Wednesday's High Country Sports Update.... (2016-12-21 17:03:13)

InterMat Ranks App State Wrestling 17th in Nation....BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State University wrestling continues to move up the various national polls, this week moving up three spots to No. 17 in theInterMat duals rankings on Tuesday. The Mountaineers remained at No. 21 in the USA Today/NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll.

The Mountaineers (7-1, 3-0 Southern Conference) are coming off two big wins against SoCon foes Campbell and SIUE to improve to their best start since 2002-03. This week marks the 10th week that Appalachian has been ranked in the USA Today/NWCA poll Top 25 – all coming in the last two seasons. 

With 83 total votes, App State remains the lone member of the SoCon in the Top 25 for the third-straight week (Chattanooga is third in the “others receiving votes” category) and is one of only three schools to have at least six wins and no more than one loss, joining Nebraska and Rutgers.

Individually, the Mountaineers enter this week with four nationally ranked wrestlers. After downing back-to-back nationally ranked opponents, senior Vito Pasone (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./E.L. Meyers) rocketed to the Top 20 of the 125-pound weight class nationally, coming in at No. 18 in FloWrestling’s rankings.

Sophomore 149-pounder Matt Zovistoski (Paramus, N.J./St. Joseph Regional) also ranked highly, coming in at No. 15 (OpenMat), while junior Nick Kee(Laurinburg, N.C./Scotland) ranked No. 21 (TrackWrestling) in the 174-pound weight class. Senior heavyweight Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) continues to lead the way rankings-wise, pulling in a No. 8 ranking (InterMat).

The Mountaineers end the year on the road when they travel to play No. 5 Missouri on Tuesday at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN3. The Black and Gold will then begin 2017 with the Southern Scuffle on Jan. 1-2 in Chattanooga, Tenn. 

Appalachian returns to Varsity Gym on Jan. 8 when they host a doubleheader of The Citadel and Clarion. Action for that match begins at 2 p.m.

The only way to guarantee a seat to the action of App State wrestling’s historic season is by purchasing season tickets. Prices for adults will be $30/each and for youth fans (ages 3-12) $15/each. Individual match prices will be $7 for adults and $3 for youth except for the Feb. 5 match against Chattanooga, which will be $10 for adults and $3 for youth.

To purchase tickets, visit, (828) 262-2079, or visit the Appalachian State athletics ticket office, located inside the Holmes Center. Tickets are also available at the door on matchday.


No. 17 Wrestling Drops Heartbreaker to No. 5 Missouri, 24-13

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Appalachian State University wrestling battled back in a furious rally attempt late in the match with a sudden-victory pin but was unable to complete the upset, falling 24-13 to fifth-ranked Missouri on Tuesday afternoon at the Hearnes Center.

The No. 17 Mountaineers (7-2, 3-0 Southern Conference) got two bonus point victories on the day and one upset over the nationally ranked 133-pounder in the loss to the Tigers (5-1, 3-0 Mid-American Conference).

Appalachian’s fierce comeback effort began when freshman 133-pounder Colby Smith (Wentzville, Mo./Holt) made a big return to his home state by pinning No. 8 Jaydin Eierman in the second sudden victory period of the match after outlasting the nationally ranked grappler for 8:30

After a misconduct call on Missouri led to one point being removed from the Tiger’s team score, the Mountaineers were suddenly within striking range. 

Irvin Enriquez (Aberdeen, N.C./Pinecrest) battled hard at the 141-pound weight class and almost came away with the victory that would have cut the deficit to one match, but unfortunately, the sophomore allowed a late takedown to Zach Synon, making it 7-5 for Missouri.

Also securing impressive victories for App State was senior No. 8 heavyweightDenzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds), who got a 10-1 major decision over Austin Myers, and junior No. 21 Nick Kee (Laurinburg, N.C./Scotland), who forced a 7-2 decision at the 174 match over Taylor Watkins.

The Black and Gold went toe-to-toe with the Tigers on the day, having four matches decided by three points or less. Senior Forrest Przybysz (Jefferson, Ga./Jefferson) fell in a tough one at 165 pounds with a 6-4 decision to No. 4 Daniel Lewis, while junior 184-pounder David Peters-Logue (Hillsborough, N.C./Orange) dropped a tight 6-4 decision to Matt Lemanowicz.

Sophomore Gavin Londoff (St. Louis, Mo./Holt) opened up the action on the day at the 157 pound match, but was unable to get the victory, falling 12-1 in a major decision before 18th-ranked senior Vito Pasone (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./E.L. Meyers) had his five-match win streak at 125 pounds snapped, falling to No. 7 Barlow McGhee 11-3 in a major decision.

Appalachian State wrestling now has a 19-day break between dual matches but will be participating in the Southern Scuffle in Chattanooga, Tenn. on New Year’s Day. The Mountaineers next duals match will be in Varsity Gym on Jan. 8 as they return home to host both The Citadel and Clarion. The action is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.

