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Quick Facts ................................................................. 1 Coaching Staff ....................................................... 2-3 2009 Roster ................................................................ 4 2009 Outlook ......................................................... 5-6 Meet the Mountaineers ................................... 7-15 2009 Opponents .................................................... 16 2009 NCAA Championships .............................. 17 2009 Review ...................................................... 18-19 History/Records ............................................... 20-21 The Southern Conference .................................. 22 Appalachian State University ........................... 23 Athletics Director Charlie Cobb ....................... 24

Location ................................................ Boone, N.C. Founded .............................................................1899 Enrollment .....................................................16,600 Nickname ........................................ Mountaineers Colors .............................................. Black and Gold Conference ................................................Southern Chancellor ...................... Dr. Kenneth E. Peacock Faculty Representative ............ Dr. Alan Hauser Athletics Director ............................ Charlie Cobb Facility ................................................... Varsity Gym Seating Capacity ............................................ 1,000



Head Coach ............................ JohnMark Bentley Alma Mater ................... North Carolina, 2001 Record at ASU ............................... First Season Career Record ............................................ Same Bentley’s Email ... Assistant Coach........................ Christian Sinnott Alma Mater .............. Central Michigan, 2008 Sinnott’s Email .... Assistant Coach ...................................... Kyle Jahn Alma Mater ......................... McKendree, 2009 Office Phone .............................. 828-262-3082


2008-09 Record ................................................ 7-16 2008-09 SoCon Record/Finish .............. 2-3/ 4th Returning Starters ................................................ 9 Newcomers ........................................................... 15. Top Returnees ............................................................. Frank Celorrio-133 (Sr.) 20-21, won SoCon tournament, NCAA qualifier Dylan Temple-184 (Jr.) 23-16, second place in SoCon tournament. Austin Trotman-174 (So.) 14-3, season cut short due to December injury Kyle Blevins-165 (So.) 24-17, led team in wins, third place at SoCon tournament


The Department of Athletics at Appalachian State University believes in maintaining the intercollegiate athletics program as an integral part of the University’s overall program of education, with emphasis on and priority given to the high academic quality and standards and the complete development of the student. Appalachian State University provides opportunity and encouragement for student-athletes to progress toward degrees of their choice and to develop athletic abilities in an environment consistent with high standards of academic scholarship, leadership and institutional loyalty. The Department of Athletics is committed to ensuring the general welfare of the studentathlete and to encourage the highest standards of sportsmanship on behalf of student-athletes, the student body and the University’s supporters.  The intercollegiate athlete representing ASU is both a bona-fide student pursuing a degree and an amateur competitor. Appalachian Athletics is committed to insuring equitable recruitment, participation and treatment of individuals including members of under-represented populations through its athletics administration, staff, coaches, programs and policies.  The University’s policy of non-discrimination represents a moral and ethical, not merely a legal, imperative.     The University has determined that its athletics program will meet the necessary qualifications, guidelines and funding to hold membership in Division I of the NCAA.  The athletics administration, the faculty athletics representative and the Athletics Council work together to insure that all teams and coaches follow the rules and regulations governing this division. A sound program of intercollegiate athletics should benefit the institution through its effects on students, alumni and the institution itself.  Specifically, it should maintain and improve the loyalty and esprit de corps of the student body, and in strengthening the pride and enthusiasm of the alumni; it should serve as a favorable public relations factor and provide benefits to the participants.


Intern/Wrestling Contact ........................................ Eric Bohannon Office ............................................................................... 828-262-7166 Mobile ............................................................................. 717-228-8153 Email .................................................... Fax .................................................................................... 828-262-6106 Sports Information Director ......................................... Mike Flynn Associate SID ......................................................... Charles Cochrum Assistant SID ........................................................ Courtney Burchett Sports Information Intern ........................................ Patrick Moree Mailing Address .................................................................. Box 32116 ................................................................................... Boone. N.C. 28608 Overnight Address ..................................... 425 Jack Branch Drive .................................................................................. Boone, N.C. 28608 Web site .................................................................


Appalachian Athletics promotes an inclusive culture that fosters equitable participation for student-athletes and equitable career opportunities for coaches, administrators and support staff from diverse backgrounds and perspectives.


Design and Editor: Eric Bohannon Editorial Assistance: Mike Flynn, Charles Cochrum, Courtney Burchett, Patrick Moree, Drew Ayers, Andrew Huggins, Appalachian Wrestling staff Cover Design: Charles Cochrum Photography: ASU athletics archives, James Fay, Phillip Greene, SoCon photos

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Appalachian Wrestling Coaching Staff JohnMark Bentley Head Coach First Season North Carolina, 2001

JohnMark Bentley is in his first season as head coach after joining the program in 2006 as an assistant coach. A graduate of the University of North Carolina, Bentley brings with him vast experience as a coach and wrestler. Bentley was an assistant coach for two seasons at ASU before being named associate head coach in 2008. He has coached three Southern Conference champions at ASU, including Frank Celorrio last season and Scott Ervin, who won three-straight SoCon championships from 2006-08. Ervin graduated in 2008 as ASU’s career leader in wins with 114. At North Carolina, Bentley was a three-time Atlantic Coast Conference champion and was twice named team MVP. He was the 2001 ACC Wrestler of the Year and a 2000 University Nationals Freestyle All-American. He ranks ninth in UNC single-season win percentage of .919, when he went 31-2 in 2000-01. He is sixth all-time with an .851 career winning percentage at Carolina and finished with 92 career wins. He was a three-year member of the UNC Student-Athletic Council and earned a degree in communications in 2001. In 2008 he earned a masters degree in school administration from ASU. He began his career as the top assistant at Davidson College in 2002-2003. From 2003-2006, he was head coach at Watauga High School in Boone, leading the Pioneers to a third-place finish at the North Carolina State Championships with three individual state titleists in 2006. A three-sport athlete at Avery High School in nearby Newland, N.C., Bentley was the second wrestler in North Carolina high school history to win four state championships. He finished his high school career with a perfect 144-0 record, capped by a National Championship in 1997. Bentley’s brother, Matthew, wrestled at Appalachian from 1992-96. He and his wife, Aaron, reside in Seven Devils, N.C.

Bentley’s Coaching File Year(s)

2003 2003-06 2006-09 2009-pres.


Davidson Watauga HS Appalachian Appalachian


Asst. coach Head coach Asst. coach Head coach

JohnMark and his wife, Aaron 2

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Appalachian Wrestling Christian Sinnott Assistant Coach First Season Central Michigan, 2008

Christian Sinnott joins the ASU coaching staff this season after an outstanding four-year career wrestling at Central Michigan. Sinnott was a volunteer assistant coach at CMU in 2008-09, while also serving as the strength and conditioning coach for The Chippewas’ wrestling, football, baseball, gymnastics and field hockey programs. “I’m very excited about adding Christian to our staff here at ASU,” Bentley said. “I believe he will be a tremendous asset to our upper weight classes and his experience as a competitor and coach will help our program.” During his career on the mat at Central Michigan, Sinnott was a three-time NCAA qualifier, a two-time MidAmerican Conference champion and earned All-America honors as a senior. He ranks in the top-15 in school history in career winning percentage and helped lead Central Michigan to back-to-back top-10 national finishes in his junior and senior years in 2007 and 2008.

Kyle Jahn Assistant Coach First Season McKendree, 2009

Kyle Jahn joins the ASU coaching staff following an outstanding collegiate career at McKendree University. “I am excited to add Kyle to our staff here at ASU,” Bentley said. “He will be a great help to our light weights and he should be a great example for our guys as he will continue his own training in an attempt to make the US freestyle team.” Jahn was a three-time All-American for the Bearcats and won an NAIA championship in 2008 in the 141-pound weight class. He finished seventh at the 2009 United States National Freestyle championships at 132 pounds. Jahn is originally from Bolingbrook, Illi.


