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Thierman and VanValen Perfect on Day One of NCWA National Championships

Thierman and VanValen Perfect on Day One of NCWA National Championships

Ryan Thierman (Portville) and George VanValen (Ithaca) both were 2-0 on day one of the NCWA National Championships in Kissimmee, FL. 

After a bye in the 1st round of the 125 lb. bracket, Thierman defeated Edison Garcia (Central Florida) 7-0. He then pinned Dell Ngonga (Liberty) in 5:00. He will take on Brendan Hazelton from Grand Valley State in the quarterfinals on Friday.

VanValen had a dominating day in the 174 lb. bracket. He won 14-1 over Deontay Wadley (Penn State DuBois) and then pinned Noah Villermarette (Texas State) in 2:25. He will tangle with James Jones (Grays Harbor) in the quarters.

Michael Boyle (Cooperstown) split a pair of matches in the 133 lb. competition. He pinned Paxton Sternberg (Wayne State) in 4:50 but fell in a tight match 10-7 to Zachary Vatalare (Michigan Wrestling Club).

Riley Andrews (York) also split a pair of matches at 235. He pinned Xavier Henderson (Washington State) in 1:02 but was pinned by Harun Bogdonic (Grand Valley State).

Wrestling resumes at 9 a.m. on Friday from the campus of the University of Central Florida.

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