By James Vallone
RICHMOND, Va. -- The Shorter wrestling program ended the 2013 season competing in one last open meet, this time the National Collegiate Open.
Gabriel Bird was crowned champion at 149-pounds by winning all three of his matches. Bird was able to defeat Andrew Colamussi by a 7-2 decision in the first round, before he defeated Kris Dutt by pin to make it to the finals. Against Daniel Carr from Maryland-Baltimore, Bird got the victory via 9-2 decision.
T.J. Duncan came back from a first round loss to take third at 157-pounds. Duncan lost 15-8 to Mitchell Porter from Lake Erie in round one; Porter went all the way to finals before settling for second place. Duncan pinned his next two opponents, and then claimed two more victories via major decision to get the third place finish.
Jared Rector was a finalist in the 174-pound weight class. Rector was the recipient of a first round bye, he then defeated Christopher Ealey of Maryland-Baltimore 6-5 in the semi-finals. Rector would finish second in the class after being pinned by Tyler Tesny.
Joseph Hinchman finished runner-up at 184-pounds after advancing to the finals by way of a pair of forfeits. In the finals, Alec Pence from Maryland-Baltimore picked up the 5-2 victory.