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Ferrum Wrestlers Second at Citrus Invitational

Ferrum finished second among 13 teams at the 2018 Citrus Invitational.
Ferrum finished second among 13 teams at the 2018 Citrus Invitational.
FORT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Ferrum College's wrestling team finished second in a field of 13 teams at the 2018 Citrus Invitational, held Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 29-30, at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center.
Rochester Institute of Technology won the team title with 180 points, followed by Ferrum (169) and third-place UNC-Pembroke (161.5). New York University (160.5) and John Carroll University (149) rounded out the top five teams.
1. RIT, NY 180.0; 2. Ferrum, VA 169.0; 3. UNC Pembroke, NC 161.5; 4. NYU, NY 160.5; 5. John Carroll, OH 149.0; 6. Cornell College, IA 143.0; 7. Oneonta State, NY 104.5; 8. Williams College, MA 100.0; 9. Liberty, VA 98.5; 10. St Johns, MN 87.0; 11. Trinity (CT), CT 68.0; 12. Ursinus, PA 49.0; 13. Muhlenberg, PA 37.0
The Panthers pushed two wrestlers into the finals, with Blake Rosenbaum claiming the 174-pound title after posting a perfect 4-0 mark and four pins. In four matches, Rosenbaum spent a grand total of 10:32 on the mat. Andrew Tolbert (165) finished second, going 4-1 on the day with a fall, while Levi Englman (133), Mario Vasquez (141) and Alveno Matthews (285) each finished fourth. Jalen White (125) and Collin Saunders (149) both posted fifth-place finishes.
"Going into my last match, I was somewhat nervous just being in the finals, but I knew the work was done. The guy was strong on his feet. I just waited for him to wear down then took advantage of a bad shot attempt by him. Once on top, I attempted my normal cross face cradle. His leg came up so I locked it up and took him back." --Blake Rosenbaum 174 lbs.
125 - Jalen White 4-2, 5th; CJ Cramma 3-3 (2 pins), 6th
133 - Levi Englman 4-2 (1 pin), 4th; Kyle Burns 3-2 (1 pin), 7th; Steven Muller 1-2 (1 pin)
141 - Mario Vasquez 4-2 (2 pins), 4th; Javiaughn Basnight 3-3, 6th
149 - Collin Saunders 5-2, 5th; Caden Dalton 2-2 (1 pin); Victor Allen (1-3); Charles Tisby 1-3 (1 pin)
157 - Austin Smith 5-2 (1 pin), 9th; Malik Barr 3-2, 9th
165 - Andrew Tolbert 4-1 (1 pin), 2nd; Christian Hite 0-2
174 - Blake Rosenbaum 4-0 (4 pins) 1st
184 - Braden Homsey 3-3 (1 pin), 10th; Pablo Zanistanavicius 1-3 (1 pin)
197 - no entry
285 - Alveno Matthews 4-2 (2 pins), 4th; Tyrique Nolen 3-3 (2 pins) 10th; Tyler Michael 2-3 (2 pins), 10th
"I'm very proud of the guys and how they finished strong the second day of the tournament. We're doing this as a team. We train hard, our guys are in shape and we ask them to give their best effort. We're here to make our mark in Division III." --Associate Head Coach Ryan Riggs
Coach Nate Yetzer's team will be back in action Saturday, Jan. 5, at the Crytzer Memorial Tournament, hosted by Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Virginia.