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Appalachian Wrestling Name

Ken Altarac Austin Annas Kyle Benson John Blakely Kyle Blevins Brett Boston Brandon Brothers Matt Callahan Frank Celorrio Chris Collura Richie Dehnz Carter Downs Brock Durfee Jacob Earp Paul Glover Tony Gravely Weston Haney Jon Hartley Colt Howell Mike Kessler Savva Kostis Will Lawrence Zack Mastro Justin Nagpal Chip Powell Travis Puckett Dylan Temple Austin Trotman Robbie Wannenburg John Weber Garrett Woods


5-11 5-4 5-6 5-10 5-10 5-6 5-10 5-7 5-7 5-7 5-6 5-9 6-3 5-7 6-0 5-4 5-6 5-10 5-10 5-10 5-7 6-2 5-9 5-10 5-10 5-10 6-0 5-10 5-8 5-11 5-4


Wt. 285 125 145 180 165 128 200 145 133 141 155 184 285 133 200 125 130 185 165 141 150 235 150 197 157 175 184 174 165 190 125

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Hometown (Previous School) Johnsonville, N.Y./Lasalle Institute Connelly Springs, N.C./East Burke Morganton, N.C./Robert L. Patton Birmingham, Ala./Oak Mountain Sapulpa, Okla./Sapulpa Morganton, N.C./Freedom China Grove, N.C./South Rowan Lexington, N.C./West Davidson Hialeah, Fla./Hialeah Spencerport, N.Y./Spencerport Naples, Fla./Palmetto Ridge Tequesta, Fla./Jupiter Christian Sherrills Ford, N.C./Bandys Boone, N.C./Watauga Rochester, N.Y./Spencerport Martinsville, Va./Magna Vista Robbinsville, N.C./Robbinsville Lenoir, N.C./South Caldwell Hickory, N.C./Bandys Bay City, Mich./Western Boone, N.C./Watauga Mountain Trail, N.C./Surry Central Naples, Fla./Palmetto Ridge Kannapolis, N.C./AL Brown Greensboro, N.C./S.W. Guilford Matthews, N.C./David W. Butler Marietta, Ga./Walton Winston-Salem, N.C./Mount Tabor Lewisville, N.C./West Forsyth Greer, S.C./Riverside Charlotte, N.C./South Mecklenburg

By State Alabama (1) John Blakely Florida (4) Frank Celorrio Richie Dehnz Carter Downs Zack Mastro Georgia (1) Dylan Temple Michigan (1) Mike Kessler New York (3) Ken Altarac Chris Collura Paul Glover North Carolina (18) Austin Annas Kyle Benson Brett Boston Brandon Brothers Matt Callahan

By Class Seniors (2) Brandon Brothers Frank Celorrio

Brock Durfee Jacob Earp Weston Haney Jon Hartley Colt Howell Will Lawrence Savva Kostis Justin Nagpal Chip Powell Travis Puckett Austin Trotman Robbie Wannenburg Garrett Woods

Juniors (5) Austin Annas Matt Callahan Colt Howell Chip Powell Dylan Temple Sophomores (10) Kyle Benson Kyle Blevins Richie Dehnz Carter Downs Weston Haney Mike Kessler Savva Kostis Justin Nagpal Travis Puckett Austin Trotman

Oklahoma (1) Kyle Blevins South Carolina (1) John Weber Virginia (1) Tony Gravely


Freshmen (14) Ken Altarac John Blakely Brett Boston Chris Collura Brock Durfee Jacob Earp Paul Glover Tony Gravely Jon Hartley Will Lawrence Zack Mastro Robbie Wannenburg John Weber Garrett Woods

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Appalachian Wrestling 2009-10 Season Outlook

With nine returning starters, including two NCAA Championship participants, Appalachian State University wrestling has lofty expectations for the 2009-10 season. The Mountaineers finished 2009 with a 7-16 overall record and went 2-3 in the Southern Conference, but finished third at the SoCon Championships. Along with the nine starters, first-year head coach JohnMark Bentley has a plethora of young talent at multiple weight classes which gives this team solid depth at every weight class, something which was missing the last few years. “One thing that we have this year that we might not have had in the past is that in every weight class we have guys pushing the starter,” Bentley said. “Some of are weight classes are just so close, we have talented kids and the depth is a good thing.” The 2009-10 squad features two key additions in coaches Kyle Jahn and Christian Sinnott. Jahn was a three-time All-American at NAIA McKendree and was a 2008 national champion. Jahn will coach the lightweights while Christian Sinnott will coach the upper weights. Sinnott was a three-time NCAA qualifer for Central Michigan and an all-American as a senior.” “Having a lightweight coach, a middleweight and an upperweight coach who are all active will make a difference in our program,” Bentley said. “I can already see a confidence boost in our lightweights and the same with our upperweights.”

125 Austin Annas finished last season as the starter, earning fourth place at the Southern Conference Championship. Weston Haney returns for his sophomore season while freshmen Brett Boston and Tony Gravely will also battle for the No. 1 spot. “Tony and Brett will both push for the starting position,” Bentley said. “Both had great high-school careers and I’m expecting a great competition out of those four guys.”

133 Senior Frank Celorrio returns after sweeping through the Southern Conference en route to his first-ever appearance at the NCAA Championships. Redshirt freshman Jacob Earp earned all-America status this summer at the University Nationals and adds solid depth behind Celorrio. “Frank is a returning SoCon champion but he’s going to be pushed by two young guys in Earp and White,” Bentley said. “It will be a very competitive weight for us and we’re going to have some depth, which is good to have. 141 Sophomore Mike Kessler was one of just three Mountaineers to start every dual meet last season. He earned SoCon all-freshman honors and finished third at the SoCon Championships. Redshirt freshman Chris Collura and sophomore Kyle Benson will battle Kessler for the starting spot and give ASU another weight class with a lot of depth. “Mike has the upper hand for the starting position. He’s had a great preseason and is looking really tough in the practice room,” Bentley said. 149 Like Annas at 125, Savva Kostis took over the 157-pound weight class at the mid-point of last season, going 2-2 in conference action and taking third place at the SoCon Championships. High-school teammates Zack Mastro and Richie Dehnz will look to battle for that spot as well. “This is another weight where right now it is too close to call,” Bentley said. “Savva has the inside edge after starting last season.” 157 Chip Powell moved up to 157 at the halfway point of last season and went 9-5 at that weight class, going 3-1 in the SoCon and finishing third at the conference championships. “Chip has looked really tough this preseason,” Bentley said. “He had some ups and downs last season but I think 157 is a more natural weight for him and he’ll feel better and compete a lot better.” 165 As a true freshman last season, Kyle Blevins led the Mountaineers’ in wins with 24, on his way to earning SoCon all-freshman honors. Colt Howell, Travis Puckett and Robbie Wannenburg will all add depth behind Blevins. “Kyle had a great freshman year and has worked hard over the summer, “Bentley said. “He has the potential to be a multiple time all-American. He just has those kinds of tools.”

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Appalachian Wrestling 174 Austin Trotman began last season 14-3 before enduring a season-ending injury at the Reno Tournament of Champions. Of the 14 wins, three came against ranked opponents and he was 8-0 in dual meets. An NCAA qualifier in the 2007-08 season, Trotman received a redshirt for last season and remains a sophomore this year. Freshmen, John Blakely, and John Weber will provide depth at 174. “Just like Blevins, he’s got great potential to be an all-American in the next couple years, including Austin Trotman this year,” Bentley said. 184 Two-year starter Dylan Temple returns for his junior season after finishing second on the team last season with 23 wins. After competing at 197 as a freshman, Temple will now compete at the same weight class for the second year in a row.

“I think its very important that Dylan is at the same weight for another year, I think he can manage his weight better,” Bentley said. “He’s had two solid seasons for us, the addition of Coach Sinnott is a big help for him. Hopefully we can get him a conference championship and to the national tournament.” 197 True freshman Paul Glover has the inside track on the starting position, while newcomers Jon Hartley and Justin Nagpal will provide depth. Brandon Brothers started the second-half of last season at heavyweight and will move down to a more natural 197 this season. “Paul was one of the nation’s top-ranked kids coming out of high school at 197,” Bentley said. “He’s going to be young but he competed at a high level in high school, so hopefully he can make the jump pretty easily.” 285 This is the only weight class where ASU does not return a wrestler that started at some point last season, but Ken Altarac and Brock Durfee are both talented freshmen who will make this a weight class with depth. “Altarac has the inside edge right now but Durfee is right there, those two will be battling it out,” Bentley said. “Both will probably see time this year and make it a solid weight class.”

Front Row (Left-Right): Colt Howell, Kyle Benson, Lawrence White, Michaiah Miller, Savva Kostis, Austin Annas Second Row: John Weber, Brett Boston, Tony Gravely, Jacob Earp, Garrett Woods, Justin Nagpal, Richie Dehnz, head coach JohnMark Bentley Third Row: Assistant coach Christian Sinnott, Carter Downs, Robbie Wannenburg, Matt Callahan, Zack Mastro, Mike Kessler, Frank Celorrio, Chris Collura, Travis Puckett, Kyle Blevins, John Blakely, assistant coach Kyle Jahn Fourth Row: Will Lawrence, Brock Durfee, Ethan Carter, Dylan Temple, Paul Glover, Austin Trotman, Ken Altarac, Brandon Brothers


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Appalachian Wrestling Austin Annas 125 Junior Connelly Springs, N.C. East Burke

Benson’s Career Record Year Overall Duals 2008-09 0-2 0-0 Career 0-2 0-0

Kyle Blevins 165 Sophomore Sapulpa, Okla. Sapulpa

2008-09: Won his first career match with a 6-2 decision over Limestone’s Brendan Conti ... defeated Virginia’s Wyatt Anderson 5-4 for his first dual match victory ... beat VMI’s Johnathan Pope 3-0 and finished fourth at the Southern Conference Tournament. East Burke: Placed twice at the state tournament ... earned team MVP honors in 2007. Personal: Born Sept. 21, 1989 ... son of Rick and Patricia Annas ... full name is Austin William Annas... two brothers, Justin, 26, and Jonathan, 21, and sister Nikki, 26 ... majoring in exercise science pre-professional ... member of Campus Christian Fellowship (CCF).

