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January 20, 1999

Charlottesville, VA — The University of Virginia Cavaliers, who havewon the Virginia Intercollegiate Wrestling title in both 1997 and 1998,travel to Lexington, Va. on Friday with sights of maintaining their recentstranglehold on the competition. Virginia is led by two-time defendingOutstanding Wrestler of the Meet Jim Harshaw (Cranberry Township,Pa./Seneca Valley), who was the champion at 150-pounds in both 1997 and1998.

Virginia has won six state titles, more than any other school inthe commonwealth, and also has a advantage in individual titles won with67. In 1998, the Cavaliers set a meet record for points scored with 177,eclipsing the record they set in 1997.

The Cavaliers claimed six champions last year, the second-highesttotal in meet history. Additionally, the Cavaliers had one second-placefinisher and three third-place finishers, which meant that a Virginiaathlete finished at least third in each weight class. Two of thosechampions are returning from last year, as Matt Roth (Wescosville,Pa./Parkland) returns to the lineup this season. He is currently rankedtenth in the country at 133 pounds.

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