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EIWA names Valenti as Wrestler of Year and Nickerson as top freshman

By John Harmon | March 21, 2006, 8:37 a.m. (ET)
Matt Valenti Named EIWA Wrestler of the Year

Penn junior Matt Valenti has been named EIWA Wrestler of the Year, by vote of the head coaches of the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association.

Valenti had a nearly perfect season, compiling a record of 36-2 while winning both the EIWA and NCAA championships at 133 pounds.

He is a history major from Newton NJ, and holds the Penn record for most wins in a season, with 36 and is the first Quaker wrestler to earn more than 100 wins through his junior year. He was also an All-American in 2004, placing fifth at 125.

Troy Nickerson Named EIWA Freshman of the Year

Cornell freshman Troy Nickerson has been named EIWA Freshman of the Year, by vote of the head coaches of the Eastern Intercollegiate Coaches Association.

Nickerson compiled a record of 36-2 while winning the EIWA Championship and finishing in second place att the NCAA Championships at 125 pounds.

Nickerson is a former five-time New York state champion from Chenango Forks, NY.
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