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March 15, 2014

 

SILAS MURRAY EARNS ALL-AMERICAN HONORS WITH 7th PLACE FINISH AT NCAA DIV. III WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Cedar Rapids, Iowa-Senior Silas Murray (Brentwood, NY) earned All-American honors with a seventh place finish in the 133 lbs. weight class at the 2014 NCAA Div. III Wrestling Championships, hosted by Cornell College at the U.S. Cellular Center on Saturday afternoon.

 

Murray defeated Coast Guard's Nate Giorgio, 8-2, to secure the seventh All-American spot at the Championships.

 

On Friday, despite losing his first match, Murray rallied to win two matches and stay alive.

 

 

 

Murray lost, 11-9, to Wisconsin-La Crosse's Dustin Weinmann, which dropped the Anchorman captain into the wrestleback bracket. He then defeated Trine's Brandon Preston, 10-3, and Wilkes' Myzar Medeiros, 9-2.

 

On Saturday, Murray faced Concordia Morehead's Jacoby Bergeron and lost a 6-4 decision. He then moved on to face Giorgio for the third time this season. Murray had defeated Giorgio, 9-2, at a quad-match on Feb. 15 and then bounced him, 7-6, in the semifinals of the NCAA Northeast Regional on March 2.

 

His 3-2 performance at the National Championships raised his overall record to 27-3 to conclude the season. 

 

 "I am so proud of Silas for getting on the podium attaining all-American status," Head Coach Jay Jones said. "It came down to a tough match against the No. 8 seed from Wilkes who lost on a last second reversal to the top seed and eventual champ (Anderson of Wartburg). After watching that match, we knew it would be tough, but scouted it out, Silas stuck with the game plan, he stepped up big time with an awesome 9-2 win put him in the top eight. It was a huge challenge to overcome and it was a great moment for him."  

 

The Anchormen finished the 2013-14 season with a 16-4 overall record and a 10-3 mark against New England Wrestling Association (NWCA) opposition. RIC finished first at the Dolphin Invitational (Jan. 18), fourth at the Springfield Doug Parker Invitational (Nov. 23) and seventh at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championship (March 1-2).

 

 Jones added, "The eastern part of the nation is growing closer and closer to being on par with the overpowering western teams of Iowa and Minnesota. I felt like we can finally get to a place to compete at this tournament, and this year was a great first step.  We beat Delaware Valley (PA) and Johnson and Wales (RI) who finished in the top ten. I know we are closer to having four to six qualifiers and competing at a high level at the nationals. The older conference format was heavily weighted with qualifiers favoring the west; regional qualifying is evening the playing field and our northeast region had the most all-Americans with 16.  It is an important step and showing our student-athletes that we can compete for a trophy at nationals."

 

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