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Naples’ Josh Hensy, top, attempts to pin Johnathon Corriere from Aviano, but ultimately lost to Corriere by decision 13-9. Hensy and Corriere both qualified for the European finals. Referee Ron Ackerman watches closely.

Naples’ Josh Hensy, top, attempts to pin Johnathon Corriere from Aviano, but ultimately lost to Corriere by decision 13-9. Hensy and Corriere both qualified for the European finals. Referee Ron Ackerman watches closely. (Jason Duhr/Stars and Stripes)

Naples’ Josh Hensy, top, attempts to pin Johnathon Corriere from Aviano, but ultimately lost to Corriere by decision 13-9. Hensy and Corriere both qualified for the European finals. Referee Ron Ackerman watches closely.

Naples’ Josh Hensy, top, attempts to pin Johnathon Corriere from Aviano, but ultimately lost to Corriere by decision 13-9. Hensy and Corriere both qualified for the European finals. Referee Ron Ackerman watches closely. (Jason Duhr/Stars and Stripes)

Vicenza’s Liam Manville, top, and Aviano’s Alex Ramos fight for first place in the 152-pound weight class at the southern sectionals in Aviano. Manville took first place by a major decision against Ramos, 17-5, guaranteeing his spot at the European finals.

Vicenza’s Liam Manville, top, and Aviano’s Alex Ramos fight for first place in the 152-pound weight class at the southern sectionals in Aviano. Manville took first place by a major decision against Ramos, 17-5, guaranteeing his spot at the European finals. (Jason Duhr/Stars and Stripes)

Naples’ Miles Davis gets set to pin Josh Wenger of Black Forest Academy during their 145-pound match at Aviano. Davis placed first for his weight class after beating Daniel Dinges from Aviano 7-5 in the championship.

Naples’ Miles Davis gets set to pin Josh Wenger of Black Forest Academy during their 145-pound match at Aviano. Davis placed first for his weight class after beating Daniel Dinges from Aviano 7-5 in the championship. (Jason Duhr/Stars and Stripes)

Vicenza's Peter McCollam, left and Sigonella’s Daniel Vossler tested each other’s strength throughout the southern sectionals at Aviano, both proving themselves worthy for the European finals. McCollam took first place followed by Vossler for second.

Vicenza's Peter McCollam, left and Sigonella’s Daniel Vossler tested each other’s strength throughout the southern sectionals at Aviano, both proving themselves worthy for the European finals. McCollam took first place followed by Vossler for second. (Kent Harris/Stars and Stripes)

This article hasbeen corrected

AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy – Brandon Mowery and Johnathon Corriere are both going to wrestle in the DODDS-European Wrestling Championships.

But the Aviano teammates got there in dramatically different ways Saturday.

Mowery had the easiest day of any wrestler competing at the southernmost of the four qualifying sectional tournaments. The junior, 16-0 in his first year at Aviano after transferring from Virginia, didn’t wrestle a match as there were no other entrants at 113 pounds.

“I would have rather had some competition,” he said.

Corriere had more than enough competition from Naples’ Josh Hensy. Up 13-6 in the third period and seemingly cruising to a victory during a round-robin match at 195 pounds, he somehow managed to avoid getting pinned. Corriere escaped with a 13-9 decision after battling with his back mostly against the mat for the last minute.

That was probably the match of the meet, though there were a few others without qualifying implications that were closer.

Vicenza’s six unbeaten wrestlers weren’t involved in any of them. For most of the day, Peter McCollam (106 pounds), Ethan Fullmer (125), Connor Smith (132), Ramsey Schroeder (138), Liam Manville (152) and Wllliam Pagan (170) weren’t even tested.

McCollam, Fullmer and Pagan went unbeaten in round-robin brackets. Smith, Schroeder and Manville won three of the four weight classes that weren’t round robin format. Naples’ Miles Davis won the other at 145 with a tough 7-5 decision in the final over Aviano’s Daniel Dinges.

Two of Davis’ teammates, Zach Cheek at 182 pounds and Jordan Thurston at 285, also earned firsts. Three more Wildcats qualified. The top two wrestlers in each weight class that had at least three entrants automatically qualified. Other wrestlers will have to wait to see if they receive wild card entries.

Black Forest Academy, the only school not from Italy that competed in the regional, had five automatic qualifiers, led by titlists Henry Paige (120) and Greer McCollum (160). Aviano’s Tyler Rucker (220) joined Corriere and Mowery as regional champs and three more Saints finished second. Two of Sigonella’s five wrestlers – Daniel Vossler (106) and Kevin Lynch (126) made the cut.

The European championships are set for Friday and Saturday in Wiesbaden, Germany.

harrisk@estripes.osd.mil

Correction A picture previously posted with this article misidentified wrestlers from Vicenza and Naples and has been deleted.

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Kent has filled numerous roles at Stars and Stripes including: copy editor, news editor, desk editor, reporter/photographer, web editor and overseas sports editor. Based at Aviano Air Base, Italy, he’s been TDY to countries such as Afghanistan Iraq, Kosovo and Bosnia. Born in California, he’s a 1988 graduate of Humboldt State University and has been a journalist for almost 38 years.

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