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Porter Takes West Virginia Open Title at 165
Looking to stay fresh during a season which he is redshirting from team competition, Liberty's Chad Porter traveled back to his native state to take the individual title at this past weekend's West Virginia University Open.
Porter, competing unattached at 165 pounds, posted a perfect 4-0 record to take an individual championship for the third time in his career and the first outside of an NCAA East Regional event.
The native of Parkersburg, W.Va., opened the single-day event with a win by fall over Washington and Jefferson's Colin Woods, followed by a major decision blanking, 15-0, over James Madison's Joshua Damico to advance to the semifinals.
Porter, who entered the year ranked No. 18 at 165 pounds by the NWCA, moved into the title bout by picking up a 7-1 decision over Virginia's Dan Artonsio.
With the six-point victory, the junior was pitted against homestanding Christian Mory, where Porter was able to squeeze by with a one-point decision, 4-3, giving the Liberty wreslter the title and keeping No. 23 West Virginia from claiming its fourth weight class title on the afternoon.
Last season, Porter finished the year with a 28-19 overall record and made his second straight trip to the NCAA National Championships. At the national event, the 165-pounder posted a 2-2 record to advance to the round of 16, while becoming the program's first-ever grappler to win a bout in the championship bracket with a victory over No. 16 Kurt Swartz from Boise State.