March 28, 2007
Charlottesville, VA - Virginia wrestler Eric Albright (York, Pa.) qualified for the Senior Freestyle World Team Trials this past weekend by winning the Northeast Regional championship in Brockport, N.Y. Albright defeated George Hickman from the Huskey WC 6-0, 0-1, 4-2, to claim the 145.5 pound title. The Cavalier also defeated Jason Borelli of the Advantage WC in the semifinals to advance to the championship match and compiled a 4-0 record on the day.
"It was great to go up and wrestle at a tough off season tournament," Albright said. "I got four great matches in and really feel like getting this competition in now can only help me come next season."
Albright is now qualified to wrestle in the Senior World Team Trials in Las Vegas, Nevada June 8-10. At this event Albright will have a chance to make the Senior World Team and compete for the US in the World Championships.
Ross Gitomer (Flemington, N.J.) also competed in Brockport, placing third in the 132.25-pound weight class. Gitomer made his way to the semifinals by defeating Ian Moser of Bloomsburg and Mike Kleeman of the Bearcats. Gitomer lost in the semifinals to 2000 World team member Danny Felix, but came back to place third after defeating Mike Watts of Michigan and Jason Goldman of Team Worldwide. He ended the day with a 4-1 record.
Freshman Kellon Balum (Poquoson, Va.) also competed in the Senior level regional event and posted a 2-2 record at 145.5 pounds. He defeated Corey Greene of Buffalo and Mike Malinconico of the Rhino WC.
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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.
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