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Burstein Wins at King Open; Wrestling Also Competes at Navy Classic

by | Nov 21, 2022

Noah Burstein (thrid from left) – prior to the match with Michigan State.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. / BRISTOL, Tenn. – Davidson senior Noah Burstein (133) emerged victorious at the King Open on Saturday as the Davidson wrestling team split duties and traveled to both King University and the Navy Classic.

King Open
Burstein, a senior from Massachusetts, swept the day at the King Open with four straight victories. Burstein toughed out an 8-5 decision in the opening round then, pinned his opponent in under two minutes in second-round action. In the semifinals, Burstein faced King’s Nico Crosnoe and won in a 5-1 decision. In the 133-pound final, Burstein sealed the deal with a pin of Belmont Abbey’s Will Cline in two minutes and 39 seconds to take home the first-place finish.

Sophomore Oliver Tipton (184) also placed at the King Open on Saturday. Tipton batted back from a first-round defeat and swept the consolation bracket to take third place in the 184-pound weight class. Tipton cruised after the opening loss with a win via forfeit, a pin in the semifinal, and a technical fall in the consolation final.

In the 141-pound division, Joshua Viarengo and Matt McLaughlin both made it to the quarterfinals with first-round pins before eventually squaring off against each other in the consolation semifinal. Viarengo moved on to the third-place match with a 9-2 decision. In the final, Viarengo dropped a hard-fought match to Limestone’s Smaill St. Pierre, 6-2, to finish in fourth place.

Navy Classic
Freshman Marc Koch (157) fought his way into the consolation quarterfinals with two major decision victories. Koch took down Navy’s Mike Ponentti, 11-1, then defeated Air Force’s Reagan LeFevre 12-3 to earn a spot in the quarterfinals of the consolation bracket.

Jaden Hardrick (165) also made it to the consolation quarterfinals on Saturday. Following a first-round defeat, Hardrick made quick work of The Citadel’s Aidan Lenz in a 16-1 technical fall to earn a spot in the final eight of the consolation bracket before falling in the next round.

Up Next
The ‘Cats will be back in action on December 1st when they travel to Lock Haven for a dual meet.

Round of 16
125 Devon Diaco MD D’Angelo Pruitt (Emmanuel),13-3
133 Noah Burstein DEC Hunter Ross (Unattached), 8-5
141 Matt McLaughlin F Dalton Minnick (Unattached), 2:00
141 Joshua Viarengo F Charles Hayes (Emmanuel), 2:20
157 Clinton Morrisette (King) F Christian Rutherford, 1:25
157 Dan Yetsick F Matthew Williams (Coker), 0:46
174 Nate Stephenson F Willie Toliver (SW Virginia CC), 0:46
184 Jaquez Bostic (UN – Limestone) DEC Oliver Tipton, 10-3

125 Hale Robinson F Nathnael Bullard (Limestone); 1:59
125 Preston Soriano (King) MD Devon Diaco, 13-3
133 Noah Burstein DEC Michael Wilkinson (Bluefield), 8-5
141 Smaill St. Pierre (Limestone) MD Matt McLaughlin, 9-1
141 Joshua Viarengo TF Trey Weinell (Coker), 15-0
157 Trent Mahoney (King) DEC Dan Yetsick, 8-4
174 Hank Carey (Notre Dame OH) DEC Nate Stephenson, 3-2

125 Gavin Hayes (Emmanuel) DEC Hale Robinson, 4-1
133 Noah Burstein DEF Nico Crosnoe (King), 5-1
141 Jaqion Williams (UN – Limestone) F Joshua Viarengo, 0:49

133 Noah Burstein F Will Cline (UN – Belmont Abbey), 2:39

Consolation Quarterfinals
125 Aaron Zebraskas (Belmont Abbey) MFF Devon Diaco
141 Matt McLaughlin MD Lance Brown (Savage Univ.), 17-3
157 Logan Fite (Unattached) F Christian Rutherford, 6:45
157 Weston Hirschi (Southern Virginia) FF Dan Yetsick
174 Grady Tilsdale (Emmanuel) MFF Nate Stephenson

Consolation Semifinals
125 Aaron Zebraskas (Belmont Abbey) MD Hale Robinson, 11-3
141 Joshua Viarengo DEC Matt McLaughlin, 9-2
184 Oliver Tipton F William Frazier (Coker), 1:03

Consolation Finals
141 Smaill St. Pierre (Limestone) DEC Joshua Viarengo, 6-2
184 Oliver Tipton TF Nikolas Burke (Unattached); 18-0

Round of 32
149 Kody Komara (Kent State) F Noah Frack, 1:37

Round of 16
157 Jack Niles (American) DEC Marc Koch, 4-1
165 Enrique Munguia (Kent State) TF Jaden Hardrick, 18-3

Consolation Round of 16
149 Braden Stauffenberg (Michigan St.) F Noah Frack, 4:40
157 Marc Koch MD Mike Ponenti (Navy), 11-1

Consolation Quarterfinal
157 Marc Koch MD Reagan LeFevre (Air Force), 12-3
165 Jaden Hardrick F Aidan Lenz (The Citadel), 4:27
174 Tyler Stoltzfus (Lock Haven) TF Brett Sanderlin, 18-0

Consolation Quarterfinal #2
157 Ashton Eyler (Lock Haven) MD Marc Koch, 10-1
165 Giano Petrucelli (Air Force) MD Jaden Hardrick, 9-0

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