2008-09: Led the Mountaineers with a team-best 24 wins on his way to earning SoCon all-freshman accolades ... tied for the team lead with five major decisions ... started his collegiate career by winning six of his first seven matches, including his first three in ASU’s home opener tri-meet against Gardner-Webb, Buffalo and Spartanburg Methodist ... earned three wins at the Lone Star Duals ... following a tough 7-5 defeat to No. 21 Seth Garvin of Chattanooga, Blevins won five of his next six matches to claim the No. 2 seed in the SoCon Tournament ... after falling in the first round, came back to defeat Tyler Mullen (Davidson) and Derek Sickel (The Citadel) to capture third place. Sapulpa: First three-time state champion in school history ... earned varsity letters in wrestling, football and golf. Personal: Born Sept. 17, 1989 ... son of Dewayne Blevins ... brother, Cody, and sister, Amy ... majoring in communication ... enjoys bow fishing and disc golf.

Austin Annas

Annas’ Career Record Year Overall Duals 2008-09 4-12 2-8 Career 4-12 2-8

SoCon 0-0 0-0

SoCon 0-4 0-4

Kyle Benson 141 Sophomore Morganton, N.C. Robert L. Patton

Kyle Blevins 2008-09: Went 0-2 at the Davidson Tournament. Robert L. Patton: Earned four varsity letters in wrestling and one in football. Personal: Born Aug. 31, 1989 ... son of Kirk and Marcia Benson ... two brothers, Brad and Jacob, and one sister, Olivia.

Blevins’ Career Record Year Overall Duals 2008-09 24-17 13-10 Career 24-17 13-10


SoCon 4-1 4-1

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Appalachian Wrestling Brandon Brothers 197 Senior China Grove, N.C. South Rowan

Matt Callahan 141 Junior Lexington, N.C. West Davidson

2008-09: Competed in nine matches ... took over at heavyweight for the last half of the season ... took The Citadel’s Aaron Brown wire-to-wire before falling ,4-3, in a hard-fought match in ASU’s last home match of the season ... went 0-9 on the season. 2007-08: Went 0-2 on the season, wrestling both matches at the Keystone Classic. 2006-07: Wrestled at 197 ... went 0-15 on the season. South Rowan: Letterwinner in wrestling and football ... earned all-state honors twice. Personal: Born March, 12 1988 ... son of Pam Raye Brothers ... full name is Brandon Raye Brothers.

2008-09: Participated at the Davidson Tournament, falling in both of his matches. West Davidson: Twice named to all-conference team ... named team MVP and earned coach’s award ... lettered in wrestling, baseball and soccer. Personal: Born July 5, 1989 ... son of Dee Dee and Jeffrey Callahan ... two brothers, Jake and Clint ... majoring in exercise science ... made the Dean’s list in 2008-09 ... enjoys wakeboarding. Callahan’s Career Record Year Overall Duals 2008-09 0-2 0-0 Career 0-2 0-0

SoCon 0-0 0-0

Frank Celorrio 133 Senior Miami, Fla. Hialeah

2008-09: Won the Southern Conference championship at 133-pounds and qualified for the NCAA Championships ... went 20-21 overall and 5-0 in the SoCon ... won 12 matches in a row, starting with a win on Jan. 3 over Brown’s Eli Harris and continued until Feb. 15 with a win over The Citadel’s Richard Alarcon ... during the win streak, defeated No . 26 ranked Sean Clair of Eastern Michigan, 7-3 ... defeated Chattanooga’s Josh Statum 7-1 to win the SoCon championship at 133 pounds ... went 7-0 overall against SoCon opponents and earned first-team all-conference honors. 2007-08: Posted 21-12 mark on the season ... won three of four matches at the Lone Start Duals ... took third place at the SoCon Wrestling Championships. 2006-07: Earned a fourth place finish at the SoCon Mat Jam ... posted a season record of 9-13 and 5-10 in dual matches. Hialeah: Twice named team MVP, one-time County MVP ... all-state junior and senior years ... high school record of 115-6. Personal: Born Dec. 9, 1987 ... son of Alina de Jesus Torrez ... full name is Frank Alejandro Celorrio ... two brothers, Freddy and Fredito, two sisters, Alie and Tania ... majoring in education with a minor in history.

Brandon Brothers Brothers’ Career Record Year Overall 2006-07 0-15 2007-08 0-2 2008-09 0-9 Career 0-26

Duals 0-0 0-0 0-7 0-7

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Appalachian Wrestling

Personal: Born Oct. 18, 1989 ... son of Shanna Thompson ... one brother, Bobby, 15, and sister, Ashley, 22 ... major is undecided.

Frank Celorrio

Dehnz’s Career Record Year Overall Duals 2008-09 4-4 0-0 Career 4-4 0-0

SoCon 0-0 0-0

Jacob Earp 133 Freshman Boone, N.C. Watauga

Celorrio’s Career Record Year Overall 2006-07 9-13 2007-08 21-12 2008-09 20-21 Career 50-46

Duals 5-10 11-5 10-12 26-27

2009: Redshirted. Watauga: Earned all-conference, all-region, all-state and all-America honors ... earned three varsity letters in wrestling ... was all-American for club team Strong and Courageous. Personal: Born May 25, 1990 ... Son of Charlie and Kim Earp ... two brothers, Jeremy, 22, and Andrew, 23.

SoCon 1-2 4-1 5-0 10-3

Chris Collura 141 Freshman Spencerport, N.Y. Spencerport

Weston Haney 125 Sophomore Robbinsville, N.C. Robbinsville

2009: Redshirted. Spencerport: Earned all-state honors twice ... finished with career record of 126-20 ... four-year varsity letterwinner. Personal: Born Aug. 3, 1990 ... son of Mike and Lisa Collura ... one brother, Mike ... majoring in education.

2009: Finished 2-2 on the season ... both wins came at the Davidson Tournament. Robbinsville: Earned varsity letters in five sports, twice in football, baseball and cross country, three times in track and field and four in wrestling. Personal: Born Nov. 9, 1989 ... son of David and Janie Haney ... two brothers, Wren, 22, and Jess, 14.

Richie Dehnz 149 Sophomore Naples, Fla. Palmetto Ridge

Haney’s Career Record Year Overall Duals 2008-09 2-2 0-0 Career 2-2 0-0

2009: Went 4-4 on the year with one pinfall. Palmetto Ridge: Three-time state champion ... twoyear letter winner in football and four-year letter winner in wrestling.


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Appalachian Wrestling Mike Kessler 141 Sophomore Bay City, Mich. Bay City Western

Savva Kostis 149 Sophomore Boone, N.C. Watauga

2008-09: Finished fifth on the team with 17 wins while wrestling at 141 pounds ... earned Southern Conference all-freshman honors ... tied for third on the team with three major decisions ... earned his first collegiate win by pinning Spartanburg Methodist's Michael Mew ... picked up a season-high three-straight victories from Jan. 31- Feb. 11, with wins over Duke, Davidson and VMI ... earned a pinfall and major decision during the streak ... went 3-1 at the SoCon Tournament, defeating Davidson's Vitaly Radsky 12-4 to take home third. 2007-08: Redshirted. Bay City Western: Three-time all-state honoree and four-time conference champion. Personal: Born Jan 16, 1989 ... son of Mark Kessler ... has two siblings; Jason (24) and Janelle (28) ... full name is Michael Jared Kessler ... majoring in exercise science ... enjoys wakeboarding and hunting.

2008-09: Took over the starting spot at 149 midway through the season ... went 10-15 and placed third at the Southern Conference Tournament ... defeated Boston's Andrew Swank by an 8-2 decision for his first collegiate win ... grabbed three wins at the SoCon tournament, wrapping up third place with an 11-5 decision over VMI's Joseph Munno. Watauga: Earned North Western Conference most outstanding wrestler of the year award ... two-time state runner-up ... three-time regional champion career record of 147-25 ... lettered in football, track and field and wrestling. Personal: Born March 20, 1990 ... son of George and Tina Kostis ... one brother, Demetres, 13 ... majoring in business management ... father, George, wrestled at Appalachian State.

