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COLLEGE WRESTLING: ATHENS GRAD COURTNEY DROPS 8-6 DECISION TO NATIONALLY-RANKED FOE (2021-01-16)

Valley Sports Report
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Athens grad Brian Courtney, a redshirt junior on the Virginia wrestling team, took nationally-ranked Tariq Wilson to the limit, but the former national medalist pulled out an 8-6 decision here Friday night in N.C. State’s 23-9 win in Atlantic Coast Conference wrestling action.

Wilson, a three-time NCAA Championships qualifier and third-place finisher in 2018, dominated the first period with three takedowns, and led 6-3 after the first three minutes.

Courtney registered his fourth escape early in the second period, then scored a takedown to tie the bout at 6-6.

After a stall warning, Wilson, who is ranked 10th in the nation at 141 pounds, scored a reversal late in the third period to pull out the win.

Virginia, now 1-1, returns to action Friday at Virginia Tech.

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IN PHOTO: Brian Courtney.


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