George Mason Announces 2003-04 Wrestling Recruits

Posted: August 14, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Mason wrestling Head Coach Brian Shaffer has announced that eight recruits, including two Northern Virginians, will join the Patriots for the 2003-04 season.

David Emison, from North Stafford High School in Stafford, Va., and Robert Henry, from Potomac High School in Dumfries, Va., are the local recruits. They are joined by Jerry Connolly (Portsmouth, Va.), Sean Grant (Eaton Rapids, Mich.), Ryan Kittrick (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.), Jim Martin (Forty Fort, Pa.), Mitch Webster (Towanda, Pa.) and Harry Zander (National Park, N.J.).

Emison was a two-time Virginia Group AAA state placewinner at North Stafford, finishing fifth at 135 pounds as a senior after being sixth at 130 as a junior. Henry was a two-time state qualifier at Potomac.

Martin was a two-time placewinner at the National High School Open Championships sponsored by the National Wrestling Coaches Association, finishing fifth as a senior and third as a junior. Kittrick placed fifth at heavyweight as a senior in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) Class AAA Championships, and Webster was the PIAA District 4 champion at 152 as a senior. Connolly was a two-time Virginia Group AAA state qualifier at 215 and Zander was a New Jersey state qualifier at 189 last season.

“We’re very excited about this year’s recruiting class,” says Shaffer, who is entering his 9th year with the Patriots and his 12th overall as a head coach. “They are a well-rounded group who have their priorities in the right places and a passion for the sport. They will make an immediate impact on our program and help us return to the top of the conference.”

George Mason returns 12 veterans from last season’s team that produced a 2-12 overall record, a 2-6 mark in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA), and placed seventh at the CAA Championships. Included among the returnees are two-time NCAA qualifiers Rob Becker (83-28 career record) and Adrian Austin (65-39), both of whom will compete at 149 pounds, and junior 125-pounder Aaron Suranofsky (30-18), who earned his first NCAA Championships appearance by placing second in the CAA last season.

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