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Eight wrestlers depart today for
The Mocs qualified five Southern Conference champions and received three wildcard bids to the national tournament, one shy of last year’s team total. In 2007,
“All of our work and training is pointed toward the National Championships,” Bono said. “This is why we schedule like we do. We try to qualify as many guys as we can and then try to make some noise at Nationals. We have several guys who get to that All-America level. It is going to take total concentration and focus, but we are certainly capable. We are looking forward to getting on the mat and testing the best wrestlers in the nation.”
Sophomore Cody Cleveland drew the only national seed of the Mocs’ eight qualifiers.
Other first-round matchups include senior Javier Maldonado (125) taking on 11th seed David Tomasette of Hofstra and Steve Hromada (133) facing the winner of the Cory VomBaur-Lou Ruggirello match. Vom Baur wrestles for
Sophomore Joey Knox (149) is matched up with third-seeded J.P. O’Connor or Harvard, junior Seth Garvin (165) will compete against third-seeded Dan Vallimont of
Senior Josh Edmondson (184) drew eighth-seeded Roger Kish of
Maldonado and Koz are making their third NCAA Tournament appearances. Rogers and Edmondson are headed to Nationals for the second straight year, and Cleveland, Hromada, Knox and Garvin are first-timers.
Maldonado had a nice run at last year’s event, winning three matches in the consolation bracket. Koz also won three matches as the Mocs compiled 29.5 team points, their highest in the Division I era.
Several Mocs could be facing familiar first-round opponents. Hromada wrestled
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125 - Javier Maldonado vs. #11 David Tomasette (Hofstra)
133 - Steve Hromada vs. winner of #6 Lou Ruggirello (Hofstra)/Cory VomBaur (
149 - Joey Knox vs. #3 J.P. O’Connor (Harvard)
157 - Seth Garvin vs. #3 Dan Vallimont (
174 - Lloyd Rogers vs. #4 Jay Borschel (
184 - Josh Edmondson vs. #8 Roger
197 - Matt Koz vs. Cayle Byers (George Mason)