Player Profiles



Michael                            Morales
Michael
Morales
Class: Sr.
Hometown: Brick, NJ
Height: 5-6
Weight: 149
Sport: Wrestling

Biography

At West Virginia in 2013-14
  • Qualified for the second time to the NCAA Championships
  • Went 1-2 at NCAAs, defeating Kevin Birmingham of Davidson, 8-2
  • Placed third at the Big 12 Championships
  • Named Big 12 Wrestler of the Week on Feb. 3 after defeating then-No. 17 Mikey Racciato of Pitt, 11-9, in sudden victory
  • Had a 13-3 mark in dual matches this season
  • Went 4-4 against the RPI Top 33
  • Went 5-0 at the Hoosier Duals from Dec. 7-8
At West Virginia in 2012-13
  • Redshirted
At West Virginia in 2011-12
  • Finished the season with an 18-4 record
  • Qualified for the NCAA Championships for the first time
  • Lost to eventual national-runner up Montell Marion of Iowa in a tightly contested match in the first round of the national tournament
  • Won the first EWL title of his career, taking a 7-6 decision from Edinboro’s Mitchell Port in the finals
  • Ranked as high as No. 26 throughout the season
  • Entered the starting lineup on Jan. 6 vs. Maryland
  • Posted an 8-2 record in all dual meets
  • Had a 5-1 mark in EWL dual meets
  • Tied for second on the team with eight wins by fall
  • Also had three wins by major decision and one by technical fall
  • Accumulated 53 dual points for and 32 against
  • Racked up eight wins by fall
At West Virginia in 2010-11
  • Made a smooth transition from high school with an 18-11 record as a true freshman
  • Named to the Amateur Wrestling News’ All-Rookie Team
  • Came in third at the EWL Championships, beating three opponents and falling only to No. 14 Matt Bonson of Lock Haven by a 6-5 decision in the second round
  • Started every match for the team at 141-pounds
  • Had a 7-3 mark against EWL opponents and a 9-6 dual record
  • Outscored dual opponents 39-24
  • Had the fifth-best mark on the team for number of wins (18) and third-best spot for major decisions (6)
  • Had six major decision wins, 26 near-fall points and 43 takedowns for the year
  • Also won four matches by fall, the fastest being in 0:57 over Adam Householder of Thiel College
Prep
  • Coached by Dan O’Cone at Brick Memorial High
  • Coached by Vinnie Santaniello of the Sure Thing Wrestling Club
  • Four-year starter, ending career at 134-12
  • As a sophomore, earned fourth place at state championships
  • State champion as a junior
  • Second-place finish as a senior
Personal
  • Son of Ralph and Blanca Morales
  • Birthday is June 13
  • Has one brother
  • Majoring in criminology
Morales’ Career Statistics
Year	W	L	Dual	Conf	Falls	NCAA
2011	18	11	9-6	7-3	4	-
2012	18	4	8-2	5-1	8	0-2
2013			Redshirted
2014    20      9       13-3    2-3     1       1-2  
Totals	56	24	30-11	14-7	13	1-4

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