Savva Kostis

Mike Kessler

Kessler’s Career Record Year Overall Duals 2007-08 Redshirted 2008-09 17-23 7-16 Career 17-23 7-16

Kostis’ Career Record Year Overall Duals 2008-09 10-15 3-7 Career 10-15 3-7 SoCon 2-3 2-3


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Appalachian Wrestling Zack Mastro 149 Freshman Naples, Fla. Palmetto Ridge

Chip Powell

2008-09: Redshirted. Palmetto Ridge: Two-time state champion ... four-year varsity letterwinner in wrestling. Personal: Son of Vonet Delashmet ... three sisters, Kaci, Kirstin and Nina. Powell’s Career Record Year Overall 2007-08 4-6 2008-09 18-17 Career 22-23

Chip Powell 157 Junior Greensboro, N.C. SW Guilford

2008-09: Finished the year 18-17 after splitting the season wrestling at 149 and 157 ... went 9-5 at 157 and 3-1 in the Southern Conference ... started the season winning five of his first eight matches before hitting a rough stretch toward the end of 2008 where he wrestled threestraight ranked wrestlers, falling in all three matches ... took over at 157 on Jan. 16 and defeated Campbell's Jake Fose with a pin in the first period ... won six-straight matches going in to the SoCon Tournament ... lost a tight first match of the tournament to UTC's Joey Knox, 7-6, but came back to defeat Mike Long (VMI) and pinned Carl Sandercock (Davidson) to take home third place ... was named Southern Conference Wrestler of the Month for February after going 4-0. 2007-08: Wrestled at 149 and went 4-6 on the season ... won first ever collegiate match beating Vince Cina at Keystone Classic SW Guilford: Three-time all-conference honoree and three-time team captain ... earned team MVP honors as a sophomore, junior and senior. Personal: Born Dec. 30, 1988 ... son of William and Terry Powell ... full name is William James Powell IV ... sister Jessica, 20, and brother Isaac, 13 ... majoring in physical education ... enjoys fishing and dancing.


Duals 0-0 10-11 10-11

SoCon 0-0 3-1 3-1

Travis Puckett 157 Sophomore Matthews, N.C. David W. Butler

2008-09: Finished 3-3 on the year ... earned first collegiate victory on Dec. 6 with a pinfall over Campbell’s Jake Fose ... had two pins on the year and a major decision. David W. Butler: All-conference in wrestling three years in a row ... third place in state junior year, state champion senior year ... wrestled for the club Arrichon under Clay and Ty Reynolds Personal: Born June 15, 1990 ... son of Michael and Sylvia Puckett ... two brothers, Jake, 22, and Pete, 20 ... father, Michael, wrestled and played football at Auburn ... brother, Jake, wrestled at North Carolina and Pete wrestles at Eastern Michigan ... major is undecided ... enjoys kayaking and rock climbing. Puckett’s Career Record Year Overall Duals 2008-09 3-3 0-0 Career 3-3 0-0

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Appalachian Wrestling Austin Trotman 174 Sophomore Winston-Salem, N.C. Mount Tabor

Dylan Temple 184 Junior Marietta, Ga. Walton

2008-09: Finished second on the team with 23 wins ... went 4-1 in the SoCon and took second in the SoCon Tournament ... finished 9-3 to end the season, including six-straight at one point ... led the team with seven pins and was second with four major decisions ... ranks second on the team in career wins with 38 (Frank Celorrio is first with 50). 2007-08: Went 15-13 as a freshman wrestling at 184 and 197 ... took third place in the Southern Conference Tournament by defeating John Buck of The Citadel, 9-1 ... won eight out of his last nine matches. Walton: Earned all-state and all-county honors ... fourth in state as sophomore ... state champ and nationally ranked as a junior at 160-pounds ... second in state as senior. Personal: Born Oct. 23, 1988 ... son of Debbie Temple ... one brother, Emery (23) and one sister, Laura Bilbo (21) ... full name is Dylan Dean Temple.

2008-09: Despite suffering a season-ending injury in December, finished sixth on the team with 14 wins ... started the season with six-straight wins ... took second at the Keystone Classic, losing in the finals to No. 6 Mike Cannon (American) ... reeled off eight-straight wins after the loss, including three-straight wins over wrestlers ranked in the top-25 ... earned a medical redshirt. 2007-08: Qualified for the NCAA Championships as a freshman at 184 after finishing second in the Southern Conference Tournament ... beat 20th-ranked Scott Ferguson of Army at the NCAA Championships ... finished 21-13 on the season. Mount Tabor: Two-time state champion ... 146-27 career record and a 46-0 record as a senior ... senior national all-American ... runner-up at Rocky Mountain Nationals ... four-year letterwinner in wrestling and two-year letterman in football. Personal: Born Nov. 25, 1988 ... son of LeRoy Trotman ... majoring in religious studies ... plans on becoming a missionary after graduation ... enjoys playing guitar and skateboarding ... member of Athletes in Action and FCA.

Dylan Temple

Austin Trotman Temple’s Career Record Year Overall 2007-08 15-13 2008-09 23-16 Career 38-29

Duals 7-5 13-10 20-15

Trotman’s Career Record Year Overall 2007-08 21-13 2008-09 14-3 Career 35-16

SoCon 5-3 4-1 9-4


Duals 14-5 8-0 22-5

SoCon 4-1 0-0 4-1

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The Present

Appalachian Wrestling Newcomers

Ken Altarac 285 Freshman Johnsonville, N.Y. Lasalle Institute

Brett Boston 125 Freshman Morganton, N.C. Freedom

Lasalle Institute: Two-time state champion at heavyweight ... won the 2009 Junior National Championship ... earned all-state football honors. Personal: Son of Mark Altarac ... born Dec. 11, 1990 ... full name is Kenneth William Altarac ... one brother, Steven (19) ... major is undecided.

Freedom: A three-time state placer, finished high school with a record of 176-19 ... wrestled for coach Clay Reynolds and the club Arrichion. Personal: Son of Cref and Lisa Boston ... born Jan. 2, 1991 ... full name is Brett Christopher Boston ... one brother, Marc (22), and one sister, Kristin (21) ... major is undecided.

John Blakely 174 Freshman Birmingham, Ala. Oak Mountain

Oak Mountain: A four-year letterwinner at Oak Mountain ... wrestled for the Alabama Wrestling Club under coach Rod Gaddy. Personal: Son of Barry and Susan Blakely ... born June 6, 1991 ... full name is John Michael Blakely ... one brother, Barret (nine) ... major is undecided.

Carter Downs 184 Sophomore Tequesta, Fla. Jupiter Christian

2008-09: Did not wrestle. Jupiter Christian: Lettered in wrestling, football and cross country ... took second place at the state tournament as a junior and won the state championship as a senior. Personal: Son of John and Leslie Downs ... born July 16, 1989 ... two brothers, Chris (23) and Matt (17) ... majoring in political science ... plans to attend law school.


The Present

The Past

Appalachian Wrestling Brock Durfee 285 Freshman Sherrillsford, N.C. Bandys

Jon Hartley 197 Freshman Lenoir, N.C. South Caldwell

Bandys: A four-year letterwinner in wrestling and football ... two-time all-state honoree in wrestling ... finished with overall record of 137-40. Personal: Son of Patrick and Rhonda Durfee ... born July 9, 1990 ... full name is Patrick Brock Durfee ... one brother, Hunter (17) ... major is undecided.

South Caldwell: A two-time all-county, all-region and all-conference performer ... named team MVP as a senior and most improved as a junior ... went 41-6 as a senior. Personal: Son of Kenneth Hartley and Adrian Brown ... born Nov. 2, 1991 ... full name is Jon Brian Hartley ... one sister, Meghan (19), three brothers, Kyle (14), Tucker (14) and Spencer (8) ... majoring in biology with a concentration in pre-dentistry.

Paul Glover 197 Freshman Rochester, N.Y. Spencerport

Colt Howell 165 Junior Hickory, N.C. Bandys

Spencerport: Won state championship as a junior and finished fourth as a senior ... earned section and Monroe County MVP honors ... set school records for pins, wins and escapes as a senior. Personal: Son of Phyllis Glover ... born June 1, 1990 ... full name is Paul Michael Glover ... one brother, Dan (27), and one sister, Patricia (24) ... major is undecided ... enjoys playing golf.

Bandys: Two-time state champion ... finished in third place as a junior ... helped Bandys to two state championships. Personal: Son of Todd and Kim Howell ... born Nov. 17, 1988 ... full name is David Colt Howell ... attended Caldwell Community College for two years ... major is undecided.

Will Lawrence 285 Freshman Mountain Trail, N.C. Surry Central

Tony Gravely 125 Freshman Martinsville, Va. Magna Vista

Magna Vista: A four-time all-state performer ... three-time all-American ... two-time state and regional champion and four-time district champ ... name most outstanding wrestler his senior season ... finished career with 137 wins and two undefeated seasons. Personal: Son of Harold and Gale Gravely ... born Sept. 28, 1991 ... full name is Antonio Lamar Gravely ... one sister, Shakina (22) ... major is undecided.

