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Virginia Wrestlers Post Strong Showing at 2007 University Nationals

April 25, 2007

CHARLOTTESVILLE - Seventeen members of the Virginia wrestling team competed at the 2007 University National Freestyle Championships last weekend in Akron, Ohio. Eric Albright (York, Pa.) and Brent Jones (Burke, Va.) each posted solid finishes of third and seventh, respectively, in their weight classes, while several young Cavalier wrestlers stepped up and produced impressive results.

"This weekend was a huge stepping stone for our program," Virginia head coach Steve Garland said. "We had, by far, the most entries at the tournament, and I think at the very least this shows our young kids' commitment to getting better. We always tell our guys that the best way to improve is to go to the best competitions. We did this, and I am very proud of the way our kids wrestled. I think Brent Jones and Eric Albright in particular showed how good they are on the national level. People should watch out for them next year."

Albright produced the best finish of the weekend for Virginia, taking third place in the 138.75-pound weight class. He won five matches en route to the third-place finish. Albright's lone loss came on a pin to Penn State All-American and eventual class champion Jake Strayer.

Jones also won five matches en route to a seventh-place finish in the 211.5-pound class. Jones' first loss came after having three-time All-American and NCAA finalist Phil Davis of Penn State down 4-0 before getting caught and pinned.

"People were lining up around the mat to watch this one," Garland said. "Brent hit some insane moves in the first period on Davis. He is going to be a stud for us next year."

Mike Sewell (Bothell, Wash.) won three matches at 163 pounds and ended up 3-2 for the weekend, while Joe DeGaravilla (Downingtown, Pa.) also posted a 3-2 record at 211.5.

Mike Grogan (North Canton, Ohio) also had some quality wins in the 185-pound class and avenged a regular-season loss to Buffalo's Nate Rock in the first round. He also defeated Iowa's Rick Loera in a comeback win.

Kellon Balum (Herndon, Pa.) had a solid tournament at 145.5, recording a 4-2 mark and defeating former junior national runner-up Willie Saxton of Missouri and NCAA qualifier Vince Castillo in the process. He also had a tough loss to Iowa's Dan Leclere in the final seconds.

2007 University National Freestyle Championships - Results
121 - Ross Gitomer
L - Matt Steintrager (Advantage Wrestling) Dec 4-0,10-2
W - Rohan Murphy (Penn State) Dec 3-0,1-0
L - Michael Martinez (Cowboy Wrestling Club) Dec 2-0,3-0

132.25 - Anthony Burke
L - John Espinoza (Sunkist Kids) Dec 1-0,7-0
L - Eric Hoffman (MinnKota) Dec 2-3,3-2,4-1

138.75 - Eric Albright (3rd Place finish)
W - Brian Shelton (Underdog WC) Dec 2-0,1-1
W - Elijah Nacita (Dave Schultz WC) Dec 0-1,3-1,3-0
W - Ricky Deubel (Edinboro) Dec 1-4,7-2,3-0
L - Jake Strayer (Penn State) Pin 2-2,1:15
W - Spenser Mango (Gator/USOEC) Dec 3-3,0-1,1-0
W- Reece Humphrey (Buckeye WC) Dec 3-3,1-0,3-1

138.75 Zach Anderson
L - Reece Humphrey (Buckeye WC) Dec 2-0,6-0
L - Kevin Vinh (LVAC) Pin 1:07

145.5 Kellon Balum
W- Willie Saxton (American Top Team) Dec 3-2,0-3,1-0
L- Daniel Leclere (Hawkeye Wrestling Club) Dec 4-0,4-3
W- Vince Castillo (Huskie Elite) Dec 2-1,4-0
W- Jake Kriegbaum (Air Force) Dec 5-1,4-3
W - Greg Lewis (Golden Eagle WC) Dec 3-0,2-8,3-0
L - Justin Porter (Golden Eagle WC) TF 7-9,6-0

154.25 Beau Fisher
L - Lucas Espericueta (Advanced Training WC) Dec 1-3,6-0,3-2
W - Richie Clark (Ohio Valley Wrestling Club) TF 6-0,4-6,7-0
L - Zac Fryling (Sunkist Kids) Dec 2-1,7-2

154.25 - Pat Riley
L - Steve Muldrow (Buffalo Wrestling Club) Dec 0-3,3-1,3-1
W- Joel Webster (Edinboro) Injury Default
L - Andy Hall (Orange Crush) Dec 1-0,3-0

163 - Mike Sewell
W - Seth Phalen (Ohio Valley ) TF 6-0,7-0
W - Hayden Harrison (Embry-Riddle) Dec 2-1,5-3
L - Dave Rella (Penn State) TF 6-0,8-0
W - Luke Manuel (River City) TF 7-0,6-0
L - Stephen Dwyer (Sunkist Kids) Dec 2-1,1-8,3-0

163 - Drew DiPasquale
W - Thomas Scotton (Carolina WC ) Dec 4-2,2-3,6-0
W - Stephen Dwyer (Sunkist Kids) Pin 1:53
L - Keegan Davis (Orange Crush) Dec 2-0,4-0
L - Derek Sickles (Team Disco) Dec 7-6,5-3

163 - Danny Artusio
L - Mike Lorenzo (Penn State) Pin 1:39
L - Luke Manuel (River City) TF 7-0,7-0

163 - Kyle Artusio
L - Michael Poeta (Illini WC) Dec 2-0,3-0
L - Sean Richmond (Pittsburgh) Pin 4-0,1:08

174 - Brent Fiorito
L - Cody Harrington (Greensboro) Dec 1-0,3-0
L - Andy Geving (Lion Wrestling Club) 0-1,1-0,3-0

185 - Mike Grogan
W - Nate Rock (Buffalo Wrestling Club) Dec 1-0,1-0
W - Rick Loera (Hawkeye Wrestling Club) Dec 0-5,3-1,1-0
L - Ian Murphy (Titan Wrestling Club) Dec 7-0,3-1
W - Daniel Goetter (Carolina Wrestling Club) Dec 0-5,6-0,1-0
L - Mickey Moran (Buffalo Wrestling Club) Dec 6-0,1-0

211.5 - Calvin Cardillo
L - Matt Methling (Titan Wrestling Club) Dec 6-6,5-1
W - Nick Palmieri (Michigan WC) Dec 4-3,2-3,6-0
L - Dustin Porter (Bulldog Wrestling Club) Dec 0-6,3-0,3-0

211.5 - Brent Jones (7th Place finish)
W - Nick Palmieri (Michigan WC) Dec 7-1,1-3,8-3
W - Jared Villers (Sunkist Kids) Dec 8-2,5-3
W - Brian Cesear (unattached) Pin 0:35
L - Phil Davis (Penn State) Pin 0:58
W - Joe Curran (Cyclone Wrestling Club) Pin 1-2,1:05
L - Matt Koz (Chattanooga school) Dec 3-0,5-0
W - Casey Phelps (BWC) Injury Default

211.5 - Joe DeGaravilla
W - Michael Bossetta (Lion Wrestling Club) Dec 2-1,2-0
L - Tyler Moyer (Navy Wrestling Club) Dec 7-0,1-0
W - Tucker Surbrook (OCWC) Injury Default
W - Robert Holbrook (unattached) Dec 1-0,3-3,5-1
L - Matt Methling (Titan Wrestling Club) Dec 3-0,4-3

264.5 - Jack Danilkowicz
W - Kelly Anundson (Black Knights WC) Dec 6-0,3-3
L - John Laboranti (Penn State) Dec 4-0,1-0
L - Hafeez Qureshi (Advantage Wrestling Club) Dec 1-0,1-0




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