125: #7 Barlow McGhee (MO) def. #18 Vito Pasone (APP), 11-3 maj. dec.
133: Colby Smith (APP) def. #8 Jaydin Eierman (MO), SV-2/Pin (8:30)
141: Zach Synon (MO) def. Irvin Enriquez (APP), 7-5 dec.
149: #3 Lavion Mayes (MO) def. #15 Matt Zovistoski (APP), 13-10 dec.
157: #3 Joey Lavallee (MO) def. Gavin Londoff (APP), 12-1 maj. dec.
165: #4 Daniel Lewis (MO) def. Forrest Przybysz (APP), 6-4 dec.
174: #21 Nick Kee (APP) def. Taylor Watkins (MO), 7-2 dec.
184: Matt Lemanowicz (MO) def. David Peters-Logue (APP), 6-4 dec.
197: #1 J’Den Cox (MO) def. Randall Diabe (APP), 18-3 TF
HWT: #8 Denzel Dejournette (APP) def. Austin Myers (MO), 10-1 maj. dec.

Smith’s pin at 133 only adds to his impressive freshman campaign as he improves to 15-2 overall with a 7-2 duals record ... both of the Mountaineers losses this season have been to Top 10 opponents (No. 9 NC State, No. 5 Missouri) ... the team moves to 2-2 on the season against Top 25, Power 5 schools ... App State is 2-0 against 10th-25th-ranked schools and 0-2 against first-ninth-ranked schools ... App is still off to one of its best starts in program history, where winning out would tie them with 2002-03’s team, who finished 11-2 to win the SoCon ... during the match, Appalachian was bumped up three spots in the InterMat dual rankings to a program-best No. 17 ... in the USA Today/NWCA poll, App State stayed firm at No. 21 ... Dejournette continues to be a powerhouse at the heavyweight position, improving to 14-2 on the season and 7-0 in duals action ... Dejournette is also nearing in on 120 career victories and is currently ranked third all-time in program history at 117 wins ... the heavyweight also owns an impressive .764 career winning percentage at Appalachian.

Appalachian State’s Pasone named SoCon Wrestler of the Week

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Appalachian State 125-pounder Vito Pasone has been named the Southern Conference wrestler of the week for all competition from Dec. 14-20. The selection is made by the league office.

Pasone faced three wrestlers ranked in the top 11 on the week, going 2-1 and jumping into the national rankings himself. He helped the Mountaineers move from No. 21 to No. 17 with a pair of dual wins in SoCon action.

The redshirt senior from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, opened his week with a 9-3 win over No. 11 Nathan Kraisser as Appalachian State downed Campbell on Dec. 14, 24-13. On Sunday, Pasone picked up another ranked win, downing No. 8 Freddie Rodriguez of SIUE with a 22-7 technical fall as the Mountaineers earned another league win, 39-4.

After those performances, Pasone moved into the national rankings at No. 18 in the FloWrestling charts and No. 19 in the InterMat rankings.

He closed his week Tuesday against No. 7 Barlow McGhee of Missouri, which is ranked fifth in the USA Today/NWCA poll and sixth by InterMat. Pasone’s five-match winning streak came to an end as McGhee earned the 11-3 win. The Tigers claimed the 24-13 team victory.

Appalachian State (7-2, 3-0 SoCon), whose two dual losses are to Missouri and No. 9 NC State, returns to action at the Southern Scuffle in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Jan. 1-2. The Mountaineers resume dual action when they host The Citadel (1-1, 0-0) and Clarion on Jan. 8.

Also nominated: Douglas Gudenburr (The Citadel), Chris Vassar (Gardner-Webb) and Bryce Carr (Chattanooga).

2016-17 SoCon Wrestlers of the Week

Nov. 9        Nathan Kraisser, Campbell

Nov. 16       David Peters-Logue, Appalachian State

Nov. 23       Freddie Rodriguez, SIUE

Dec. 7        Nathan Kraisser, Campbell

Dec. 14       Jake McKiernan, SIUE

Dec. 21       Vito Pasone, Appalachian State


CVCC Women's Basketball

CVCC vs. #19 Cape Fear

Final Score: #19 Cape Fear 77 - CVCC 68

Halftime Score: Cape Fear 35 - CVCC 41


CVCC Leaders:

Points:  Ieshia Love 19, Jala Daniels 13

Rebounds: Grace Wellman 11

Assists: Tori Agrussa 7

Overall Record: 6-2, Conf Record 2-1


Cape Fear Leaders:

Points: TaKwana Bland 21, Nikia Wallace 17

Overall Record: 11-2, Conf Record 6-0


CVCC Men's Basketball

Final Score: Wake Tech 81 - CVCC 77

Halftime Score: Wake Tech 33 - CVCC 39


CVCC Leaders: 

Points: Derick Brewer 20, Myles Williams 20, Emmanuel Wembi 10

Rebounds: Nolan Whitener 9

Overall Record 8-5, Conf 2-2


Wake Tech Leaders:

Points: Sam Johnson 20, Cristian Colon 20, Josh Siler 18

Overall Record 7-6, Conf 3-2

Photo Courtesy: Vito Pasone, SoCon Athletics