Surry Central: A three-year letterwinner ... was a state qualifier as a senior ... earned the coaches' award for most improved ... a career record of 75-17. Personal: Son of Ernest and Sarah Lawrence ... born Dec. 1, 1989 ... full name is William Ernest Lawrence ... one sister, Melissa (19), and one brother, Benjamin (12) ... major is undecided.


The Past

The Present

Appalachian Wrestling John Weber 197 Freshman Greer, S.C. Riverside

Justin Nagpal 197 Sophomore Kannapolis, N.C. A.L. Brown

2008-09: Did not wrestle. A.L. Brown: Earned all-conference honors in football and wrestling as a senior ... a four-year letterwinner in wrestling ... earned three letters in football, one in tennis and one in track and field. Personal: Son of Sunil and Kelly Nagpal ... born March 30, 1990 ... full name is Justin Tyler Nagpal ... two brothers, Vijay (22) and Jordan (15) ... majoring in history/secondary education.

Riverside: Earned four letters in wrestling and three in football ... named all-region his senior year ... earned team most improved award as a sophomore and MVP as a senior. Personal: Son of Jack and Lee Ann Weber ... full name is John Thomas Weber ... two brothers, David (26) and Michael (17) and one sister, Carly (17) ... enjoys fishing and hunting ... majoring in business.

Robbie Wannenburg 165 Freshman Lewisville, N.C. West Forsyth

Garrett Woods 125 Freshman Charlotte, N.C. South Mecklenburg

West Forsyth: Two-time team MVP ... won three-private school state championships and one public school state championship ... went 63-0 his senior year. Personal: Son of Thomas Wannenburg ... born Jan. 19, 1991 ... one sister, Alexandra ... majoring in journalism ... enjoys photography and fishing.

South Mecklenburg: A two-time all-conference honoree ... named team MVP as a senior ... two-time Mecklenburg County champion ... two-time state qualifier. Personal: Son of Robert Scott and Leanna Lynn Woods ... one brother, Robert Weston Woods (21) ... full name is Robert Garrett Woods ... major is undecided.


Kelsey Brannan

Amber Chappell


Bridget Metcalf

The Present

The Past

Appalachian Wrestling 2009-10 Opponents

Belmont Abbey

Location: Belmont, N.C. Head Coach: Kenn Caudell 2008-09 Record: 3-12 Conference: Carolina SID: Chris Poore Website:


Location: Chattanooga, Tenn. Head Coach: Heath Eslinger 2008-09 Record: 12-10 Conference: Southern SID: Jay Blackman Website:


Location: Davidson, N.C. Head Coach: Bob Patnesky 2008-09 Record: 6-12 Conference: Southern SID: Mark Brumbaugh Website:


Location: Lynchburg, Va. Head Coach: Jesse Castro 2008-09 Record: 9-5-1 Conference: Big South SID: Todd Wetmore Website:

NC State

Location: Raleigh, N.C. Head Coach: Carter Jordan 2008-09 Record: 4-15-1 Conference: Atlantic Coast Conference

SID: Bruce Winkworth Website:

Sacred Heart

Location: Fairfield, Conn. Head Coach: Casey Brewster 2008-09 Record: 7-10 Conference: Colonial Athletic Assoc.

SID: Brendan Flynn Website: sacredheartpioneers

Virginia Tech

Location: Blacksburg, Va. Head Coach: Kevin Dresser 2008-09 Record: 20-2 Conference: Atlantic Coast Conference

SID: Bryan Johnston Website:


Location: Binghamton, N.Y. Head Coach: Pat Poplizio 2008-09 Record: 13-13 Conference: Colonial Athletic Assoc. SID: John Hartrick Website:

Cleveland State

Location: Cleveland, Ohio Head Coach: Ben Stehura 2008-09 Record: 4-11

Conference: Eastern Wrestling League

SID: Ryan Mulford Website:

Franklin & Marshall

Location: Lancaster, Pa. Head Coach: Pete Schuyler 2008-09 Record: 5-12

Conference: Eastern Inter. Wrestling Assoc.

SID: Mickey Blymier Website:


Location: Lincoln, Neb. Head Coach: Mark Manning 2008-09 Record: 17-3-1 Conference: Big 12 SID: Brandon Gries Website:


Location: Athens, Ohio Head Coach: Joel Greenlee 2008-09 Record: 9-9-1 Conference: MAC SID: Brett Compton Website:

UNC Greensboro

Location: Greensboro, N.C. Head Coach: Jason Loukides 2008-09 Record: 7-11 Conference: Southern SID: David Percival Website:


Location: Lexington, Va. Head Coach: John Trudgeon 2008-09 Record: 0-11 Conference: Southern SID: Christian Hoffman Website:



Location: Buies Creek, N.C. Head Coach: Billy Greene 2008-09 Record: 4-11 Conference: Independent SID: Jason Williams Website:

The Citadel

Location: Charleston, S.C. Head Coach: Rob Hjerling 2008-09 Record: 9-6-1 Conference: Southern SID: Ben Waring Website:


Location: Boiling Springs, N.C. Head Coach: Richard Wince 2008-09 Record: 4-15 Conference: Big South SID: Kevin Davis Website:

Northern Iowa

Location: Cedar Falls, Iowa Head Coach: Brad Penrith 2008-09 Record: 10-6 Conference: WWC SID: Colin McDonough Website:


Location: Philadelphia, Pa. Head Coach: Rob Eiter 2008-09 Record: 12-7 Conference: Ivy League SID: TBD Website:


Location: Charlottesville, Va. Head Coach: Steve Garland 2008-09 Record: 11-11 Conference: Atlantic Coast Conference

SID: Andy Fledderjohann Website:

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Appalachian Wrestling

Celorrio Competes in NCAA Championships The 2008-09 season was like a roller coaster for Frank Celorrio. He started out the season winning seven of his first 12 matches, however, due to an NCAA violation out of his control, had to forfeit all 12 of those matches. Following the forfeits, he lost three of his next four matches before putting together fourstraight wins. On Jan. 3 at the Lone Star Duals, Celorrio went 3-1 on the day and would not suffer a loss until Feb. 15, earning 12-straight wins in the process. During the streak, Celorrio won three matches by major decision and two by pins. He also defeated Eastern Michigan’s Sean Clair, who was ranked No. 26 in the country. The streak came to an end in his last match of the regular season against Liberty’s Christian Smith. Celorrio came back strong in the Southern Conference Tournament, defeating VMI’s Tyler Hutchens, 8-1, in the semifinals and dispatching Chattanooga’s Josh Statum, 7-1, to win the SoCon Championship at 133. With the championship, Celorrio automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships in St. Louis, Mo. Celorrio’s first trip to nationals was short lived, as he fell to Kent State’s Dan Mitcheff, 8-0, in the first round and Wyoming’s Cory Vom Baur, 6-0, in the first round of the wrestlebacks. Heading into his senior year Celorrio will be looking to join Scott Ervin as the only two-time NCAA qualifier in the last six years.


Nov. 16 Nov. 16 Nov. 16 Nov. 23 Nov. 23 Nov. 23 Nov. 23 Nov. 23 Nov. 29 Nov. 29 Nov. 29 Dec. 7 Dec. 18 Dec. 18 Dec. 18 Dec. 29 Dec. 29 Dec. 29 Dec. 29 Dec. 30 Dec. 30 Dec. 30 Jan. 3 Jan. 3 Jan. 3 Jan. 3 Jan. 11 Jan. 16 Jan. 16 Jan. 18 Jan. 24 Jan. 31 Jan. 31 Feb. 3 Feb. 11 Feb. 15 Feb. 23 March 7 March 7 March 7 March 7

Celorrio’s 2008-09 Match-by-Match Result Wt. 133 133 133 133 133 133 133 133 133 133 133 133 133 133 133 133 133 133 133 133 133 133 133 133 133 133 133 133 133 133 133 133 133 133 133 133 133 133 133 133 133


Kyle Baird #32 Kevin Smith Matt Bradley Chris Clarke Michael Bowman Eli Harris Bryan Ortenzio Matt Bradley #12 David Marble Frank Climato #14 Tyler Shinn Quentin Keyes Tim Haneberg Ricky Deubel Kevin Smith Lou Ruggirello Aaron Ely Alex Radsky William Ashnault Darrius Little Will Livingston Christian Smith Derek Gillespie Whitt Dunning Eli Harris David Armstrong Casey Boyle Jared Jones Ritchie Apolinar FF Josh Statum #26 Sean Clair Jack Anderson Alex Radsky FF Richard Alarcon Christian Smith Tyler Hutchens Josh Statum Dan Mitcheff Cory Vom Baur



