MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (October 15,2003) - The West Virgixlia University wrestling team has been tabbed the nationís 15th best team in the preseason poll released by Amateur Wrestling News (AWN).

The Wrestling Mall.com (TWM) had the Mountaineers ranked 16th in the nation while 1ntematwrestle.com (InterMat) ranked WVU 20th.

In addition to the teamís TOP 20 rankings, six WVU wrestlers are nationally ranked. Junior Greg Jones, the 2002 NCAA champion, is the top-ranked wrestler at 174 pounds according to InterMat.com and AWN. Jones is the third wrestler in WVU history to hold a No. 1 ranking and could see time on the mat at 184.

Junior Brent Miller secures the heavyweight spot and is ranked as high as fifth in the nation by TWM and AWN.

Ryan Willman, an NCAA qualifier last year, is ranked in the top 15 in two polls at 184. Willman holds the 12th ranked position by AWN and 13th spot by TWN.

Two sophomores, Seth Lisa and Matt Lebe, enter 2003-2004 with top 20 rankings. Lisa and Lebe, both NCAA qualifiers a year ago, enter the season rankcd ninth (125) and 10th (157) by TWM.

A pair of true freshmen enter their collegiate careers ranked. Matt Daddino enters the polls ranked 18th by InterMat. Joe Clarke dips into the polls for WVU ranked 20th by AWN.

West Virginia delivered one of the most colorful seasons in recent history a year ago. The Mountaineers won the EWL regular season championship and posted a 17th-place finish at last year's NCAA Championships.

The Mountaineers return 11 letterwinners from lasr yearís EWL regular season championship. Craig Turnbull. enters his 26th season at the helm of WUís wrestling program.