W&L Wrestling Opens its Season at VMI

LEXINGTON, Va. – Washington and Lee opened its 2011-12 wrestling season on Saturday with five wrestlers competing in the VMI Open.

First-year Conor Duffey (Boxford, Mass./Brooks School) produced the Generals' top performance on the day by finishing as the runner-up in the 149-pound weight class.  Duffey began his day by knocking off Scotty Hardiman of Campbell by a score of 7-4.  He then defeated Thomas LeBarre of Campbell, 8-3, before falling to Kyle Spruill of the Apprentice School in the finals by a score of 4-2.

Sophomore Dan Igel (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla./Bolles School) finished third in the 157-pound weight class by going 3-1 overall.  He opened with a 9-5 win over VMI's Jacob Barton, before Jeremy Atkinson of Southern Virginia produced a pin in 1:16.  Igel recovered to down Kyle Lowry of the Apprentice School by a score of 3-2 and then defeated Barton again, 7-5, in the third-place match.

First-year Marino Orlandi (Stanton, N.J./Blair Academy) also notched a win on the day.  He fell to Jonathan Jones of VMI, 9-2, to open in the 165-pound weight class, then recovered to defeat Hardy Hendren of VMI, 8-4.  His day ended with a fall in 4:13 to Dan Grimes of VMI.

Washington and Lee will return to action on Saturday when they participate in the University of Scranton Invitational beginning at 10:00 am.

-- GENERALS --

133 Pounds
Anthony Elias (Davidson) d. Matt Howell (W&L); 9-1
Hunter Carroll (Campbell) d. Matt Howell (W&L); 16-1

141 Pounds
Anthony Chiles (Campbell) d. Addison Spinner (W&L); 10-6
Jordan Tolbert (Campbell) d. Addison Spinner (W&L); 5-3

149 Pounds
Conor Duffey (W&L) d. Scotty Hardiman (Campbell); 7-4
Conor Duffey (W&L) d. Thomas LeBarre (Campbell); 8-3
Kyle Spruill (Apprentice) d. Conor Duffey (W&L); 4-2 (Finals)

157 Pounds
Dan Igel (W&L) d. Jacob Barton (VMI); 9-5
Jeremy Atkinson (Southern Virginia) d. Dan Igel (W&L); Fall 1:16
Dan Igel (W&L) d. Kyle Lowry (Apprentice); 3-2
Dan Igel (W&L) d. Jacob Barton (VMI); 7-5 (Third Place)
CT Talevi (Davidson) d. Zan Reed (W&L); 17-2
Jacob Barton (VMI) d. Zan Reed (W&L); 19-7

165 Pounds
Jonathan Jones (VMI) d. Marino Orlandi (W&L); 9-2
Marino Orlandi (W&L) d. Hardy Hendren (VMI); 8-4
Dan Grimes (VMI) d. Marino Orlandi (W&L); Fall 4:13