MORGANTOWN, W. Va. - Redshirt senior Brandon Williamson
was honored as the West Virginia University wrestling team’s Most Valuable Wrestler at the team’s annual year-end banquet held at the Erikson Alumni Center.
Williamson, who qualified for the NCAA Championships for the second time in his career, compiled a 28-8 overall record and won his first Eastern Wrestling League Title. In addition, the Riverside, Conn., native posted a 12-1 record in the dual meet season and a perfect 9-0 mark against EWL opponents.
Also honored at the banquet was the team’s Rookie of the Year, redshirt freshman Brutus Scheffel
Scheffel, who missed the previous season due to injury, posted an 18-15 overall record in his rookie campaign.
Redshirt sophomore Nathan Pennesi
was awarded the Coaches’ Award by coach Craig Turnbull. Pennesi led the team in multiple statistical categories, including posting a team-high 29 wins.
Pennesi was also honored as a team captain with teammates Shane Young
and Lance Bryson
Young, who is a junior, earned his third trip to the national tournament while completing a 24-8 campaign.
Bryson, meanwhile, earned his first trip to the NCAA Championships after he went 25-16 overall this season.
The last group honored at the banquet was the team’s seniors, which consisted of Williamson, Kyle Eason
, Zachary Cerrone
and Matt Ryan
The Mountaineers finished the 2011-12 season with a 9-4 overall record and had six grapplers participate in the NCAA Championships.