Becker Named Co-CAA Wrestler of the Week

Posted: January 29, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Mason junior Rob Becker has been selected as the co-Wrestler of the Week by the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA). The award, which Becker shares with Drexel University’s Chris Jones, is for competition from Jan. 14-20. The CAA honor is the first this season and the second in his career for Becker. He was recognized as the CAA Wrestler of the Week in March last season.

Becker is ranked 19th in the nation at 149 pounds by InterMat in its Jan. 21 weekly poll for collegiate wrestling. It marks the second consecutive week he has been nationally ranked, and he also is ranked second in the CAA behind Hofstra University’s Jon Masa.

Becker improved to 19-4 this season as he extended his winning streak to eight matches by winning each of his four matches during the week. He defeated Virginia Military Institute’s Jason Kontopedes, 8-5, in a dual meet before he captured the championship at 149 at the Virginia Intercollegiate Wrestling Championships.

Third at the VIWC tournament last season, Becker won each of his three matches en route to his first Virginia state championship. He won by fall against James Madison’s Aaron Swift in 1:46, scored a 12-2 major decision over the Apprentice School’s Ron Vecchione, and won a 5-3 decision over Kontopedes to claim the title.

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