Gardner-Webb Buffalo Rider American VMI Brown Penn Rider Bucknell Drexel Oklahoma St. Ohio MSU-Mankato Edinboro Buffalo Hofstra Edinboro Davidson Lock Haven NC State Virginia Tech Liberty Air Force Army Brown Oklahoma UNC Greensboro Virginia Tech Campbell Virginia Chattanooga Eastern Michigan Duke Davidson VMI The Citadel Liberty VMI Chattanooga Kent State Wyoming

L, by FF ( W, Fall :37, 3rd) L, by FF ( L, 2-0 dec.) L, by FF ( L, 10-8 dec.) L, by FF ( W, 8-5 dec.) L, by FF ( W, Fall 6:17) L, by FF (W, Fall 1:00) L, by FF ( L, 14-2 maj. dec.) L, by FF ( W, 10-4 dec.) L, by FF ( L, 9-0 maj. dec.) L, by FF ( W, 2-0 dec.) L, by FF ( L, Fall :39) L, by FF ( L, 9-7 dec.) W, 9-0 maj. dec. L, 6-3 dec. L, 4-2 dec. L, 4-0 dec. W, Fall 2:12 W, 10-1 maj. dec. W, Fall 1:46, 1st W, 2-1 dec. L, 14-5 maj. dec. L, 5-3 dec. W, Fall :37, 2nd L, 11-5 dec. W, 8-2 dec. W, 12-6 dec. W, 13-0 maj. dec. W, 11-3 maj. dec. W, Fall 2:47 W, by FF W, 3-2 dec. W, 7-3 dec. W, Fall :23 W, 10-2 maj. dec. W, by FF W, 8-2 dec. L, Fall 2:56 W, 8-1 dec. W, 7-1 dec. (Southern Conference Champion) L, 8-0 maj. dec. (NCAA Wrestling Championships First Round) L, 6-0 dec. ( NCAA Wrestling Championships Wrestleback First Round)


The Present

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Appalachian Wrestling 2009 Review RESULTS

Date Nov. 16 Nov. 16 Nov. 16 Nov. 23 Nov. 29 Dec. 7 Dec. 18 Dec. 29-30 Jan. 3 Jan. 11 Jan. 16 Jan. 16 Jan. 18 Jan. 24 Jan. 31 Feb. 3 Feb. 11 Feb. 15 Feb. 23 March 7

Opponent vs. Gardner-Webb vs. Buffalo vs. Spartanburg Methodist Keystone Classic (Pa.) Northeast Duals (N.Y.) Bucknell Drexel No. 7 Oklahoma St. No. 9 Lehigh Ohio Reno Tourn. of Champions Southern Scuffle Lone Star Duals (Texas) Air Force Army Brown No. 11 Oklahoma at UNC Greensboro vs. Virginia Tech vs. Campbell at Virginia vs. Chattanooga Eastern Michigan Duke at Davidson at VMI vs. The CItadel at Liberty SoCon Championships

SoCon Regular Season Standings Team SoCon Chattanooga 5-0 UNCG 4-1 The Citadel 3-2 Appalachian 2-3 Davidson 1-4 VMI 0-5

Result W, 21-18 L, 32-6 W, 43-6 6th of 10 L, 26-8 L, 21-19 L, 41-3 L, 36-3 L, 25-9 21st of 30 19th of 28 W, 30-6 L, 29-10 L, 18-16 L, 43-3 L, 36-7 L, 36-4 W, 34-12 L, 35-9 L, 25-12 L, 26-10 L, 22-18 W, 25-9 W, 31-15 L, 17-15 L, 24-18 3rd/ 63 pts.

SoCon Championships

Overall 12-10 7-11 9-6-1 7-16 6-12 0-11

Team Results

Team Chattanooga UNCG Appalachian The Citadel VMI Davidson

Brandon Brothers Austin Annas


Points 104 73 63 55.5 27 20.5

The Past

The Present

Appalachian Wrestling Wrestler

Individual Results Wt. Record Dual Meets SoCon Falls Tech Falls Maj. Dec.

Bryan Rickard 125 Andrew Sifakis 125 Weston Haney 125 Austin Annas 125 Frank Celorrio 133 Lawrence White 133 141 Total Mike Kessler 141 Chris Collura 141 Kyle Benson 141 Matt Callahan 141 Chip Powell 149 157 Total Savva Kostis 149 Richie Dehnz 149 Brett Houghton 157 Alex Cooke 157 Travis Puckett 157 Zack Mastro 157 Kyle Blevins 165 Antionne Jones 165 174 Total Austin Trotman 174 Ryan Cecils 174 Logan Parce 174 Dylan Temple 184 David Pritz 197 Dennis Paiva 197 184 Total Dustin Heiser 285 Brandon Brothers 285

0-1 7-12 2-2 4-12 20-21 1-5 2-2 3-7 17-23 5-1 0-2 0-2 9-12 9-5 18-17 10-15 4-4 7-9 6-10 3-3 4-4 24-17 1-2 3-15 4-17 14-3 0-2 1-4 23-16 9-22 1-0 0-2 1-2 2-14 0-9

0-1 4-8 0-0 2-8 10-12 0-1 0-0 0-1 7-16 0-0 0-0 0-0 4-7 6-3 10-11 3-7 0-0 3-5 1-4 0-0 0-0 13-10 0-0 2-13 2-13 8-0 0-0 0-0 13-10 6-16 1-0 0-0 0-0 1-11 0-7

0-0 0-1 3 0-0 0-4 5-0 5 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 2-3 2 3 0-0 2 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 2 3-1 3 2 3-1 5 2 2-2 2 2 0-0 1 0-0 1 3 0-1 0-0 2 1 0-0 1 3 4-1 1 1 5 0-0 1 1-4 1-4 0-0 1 3 0-0 0-0 1 4-1 7 1 4 2-3 1 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 0-4

SoCon Championship Individual Results


Austin Annas Frank Celorrio Mike Kessler Savva Kostis Chip Powell Kyle Blevins Logan Parce Dylan Temple David Pritz Brandon Brothers


125 133 141 149 157 165 164 184 197 285


Frank Celorrio

4 1 3 3 3 3 DNP 2 2 DNP

Dylan Temple 19

The Present

The Past

Appalachian Wrestling



Al Crawford Herb Singerman Ike Anderson Dale Oliver Ike Anderson

SoCon Champions

1948 1968 1988 1992

NCAA All-Americans

1941 1992 2002 2003

Charles Parks Al Crawford Donnell Rawls Mark Fee Mark Fee

1984 1996 1998 2001

1995 1997 1999 2003

SoCon Wrestler of1993 theDonnell Year Rawls

121 175 118 165 174

2001 2002 2003 2008

Travis Drake Travis Drake Mark Fee Scott Ervin

Donnell Rawls

Scott Ervin

NCAA Freshman All-Americans 1982 1997

Thomas Hutchinson 126 David Hopper 126

NAIA All-Americans

1960 1966 1968 1970 1971

Bill Cook Don Cox Jim Whitmer George Sansone Walt Braine Bruce Schlegal Herb Singerman Bruce Schlegal Bruce Schlegal

130 157 123 123 160 HWT 126 HWT HWT

Donnell Rawls Corey Creech Shomari Rozier John Reynolds Melvin Crosby Vince Zullo Kyle Kuykendall Shomari Rozier Seth Meyerson Mike Orris Daryk Moistner Rob Daly Jeremy Hart

126 158 167 190 HWT 134 150 167 177 118 177 142 141

2001 2002 2003

1989 1993 1994 1996 2001 2003

Paul Mance Paul Mance Paul Mance Paul Mance Paul Mance Paul Mance

SoCon Most Outstanding Wrestler 1974 Chris Jacobsen

All-Southern Conference 1993 1994 1995 1998 2000

SoCon Coach Of The Year

1981 1985 1987 1993 1999 2001 2002 2007

Todd Sumter Amaro Lamar Amaro Lamar Victor Balmeceda Jeremy Hart Jeremy Hart Mark Fee Scott Ervin

Andy Putnam 149 Sean McIntosh 184 Rich Caisse 135 Josh Carroll 197 Travis Drake 133 2004 Jason Jones 149 Geoff McIntosh 197 2005 Ruebon Daniels HWT Danny Misenheimer HWT 2006 Eric Burns 149 Travis Drake 133 2007 Scott Ervin 149 Mark Fee 165 2008 Scott Ervin 149 Lee Roper 174 2009 Frank Celorrio 133 Rich Caisse 125 Travis Drake 133 * Prior to 1993, SoCon Meet Eric Burns 141 champions earned all-conference Lee Roper 165 honors. Mark Fee 174


