Tovuujav Named Most Outstanding Wrestler at CAA Championships
Posted: March 10, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am
Freshman Mendbagana Tovuujav earned Most Outstanding Wrestler honors at the 2009 Colonial Athletic Association Championships after upsetting Alton Lucas of Hofstra in overtime in the 174-pound championship bout on Saturday in Chesapeake, Va.
Teammate sophomore Cayle Byers also took home championship hardware on Saturday after earning the CAA title at 197 pounds with a 3-0 shutout of Drexel’s Jon Oplinger.
This season marks the first time the Patriots have won an individual title at the CAA Championships since the 2004 season. It is the first time Mason has had multiple champions since 2001, when the Patriots won a total of six weight classes.
Tovuujav, ranked 22nd in the final coaches poll of the season, scored the upset with a takedown in the first overtime period for a 3-1 victory. Lucas, an NCAA All-American and CAA Champion last season, was the top seed in the weight class and entered the match ranked ninth in the final coaches poll.
Byers took home the title at 197 pounds with a hard-fought victory over Oplinger. Byers entered the match ranked 10th in the final coaches poll of the season, while Oplinger ranked just a few slots behind at No. 13 in the poll.
Both Byers and Tovuujav will represent Mason at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships slated for March 19–21 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. It will mark Byers’ second consecutive appearance at the event.
Junior Brian Wright and sophomore Frankie McLaughlin IV were also place winners at the CAA Championships. Wright finished third at 125 pounds, while McLaughlin finished fourth at 157 pounds.
Mason wrapped up the two-day event in fifth place in team scoring with a total of 40 points.
Hofstra captured its eighth consecutive team championship, finishing ahead of host Old Dominion. Hofstra finished with 106.5 team points to Old Dominion’s 86.5. Rider finished in third place with 57.5 points.