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App State defeats VMI, The Citadel to finish 7-1 in SoCon


LEXINGTON, Va. -- App State wrapped up another strong regular season with a sweep of VMI and The Citadel on Friday.

The Mountaineers posted a 33-12 victory against the host Keydets before winning 41-3 against the Bulldogs.

With a 44-5 league record since the start of the 2014-15 season -- the fifth-best mark in Division I wrestling during that time -- App State has either gone undefeated or lost just one Southern Conference match in seven straight seasons. The Mountaineers closed the 2020-21 regular season at 7-2 overall and 7-1 in SoCon duals.

App State won the first seven matches against VMI and totaled seven wins with bonus points to go along with Cody Bond's comeback victory via a 10-9 decision at 157 pounds. Mason Fiscella's pin at 197 pounds gave App State a 41-0 lead against The Citadel in a win highlighted by victories against ranked opponents from No. 19 Jonathan Millner (13-1 major decision against No. 27 Selwyn Porter at 149 pounds) and Julian Gorring (8-3 decision against No. 33 Kyle Kretzer at 184 pounds).

Codi Russell (125), Millner and Will Formato (165) went 8-0 in SoCon duals this season, while Sean Carter (6-1 at 133) had the best record in his weight class and Bond (7-1) was one of two starters with just one league loss at 157. At 13-1 overall, the 12th-ranked Formato outscored his opponents 120-9 and didn't allow a takedown in his 13 victories.

The postseason begins in three-plus weeks with the SoCon Championships on Feb. 28 at the Holmes Center in Boone, and the NCAA Championships are scheduled to begin March 18 in St. Louis.

The 2020-21 wrestling season is presented by Hungry Howies and Penn Station.

App State 33, VMI 12
125: #20 Codi Russell (APP) def. Cliff Conway (VMI), 17-1 tech fall (5:00)
133: Sean Carter (APP) def. Luke Fegly (VMI), 14-4 maj. dec.
141: Anthony Brito (APP) def. Frederick Junko (VMI), 12-4 maj. dec.
149: #19 Jonathan Millner (APP) def. Job Chishko (VMI), 10-0 maj. dec.
157: Cody Bond (APP) def. Blake Showers (VMI), 10-9 dec.
165: #12 Will Formato (APP) def. Jon Hoover (VMI), 10-2 maj. dec.
174: #15 Thomas Flitz (APP) def. Joel Diaz (VMI), 16-0 tech fall
184: Zach Brown (VMI) def. Julian Gorring (APP), fall (6:54)
197: Tyler Mousaw (VMI) def. Mason Fiscella (APP), fall (5:47)
285: Michael Burchell (APP) def. Solomon Harris (VMI), 11-1 maj. dec.

Extra Matches:
184: Barrett Blakely (APP) def. Chase Mielnik (VMI), fall (0:57)
149: Tristan Pugh (APP) def. Josh Yost (VMI), 11-3 maj. dec.

App State 41, The Citadel 3
125: #20 Codi Russell (APP) def. Jordie White (CIT), 20-7 maj. dec.
133: Sean Carter (APP) won by forfeit
141: Anthony Brito (APP) def. Tyler Seeley (CIT), 12-4 maj. dec.
149: #19 Jonathan Millner (APP) def. #27 Selwyn Porter (CIT), 13-1 maj. dec.
157: Cody Bond (APP) def. Grant Speer (CIT), 9-1 maj. dec.
165: #12 Will Formato (APP) def. Ethan Willis (CIT), 17-0 tech fall
174: #15 Thomas Flitz (APP) def. Cole Burke (CIT), 18-0 tech fall (4:00)
184: Julian Gorring (APP) def. #33 Kyle Kretzer (CIT), 8-3 dec.
197: Mason Fiscella (APP) def. Ben Stemmet (CIT), fall (4:03)
285: #32 Michael McAleavey (CIT) def. Michael Burchell (APP), 8-3 dec.

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