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Wrestling Competes at Appalachian State Open
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 01/25/2014
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DURHAM, N.C.—Duke University freshmen Connor Bass and Alexander Belaia-Martiniouk captured a pair of fourth-place finishes at the Appalachian State Open today for the Blue Devils wrestling squad. Bass took fourth at 149 pounds, while Belaia-Martiniouk finished fourth in the 184-pound group.

Bass improved to 8-10 on the year with a 2-2 mark at the tournament to place in his second tournament of the year. He opened the day with consecutive decisions to move into the semifinal where he dropped narrow 3-2 match to Aaron Scott of Appalachian State. In the third-place match, Bass fell to Ryan Hunsberger 9-2 to take fourth.

Belaia-Martiniouk, redshirting for the Blue Devils this season went 3-2 on the day and posted his first career fall to advance to the consolation final. The rookie 184-pounder picked up a double overtime win to start the day and added a second decision before falling to Jesse Masters of King College to drop into the consolation bracket. After the fall, Belaia-Martiniouk fell to Forrest Przybysz from Appalachian State 12-6 to earn his first collegiate top-four finish.

Joey Abbate came up just shy of a top-four finish at 149 pounds, falling to third-place finisher Ryan Hunsberger in the consolation semifinals. Abbate posted a 2-2 record on the day to move to 2-4 overall.

At 165 pounds, redshirt Will Hahn dropped his opening bout before rebounding with four straight wins, including two pins. Looking to earn a spot on the podium, Hahn lost a tough 4-1 decision to Sawa Kostis to end the day.

The Blue Devils return to dual action Jan. 29 against VMI in Card Gymnasium. The match is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

Connor Bass – 149 (4th Place)
Sam Melkian (NC State), W, Dec., 8-4
Anderson Pope (UNC), W, Dec., 6-0
Aaron Scott (Appalachian State), L, Dec., 2-3
Ryan Hunsberger (George Mason), L, Dec., 2-9 (4th place)
Jose Abbate -149
Casey Molloy (UNC Pembroke), W, Fall 6:53
Ryan Hunsberger (George Mason), L, TF, 0-16, 2:29
Benjamin Hefner (unrostered), W, Dec., 4-2
Anderson Pope (UNC), W, Dec., 7-3
Nicholas Kiter (The Citadel), W, Dec., 3-1
Ryan Hunsberger (George Mason), L, TF, 0-16, 2:55
Will Hahn – 165
David Wesley (VT), L, Fall, 1:09
Mike Amorando (NC State), W, Dec., 10-5
Jeremy Miller (King College), W, Fall, 4:59
Dakota Roberts (UNC Pembroke), W, MD, 13-1
Aaron Dickson (Appalachian State), W, Fall, 1:46
Sawa Kostis (unrostered), L, Dec., 1-4
Michael Wright – 165
Joe Remaklus (UNC Pembroke), L, Dec., 0-6
Greg Bacci (Virginia), L, MD, 2-13
Alexander Belaia-Martiniouk  – 184 – 4th place
Devaunje Franklin Smith (Chattanooga), W, Dec. 5-2 – TB2
Demetre Liguori (Limestone), W, Dec., 3-2
Jesse Masters (King College), L, MD, 2-14
Branden Lietz (unrostered), W, Fall, 4:17
Forrest Przybysz (Appalachian State), L, Dec., 6-12 – 4th place
Tyler Patrick – 184
Andrew Bennett (Gardner-Webb), W, MD, 12-1
Ira Dent (Chattanooga), L, Dec., 4-5
Branden Lietz (unrostered), L, Dec., 1-2
Brendan Walsh – 285
David Woody (UNC), W, TF, 15-0
Mike Kosoy (NC State), L, Dec., 1-2
Christopher Sayers (Limestone), W, Fall, 1:41
Yousuf Malik (VMI), W, Fall, 4:15
Dan Garwood (Virginia Tech), L, Dec., 1-7