The Past

Appalachian Wrestling

The Present 1974 1975 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991

Southern Conference Champions Jevon Morris 134

Chris Jacobson Male Midkiff Craig Cody Jim Polsinelli Tom Lunsford Ike Anderson Andre Massey Lo Carmen Bob Hilfiger Pat Cucci Tom Moore Bob Hilfiger Tom Sumter Thomas Hutchinson Chuck Jones Steve Swan Johnathan Hampton Larry Savides Steven Swan Johnathan Hampton Thermus Briggs Dave Besser Amoro Lamar Marshall Irby Johnathan Hampton Thomas Hutchinson Amaro Lamar Lee Reitzel Dave Sloan Amaro Lamar Rock Burch Jevon Morris Dave Sloan Mike Maxam Antonio Calloway Adrian Hines Chris Zwilling Rock Burch Antonio Callaway

150 158 158 134 150 126 134 HWT 142 150 118 142 150 126 118 158 177 134 158 167 190 HWT 142 167 177 177 142 158 134 1942 HWT 126 142 167 118 150 190 HWT 118

1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2005 2007 2008 2009

Adrian Hines Donnell Rawls Adrian Hines Corey Creech Melvin Crosby Victor Balmeceda Corey Creech Melvin Crosby Vince Zullo Kyle Kuykendall Shomari Rozier Seth Myerson Mike Orris Seth Myerson Duke Howell Tony Hairston Derek Strobel Seth Myerson Tony Hairston David Hopper Jeremy Hart Jeremy Hart P.J. Boccia Rich Caisse Travis Drake Jeremy Hart P.J. Boccia Mark Fee Travis Drake Mark Fee Rich Caisse Travis Drake Lee Roper Mark Fee Josh Carroll Ruebon Daniels Scott Ervin Scott Ervin Frank Celorrio

Antonio Callaway

Rich Caisse

Career Wins List


1. Scott Ervin 2. Jeremy Hart 3. Mark Fee 4. Travis Drake 5. Mike Orris 6. Amaro Lamar 7. Mike Maxam Tony Hairston

NCAA At-Large Qualifiers 1972 1977 1978 1984 1987 1993 1996 1997 2002 2005 2007 2008

Herb Singerman Jim Polsinelli Craig Cody Chuck Jones Lee Reitzel Donnell Rawls Jason Hooker Eddy Clark Erik Smith P.J. Boccia Jason Jones Neal Martn Terreyl Williams Austin Trotman

150 118 150 158 HWT 134 158 HWT 134 150 167 177 118 177 HWT 118 158 190 118 126 141 141 157 125 133 141 157 165 133 165 125 133 165 165 197 HWT 149 149 133


(2003-08) (1996-01) (1998-03) (1998-03) (1992-95) (1984-87) (1986-89) (1993-96)

Wins 114 108 98 94 85 83 82 82

Most Wins in a Season

126 134 158 118 158 118 167 177 134 157 141 174 133 184

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.


Scott Ervin Mark Fee Travis Drake Donnell Rawls Amaro Lamar Jeremy Hart Jason Jones Rich Caisse 9. Jason Jones Jason Hooker Seth Myerson



(2007-08) (2002-03) (2001-02) (1991-92) (1986-87) (1999-00) (2002-03) (2002-03) (2003-04) (1995-96) (1995-96)

Wins 38 36 35 33 32 31 31 31 30 30 30

The Present

The Past

Appalachian Wrestling The Southern Conference

The Southern Conference, which enters its 89th season of intercollegiate competition in 2009, has become known as one of the nation’s leaders in emphasizing the development of the student-athlete and defining the league’s role in helping to build lifelong leaders and role models. The Southern Conference has excelled as the premier conference in the Football Championship Subdivision since earning that classification in 1981. The Conference currently consists of 11 members in four states throughout the Southeast and sponsors 19 varsity sports and championships that produce participants for NCAA Division I Championships. The Southern Conference is the nation’s fiftholdest NCAA Division I collegiate athletic association. Only the Big Ten (1896), the Missouri Valley (1907), the Pacific 10 (1915) and the Southwestern Athletic (1920) conferences are older in terms of origination. Throughout its history, the Southern Conference has been an innovator in college athletics. The Southern Conference was the first “super conference” with its charter membership including the likes of Alabama, Auburn, and North Carolina. The SoCon, as it has come to be known by headline writers throughout the country, is the league that gave birth to the three-point shot in college basketball and was the college home of such sporting greats as Arnold Palmer, Jerry West and Charlie “Choo Choo” Justice. Academic excellence has been a major part of the Southern Conference’s tradition. League athletes have been recognized countless times on CoSIDA Academic All-America and district teams. A total of 19 Rhodes-Scholarship winners have been selected from the conference. The Southern Conference office is located in the Beaumont Mill in Spartanburg, SC. A textile mill that was in operation from 1880 until 1999, the Beaumont Mill was renovated in 2004 and today offers the SoCon a first class meeting area as well as a spacious library for storage of the conference’s historical documents. Today, the league continues to thrive with a membership that spans five Southeastern states. Current league members are Appalachian State, College of Charleston, The Citadel, Davidson, Elon, Furman, Georgia Southern, UNC Greensboro, Chattanooga, Samford, Western Carolina and Wofford. The SoCon also sponsors two all-sports awards, the Commissioner's Cup for men's programs and the Germann Cup for women's teams. In 2008, Appalachian claimed its 28th Commissioner’s Cup since 1972 and has won the Germann Cup eight times in school history. Appalachian is the only SoCon program to win both cups in the same year, a feat it has accomplished seven times.

2008-09 Cup Standings (Commissioner's Cup) 1. Appalachian State 87.5 2. Chattanooga 70.5 3. Furman 69 4. Western Carolina 63 5. Elon 62 6. The Citadel 60 Davidson 60 8. UNC Greensboro 56.5 9. Samford 52.5 10. Wofford 51.5 11. Georgia Southern 51 12. College of Charleston 38.5 13. VMI 7

SoCon Directory

702 North Pine Street Spartanburg, S.C. 29303 Commissioner ................................................. John Iamarino Associate Commissioner (External Affairs).. Geoff Cabe Associate Commissioner (Internal Affairs) .. Sue Arakas Associate Commissioner (Media Relations) Jason Yaman Associate Commissioner (Compliance) ........ Doug King Council of Presidents (Chair) .... Bobby Vagt (Davidson) President ............... Dr. William Sharbrough (The Citadel) Vice President .... Dr. William Moore (College of Charleston)


The Past

The Present

Appalachian Wrestling Dr. Kenneth Peacock Chancellor Sixth Season

and taxation. He was promoted to Assistant Dean in 1987 and Associate Dean in 1989, before assuming the role of Dean in 1992. Prior to his arrival in Boone, he was a faculty member at the University of Virginia, from 1980-83, where he taught, primarily, taxation classes and served as faculty advisor for many student organizations. He also co-authored an Instructor’s Manual to accompany West’s Intermediate Accounting textbook and helped create an Investment and Tax Planning Seminar offered through UVA’s Division of Continuing Education. Upon receiving a B.S. in accounting from Mars Hill College in 1970, Chancellor Peacock worked for Price Waterhouse and Company in Winston-Salem and Charlotte, N.C., while teaching taxation classes on a part-time basis at WinstonSalem State University. In 1975, Dr. Peacock moved to Baton Rouge, La., where he earned Master’s (1977) and PhD. (1979) degrees in accounting from Louisiana State University. During his time at LSU, he helped develop a pair of training courses, funded and published by the Louisiana State Board of Regents for Higher Education, and taught throughout the state. An active member of the academic and local communities, Chancellor Peacock serves on the Boards of Directors of the Investment Advisory Committee for AACSB International, the Watauga Medical Center Foundation, and the Grandfather Home for Children. He is involved in numerous civic programs and activities. In 1995, Governor Jim Hunt appointed Peacock as one of just 25 North Carolinians to participate in the inaugural Leadership North Carolina program. Chancellor Peacock is married to the former Rosanne Barkley of Winston-Salem, N.C. They have two sons: Chris, 31, and Brian, 27.

