Cottrell Added to Wrestling Roster
MORGANTOWN, W. Va. (January 20, 2015) – NCAA qualifier and West Virginia native Dylan Cottrell has joined the West Virginia University wrestling team, as announced by head coach Sammie Henson on Tuesday.
“We are excited for Dylan’s arrival back home in the great state of West Virginia,” said Henson, who is in his first season at the helm of the Mountaineers. “He adds depth to our program and will be a huge asset for our team.”
Cottrell comes to Morgantown from Appalachian State in Boone, North Carolina, where he was the 2014 Southern Conference Champion at 149 pounds and 2013-14 SoCon Freshman of the Year. He posted a 26-3 mark in his redshirt freshman season and was 16-4 to start the 2014-15 season. Cottrell was ranked as high as 10th in the nation by InterMat and Flo Wrestling earlier this year.
A native of Spencer, West Virginia, and a graduate of Roane County High, Cottrell entered last season’s NCAA Championships as the No. 12 seed at 149 pounds. He was upset by Penn State’s James English in the second tiebreaker, dropping a 5-4 decision. Cottrell then lost a 6-1 decision to Bryce Busler of Bloomsburg in the consolation bracket.
Cottrell was an all-state first team honoree all four years at Roane County and was a four-time state, regional and conference champion. He won the 2012 Dutton Award as the best high school wrestler in the state of West Virginia and was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler at the A-AA State Tournament.
Due to NCAA rules Cottrell, a sophomore, will be ineligible for the remainder of the 2014-15 season. He will return in 2015-16 with two years of eligibility remaining.
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