|COLLEGE WRESTLING: COURTNEY WINS TITLE AT APPALACHIAN STATE OPEN (2018-01-28)
Valley Sports Report
BOONE, N.C. — Athens grad Brian Courtney, a redshirt freshman at the University of Virginia, won his weight class at the Appalachian State Open Saturday.
Courtney, the top seed at 141 pounds, opened the tournament with a 13-6 win over North Carolina’s Nickolas Lirette, despite being taken down in the opening moments of the bout.
Courtney scored an escape, and then a takedown with 55 seconds remaining the three-minute opening period, but Lirette managed a reversal with 4 seconds remaining for a 4-3 lead.
Courtney scored seconds into the to tie the bout at 4-4, and Lirette scored another take down five seconds later for a 6-4 lead.
After an escape, Courtney registered a takedown with 40 seconds remaining int he second period, and turns it into a six-point move, and an 11-6 lead.
Courtney rode out the entire third period on top, and was awarded a point for stalling, and for riding time to provide the final margin.
In the quarterfinals, Courtney rallied from an early deficit to post an impressive 21-5 technical fall of Campbell’s Hunter Reed in 6:48.
Reed scored a pair of early takedowns, and led 4-2, until Courtney scored a takedown to even the bout at 4-4 with 43 seconds left in the first period.
After Reed escaped early in the second period, Courtney scored another escape, and then added another four near-fall points to take a 10-5 lead.
After starting on bottom in the third period, Courtney scored an escape and a takedown to push his lead to 13-5. Courtney then closed out the match with a pair of four-point near-fall moves to make it 21-5.
In the semifinals, Courtney forged a 5-2 decision over Ohio University’s Kyran Hagan.
With one second remaining in a scoreless first period, Hagan was warned for stalling.
Courtney recorded an escape midway through the second period, then scored a takedown with six seconds left in the stanza for a 3-0 lead
Hagan was twice banged for stalling in the third period to give Courtney a 5-0 lead, then scored a late reversal to provide the final margin.
In the finals, Courtney worked a 19-6 major decision over Chatanooga’s Davion Fairley.
After a scoreless first period, Courtney recorded a quick escape, then scored a takedown into a six-point move midway through the second period for a 7-0 lead.
Courtney scored two more takedowns in the period and led 11-2 heading into the final two minutes.
Courtney scored three more takedowns, and received points for stalling and riding time in the third period.
Courtney is 17-9 on the season.
IN PHOTO: Brian Courtney.
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