Crowell takes second at Georgia College Open
Monday, November 14, 2016
Crowell takes second at Georgia College Open
Christian Varner won a pair of matches for CU on Saturday at the Georgia College Open in Franklin Springs, Ga. (Credit Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Tony Crowell won his first three matches and finished second while Christian Varner posted two wins and John Oliveiri picked up three for the Cumberland wrestlers on Saturday at the Georgia College Open in Franklin Springs, Ga.

Crowell posted three straight victories at 197, pinning Southeastern University’s Anthony Irizarry at 4:13 before registering a 3-2 Decision over Florida State’s Robert Lapeter and a 4-1 Decision versus Brewton-Parker’s Daniel Anderson. In the finals the Lakeland, Fla., native lost by Fall at 0:57 to Emmanuel College’s Maveric Reichsteiner.

Varner posted a 4-2 Decision in Sudden Victory over Limestone College’s Andrew Wade in his first bout in the heavyweight class. The Hixson, Tenn., native also won a 3-1 Decision in Sudden Victory against Spartanburg Methodist’s Thomas Bagensie before dropping a 2-0 Decision in the semifinals to Brewton-Parker’s Jose Carillo-Garcia.

Oliveiri lost his first match of the day at 174, a 17-2 Technical Fall to Shorter University’s Hank Turner, but picked up a 13-9 Decision against Brewton-Parker’s Steverson Derival and a 4-2 Decision in Sudden Victory over Truett-McConnell’s Blaine Bird.

The Murfreesboro, Tenn., native also registered a 16-6 Major Decision versus Belmont-Abbey’s Seth Bridgeman before dropping a 5-3 Decision to Huntingdon College’s Wyatt Miller.

Freshman Jacob Rhyne posted a 6-0 Decision against Shorter’s Chris Way at 133 before losing to Newberry College’s Zach Clary by Fall at 2:25 in the quarterfinals.

Sophomore Alema Favors lost his first match at 141, a 13-10 Decision to Brewton-Parker’s Donovan Hough, and Tanner Tidswell also dropped his first bout, a 7-6 Decision to Southeastern’s Lukas Twardosky.

Junior Brandon Weber collected a 6-2 Decision versus Brewton-Parker’s Marcos Perez but lost an 8-5 Decision against Reinhardt University’s Dyllan Greene in the semifinals at 149.