Seven The Magic Number for Wrestling Team

Seven has long been considered a lucky number. For the West Virginia wrestling team, that has been especially true this week as the Mountaineers prepare for the NCAA tournament.

First on the parade of sevens is WVU's national ranking. After capturing the Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) dual and tournament titles in the same year for the first time in school history, the squad moved from 11th to seventh in the latest tournament team poll.

That marks the highest ranking WVU has ever received in that poll and is the highest since the Mountaineers have been ranked nationally since it was ranked 8th in the country February 13, 1998.

Next up was WVU's perfect 7-0 record in the Eastern Wrestling Leauge dual competitions.

And finally, seven Mountaineer wreslters qualified for the NCAAs and will travel to Albany for the nationals on March 21-23.

All seven individuals that qualified for the NCAA championships are ranked, including four in the top 10. After defeating defending national champion Josh Koscheck in the EWL finals, Greg Jones (174) moved from third to second in the polls. Jones will likely be the No.2 seed at the NCAA tournament.

Junior Tom McMath (165) has a 30-2 record and is fifth in the polls, while junior Shane Cunanan (141) is sixth with a record of 26-8. Joe Carr (157) has won a career-high 29 matches and is ranked, you guessed it, seventh. All are likely seeds for the NCAA tournament.

Freshman Brent Miller (197) is ranked 17th after finishing third at the EWL tournament, junior Billy Smith is 18th and senior Ryan Kehler is 19th.

Are there any more sevens in the future? WVU hopes to finish in the top ten at this year's NCAAs, so another number seven would be a nice capper to an excellent season.

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