COLLEGE WRESTLING: ATHENS GRAD WINTERS, TIOGA GRAD LAMB WIN TITLES AT RIT INVITATIONAL, ATHENS GRAD HORTON SECOND
(2021-12-05)Valley Sports Report
ROCHESTER "” Athens grad Kaidon Winters
, a senior on the RIT wrestling team, and Tioga grad Austin Lamb
, a junior, each won individual titles, and Athens grad Chris Horton
, a senior, was a runner-up to lead the nationally-ranked Tigers to the team title of the RIT Invitational here Saturday.
Winters, the top-ranked wrestler in the nation at 157 pounds, earned the Tony Wallace Award as the tournament's most outstanding wrestler.
Winters opened the day with a 26-second pin of Delaware Valley's Malachi Harvey, then decked Wesleyan's Ciaran Edwards in 21 seconds in the second round.
In the quarterfinals, Winters notched another first-period pin, decking Alfred State's Justin Smith in 2:24. In the semifinals, Winters forged an 11-0 major decision over Worcester Poly's Tommy Dell'Area.
In the finals, Winters needed a takedown in overtime to pull out a 3-1 win over John Carroll's Luke Reicosky.
Lamb, the top seed at 165 pounds, won his opening round match with a 12-4 major decision over Oneonta's Kenny Sauer, then decked Alfred State's Ben Trautwein in 19 seconds.
In the quarterfinals, Lamb forged a 9-1 major decision over Norwich's Tyler Barker, then dominated Oswego State's Isaac Mathews in a 15-1 major decision in the semifinals.
In the finals, Lamb topped third-seed Kevin Lyskawa of Trinity College, 9-4.
Horton, the second seed at 141 pounds, opened his day with a 16-1 technical fall of John Carroll's Max Turney, then scored a 15-0 technical win over Trinity's Aiden Herbert.
In the quarterfinals, Horton pinned Delaware Valley's Mike Rubino in 6:17 to advance to a semi-final match-up with third-seed Russell Benson of Delaware Valley. Horton scored a takedown midway through the third period to take a 3-1 lead on his way to a 3-2 win.
In the finals, top-seed Jarrod Brezovec topped Horton in a 16-1 technical fall.
RIT, ranked 17th in the nation, won the team title with 168.5 points, with 7th-ranked John Carroll second in the field of 16 teams with 150.5 points.
RIT is now off until the NWCA National Duals in Louisville on Jan. 6.
IN PHOTO: Kaidon Winters (left) and Austin Lamb.
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