April 12, 2007
CHARLOTTESVILLE - The Virginia wrestling program, under the guidance of first-year head coach Steve Garland, held its 2007 Postseason Awards Banquet April 7 at Bryant Hall.
Sophomores Eric Albright (York, Pa.) and Rocco Caponi (Uniontown, Ohio) received the Most Outstanding Wrestler Awards. Albright ended the season with a team-high 32 victories. He was runner-up in the ACC Tournament at 133 pounds, losing to two-time All-American Evan Sola of North Carolina. He also placed fourth at the prestigious Southern Scuffle Tournament defeating returning All-American Drew Headlee. Albright went 3-2 at the NCAA Tournament and recently qualified for the Senior World Team Trials with his title at the Northeast Regional qualifier in Brockport, N.Y.
Caponi finished the season with 31 victories, seven major decisions and four falls. He captured his first ACC title with a victory over returning ACC champion Jeremy Colbert of North Carolina State in the finals at 184 pounds. Caponi placed eighth at the Las Vegas Invitational and fifth at the Southern Scuffle Tournament and led the team in major decisions (7) and falls (4).
Kellon Balum (Poqouson, Va.) received the Freshman of the Year Award after posting 23 victories and placing second at the ACC Tournament at 141 pounds. He ended his season with victories over Maryland's Charlie Pinto and Alex Krom, who placed second at the Southern Scuffle and was ranked in the top 20 nationally.
Freshmen Beau Fisher (Grove City, Pa.) earned the Guts Award for his endless contribution to the team during practice and competitions. Fisher wrestled 157 pounds but often moved up weight classes to fill in when needed.
Mike Grogan (North Canton, Ohio) won the most improved wrestler award for his technique advancement throughout the season.
Virginia next will have several wrestlers compete at the University Nationals April 21-22 in Akron, Ohio.
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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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