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A couple Appalachian redshirt athletes cheering on their Mountaineers Wednesday against Duke. They will get their chance to display their skills Saturday at the Appalachian Open in Varsity Gym at 9 a.m.
Courtesy: Dave Mayo (Appalachian, '83)
Wrestling Ready for Appalachian Open
Courtesy: Appalachian State Sports Information
Release: Thursday 01/23/2014 (ET)
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BOONE, N.C.- Appalachian State wrestling will host the Appalachian Open on Saturday.  Action begins at 9 a.m. in Varsity Gymnasium. The open-meet will feature many wrestlers from different regions of the country.

Last year's tournament was cancelled due to weather. Coaches are hoping that the same doesn't happen this year.

"We made a decision to cancel last year based on a forecast for a large snow," head coach John-Mark Bentley said."It ended up being fine that Saturday. We probably jumpd the gun in canceling las year."

The Appalachian Open has been running now for four years, including the break last year. This year tournament will feature wrestlers from Appalachian State, the University of North Carolina, North Carolina State University, Duke University, American University, Brave Club, Clarion, The Citadel, Far West Wrestling Club, George Mason, Gardner-Webb, Ohio University, Ohio State University, Old Dominion, UNC-Pembroke, Virginia and Virginia Tech.

The 2012 Appalachian Open gave an opportunity to the younger Mountaineers to display their skill as then-redshirt Zach Strickland came away with a first-place finish in the 165-pound weight class. Other current Mountaineers to take podium spots were Colin Hedash and Chris Johnson.

Appalachian has someone wrestling in almost every weight class Saturday. Some of the younger athletes will be on display again. Vito Pasone will enter the 125-pound weight class. He has had time at 133 and 125 pounds this season and current hold an 8-10 record.

In all 15 Mountaineers will take the mat. This will be the first time this season that Collin Johnson, Elijah Farmer, Ryland O'Brien, Tyrece Jones, Aaron Dickson and Collins Creech will touch the match.

Starters such as Adrian Soto-Perez and Kacee Hutchinson will also wrestle in the tournament.

Results from the meet will be posted at appstatesports.com throughout the day. The team returns to dual meet action Feb. 2 with a trip to face conference-leading Chattanooga at 2 p.m.






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