Mason Wrestler Ranked 19th in the Nation

Posted: January 17, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Mason junior Rob Becker has been ranked 19th in the nation at 149 pounds by InterMat in its Jan. 14 weekly poll for collegiate wrestling. It is the first time this season Becker has been nationally ranked.

Becker is off to an outstanding start this season for the Patriots. Also ranked second in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) at 149, he won each of his four matches last weekend, improving his overall record to 15-4, as George Mason (1-3 overall, 1-1 in the CAA) opened its dual meet season.

Becker won by fall in 24 seconds over Campbell’s Elliot Berger Friday as the Patriots opened the season with a 21-20 CAA victory over the Camels. At the N.C. State Duals the next day, he scored a 14-3 major decision over Binghamton’s Joe Gartiser, won a 4-3 decision against North Carolina State’s Jake Giamoni, and captured a 5-3 decision over Franklin and Marshall’s Michael Parziale.

Becker has placed in each of the tournaments George Mason has competed in this season, finishing second at the Beast of the East College Invitational, fourth at the East Stroudsburg Open, and seventh at the prestigious Las Vegas Invitational. He advanced to the NCAA Championships for the first time last March after placing second at 141 pounds at the CAA Championships, and he won one of his three matches at the national tournament.

“This is a great honor for Rob to be nationally ranked, and well deserved,” says Patriot head coach Brian Shaffer. “But he knows he can do even better. He’s been dominant when he should be, and he’s done well against other nationally ranked wrestlers. I believe he is worthy of being considered one of the best in the nation at 149 pounds.”

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