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Feb. 14, 1998

Cavaliers Wrestling Claim Championships at Edinboro Open

Garland, Roth, Mutarelli and Leykikh take Titles at Meet

EDINBORO, PA--Virginia's Jason Mutarelli (N. Catasauqua, Pa./Catasauqua) recorded two falls on his way to the title at 134 pounds at the Edinboro Open this weekend in Edinboro, Pa. He was joined in the winners' circle by fellow Cavaliers Steve Garland (Middletown, N.Y./Middletown), 118 pounds; Matt Roth (Wescosville, Pa./Parkland), 126 pounds; and Alex Leykikh (West Hartford, CT/Hall), 158 pounds.

Other Virginia athletes that placed in the top-six were Jon Frent (Wayside, N.J./Ocean Township), who tied for third at 142 with fellow Cavalier John Pozniak (State College, Pa./State College), Joey Legg (Charleston, W.V./Gloucester), who was fifth at 134, and Gregory Francesca (Union, N.J./Blair Academy).

Garland, ranked 19th in the latest Intermat/W.I.N. rankings, went 4-0 on the weekend to win his second tournament of the year.

Roth also won his second tournament of the year as he won five times, including recording his team-leading eighth pin of the year.

Mutarelli was a tournament champion for the third time this season with his 5-0 record at Edinboro. He leads the team in technical falls this year.

Frent equalled his bests performance in a tournament this season with a third-place finish that included a 6-1 record and a pin and two major decisions.

Pozniak also turned in a stellar performance with a tech fall, a major decision, and a pin en route to a 4-1 record.

Leykikh went 5-0 on the weekend and notched a major decision. Francesca finished 4-2 and won a thrilling sudden-victory bout in the quarterfinals.

Other Cavaliers in action on the weekend included heavyweights Jason Majestic (Patchogue, N.Y./Medford) and Jeremy Wilkins (Raleigh N.C./Ravenscroft), Mike Pacillo (Kenmore, N.Y./Kenmore West), David Takseraas (Seaford, N.Y./Seaford), and Jason Bernd (Virginia Beach, Va./First Colonial) at 126, and Toby MacDonald (Venice, Fla./Venice), Troy Minarovic (Schnecksville, Pa./Parkland), and Noah Kaufman (Alexandria, VA/Mount Vernon) at 118.

The Cavaliers return to action on Saturday, February 21, as they travel to Clarion, Pa. to face the 24th-ranked Golden Eagles. The match against Clarion is slated to begin at 2:00 pm.

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