Roth Takes Seventh Place at NCAA Wrestling Finals
March 21, 1999
STATE COLLEGE, Pa-Virginia’s Matt Roth (Wescosville, Pa./Parkland) finished in seventh place in the 1999 NCAA wrestling championships as he accepted a medical forfeit today over Jason Silverstein of Purdue. With the win, Roth finishes his storied career at Virginia with 28 career pins and 102 career victories. Roth was seeded eighth in the tournament and along with teammate Jim Harshaw (Cranberry Township, Pa./Seneca Valley) becomes Virginia’s first All-Americans since 1994. The 102 victories stands in third place all-time at Virginia. Harshaw also competed in the seventh-place match but fell to fifth-seeded Mark Samples of Edinboro in a fall at 1:47. Harshaw, also an All-American by virtue of his eighth place finish, ends his career tied with Roth with 102 career wins. He also ends up in second place all-time at Virginia with 23 career pins. His 48 matches in 1999 stands as the second-highest total of matches in a single season. Seeded 11th going into the tournament, Harshaw defeated the fourth seed in the consolation quarterfinals.