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Reynolds prevails in opening round match at NCAA tournament

ALBANY, N.Y., March 22, 2002  — Connecticut’s three former high school wrestling stars had some close battles but earned only one win on day 1 of the NCAA Division I wrestling championships.

Berlin’s Anthony Reynolds, the 12th seed at 197 pounds, won his opening round match in the 2002 NCAA championships Thursday with a 8-5 win over Michigan State’s John Weschler. Reynolds wrestles for Sacred Heart University. However, in the second round, fifth-seeded Missouri State’s Scott Barker beat Reynolds, 16-1 by technical fall to earn a spot in the quarterfinals.

Reynolds was eliminated from the tournament with an 8-7 loss to Oklahoma State’s Willie Gruenwald in the second round of the consolation bracket.

Reynolds’ teammate Jason Cucolo (133 pounds) lost his first match to Jordan Webster of Central Michigan, 6-3 in action. In the consolation round, Cucolo dropped a 7-5 OT decision to Drexel’s Joe Cristaldi.

Brown’s Nick Ciarcia (197 pounds) lost his opening round match to third-seeded Owen Elzen of Minnesota, 14-3. In the consolation round, Ciarcia dropped a 6-5 decision to Lock Haven’s Avery Zerkle.

Connecticut Wrestling Online has been covering the sport of wrestling in Connecticut and New England since 2001.

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