Mountaineers Sign Three Prep Grapplers

MORGANTOWN, W.Va., (November 30, 1999)
Three high school wrestlers have signed national letters of intent to wrestle for West Virginia University, coach Craig Turnbull announced today.

Greg Jones (Slickville, Pa.) has a record of 106-8 entering his senior season at Greensburg-Salem High School. He is a three-time county and section champion and two-time Manheim champion. He is also a three-time state qualifier and a regional champion. Jones, a two-time all-conference football defensive back, has placed third in the state tournament two times in the last three years. He recently placed third in the prestigious Cadet National tournament, is the brother of WVU wrestler Vertus Jones and will wrestle at either 165, 174 or 184 weight classes.

Brandon Lauer (Highland, Md.) is a high school All-American, junior national All-American and two-time state champion. He was voted "best wrestler in Maryland by USA Wrestling Magazine while also being ranked third nationally by that magazine.

He has won the Howard County wrestling championships and 1A/2A South Region wrestling championships the last two years. Lauer has also garnered numerous amounts of recognition by being named to the Washington Post all-metropolitan wrestling team in 1998 and 1999 while garnering the same honor from the Baltimore Sun in 1998. He is the Baltimore Sun all-metropolitan wrestler for this year while wrestling at River Hill High School.

He holds a 3.7 GPA, is the vice president of his student government and the Howard County Association of Student Councils delegate this year. He will compete at the 125-lb. weight class.

Anthony Regalbuto, (Martinsburg, W.Va.), holds a 98-7 career mark through three seasons at Hedgesville High School and placed first in the National High School Open Tournament in Alabama. As a sophomore, Regalbuto placed fourth in the same event held in North Carolina. He possesses a fierce work ethic and was team captain of the Eagles last season. He has not lost a match since his freshman year.

"We are very excited to have Greg, Brandon and Anthony join our program," coach Craig Turnnbull said. "All three possess the passion and ability to each compete for an NCAA title."

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