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Brandon
Rader
Class: r-Sr.
Hometown: Parkersburg, W.Va.
Height: 5-9
Weight: 149

Biography

One of the country’s most dominant wrestlers in his weight class … feels stronger after rehabilitation on his knee and is a force on the mat when healthy.

At West Virginia in 2010-11: Earned a 14-11 record for the year, ending his career with a total of 70 wins … participated at the NCAA Championships where he lost to No.11 Eric Grajales of Michigan and No. 8 Ivan Lopouchanski of UNC-Greensboro … came in second place at the EWL Championships, falling to Pitt’s Dane Johnson in the finals … ranked as high as No. 8 during the year … started every match for team at 149 lb … named EWL Wrestler of the Week on Jan. 9 after defeating Illinois’ No. 7 Eric Terrazas by a fall in 49 seconds to give the team an 18-15 upset win over the No. 8 Illini … also named WVU Student-Athlete of the Week for the win … won five straight matches in EWL play before falling to Edinboro’s Torsten Gillespie … earned the most dual points for the team with 52, allowing only 15 to his opponents … had fourth-best dual meet record, going 11-4 … was second-best on team with a 7-2 EWL record … tied for second in tech falls (2), fourth in takedowns (54) and had third-best fall time (0:49) … also had four major decision wins and five falls on the year.

At West Virginia in 2009-10: Started against Indiana and Michigan State at the 141-lb class … went 1-2 before ending year due to shoulder injury … fell at Michigan State to Dan Osterman, 7-6 … competed in first dual in nearly two years against Indiana on Jan. 2 … defeated Hoosier Daniel Monaco, 14-7 … wrestled first match at Nittany Lion Open … missed first half of the season due to injury.

At West Virginia in 2008-09: Missed the entire season with an injury from previous year.

At West Virginia in 2007-08: Was lost for the season after re-injuring knee at Cal Poly against eventual NCAA runner-up Chad Mendes … earned a medical redshirt … pinned Cal State Fullerton’s Teddy Astorga in 1:30.

At West Virginia in 2006-07: Despite injuries, was again dominant … 15 of 19 wins heading into the NCAA Championships earned bonus points for the Mountaineers … posted a 24-4 record, 7-0 dual record and a 4-0 mark in the EWL … went 5-2 in the NCAA Championships to repeat as an All-American … finished sixth for the second-consecutive season … just the sixth Mountaineer to earn multiple All-America honors along with Mark Banks (1990-91), Mike Mason (1997-98), Whitey Chlebove (1998-99), Vertus Jones (1998-99-2000) and Greg Jones (2002, 2004-05) … seeded seventh, defeated No. 4-seed Manny Rivera of Minnesota to get to the NCAA podium … led the team with seven pins and seven major decisions … scored a total of 29 dual points … repeated as the EWL champion at 141 pounds in ’07 … rattled off nine wins to open the season with titles at the West Virginia Open and the Navy Classic … only loss of the season came because of an injury in opening bout at the Las Vegas Invitational against UNC Greensboro’s Chris Bencivenga … defaulted next bout … won 10 consecutive bouts after that match … missed the Midlands Classic … sat out the Ohio, Lock Haven and Edinboro duals due to sickness and an infection in finger … pinned Cleveland State’s Mike Hurley in season finale … followed that by pinning Clarion’s Greg Lewis in his opening EWL tournament bout … tech falled Hurley in the semis … finished championship run by scoring a major against Bloomsburg’s Darren Kern, 16-5.

At West Virginia in 2005-06: Only true freshman All-American in program history … one of only four West Virginia natives to earn All-America status … Amateur Wrestling News freshman All-America team member … ranks second in wins in a season by a freshman and tied for first in wins in a season by a 141-pounder … ranked as high as ninth … posted a 30-6 record … went 7-1 against ranked opponents … led team in pins with five … started season off 4-0 before dropping championship bout of WVU Open to No. 7 Dave Hoffman of Virginia Tech … won the Navy Classic by defeating Rutgers’ Steve Adamcsik 11-5 in the finals … defeated No. 20 Cassio Pero (Illinois), No. 18 Kevin Artis (UNC-Greensboro), No. 16 Sean Markey (Citadel) and tech falled No. 19 Chris McCormick (Missouri) en route to a third-place finish at the Las Vegas Invitational … pinned Chris McCormick two weeks later in Morgantown in WVU’s first dual meet … named the EWL Wrestler of the Week on Dec. 27 … avenged a loss to No. 9-rated Ron Tarquinio of Pitt on Feb. 3, by taking an 8-2 decision … defeated Tarquinio again on March 5, to claim the EWL 141-pound championship … started the NCAA Tournament before falling in the quarterfinals to eventual champion Nate Gallick of Iowa State … ended up taking sixth at the tournament after defeating Hoffman and Tarquinio..

Prep: One of two high school national champions in the 2005 recruiting class … won the national title at the 135-pound weight class at the United States High School National championship in Cleveland … won four high school state championships while wrestling at Parkersburg High under Wilbur Schenerlein … named the state wrestling tournament’s 2005 Outstanding Wrestler and Robert Dutton Award winner … finished his high school career with a record of 161-9 … also claimed titles at the POWERade Championships and the Beast of the East Tournament … took third place at the Ironman Tournament.

Personal: Son of Karen and Edward Rader … birthday is May 27 … one of two children … received a bachelor’s degree in athletic coaching education … studying for a second bachelor’s degree in multidisciplinary studies … Athletic Director’s Academic Honor Roll.

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