Smith, Fernandez both win at Shorter Open
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Smith, Fernandez both win at Shorter Open
Aric Fernandez finished second at 184 at the Shorter Open. (Credit Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Tyler Smith won his weight class, Aric Fernandez finished second and JohnMark Reddick and Nate Croley both placed third, leading a group of Cumberland wrestlers at the Shorter Open in Rome, Ga., this past Saturday.

Smith posted three victories in the heavyweight division, winning an 8-5 Decision over Nick Auxier from the University of the Cumberlands before a 5-1 Decision against Central Florida’s Tyrell Walker. In the finals the Calhoun, Ga., native pinned Brewton-Parker’s Kenny Mason at 2:29.

Fernandez also won his first two matches at 184 by Decision – 2-1 over Eddie Bernal from the University of the Cumberlands and 7-3 versus Central Florida’s Giovanni Jiovenetta – before losing in the finals to Brewton-Parker’s Arthur Walthour.

Reddick posted two Major Decisions to start his day at 174 – 10-2 over Life University’sd Grant Chastain and 15-1 versus Kenny Campbell from the University of the Cumberlands – before dropping a 4-2 Decision to Buddy Toth from the University of the Cumberlands. The Nashville, Tenn., native won a 9-7 Decision against Kennesaw State’s Eric Brovont and pinned Sean Bateman from the University of the Cumberlands at 0:52 in the third-place match.

Croley registered a 10-0 Major Decision versus UNC-Pembroke's Andrew Moore and won a 9-6 Decision over UNC-Pembroke's Milo Shelton at 157 before dropping a 5-4 Decision to Central Florida’s Christian Grillo. The Pigeon Forge, Tenn., native posted a 3-2 Decision against UNC-Pembroke's Casey Mallory before winning a 7-4 Decision over UNC-Pembroke's Joey DiMartino in the third-place match.

Cumberland travels to Truett-McConnell for a dual match this Wednesday at 5 p.m.