A member of the Appalachian State University community the past 23 years, Dr. Kenneth E. Peacock is in his sixth year as ASU’s Chancellor in 2009-10. Dr. Peacock, who served as the University’s Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs during the 2003-04 academic year and was the Dean of Appalachian’s Walker College of Business from 1992-2003, assumed the office of Chancellor on July 1, 2004. During his 11-year tenure as Dean, Dr. Peacock introduced numerous initiatives that enhanced the college’s academic and financial stature. Among his many accomplishments as dean were securing a financial commitment from prominent businesswoman and civic leader Thelma C. Raley to name the building that currently houses the Walker College of Business and endowing a lecture series in honor of former State Treasurer Harlan E. Boyles. Dr. Peacock also developed an international program in partnership with Fudan University in Shanghai, China, to help students understand the challenges and opportunities of doing business in Asia. As the Walker College of Business Dean, he also established the Dean’s Council of Student Advisors and a Business Advisory Council, composed of 25 business leaders who meet once a semester to review programs and to anticipate the needs of the College. He guided the college to reaffirmation of accreditation by the Association to Advance College Schools of Business (AACSB International) in April, 1998. The AACSB’s Visitation Team awarded ASU’s Walker College of Business nine commendations of strengths and innovations during the reaffirmation. Chancellor Peacock arrived at Appalachian in 1983 as a faculty member in the Walker College of Business and began teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in accounting

Educating North Carolina’s Citizens and Leaders Appalachian State University is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Boone, N.C. At an elevation of 3,333 feet, Boone began as a frontier outpost named after pioneer Daniel Boone, who first explored the area in the 1760s. Since that time, the area has attracted those seeking natural beauty, adventure and learning. Appalachian is a member of the 16-campus University of North Carolina system. The university offers a challenging and stimulating learning experience for more than 16,600 students both on and off campus. Appalachian is considered a preeminent university combining the best attributes of a small liberal arts college with those of a large, research institution. It is particularly known for its research and outreach in health-related fields and the area of energy/environment/economics. Distinctively residential, the main campus encompasses 411 acres. It includes 19 academic buildings, 20 residence halls, four dining facilities and 11 recreational and athletic facilities. Appalachian also operates a living-learning center in New York City. Off-campus programs are offered in 10 counties through collaboration with area community colleges. The university is characterized by close collaboration between students and faculty, rigorous scholarship, and transformational co-curricular activities that develop graduates with real-world capabilities. Appalachian also emphasizes the importance of sustainability and service to communities, both locally and globally. Consistently ranked among U.S. News and World Report’s

best public universities in the Southeast, Appalachian is also noted as a “best value” by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine and other publications. Appalachian supports a broad-based athletics program, featuring 10 men’s and 10 women’s intercollegiate teams. The Mountaineers hold NCAA Division I status and have been members of the Southern Conference since 1971. The Mountaineers have earned both the Southern Conference’s Commissioner’s Cup for overall excellence in men’s athletics 29 times since the award was established in 1979 and the Germann Cup, recognizing the top women’s program in the conference, six of the 18 years the award has been presented. In football, the Mountaineers won three consecutive NCAA Division I FCS national championship titles – in 2005, 2006 and 2007. Since joining the Southern Conference, the Mountaineers have captured league titles in football, men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track, wrestling, baseball, men’s soccer and men’s tennis. Appalachian’s student-athletes excel in the classroom as well as on the playing field. In Spring 2009, 44 student-athletes made the Southern Conference’s academic all-conference team. To be eligible, a student-athlete must possess at least a 3.2 cumulative grade point average. One Mountaineer had a 4.0 GPA.


The Present

The Past

Appalachian Wrestling Charlie Cobb Athletics Director Fifth Season North Carolina State, 1990

In his first four years at Appalachian State University, director of athletics Charlie Cobb has led the department to unparalleled success. The many achievements enjoyed by Appalachian athletics during the first 48 months of Cobb’s tenure include: • Three NCAA Division I football national championships — marking the first time that any program has ever won three- consecutive NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS — formerly Division I-AA) and the first NCAA football titles ever won by a team from the state of North Carolina at any level. • Shattering regular-season attendance records at “The Rock” with a school-record 28,227 fans per game piling into Kidd Brewer Stadium during the 2008 regular season — more than 140 percent of the stadium’s ‘08 seating capacity of 16,650. • A 298-percent increase in football season-ticket sales since his arrival in 2005. • Four-consecutive Commissioner’s Cup championships — recognizing the top overall men’s sports program in the Southern Conference. • Two Germann Cup championships — recognizing the top overall women’s sports program in the Southern Conference. • 35 percent of the athletics department’s students making the Academic Honor Roll (minimum GPA of 3.25). • Five teams (men’s basketball, women’s cross country, field hockey, women’s indoor and outdoor track and field) earning public recognition awards, based on being among the nation’s top 10 percent in their respective sports based on Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores. • The Yosef Club, which provides scholarships for student-athletes, raising nearly $2.5 million in 2008-09 — reaching the $2 million threshold for the secondstraight year time and up over $1.8 million from the year before Cobb’s arrival. • Appalachian’s athletics annual budget increasing from $7.5 million in Cobb’s first year to $11 million in 2009-10. Additionally, Cobb has spearheaded Appalachian’s $50 million facilities enhance-ment campaign, which will come to fruition this fall with the completion of the centerpiece of the campaign, the 120,000-square-foot Kidd Brewer Stadium Complex. The seven-story complex, located behind KBS’s west stands, includes new football offices and locker room, a strength and conditioning center, training facilities, academic study space and computer lab for all ASU student-athletes, as well as premium seating in the form of 600 club-level seats and 18 suites The facilities enhancements has also included other significant renovations to The Rock. A new ticket plaza, which serves as a grand entrance to the stadium, as well as ornamental


fencing that replaced the chain-link barriers that used to surround the stadium and field were completed before the 2007 season, while a 4,400-seat upper deck on the stadium’s east side and substantial upgrades to the east and south concourses were completed prior the ‘08 campaign. In addition to the renovations to Appalachian’s most visible athletics facility, the campaign has also produced new homes for Mountaineer baseball (Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium), softball (Sywassink/ Lloyd Family Stadium) and soccer (at the Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex), as well as the Apps’ first-ever indoor practice facility (Sofield Family Indoor Practice Facility) and renovations to Varsity Gym that have upgraded the facility to a premier practice and competition venue for ASU basketball. Cobb was the Wolfpack’s senior associate athletics director for external operations for the seven years prior to his arrival in Boone. In that role, he oversaw NC State’s marketing, ticket operations, media relations and student-athlete development operations, as well as serving on the department’s compact strategic planning initiative, gender equity and facilities committees. During his tenure, NC State increased football season-ticket sales by 87 percent and men’s basketball season-ticket sales by 121 percent. The combined ticket revenues accounted for an annual increase of over 86 percent for Wolfpack athletics, generating more than $6 million for the department. Prior to returning to his alma mater in ‘98, Cobb spent six years in Atlanta, Ga., where he held positions with the Atlanta Sports Council, the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl and the Georgia Dome. As an assistant executive director for the Atlanta Sports Council and the Peach Bowl, he helped coordinate Atlanta’s bid for the 2002 NCAA men’s basketball Final Four and handled all game and event operations for the Peach Bowl. As sales manager for the Georgia Dome from 1994-97, Cobb helped procure events such as the Southeastern Conference football championship, the SEC and Atlantic Coast Conference men’s basketball tournaments, NCAA men’s basketball championship events, Georgia High School Association football playoffs, major concerts and other college and amateur sporting events. Cobb graduated with honors with a B.A. in business administration from NC State in 1990. A secondteam all-ACC honoree at center as a senior, Cobb was an academic all-ACC selection and collected the prestigious Jim Tatum Award, presented to the ACC football senior with the highest grade point average, and the Bob Warren Memorial Award, given to the Wolfpack football player that displays the highest integrity and sportsmanship. After receiving post-graduate scholarships from both the ACC and NFL Charities, Cobb earned a master’s degree in sports administration from Ohio University in 1992. Cobb is married to the former Lindsay Brecher, who was an all-ACC goalkeeper for NCSU women’s soccer from 1988-90. They have an 11-year-old son, Harrison, and a eight-year-old daughter, Branan.

The Past

Nov. 15 Nov. 22 Nov. 28 Dec. 4 Dec. 4 Dec. 19 Dec. 29-30 Jan. 3 Jan. 9 Jan. 14 Jan. 17

at Michigan State Open at Keystone Classic & at Northeast Duals % at Ohio vs. Cleveland State # VIRGINIA at Southern Scuffle @ at Virginia Tech at Campbell UNC GREENSBORO * FRANKLIN & MARSHALL

* SoCon match & at Philadelphia, Pa. % at Troy, N.Y. # at Athens, Ohio @ at Greensboro, N.C.

All Day All Day All Day 5 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. All Day 2 p.m. 2 p.m. 7 p.m. 1 p.m.

Jan. 17 Jan. 20 Jan. 20 Jan. 24 Feb. 6 Feb. 6 Feb. 9 Feb. 14 Feb. 23 Mar. 6

BELMONT-ABBEY at Gardner-Webb vs. North Carolina State $ at The Citadel * at Chattanooga * vs. Northern Iowa ! DAVIDSON * VMI * LIBERTY at SoCon Mat Jam ^

$ at Boiling Springs, N.C. ^ at Davidson, N.C. ! at Chattanooga, Tenn. Home matches in BOLD

3 p.m. 5 p.m. 7 p.m. 2 p.m. 1 p.m. 3 p.m. 6 p.m. 2 p.m. 6 p.m. All Day

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