West Chester Again Crowns Two Champions at Nationals
The West Chester University wrestling team completed their 2011 season in very impressive fashion at the NCWA National Tournament that took place in Macon, GA on March 10-12. The Golden Rams showed that they are indeed a legitimate national power by coming away with four All-Americans on their way to a 6th place team finish in what was the strongest field in NCWA history. In the process, WCU repeated their feat of a year ago in crowning TWO NATIONAL CHAMPIONS, along with a 3rd place and a 7th place finisher.
The Golden Rams have quickly proven their worth on the national stage. In 2009, they sent only two wrestlers to their first NCWA national tournament, with one coming away as the national champion. That initial effort was followed up with having six national qualifiers in 2010, four of which earned All-American status, including two national champions. With their 2011 performance, WCU has produced 5 National Champions, 9 All-Americans, 18 national qualifiers, 4th and 6th place finishes at national duals and two, 6th place team finishes at the national tournament ALL IN JUST THREE SEASONS!!!!!
With a dedicated coaching staff of Joe Miller, Alray Johnson, Doc Colley and Glenn Koser, the Golden Ram program is sure to grow and get stronger each year. The tremendous support that has been given by the many West Chester wrestling alumni throughout the country has also been a very important factor in the rise of the program.
The WCU wrestlers who competed at nationals are:
John Dickinson 125
Jason Mandragona 133
Luke Bilyeu 141, ALL-AMERICAN, 3rd place
Nate Snyder 149
Max Barsky 157
Dustin Tank Tancredi 165, NATIONAL CHAMPION
Kevin Bacci 184, 2-TIME NATIONAL CHAMPION
Brandon Banks 197
Tom Dwyer 235
Ryan Kreppel 235, ALL-AMERICAN, 7th place