March 12, 2008

Manoogian first Spartan wrestling All-American in nearly five years

Dave Manoogian

Case Western Reserve University senior Dave Manoogian (Green, OH) has become the first All-American in Spartan wrestling since alumnus Zak Kallai, a four-time All-American, earned his final All-America award in 2004.

Manoogian finished eighth at the 2008 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships at the U.S. Cellular Center in Grand Rapids, Iowa.

After a first-round bye on Friday, March 7, Manoogian, seeded fifth, defeated Derrick Smith of Oswego State 11-9, but then fell to New York's Stephen Hult 7-4. In the third-place bracket, Manoogian topped Delaware State's Dan Hall, the number two seed 3-2, securing All-America honors.

This weekend marked the last go-around for Manoogian (Green, OH), as the 141-pounder competed in the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships for the second time in his four-year career.

Manoogian finished just four points shy of earning All-American status at last year's NCAA Championships. He participated as the at-large bid and the No. 5 seed in this year's tournament. Manoogian finished the regular season with a 19-3 record.

Head Coach Bob Del Rosa predicted that Manoogian would likely earn All-American honors this time—with last year's experience under his belt. Del Rosa has taken a wrestler to the NCAA Championships 25 out of the last 30 years.

"He's had a very good season and his losses were to significant opponents when he did lose, which wasn't often," Del Rosa said. "He's in a very good spot to come away as an All-American this year.

"I think this is very important to him because he knows this is it and he'll never get another chance at it," Del Rosa continued. "It's something he's strived for the past four years, and I think he's in a good position this year."

For more information contact Creg Jantz, 216.368.6517.

Posted by: Heidi Cool, March 12, 2008 10:03 AM | News Topics: Athletics, Awards, HeadlinesMain, Students

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