Virginia Tech 141-pounder Devin Carter finally encountered a guy he couldn't beat and finished second Saturday night in the NCAA championships in Oklahoma City.
Carter, who missed most of the season because of an injury, bounced back strongly to win the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament and grapple through the NCAA bracket as the fourth seed, becoming the first finalist in Hokies history. The former Christiansburg High star's run finally ended with a 10-1 loss to Ohio State’s Logan Stieber, who won his third title in three years.
Old Dominion’s Jack Dechow took fourth place at 184 pounds.
Dechow, seeded just 13th, began Saturday’s competition by beating Minnesota’s Kevin Steinhaus 8-5, then lost 5-4 on riding time in the third-place match to Cornell’s Gabriel Dean.
Virginia Tech freshman Joey Dance took fourth place at 125, and teammate Chris Penny placed sixth at 197 to join him in gaining All-American honors. Both finished well above their seeds: 16th for Dance -- another Christiansburg product -- and 14th for Penny, a Cox High graduate.
The Hokies, with a team-record 49 points, stood eighth entering the 10 championship matches. ODU and Virginia were tied for 23rd with 18.5.
Senior D.J. Covington of Virginia Beach set the CollegeInsider.com Tournament scoring record with 41 points as VMI — playing a home game in a national postseason event for the first time — outscored Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne 106-95 to reach the quarterfinals.
Covington, a former Norfolk Academy standout, was 16-of-21 from the field in just 26 minutes. He was 9-for-12 from the free-throw line en route to being the first Keydet to surpass 40 points since Reggie Williams on Jan. 8, 2008. Williams went on to play in the NBA.
The Keydets (21-12) await their next opponent, which will be announced by the CIT following the conclusion of the second round. The quarterfinals will be contested March 25-27.
VMI freshman QJ Peterson had 25 points, and Rodney Glasgow added 13 points and 12 assists.
No. 19 Norfolk State won its opening match on the second day of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship tournament, but lost twice and was eliminated at AMF Lanes in Chesapeake.
The Spartans posted a 4-1 Baker win over Bethune-Cookman but lost 4-0 to Maryland Eastern Shore and 4-0 to Delaware State.
NSU finished 58-44 for the season, ending the career of four-time All-MEAC first-teamer Thea Aspiras, the Spartans' only senior.
UMES will face the winner of North Carolina A&T-Florida A&M Saturday in the championship match.
After losing 11-2 in its Capital Athletic Conference opener to NCAA Division III top-ranked Salisbury, host CNU — ranked No. 18 — blanked the Sea Gulls 2-0 to gain a doubleheader split as freshman Makayla Jenkins of Gloucester pitched a shutout in her first collegiate start. ...
Norfolk State swept visiting Coppin State 8-2, 12-3 in a MEAC doubleheader. Robyn Mitchell was 5-for-6 with nine RBI and three runs for the day. That came just two days after she belted three home runs in a doubleheader sweep of Rider.
NSU (8-13, 2-0 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) got wins in Game 1 by reliever Stephanie Wheatley and in Game 2 by Jamie Schulle with a complete game.
No. 14 Virginia lost 16-11 at No. 8 Duke, though the Cavaliers' Liza Blue netted four goals. ...
St. Mary’s (Md.) beat CNU 10-7. The Captains (5-4, 1-1 Capital Athletic Conference) received a second straight hat trick from Ashton Marshall, while Jessica Singer and Kylie Chaplin each had three points.
William and Mary’s Landon Funiciello (rings), named the USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Senior of the Year, and sophomore Neal Courter (vault) won event titles at the USAG nationals in Annapolis, Md.
Also, the Tribe’s Cliff Gauthier was named the Varsity Division Coach of the Year.
W&M (193.6) shared the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference title with Brown in a six-team field in Philadelphia.
Greg Coholan scored the winning goal in overtime as No. 10 Virginia beat No. 8 Johns Hopkins 11-10 in Charlottesville.
No. 34 Dartmouth bounced back after dropping the doubles point to win 4-1 at William and Mary. ...
Host Washington and Lee, ranked 22nd in Division III, swept the doubles and beat CNU 7-2 despite singles victories by the Captains' Arttu Fiva and Mike Dodd on lines 5 and 6, respectively.
CNU (4-7) split two road matches, losing 9-0 at Washington and Lee (11-1), the No. 22-ranked team in Division III, then winning 9-0 at Southern Virginia for the Captains’ first shutout win of the season.
Old Dominion placed first in all five races against North Carolina on the Lafayette River.
Admirals reach OT but fall again
Spurred by Chris Wagner's hat trick and one assist, the Norfolk Admirals added one point in the standings by reaching overtime but still fell victim to a two-game sweep by Binghamton at Scope, falling 6-5 before 5,729.
The Senators' Jean-Gabriel Pageau lifted the puck over goalie Brad Thiessen 1:34 into the extra period for his second goal of the night. Stephane Da Costa, voted the game's No. 1 star, also had two goals for East Division-leading Binghamton (38-21-1-4).
Wagner gave the Admirals a 2-0 lead 10:33 into the game by scoring twice in 26 seconds. Devante Smith-Pelly netted his 26th of the season for the Admirals, and Andre Petersson also scored for Norfolk.
The Admirals (34-22-2-7) have 77 points and are seventh among 15 Eastern Conference teams. The top eight will make the playoffs; Hershey is ninth with 72.
Carlton dominates in Arena RacingCody Carlton of Chesapeake notched his fifth and sixth Pro Series wins of the season, sweeping the Top Dog feature and the A Main as Arena Racing USA returned from a month-long layoff with Friday evening's Ukrop's Dress Express 200 at the Richmond Coliseum.
Friday's event was the front end of a weekend doubleheader that will wrap up Saturday night.
In the Top Dog race, under green for the last time, at lap 41, Carlton quickly dispensed with Tommy Jackson Jr., who immediately found Prillaman to his inside. Jackson beat back that challenge, but by then, Carlton had driven away by three car-lengths.
Carlton won 0.563-of-a-second over Jackson. Scott Prillaman was third, followed by Dylan Loving and Jason Styron.Copyright © 2015, CT Now