Rogers Named Most Valuable Wrestler

By Ira Green
WVU Sports Information Office

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (May 10, 2009) – Fifth-year senior heavyweight Dustin Rogers was named the Most Valuable Wrestler of the West Virginia University wrestling team at the program’s 2008-09 banquet, held Sunday afternoon at the Erickson Alumni Center.

Rogers, who qualified for his third trip to the NCAA Wrestling Championships this year, finished the season with a 20-7 overall mark, the most victories on the team. The Corning, Calif., resident closed his career with a 52-25 mark.

Freshmen Colin Johnston (141) and Lance Bryson (184) also were honored at the gathering, as Johnston earned the Rookie Award, while Bryson received the Coaches Award. The teams’ Iron Man awards went to Bryson and fifth-year senior David Jauregui (149).

Additionally, Rogers, Jauregui and classmate Kurt Brenner (174) were named the team captains.

The Mountaineers finished the season with an 8-4-2 overall mark and registered a 4-0-2 mark in league play. WVU took second place at the 2009 EWL Championships and qualified five wrestlers for the national tournament.

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