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Apprentice Wins MAC Title for Eighth Straight Year

03/01/2009 -

BUENA VISTA, VA. -- The Apprentice School wrestling team scored 177 points on Saturday with five conference champions to win the National Collegiate Wrestling Association Mid-Atlantic Conference title at Southern Virginia University.

The win marked the eighth straight conference title for the wrestling team and its ninth in the 11 years the team has participated in the NCWA. They qualified 14 wrestlers for the upcoming NCWA Nationals that the Apprentice School will host at Hampton University Convocation Center from March 12-14.

Senior Cecil Lee and freshman Charles Mills each went 3-0 with three wins by fall to take titles at 285 and 174 respectively. Lee raised his season record to 41-9 and with those three falls he now holds the career falls record with 49. Mills defeated #3-seed Joe Eassa by a fall in 1:13 to win the 174 pound title and take his record to 24-12.

Freshman Marcus Chevres (133 pounds - 3-0, pin) won a title while sophomores Will Harcum (3-0, 2 pins) and Daniel Hare (2-0, pin) won championships at 165 and 184 respectively.

Six Builders took second place finishes including: Todd Gular (2-1, pin, 125 lbs.), Will Sexton (2-1, 2 pins, 133), Ty Holley 2-1 (major dec, tech fall, 141), Matt Perry (2 wins at 149), Ricky Anderson (2-1, pin, tech fall, 157) and Quentin Bowling (2-1, pin, 197).

Next up for the wrestling team will be the 2009 NCWA Nationals at the Hampton University Convocation Center on March 12-14.

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