Freshman Trio Earn Wins at Pembroke ClassicNovember 11, 2012
Johnson Earns Second Place
PEMBROKE, N.C. – Three Trojans earned wins, with freshman 157-pounder Kevin Johnson leading the way by capturing second place at the 32nd Annual Pembroke Classic on Saturday afternoon.
Johnson opened the event by pinning Central Florida’s Thomas Knight at the 2:25 mark, then moved into the quarterfinals when Newberry’s Scott Swindell defaulted. The Woodbridge, Va., native earned a semifinal berth by pinning Limestone’s Jaquan Bullock with 1:10 left in the second period. He moved into the finals with a solid 9-4 decision past Central Florida’s Christian Grillo, then dropped a hard-fought 3-1 decision to second-seeded Jeremy Bommarito of Limestone in the title bout.
“KJ wrestled an inspired tournament,” said Anderson head coach Dock Kelly. “Despite suffering an eye injury in the final match he displayed poise in a tough loss to thr fifth-ranked wrestler in the nation. He is developing into the elite wrestler we anticipated through hard work and training.”
Freshman Dennis Rhodes advanced to the quarterfinals with a convincing 9-4 decision past Chris Cortapossi, then dropped into the wrestleback as Newberry’s Hunter Robinson pinned Rhodes at the 4:24 mark. Rhodes followed by pinning Belmont Abbey’s Marcus Cromwell with 1:13 remaining in the second period, but was eliminated when Newberry’s Tyler Johnson garnered an 8-1 decision.
Freshman Zack Farmer dropped his first bout, then bounced back to pin St. Andrews’ Denzel Leggett with 31 seconds left in the first period, but was eliminated as Limestone’s David Kieta posted a major decision by a 17-6 score.