Wrestling Team to Add 13 Newcomers in 2000-01

Posted: August 3, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

A total of 13 newcomers joins the George Mason wrestling program for the 2000-01 season, led by three reigning state champions–two from Maryland and one from Virginia.

Tony Howard won three straight Maryland Class 3A/4A championships while at Magruder High School, claiming the 160-pound title while posting a 39-0 record as a senior. A two-time, All-Metropolitan Washington selection with a career record of 105-1, Howard also placed fourth at the National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA) Senior Nationals.

Tim Lowe won two Maryland titles, claiming the Class 1A/2A crown as a junior and the Class 3A/4A championship at 135 pounds with a 37-2 mark as a senior last season at Albert Einstein High School. Lowe also is a two-time, All-Metropolitan Washington choice.

J.C. Cuffee won the 152-pound championship at the Virginia Group AAA Championships last March.

Six other Patriot recruits placed in the top six at their respective state tournaments last season. They included Mark Anderson, Kia Kianersi, Chris Tobin, Ed Tan, Nick Webster, and Sandy Ailor. The other George Mason newcomers include Ailor’s twin brother Preston, Joe O’Brien, Gabe Oriade, and Michael Strasburg. Preston Ailor and Strasburg each won region titles and were Virginia Group AAA qualifiers, while O’Brien was a three-time Pennsylvania Class AA state qualifier. Oriade, who did not attend college last year, placed third in Virginia Group AAA as a senior in 1999.

George Mason finished the 1999-2000 season with a 6-4 overall record and a 3-1 mark in the Colonial Athletic Association. The Patriots placed second at the CAA Championships in March. Donnie DeFilippis was named the top Freshman All-American at 141 pounds and was the CAA Rookie of the Year after posting a 34-11 record and placing in the top 12 at the NCAA championships.

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