LEXINGTON, Va. -- The VMI wrestling team opened its 2021 home season with a 30-9 victory over Sacred Heart University (Conn.) Saturday in non-conference action from Cormack Hall. The Keydets won seven of the 10 weight classes, and avenged a 30-9 defeat last year at Sacred Heart.
The Keydets opened with wins in the first four matches. Senior Cliff Conway won a thriller in a sudden victory overtime period 8-2 in the opener at 125. Freshman Luke Fegley followed with the only pin of the day in 4:47 at 133 and freshman Freddy Junko had a 6-0 win at 141. Sophomore Job Chishko had a tough 4-2 win at 149.
After three Pioneer victories, sophomore Zach Brown scored a 4-3 win at 184 and Sacred Heart forfeited the two heaviest weight classes.
Freshmen Seth Fillers (157) and Joel Diaz (174) each fell in close 5-3 matches.
The Keydets (1-0) host Campbell University next Saturday in the Southern Conference opener for both teams, at a time to be determined. Freshman Blake Showers won an exhibition following the match at 157 against his SHU opponent and Fegley returned and scored another win by fall.
125: Cliff Conway (VMI) over Sean Faraon (SH) (SV-1 8-2)
133: Luke Fegley (VMI) over Vincent Milazzo (SH) (Fall 4:47)
141: Freddy Junko (VMI) over Ryan Burns (SH) (Dec 6-0)
149: Job Chishko (VMI) over Seth Brown (SH) (Dec 4-2)
157: Nicholas Palumbo (SH) over Seth Fillers (VMI) (Dec 5-3)
165: Scotty Jarosz (SH) over Jon Hoover (VMI) (Dec 6-2)
174: William Schmidt (SH) over Joel Diaz (VMI) (Dec 5-3)
184: Zach Brown (VMI) over Joe Accousti (SH) (Dec 4-3)
197: Tyler Mousaw (For.)
285: Robbie Adelstein (VMI) (For.)
157 Blake Showers (VMI) over Shaun Williams (SHU) (Dec 8-6)
133 Luke Fegley (VMI) over Thomas Volpe (SHU) (Fall 2:02)