WVU Varsity Sports Update

Wrestler Brandon Williamson has been named West Virginia University's Athlete of the Week after his performance at the 2010 NCAA Wrestling Championships this past weekend.

Coming into the tournament unseeded, Williamson knocked off a pair of seeded wrestlers – No. 7 seed Jarod Trice of Central Michigan and No. 10 seed Dominick Russo of Rutgers. A Riverside, Conn., native, Williamson pinned Trice in 6:59 and then posted a 3-0 decision over Russo to advance to the second day of the three-day event. He needed one more win to become WVU's first heavyweight All- American, but had a tough battle against No. 2 seed Jared Rosholt of Oklahoma State, the eventual NCAA runner-up. Williamson dropped that match, 8-2, and then lost to No. 11-seed Mitch Monteiro of Cal-State Bakersfield.

A junior college transfer, Williamson finished his first season at the Division I level with a remarkable 20-8 record, qualifying for the NCAA Championships and taking second at the Eastern Wrestling League Championships.

Special Notes of the Week

  • The WVU gymnastics team is set to compete in the 2010 East Atlantic Gymnastics League Championships on Saturday, March 27, in Durham, N.H.

  • Seniors Kayla Andrews, Morgan Callaway, Shaunna Purtell and freshman Rachael Burnett earned honorable mention All-American status at the 2010 NCAA Swimming Championships with their 15th-place finish in the 400 free relay.

    This Week in Women's Basketball

    The West Virginia University women's basketball team continues its run in the 2010 NCAA Tournament with a 9:40 p.m. ET match up against Mountain West Conference foe San Diego State on Tuesday, March 23 ... this will be the second meeting between the two teams and the first in NCAA Tournament action.

    Last Week in Women's Basketball

    The Mountaineers defeated No. 14-seeded Lamar in first round action by a score of 58-43 ... the Mountaineers will now be advancing to their fifth-ever second round game and third under coach Mike Carey, while looking for their second trip to the Sweet 16 (the first was in 1992).

    Notes and Quotes

    Junior Liz Repella led WVU with 15 points, while also pulling down 11 rebounds for her 15th career double-double. Junior Madina Ali scored nine points and brought down 11 rebounds … junior Sarah Miles also had an impressive stat line with 11 points, seven rebounds, six assists and five steals … off the bench, junior Vanessa House finished with nine points and two assists, while freshman Asya Bussie had eight points, six rebounds and one block … the Mountaineers were able to hold the sharp-shooting Lady Cardinals to only 16-of-52 (30.8 percent) shooting, while shooting 22-of-58 (37.9 percent) … West Virginia also controlled the glass, outrebounding Lamar, 48-28, and recorded the most rebounds in school history in an NCAA Tournament contest.

    This Week in Gymnastics

    The Mountaineers look to win their seventh East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) title at the league championship Saturday, March 27, in Durham, N.H. … the meet is set for a 2 p.m. start.

    Last Week in Gymnastics

    The Mountaineers (14-7, 7-0 EAGL) closed out their regular season with a resounding 194.725-190.85 victory over Bridgeport at the WVU Coliseum … WVU defeated UB on each event, scoring 49.025 on floor, 48.925 on vault, 48.6 on bars and 48.175 on beam … junior Amy Bieski finished first overall with 38.85 points … the Nanticoke, Pa., native also finished first on floor with a season-best 9.875 … senior Chelsi Tabor earned her second 9.9-plus vault in three meets with a winning 9.9 vault … sophomore Nicole Roach finished first on bars and matched a season-best with 9.825 points, while senior Shelly Purkat set a season-high score with a winning 9.85 beam routine.

