Nine Virginia wrestlers competed in the NCAA Championships Thursday (March 21).
AT VIRGINIA: 2011-12 Redshirt season Went 20-5 while competing unattached in open tournaments Won the Mat Town Open (11/26) and Appalachian Open (1/28) at 174 pounds Took third place at Edinboro Open (2/11) Won three matches by fall and three by major decision
2010-11 Had a strong sophomore season, going 25-9 and wrestling at 174, 184 and 197 pounds Named to All-ACC Academic Wrestling Team and ACC Academic Honor Roll Ended season with seven straight wins, including six at 197 pounds while filling in for an injured Mike Salopek Defeated NCAA 184-pound qualifier Diego Bencomo, 7-5 in sudden victory time Named ACC Wrestler of the Week (2/14) following wins over Bencomo and Appalachian State's Jon Hartley (at 197) Went 4-0 in ACC duals Took second at Wolfpack Open (11/14) and third at Mat Town Open (11/27) Earned team's Hardest Worker Award
2009-10 Went 13-8 during rookie season while primarily competing in open tournaments Took fourth place at ESU Open (11/21) Won all three of his dual matches, with two resulting in bonus points Earned 19-6 major decision over NC State's Colin Genthert in ACC dual (2/13) Lost to top-ranked Mack Lewnes of Cornell at Southern Scuffle (12/29) Named to All-ACC Academic Wrestling Team and ACC Academic Honor Roll
KIRKWOOD HIGH SCHOOL 2009 Missouri State Champion at 171 pounds Posted 55-0 record with 35 falls his senior year; fell one win shy of Missouri state record for wins in a season Senior team captain 2008 Super 32 Runner-Up Had 80 career pins in high school Was crowned Missouri USAW state champion in freestyle and Greco Roman in 2009 33-5 record with 23 falls his junior year (171 pounds) 2007 Outstanding Wrestler at Pat Shaw International Tournament (in Guatemala) Member of 2007 Athletes in Action team tour to Guatemala Posted 33-3 record his sophomore year (152 pounds) 15 and Under Cliff Keen Kickoff Champion in 2005 15 and Under Tulsa National Runner-Up in 2005