BRISTOL, Tenn. - Cunningham placed 2nd and Fussell placed 4th for the Phoenix in the Tornado Open this past weekend in Bristol, Tennessee.
Blaine Fussell started off strong for the Phoenix as he won against Gaven Baker by a 15-8 decision. Fussell continued the winning path for Cumberland as he won off an injury default against his fellow teammate Jacob Andrews. Off a medical forfeit, Fussell was able to pull out his third win over William Olivas from Lander University, Fussell was able qualified to compete in the semifinal round where he won off another medical forfeit over University of North Carolina’s Joseph Melendez. Unfortunately Fussell’s winning came to an end by a tech fall of 17-10 against Kings University Rylee Billings, which placed Fussell in 4th for the 125 weight class.
Dylan Cunningham placed 2nd in the 285 weight class for the Phoenix. Cunningham won his first match off a 7-0 decision over Bluefield’s Omega Webb. Cunningham continued to keep his winning streak alive as he won by fall over Edwin Ramirez from Newberry College just 2 minutes into the match. During the semifinal match Cunningham was able to win by 2-1 decision over Lander University Hayden Malson. Limestone’s Jervey Sistrunk ended Cunninghams winning streak 7 minutes into the match by a fall.
125, Jacob Andrews (1-2)
125, Blaine Fussell (4-1)
157, Tyler Moore (0-2)
157, Demetri Flores (0-2)
174, Thierry Jean Baptist (1-2)
184, Thomas Argo (1-2)
197, Johnathan Hill (0-2)
197, Devin Gibson (1-2)
285, Dylan Cunningham (3-1)