    Notes and Quotes

    Bieski's career-point total stands at 1,396.7 and she now ranks 18th on the WVU all-time career points list … Tabor's mark was the second 9.9-plus score of the season for the Beckley, W.Va., native, and the seventh of her career … she continues to rank seventh on the WVU vault all-time list … freshman Chelsea Goldschrafe finished second on floor with a career-best 9.825 score … Tabor also set a career-high on floor and finished fourth overall with 9.775 points … WVU won its third-straight over UB … the Mountaineers have never lost to the Purple Knights … the Mountaineers have won six EAGL tiles throughout the league's 14-year history, with the last win coming in 2008 … the Mountaineers finished second at the 2009 championship … WVU is 33-2 over EAGL teams in the last three years … three Mountaineers return to the league championship as reigning title winners – Tabor (vault), Purkat (beam) and sophomore Tina Maloney (vault) … including graduate Mehgan Morris' three league wins, WVU went home with a program-best six league titles last season.

    This Week in Baseball

    The West Virginia University baseball team goes back on the road for four consecutive games, beginning with a contest on Tuesday afternoon at 3 p.m. against Bowling Green State in Chillicothe, Ohio … the Mountaineers will be the designated home team for Tuesday's game … WVU then begins Big East play with a three-game trip to Seton Hall from Friday-Sunday.

    Last Week in Baseball

    West Virginia finished 5-1 with a doubleheader sweep against Niagara and a series victory over Eastern Michigan, taking three of four games … the Mountaineers defeated the Purple Eagles by scores of 6-0 and 8-2, then defeated EMU by scores of 4-0, 5-3 and 13-6.

    Notes and Quotes

    Redshirt junior second baseman Colin Durborow had a career week, blasting his first three career home runs against both Niagara and Eastern Michigan ... Durborow finished 8-for-15 with five RBIs and six runs scored this week … Jarryd Summers earned his first victory of the season against the Eagles last Friday … Summers pitched seven shutout innings and struck out seven … redshirt junior Grant Buckner singled in game one of a doubleheader against Niagara to give him his 100th career base hit … junior Jedd Gyorko recorded five RBIs and hit a seventh-inning grand slam to clinch a 13-6 victory over Eastern Michigan on Sunday … it is the fourth time Gyorko has reached his career high of five RBIs … WVU produced 18 base hits in its 13-6 victory over EMU on Sunday, it's second highest total this season … WVU's two prime relievers in Andy Altemus and Chris Enourato had stellar weeks … Altemus made four appearances and gave up two runs in 6.1 innings of relief, while Enourato earned a win and a save.

    This Week in Track & Field

    The West Virginia University track and field team is set to travel to Wheeling, W.Va., for the Bill Van Horne Invitational hosted by Wheeling Jesuit on March 26-27.

    Last Week in Track & Field

    Senior Karly Hamric led the Mountaineers this past weekend with a first-place finish in the 3,000-meter race at Wake Forest Demon Deacon Open in Winston-Salem, N.C.

    Notes and Quotes

    : Hamric, a Bruceton Mills, W.Va., native, posted a personal-best time of 9:46.08 to finish nearly 12 seconds in front of the competition … WVU also had a good showing in the field events as junior Katelyn Williams led the with a first-place showing in the high jump … Williams, a Chesterland, Ohio, native, took the top spot after clearing a personal-best height of 1.78 meters, while senior Natasha Redman followed in fifth place jumping 1.68 meters and freshman Sydney Cummings tied for sixth (1.63 meters) … sophomore Meghan Mock had a good showing in the long jump, finishing in third place … the Berkley Springs, W.Va., native posted an outdoor-best jump of 5.68 to earn the spot …in the discus, sophomore Brittany Fink led the Mountaineers with a sixth-place finish after throwing a Big East qualifying distance of 40.06 meters … sophomore Terina Miller also had an excellent day in the hammer throw as she finished in seventh throwing a personal best of 44.93 meters.

    This Week in Tennis

    WVU will continue action April 4, as they travel to Chicago, Ill., to face Big East foe DePaul.

    Last Week in Tennis

    The West Virginia University tennis team (13-3, 4-0 Big East) traveled to Columbia, Mo. where it defeated Houston in a 4-3 match, followed by a 1-6 loss to Missouri.

