Jan. 18, 1998
Virginia Claims Second Consecutive State Championship
Bernstein and Harshaw also repeat state honors
Harrisonburg, Va.-- The Virginia Cavaliers claimed a second consecutive state wrestling championship in grand style on Saturday, winning six individual titles and setting a new record for points in a meet with 177.5, easily outdistancing runner-up Virginia Tech. Led by 1996 and 1997's Outstanding Wrestler Jim Harshaw (Cranberry Township, PA/Seneca Valley), Virginia won six titles, was runner-up in two, and finished third in two, giving the Cavaliers no less than third place at each weight class. Furthermore, head coach Lenny Bernstein was named coach of the year for the second year in a row.
Virginia led after the first day of competition and never looked back. In the championship finals, a Cavalier claimed the first three titles as Steve Garland (Middletown, NY/Middletown) defeated Chris Mansueto from George Mason, last year's runner-up, 2-0 at 118. Matt Roth (Wescosville, PA/Parkland) upset the top-seeded Dave Vollmer from JMU 11-1, in the 126-pound bout, and Jason Mutarelli (N. Catasauqua, PA/Catasauqua), who broke the century mark in wins last week, also defeated the top seed with his major decision over Sean Gray 17-4 at 134 pounds. Harshaw successfully defended his title at 150 pounds with a decision over the nationally-sixth-ranked Mark Strickland of Old Dominion 3-1.
Virginia was guaranteed the winner at 177 pounds as Scott Reese (Annandale, VA/Annandale) and Tom Shaw (Wichita, Kan./Derby) faced off, which was won by Reese 3-1 in ot. Martius Harding (Baltimore, Md./McDonough) also defending his championship in much the same version as last year as he outlasted Isaac Moore of VMI in double overtime for the 1909-pound title. Jason Majestic (Patchogue, NY/Medford) finished as runner-up at Heavyweight with a 7-4 loss to Leslie Apedoe of VMI.
Other placers for the Cavaliers included PJ Bory (Suffern, NY/Sufffern), who was third at 134, John Frent, (Wayside, N.J./Ocean Township) third at 142, and Alex Leykikh (West Hartford, CT/Hall) , third at 158.
Virginia has won six team titles, more than any other school, and 67 individual titles, also a state record. The six titles won in 1997 is the most since 1973 when William and Mary won seven.
The Cavaliers return to dual match action this weekend as they take on ACC-rival North Carolina on Friday, January 23, at 7:00 pm in Memorial Gymnasium. Action continues on Saturday as the Hoos battle the Hokies of Virginia Tech and the Bulldogs from the Citadel in matches starting at 2:00 pm.
'Hoos Learn Painful Lessons in LossMen's Basketball12/3/16No. 6 Virginia's 24-game winning streak at John Paul Jones Arena ended Saturday with a 66-57 loss to No. 25 West Virginia.Soccer Teams Turn Attention to 2017Men's Soccer12/2/16The Virginia men's and women's soccer teams are fixtures in their respective NCAA tournaments, and 2017 should bring more success for both.Home-Court Advantage Proves Pivotal AgainMen's Basketball12/1/16No. 6 Virginia, which hosts No. 25 West Virginia on Saturday afternoon, has won 24 straight games at John Paul Jones Arena.
Director of News Content
A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
Virginia Picks Up 34-11 Win At No. 24 Chattanooga
Wrestling | 12/4/2016
Virginia got a pair of tech falls and three pins in the first six matches Sunday on the way to a ...
Virginia Takes Down Gardner-Webb With 22-18 Victory
Wrestling | 12/2/2016
Virginia got bonus points in four of its five match wins on Friday as the Cavaliers defeated...
Virginia Travels To Gardner-Webb, No. 25 Chattanooga
Wrestling | 12/1/2016
The Virginia wrestling team hits the road this weekend for road dual matches at Gardner-Webb and ...
Mason Wins Title For Virginia At Mat Town Open
Wrestling | 11/27/2016
Senior Will Mason claimed the championship at 133 pounds to lead Virginia at the Mat Town Open on...
Virginia Competes At Mat Town Open On Sunday
Wrestling | 11/26/2016
Members of the Virginia wrestling team continue competition this weekend at the Mat Town Open...
Virginia Defeats Lock Haven and Maryland in Tri-Meet
Wrestling | 11/20/2016
The Virginia wrestling team defeated Lock Haven, 24-16, and Maryland, 22-13, in its first home...
Virginia Hosts Lock Haven, Maryland Sunday
Wrestling | 11/19/2016
Virginia hosts home competition for the first time this season Sunday, welcoming Lock Haven and...
Virginia Drops Dual Match At No. 17 Central Michigan
Wrestling | 11/13/2016
Virginia got wins from Ray Bethea, George DiCamillo and Jack Mueller on Sunday at No. 17 Central ...
- Online Stores