Armstrong Takes Second At 133 In CSU Open
Michaels and Gilkey also place at 157 and 184, respectively
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CLEVELAND, Ohio - Junior David Armstrong went 3-1 to place second in the 133-pound weight class, freshman Rob Michaels had a career day, winning five of six matches en route to a fifth place finish and senior David Gilkey placed fourth to lead the Vikings at the CSU Open on Saturday (Dec. 16) at Woodling Gym. The tournament, which included 186 wrestlers overall, was CSU's first home competition of the year.
Armstrong (6-2) earned a berth in the 133-pound title bout with a thrilling 9-7 overtime win over Michigan State's Micah Carter. Carter led the bout, 7-6, until Armstrong scored an escape with 2.3 second remaining to tie the score 7-7. Armstrong took control early in the sudden victory period, taking Carter down just 19.4 seconds into the extra time. Armstrong dropped an 8-3 decision to an unattached Mike Grey in the title bout at 133 to finish is four-match day.
He started the day with a 14-2 major decision over Eastern Michigan's Vince Licari and then a 3-1 win over Virginia's Anthony Burke to advance to the semi-final tilt with Carter.
"David definitely wrestled well today, "head coach Jack Effner said. "He wrestled hard and beat some very quality opponents."
Michaels (9-4) entered the tournament with just four college wins but quickly added to that total, first with a pin over Eastern Michigan's Rece Cox and then a 5-1 decision over Niagara C.C.'s Tyrell Riley. After losing to Indiana's Paul Riley, Michaels stormed through the consolation bracket with three straight wins, culminating with a 12-0 major decision over Cory Mancuso of Eastern Michigan.
Senior David Gilkey (10-6) won his first two matches to advance to the semi-finals before dropping out of the tournament at 184 pounds.
Freshman 197-pounder Benny Balogh (7-8) went 3-2 for the day while fellow freshman Kyle Chittick (7-6) went 2-2 at 157 pounds. Sophomore Dan Castillo won his first college match, in the consolation bracket of the 149-pound class, pinning Dave Gorman of Jamestown Community College.
"Today was about getting more experience, and we did that today, "Effner said. "We've had a very stressful week, with this tournament and final exams. I think today will help us get better for the second half of the season."
The Vikings are in action once more during the 2006 calendar year, traveling to the Midlands Invitational on Dec. 29-30 in Evanston, Ill.
2006 CSU Open Placers
1st place - Pat McCaffrey, Unattached
2nd place - Mike Watts, Michigan
3rd place - Clint Frutiger, Michigan State
4th place - Akif Eren, Purdue
5th place - Josh Williams, Central Michigan
1st place - Mike Grey, Unattached
2nd place - David Armstrong, CSU
3rd place - Quentin Keyes, Ohio
4th place - Micah Carter, Michigan State
5th place - Sean Clair, Eastern Michigan
1st place - Joey Slaton, Iowa
2nd place - Kevin Lipp, Purdue
3rd place - Zach Donofrio, Eastern Michigan
4th place - David Pienaar, Eastern Michigan
5th place - Tony D'Alie, Central Michigan
1st place - Nathaniel Holt, Central Michigan
2nd place - Tyler Grayson, Central Michigan
3rd place - Barrett Abel, UC-Davis
4th place - Tim Hammer, Michigan State
5th place - Dan Song, Iowa
1st place - Victer Crenshaw, Unattached
2nd place - Paul Young, Indiana
3rd place - Nick Spohn, Purdue
4th place - Pete Puckett, Central Michigan
5th place - Robbie Michaels, Cleveland State
1st place - Mack Lewnes, Unattached
2nd place - Ryan Knapp, Ohio
3rd place - Jason Lapham, Penn State
4th place - Quinn Guernsey, Eastern Michigan
5th place - Brent Fiorito, Virginia
1st place - Mickey Moran, Buffalo
2nd place - Justin Kerber, Cornell
3rd place - John Murphy, Michigan State
4th place - Chris Estep, Kent State
5th place - Greg Goidosik, Kent State
1st place - Rocco Caponi, Virginia
2nd place - Mike Ward, Penn State
3rd place - Eric Simaz, Central Michigan
4th place - David Gilkey, Cleveland State
5th place - Hiram Smith, Findlay
1st place - Logan Brown, Purdue
2nd place - Nick Palmieri, Michigan State
3rd place - Justin Dobies, North Carolina
4th place - Chris Hahn, Unattached
5th place - Brent Jones, Virginia
1st place - Dave Herman, Indiana
2nd place - Rashard Goff, Unattached
3rd place - Ryan Tomei, Pittsburgh
4th place - John Horn, Notre Dame
5th place - Joe Tymoszczuk, Ohio