    Notes and Quotes

    WVU started off the match against Houston by winning the doubles point with wins in the No. 1 and 3 spots … sophomore Veronica Cardenas (No. 3) began the singles competition with a 6-3, 6-0 victory over the Cougars' Laura Ring … senior Stephanie LaFortune and freshman Emily Mathis were defeated in the No. 1 and 4 spots, bringing the match to 2-2 … junior Monique Burton added to the team's victory with a third-set win in the No. 2 spot over Houston's Joanna Kacprzyk … sophomore Kathryn Haught captured the match-clinching point against Maja Kazimieruk in a 6-3, 7-5 match … WVU started its match against Mizzou with losing the doubles point, with the lone win by the No. 3 doubles pair of junior Ashley Pilsbury and freshman Liv Pettersson in an 8-4 match against Missouri's Maria Christensen and Andrea Lewis … senior Stephanie LaFortune captured the Mountaineers only point of the day in a third-set tiebreaker against the Tiger's Kaitlyn Ritchie.

    This Week in Swimming & Diving

    The West Virginia University swimming and diving teams have now completed their 2009-10 seasons.

    Last Week in Swimming & Diving

    The West Virginia University women's swimming team completed the 2010 NCAA Championships in West Lafayette, Ind., with a 44th place finish ... seniors Kayla Andrews, Morgan Callaway, Shaunna Purtell and freshman Rachael Burnett earned honorable mention All-American status with their 15th-place finish in the 400 free relay … the foursome finished the 400 free relay in a time of 3:20.59 to become the first women since 1992 to earn All-America status ... Andrews, Callaway, Burnett and freshman Mandie Nugent started the meet with an 18th place finish in the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:43.15, narrowly missing the All-America mark … individually, Callaway, Burnett and Purtell each swam in the 500 free where Callaway finish in 44th place with a time of 4:46.89, while Burnett finished in a time of 4:49.25 for 55th place ... Purtell took 60th place in a time of 4:53.73 … Callaway and Purtell each finished their competition with the 200 free where Callaway placed in 31st in 1:47.43 and Purtell finished 62nd in 1:50.05 … Andrews took 42nd place in 50 free with a time of 22.94, while placing 43rd in the 100 free in 49.90 … Burnett finished her competition in the 400 IM, finishing 40th in a time of 4:18.78 … Nugent swam in the 100 fly, where she placed 48th in 55.64 and also swam in the 200 fly finished in 38th in a time of 2:02.22.

    Notes and Quotes

    "It was a good way to end the meet," coach Vic Riggs said. "We had some good swims throughout the week and having the seniors finish their careers with a final swim was special for both them and the staff."

    This Week in Wrestling

    The 2009-10 wrestling season has concluded.

    Last Week in Wrestling

    Three Mountaineers earned bids to the NCAA Wrestling Championships in Omaha, Neb. … the event, which took place at the Qwest Center, lasted from March 18-20.

    Notes and Quotes

    Donnie Jones, Brandon Williamson and Shane Young ended their runs at the NCAA Wrestling Championships … Williamson fell one win short of becoming WVU's first heavyweight All-American … he pinned No. 7 seed Jarod Trice of Central Michigan in 6:59, and then posted a 3-0 decision over Rutgers' Dominick Russo, the No. 10 seed at heavyweight … on the second day of the tournament, he lost to the No. 2 seed, Jared Rosholt of Oklahoma State – the NCAA runner-up, and the No. 11 seed, Mitch Monteiro of Cal-State Bakersfield … Williamson finished the season with a 20-8 overall record … Jones lost his first match to No. 7 seed Ryan Morningstar of Iowa after a questionable stalemate from the referee … he lost his next match to Michigan State's Kyle Bounds … Young, a true freshman, lost to Cal-State Bakersfield's Frank Lomas and Princeton's Garrett Frey.

    This Week in Rowing

    The Mountaineers are idle this week.

    Last Week in Rowing

    WVU's first race of the spring season against Dayton and Duquesne was cancelled due to inclement weather in Dayton, Ohio.

    Notes and Quotes

    WVU completed its fall season on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009, with a bronze medal at the Head of the Occoquan in Blacksburg, Va. … the varsity open four team ‘A' boat crossed the line in 19:59.41 behind Duke's team ‘A' (19:26.23) and team ‘B' (19:42.14) boats, earning them the bronze medal for the second year in a row.

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