Two Seniors Post Wins
Kearney, Neb. – Nationally-ranked seniors Brock Coutu(pronounced coo-two) and Patrick Martinez earned wins but the 15th-rankedVirginia Tech Hokies won the other eight matches to beat Nebraska-Kearney,27-6, at the 34th Annual Virginia Duals Friday morning in Hampton.
The Lopers, ranked 2nd in NCAA Division II, fallto 3-1 and will now take on the George Mason University Patriots today at 2:00p.m. Central. GMU fell to Rider (NJ), 25-16, in their first round match.
Facing the defending tournament champions, UNK came in a bitshorthanded as top-ranked Daniel DeShazer (133 lbs.) and third-ranked ChaseWhite (157 lbs.) couldn't take to the mats due to injuries. Both shouldreturn to the Loper lineup later this month
Coutu (Griswold, Conn.), a 2013 Division II All-American, iscurrently ranked third at 133 lbs. Facing a two-time NCAA Division I qualifierin senior Erik Spjut, he tallied three points in the final 1:36 to win 8-5.
First, Spjut was called for stalling and then Coutu sealedthe deal with a takedown at the 26 second mark. Finally, Coutu earned a pointof riding time.
Also a 2013 D2 All-American who twice made the D1 NCAA meetfor Wyoming, Martinez (Hemet, Calif.) is ranked fourth at 174 lbs. In hisfirst match of the 2013-14 season, he used takedowns in the first and secondperiods, and an escape in the third, to best senior John Dickson, 5-2.
Seniors Kelsey Empting (285 lbs.) and Mark Fiala (184 lbs.)were also close to knocking off their Hokie opponent.
Fiala (Seward) led Nick Vetterlein, 2-1, after the firstperiod but gave up three second period points to fall behind. Vetterlein thenrecorded a takedown with 40 seconds left to record a 6-3 win.
In the final match of the dual, Empting (Ponca City, Okla.)used an escape and takedown to tie up his match with redshirt freshman Ty Walzat three all early in the third period. However, Walz escaped with 1:05 left towin.
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Courtesy UNK Sports Information