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March 23, 2006

GREENSBORO, NC – – Virginia’s Eric Albright was tabbed Atlantic Coast Conference Freshman of the Year voted on by the league’s six wrestling head coaches and announced by the ACC wrestling awards today. Virginia Tech’s Mike Faust was named the Wrestler of the Year, while North Carolina head coach C.D. Mock garnered Coach of the Year accolades for the second straight year.

Albright becomes the first Cavalier to garner Freshman of the Year honors. He compiled an overall record of 29-9, including a 12-3 record in dual matches in his freshman campaign. The York, Pa., native posted a 4-1 mark in regular season ACC competition. The top seed at 133 pounds, Albright earned a third-place finish at the ACC Championship.

Virginia Tech’s Mike Faust was named the Wrestler of the Year, becoming the first Hokie to garner the award. The heavyweight wrapped up his collegiate career with a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Championships, earning All-America honors. The senior from Baltimore, Md., posted a 37-8 overall record, including a 15-2 record in dual competition. For the second straight year, Faust went undefeated in regular season ACC competition, posting a 5-0 record in his senior campaign. He also won his second consecutive individual heavyweight title at the 2006 ACC Championship.

In just three seasons at the helm of the Tar Heel wrestling program, C.D. Mock has led North Carolina to back-to-back ACC Championships and has been awarded ACC Coach of the Year honors twice.

Virginia finished its dual season 12-5 overall and 4-1 in the ACC, which tied for first place during the regular season. UVa had four wrestlers finish as ACC runner-ups in Drew DiPasquale, Damian Johnson, Kyle Narkiewicz and Mike Grogan. Six wrestlers won at least 20 matches this season.

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