University of Georgia Team Press Releases

UGA Qualifies 8 for Nationals

03/02/2010 -
The UGA Wrestling team drove 290 plus miles in three separate vehicles down to Florida A&M University in Tallahasse this past weekend. They also returned home to Athens, Georgia in three seperate vehicles. However it would be remiss to not report the action and emotions between the sun's rising on Friday (2-26-10) and its setting, as foretold, on Saturday (2-27-10).
Upon their arrival into the arena, Mat Dawgs and fans were united with high expectations for the year's hard work and sweat shop practices to pay off. And pay off it did. UGA placed 5th at the Southeast Conference Championships with nine wrestlers (six point scorers). UGA Head Coach Drew Craver, Assistant Coach Bailey, and Head Skills Technician Mark Feeley scrambled the floor to corner the eight wrestlers who qualified for the 2010 NCWA Nationals to be held in Hampton, VA. Senior Alan Taylor (157) and Returning sophomore All American Frankie Miller (125) lead the way, both placing 2nd in the SEC. Fans look forward to seeing both young men going for medals at Nationals. Mason Deal, with the appetite of a tree snail, cut down to 149 lbs and finished at 3rd. Spectators watching Mason's dominance though the consolation matches were reminded of Dan Gable's epic romp through the 1972 Olympics. First time NCWA wrestler Russell Holzgrefe (184) physically and intellectually outlasted his adversaries. Russell, ironically the official club treasurer, won his last two consecutive matches to "cash in" on a 5th place finish. Two wrestlers of Vietnamese descent, An Pham (141) and Lendl Trieu (125) showed their strategy of picking only a few moves from the wrestling-moves buffet; both placed 6th in the SEC. Regardless of coincidence or conspiracy, the important fact is that both have another chance to showcase their repertoire at Nationals, beginning March 11, 2010. Two other first year NCWA wrestlers Jackson Govatos (149) and Robert Joel Hyder (165) failed to dissappoint. The fans held their collective breath as both wrestlers had to win their final match to place 7th and qualify for Nationals. Both showed extra determination coming into their final match. Jackson pinned with an inside cradle in the first, while Joel woke up a whole 10 minutes before his match. Travis Elrod (141) showed the heart of a lion, refusing to take an injury default despite his damaged collarbone. He continued into the consolations before being pinned by a fluke single-leg tilt. "The kid's got some heart. That's all I have to say," said his final opponent. The team's camraderie was evident thoughout the day, with eight of nine qualifying. An excited national qualifier, Lendl Trieu (125), had no trouble describing his emotions, "It's like Taylor Swift would say, 'Today was a fairytale!'" The Mat Dawgs would like to thank everyone for supporting them. See you at Nationals!
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UGA Places 2nd at Classic City Championships

02/10/2009
UGA wrestlers did not disappoint in front of their home crowd this past Saturday, taking 2nd as a team in the 4th Annual Classic City Championships. The Bulldogs fought through a tough tournament, with only 9 weight classes represented, to take 2nd behind a very tough Marion Military lineu....

UGA Wins Dr. Avery Harvill Dual Tournament

11/30/2006
Dr. Avery Harvill Dual Tournament hosted by the University of Georgia On Saturday, November18th the University of Georgia won its inaugural event. The tournament was held in honor Dr. Avery Harvill, who started the NCAA wrestling program at UGA and coached from 1960 until 1966. Dr. ....

UGA Qualifies 3, will send 1 to Nationals

03/09/2008
UGA took 4 wrestlers to compete in the SEC Championships held at Darton College in Albany, GA. Of those 4, 3 placed high enough to make it to the National Tournament in Lakeland, FL. Alan Taylor placed 3rd at 165, Mark Feeley placed 5th at 157 and Mason Deal placed 7th at 149. Kyle Dix wre....

University of Georgia off to a good start in 2010

01/23/2010
The UGA wrestling team started off the new year right, with an increase in club membership and expecatations. Ten wrestlers competed in the Georgia State Championships at Mercer University, earning 2nd as a team. UGA brought home four champions: Frankie Miller (125), An Pham (141), Jackson....

UGA Qualifies 8 for Nationals

03/02/2010
The UGA Wrestling team drove 290 plus miles in three separate vehicles down to Florida A&M University in Tallahasse this past weekend. They also returned home to Athens, Georgia in three seperate vehicles. However it would be remiss to not report the action and emotions between the sun's r....

UGA Places 4th at Seminole Rattler

02/07/2011
On Saturday Febraury 5th, the UGA Wrestling team travelled to Florida A&M University's campus to compete in the annual Seminole Rattler, represented by five competitors. Frankie Miller took first at 125lbs. An Pham placed 2nd at 141 lbs. Mason Deal placed 3rd place wrestling hard at 149 l....

11th at National Duals

09/11/2011
UGA competed in Dalton, GA for the NCWA National Duals and placed 11th, setting a new school record! Link features story on the event and local wrestler Mark Feeley in his last competitive year with UGA. A grad student and 165 pounder he is a returning All-American.....

UGA Qualifies 6 for Nationals

09/11/2011
UGA competed in Florida for the 2011 SEC Championships and qualified 6 for the upcoming National tournament to be held in Macon, GA. Joel Hyder at 174 pounds won his first SEC Championship leading his team into a great post-season.....

First Ever 3-Timer!

09/11/2011
Veteran wrestler Frankie Miller led his team at the National Tournament defeating last years National Champion to become a 3-Time All-American. Frankie is the first and only 3-Time All-American from the University of Georgia.....

5 Academic All-Americans

09/11/2011
UGA is proud to announce that 5 of its starters have been recognized in 2011 as Academic All-Americans. Congratulations to Frankie Miller, An Pham, Jackson Govatos, Mark Feeley and Russell Holzgrefe. ....

Success is Contagious

11/12/2011
The NCWA added its post season awards with Academic All-American awards and UGA leads the league with the most. We are proud of our guys making the most of their academic careers and preparing themselves for careers outside of wrestling. We want our wrestlers to become successful men first....

UGA Places 3rd at Georgia Collegiate Championships

01/22/2012
UGA opened their season strong at the Georgia Collegiate State Championships placing 3rd overall. Congratulations to the 5 wrestlers who represented UGA. Roger Gunter 4th Jackson Govatos 1st Sergio Ardila 3rd Joel Hyder 2nd and Paul Ardila 2....

UGA Takes 2nd at Classic City Championships

02/26/2012
UGA hosted their annual Classic City Championship Saturday February 4 and represented strongly taking 2nd Place. These are the individuals who made it happen: Wyatt Anderson 1st Place Paul Ardila 1st Place Andrew Lanham 1st Place Sergio Ardila 2nd Place Trey Nordone ....

SEC Championships

02/26/2012
The UGA wrestlers traveled to the University of Central Florida to compete in the SEC Championships February 25th. Their results are as follows: Wyatt Anderson SEC Champion Paul Ardila Runner-up Sergio Ardila 3rd Place Joel Hyder 4th Place Jackson Gov....

UGA Places 3rd at Nationals D2

03/11/2012
Wyatt Anderson, Sergio Ardila, Joel Hyder and Paul Ardila stormed the 2012 National Championships like the "4 Horseman" placing 3rd in the D2 team standings. Paul Ardila was named All-American placing 4th. While the others may not have placed they scored enough bonus points in the early ro....

First University of Georgia National Champion Since 1998

03/20/2014
UGA wrestling defies the odds again! As one of the smallest and most underfunded programs in all collegiate wrestling the Georgia wrestling team demonstrates that attitude is everything! Taking 3 wrestlers to the 2014 National Championships and significantly behind in the new point scori....