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Dec. 14, 2006

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – – Virginia sophomore wrestler Eric Albright and redshirt sophomore Rocco Caponi are ranked in the top 20 of this week’s InterMat/NWCA/NWMA Division I Individual Wrestling Rankings. Albright is ranked No. 13 at 133 pounds while Caponi is ranked No. 15 at 184 pounds.

Albright is off to a 12-3 start after going 3-2 at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invite. He defeated No. 19 Lou Ruggirello from Hofstra, 5-4. No. 9 Mark Budd of Buffalo squeezed out a 3-2 decision over Albright and No. 11 Mike Rowe of Nebraska held on for a 4-1 decision over the Virginia sophomore.

Rocco Caponi



Caponi sits at 7-4 on the season after finishing eighth at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invite. He went 3-3 at the tournament with wins over Oregon State’s Kyle Bressler, Stanford’s Zack Giesen and Cal State Fullerton’s Ian Murphy.. He dropped decisions to No. 9 Marc Bennett of Indiana and No. 6 Raymond of Jordan of Missouri, who is the No. 1 in the nation. Penn’s Lior Zamir, who is ranked 13th held on to defeat Caponi 6-2 to take seventh place.

InterMat/NWCA/NWMA Division I Individual Wrestling Rankings
133 pounds
1. Nick Simmons, Sr. Michigan State
2. Matt Keller, Sr. UT-Chattanooga
3. Matt Valenti, Sr. Penn
4. Coleman Scott, Jr. Oklahoma State
5. Darrell Vasquez, Sr. Cal Poly
6. Mario Galanakis, Sr. Iowa
7. Jake Strayer, So. Penn State
8. Drew Headlee, Jr. Pittsburgh
9. Mark Budd, Sr. Buffalo
10. Tyler McCormick, Jr. Missouri
11. Mike Rowe, Fr. Nebraska
12. Joe Baker, So. Navy
13. Eric Albright, So. Virginia
14. Ricky Deubel, So. Edinboro
15. T.J. Enright, Jr. Ohio State
16. Cameron Doggett, Fr. Purdue
17. Terryl Williams, Sr. Appalachian State
18. Matt DeLorenzo, Sr. Columbia
19. Lou Ruggirello, Fr. Hofstra
20. Seth Ciasulli, Fr. Lehigh

184 pounds
1. Jake Herbert, Jr. Northwestern
2. Roger Kish, Jr. Minnesota
3. Mike Pucillo, Fr. Ohio State
4. Jake Varner, Fr. Iowa State
5. Tyrel Todd, So. Michigan
6. Raymond Jordan, So. Missouri
7. Christian Sinnott, Jr. Central Michigan
8. Joe Rovelli, Jr. Hofstra
9. Marc Bennett, Sr. Indiana
10. Louis Caputo, So. Harvard
11. Alex Clemsen, Sr. Edinboro
12. Phil Keddy, Fr. Iowa
13. Lior Zamir, Sr. Penn
14. Joe Williams, Jr. Michigan State
15. Rocco Caponi, So. Virginia
16. Eric Chine, So. Kent State
17. Justin Barent, Sr. Columbia
18. Antonio Miranda, Sr. Navy
19. Nate Shirk, Sr. Bloomsburg
20. Steve Borja, Sr. Virginia Tech

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