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Jan. 27, 2003

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – University of Virginia wrestler Bob Seidel (Wall, N.J./Wall) was named the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Wrestler of the Week. Seidel, a 141-pound fourth-year wrestler, went 3-0 for the week after posting three consecutive dual match victories in the Cavaliers’ bouts with North Carolina, Davidson and The Citadel. Seidel became the second UVa wrestler to record the honor in as many weeks. Last week, Virginia heavyweight Josh Etu (Queensbury, N.Y./Queensbury) took the honor after also turning in a 3-0 record for the week. The achievement marks the second time Seidel was named the ACC WOTW. Last season (2001-2002), he was named the ACC Wrestler of the Week on February 18.

Seidel posted his first win of the week after defeating North Carolina’s John Paul Igoe with a 14-4 major decision victory in the Cavaliers’ 20-17 come-from-behind win over the Tar Heels. His victory helped Virginia snap a 28-year losing streak to North Carolina where UVa had lost 30 consecutive dual matches to the Tar Heels during that time span. Prior to Virginia’s win over UNC, the Cavaliers last win against North Carolina in a dual match occurred during the 1974-75 season. Seidel then pinned Matt Leonard at 4:15 in UVa’s 36-11 win over Davidson in his next match before earning a 5-2 decision over The Citadel’s Mike Martinez in Virginia’s narrow 19-17 loss to the Bulldogs.

For his career, Seidel has a record of 61-42 overall, 21-14 in dual matches. He has won 25 of his 61 matches by fall, which currently places him second all-time in Virginia wrestling history for most pins in a career by a Cavalier wrestler. Seidel needs three pins to tie and four pins to break former UVa wrestler Matt Roth’s (1995-1999) school-record of 28 pins.

Bob Seidel by the numbers:

Year		     Class		     Overall W/L	     Dual W/L	     Pins1998-1999      125/133		     12-10		     3-2		            61999-2000	     133		            1-3		         0-0		            02000-2001	     141		            20-8		       7-2		            52001-2002	     141		            11-13		     8-7		            52002-2003	     141		            17-8		       3-3		            9Totals		     125/33/41	         61-42		     21-14		        25

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