MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (March 12, 2002) * After capturing the Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) dual and tournament titles in the same year for the first time in school history, West Virginia University's wrestling team 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.

West Virginia finished the season tenth in the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) dual meet poll after posting a 12-2 overall record, including a perfect 7-0 in the EWL.

In addition to the team ranking, 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, junior Shane Cunanan (141) remained sixth with a record of 26-8, Joe Car (157) has won a career-high 29 matches and is ranked 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.

The NCAA championships will be held March 21-23, in Albany, N.Y.

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