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Appalachian State University wrestling hosted its fifth annual Appalachian Open on Saturday and placed five wrestlers overall on the day.
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Mountaineers Place Five in Appalachian Open
Courtesy: Appalachian State Sports Information
Release: Saturday 01/28/2017 (ET)
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BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State University wrestling had five student-athletes place in its fifth annual Appalachian Open on Saturday at Varsity Gym.

Appalachian wrestlers were joined on the mats by Virginia, Campbell, Ohio, Campbell, Chattanooga, Gardner-Webb, Virginia Tech, Old Dominion, NC State, North Carolina, West Virginia, Duke, The Citadel, and Limestone College.

The Mountaineers (11-2, 5-0 Southern Conference) were led by Laken CookDemazio SamuelAngel NajarAlan Clothier and Cary Miller on the day, all placing in the top four.

Battling at 157 pounds, Cook started the day off with a 9-0 major decision over Virginia Tech’s Derek Ciavarro, before getting a technical fall over fellow Mountaineer Carl Guess, 16-0. Cook would then fall to Old Dominion’s Larry Early in the first place match in a 6-2 decision to be the second-place champion.

In the 197-pound weight class, Samuel began with a 6-0 decision victory over Gardner-Webb’s Andy Bennett, before getting a 7-0 decision over Ohio’s Devin King. Samuel battled tough in the championship match, but would drop a tight 6-4 decision to Gardner-Webb’s Terry Henderson to be placed second on the day.

After an early tight 7-6 loss to Old Dominion’s Early at 157, Najar battled back with an 8-0 major decision over Virginia’s Michael Murphy before pinning teammate Michael Elliott in 6:05. Najar would then take down another Mountaineer, Guess, in an 8-2 decision, before falling to Virginia Tech’s Ryan Blees in a 25-9 technical fall to place fourth overall on the day.

At 184 pounds, Clothier began the day with back-to-back bonus point victories, getting a 15-0 technical fall win over unattached Garrett Stokes and then an 11-0 major decision over Ohio’s Hunter Yeargan. Clothier would suffer a sudden-victory setback to Chattanooga’s Dominic Lampe, but would bounce back to take down Duke’s Araad Sarrami in a 12-2 major decision. In the third place match, Clothier fell to NC State’s Nicky Hall 10-2, placing the freshman fourth overall.

In the heavyweight division, Miller battled back from an early pin by NC State’s Michael Rogers, rattling off five-straight victories to place in the weight class. Miller began with an impressive 55-second pin of West Virginia’s Zachary Schrader before getting a 5-2 decision over Andrew Gunning of North Carolina. Miller then squeaked passed Old Dominion’s Ali Wahab with a 3-2 decision, before taking Virginia’s Tyler Love to the second sudden victory round, where Miller got the 4-3 win. Miller would fall 3-1 in the third place match to The Citadel’s Michael McAleavy to place fourth overall.

The Mountaineer’s next duals match will be against SoCon rival Chattanooga on Sunday, Feb. 5. The action begins at 2 p.m.

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