Dec. 7, 1997

Cavaliers Place Strong at Penn State Open

Garland and Fenstermaker Advance to Finals

STATE COLLEGE, Pa.--Virginia's Craig Fenstermaker (Hilton Head, S.C./Northampton (Pa.)) and Steve Garland (Middletown, N.Y./Middletown) both advanced to the finals of their respective weight classes at the prestigious Penn State Open Wrestling Meet this weekend. Fenstermaker competed in the 190-pound division and Garland competed in the 126-pound division. There was no team scoring at the meet and Virginia did not send a full team.

Matt Roth (Wescosville, Pa./Parkland) also competed in the 126-pound class and took fifth place as he had to default the fourth-place match due to an earlier injury. Jason Mutarelli (N. Catasauqua, Pa./Catasauqua) earned the bronze with a 3-1 decision over Isaac Greely from Pitt-Johnston. Jim Harshaw (Cranberry Township, Pa./Seneca Valley) also had to default his fourth-place match and took fifth in the 150-pound weight class.

Alex Leykikh (West Hartford, Conn./Hall) took fourth place in the 158 class. He advanced to the semifinals with a Martius Harding (Baltimore, Md./McDonough) competed with Fenstermaker in the 190-pound division and took the bronze with a 7-4 decision over Casey Lamb from Cornell. Jason Majestic (Patchogue, N.Y./Medford) took seventh place at heavyweight with a decision over Billy Hildbold of George Mason.

The Cavaliers will continue their season when the team travels toEvanston, Ill. to compete in the Midlands Championships, December 28-30.