced back with a pin of Hofstra’s Charlie Kane in 5:41 to advance to the consolation round-of-8.
Courtney scored a takedown late in the first period for a 2-0 lead, then scored a reversal early in the second period, and rode Kane out the final 1:40 to take a 4-0 lead into the final two minutes.
Courtney scored a takedown 32 seconds into the third period, and eventually work Kane into a pinning predicament.
In the second round-of-eight in the consolation bracket, Courtney forged a 13-3 decision over Air Force’s Alex Opal.
Courtney scored a quick takedown for a 2-0 lead, then scored another takedown midway through the first period, and worked it into a four-point near-fall for an 8-1 lead.
Courtney escaped to start the second period, but Opsal answered with a takedown to trim the lead to 9-3. Courtney responded with a reversal and rode Opsal out for the final 43 seconds to take an 11-3 lead into the final two minutes.
Courtney scored a reversal late in the third period for the final margin.
Courtney will now face Navy’s Nic Gil in the first consolation round-of-4. Gil, the seventh seed, dropped a 5-0 decision to Lehigh’s Luke Karam in the quarterfinals. Karam, a former PIAA state champ at Bethlehem Catholic, handed Courtney one of his six losses in high school.
IN PHOTO: Brian Courtney.
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