Mason Wrestler Named Freshman All-American

Posted: May 31, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Mason freshman Tony Howard has been selected as one of the top freshmen in the nation at 165 pounds on the All-Rookie team chosen by Amateur Wrestling News.

Six “Freshman All-Americans” were chosen in each of the 10 weight classes by the magazine, one of the leading publications in the world of amateur wrestling. Howard was ranked third at 165 behind Jacob Volkman of Minnesota and Chris Pendleton of Oklahoma State.

Howard is the third George Mason wrestler to be named a Freshman All-American and the second in the past two years, joining Sean Shea in 1996 and Donnie DeFilippis in 2000. Howard was named the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Rookie of the Year after posting a final record of 21-5 and winning the CAA individual title at 165.

“This is a great honor for Tony,” says head coach Brian Shaffer. “He placed fourth at the national high school championships as a senior and has advanced to being recognized as the third-best in his weight class among all college freshmen. He adapted extremely well to college wrestling and we feel he’s capable of even more success as he continues to progress.”

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