Two-Time All-American Gets School Honor

Sophomore Brandon Rader has been named West Virginia University's athlete of the week after earning All- America honors at the NCAA Championships in Auburn Hills, Mich.

Rader became just the sixth Mountaineer wrestler to earn multiple All-America honors when he finished sixth for the second consecutive year.

The Parkersburg, W.Va., native had to do it the hard way as he wrestled, and won, four matches on Friday to earn the right to repeat. His biggest win came in the consolation bracket when he upset No. 4-seeded Manuel Rivera of Minnesota, 9-5, to earn the right to be an All-American.

"Brandon started out slow in this year's tournament but really kept building as the tournament went on," said head coach Craig Turnbull. "To earn back-to-back All-America honors is a great accomplishment for him."

With his performance, Rader joins an elite group of West Virginia wrestlers to earn All-America honors multiple times. He is accompanied in that category by Mark Banks (1990- 01), Mike Mason (1997-98), Whitey Clebove (1998-99), Vertus Jones (1998-99-2000) and Greg Jones (2002-04-05).

Rader is the 29th All-American in program history and the 21st individual to do so. Turnbull's program now boasts 17 All-Americans since 1997 and nine since 2000.

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