The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

November 13, 2013

WVU Tech student athletes honored

— The United States Collegiate Athletic Association recently announced the 2013 USCAA National All-American and All-Academic teams.

WVU Tech had multiple students earning accolades through their efforts on and off the field.

Student-athletes earn All-Academic honors by being an upperclassmen who has earned a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher over the course of their academic career. Tech landed six student-athletes on this list.

The USCAA honors 15 first team, 15 second team, and several honorable mention students for their outstanding performance on the field/court for each sport to make up the All-American team.

The Tech men’s soccer team boasted four All-American players. They include first-team choices Joe Jackson, Tyler Fabian and Dennis Fuerst, all seniors. Senior Raul Martin was an honorable mention pick.

 Jackson scored 19 goals in 2013 and scored 47 goals during his four-year career in Montgomery. Fabian scored 13 goals in 19 games played this year. The senior topped the charts with 13 assists. Fuerst led the Golden Bears with 23 goals while also marking 10 assists. Fuerst scored the game-winning goals in the semifinal and final of the USCAA National Championship Tournament.

Martin was a strong leader, controlling the ball as a center back. The senior scored a goal against Penn State Hazleton on Oct. 4.

A Tech volleyball player, sophomore Jacque Carroll, earned All-Academic honors. Carroll put down a career-high 18 kills against Glenville State on Oct. 15. The sophomore ended the season with 144 digs and 142 kills.

Men’s soccer earned five spots on the All-Academic team this year, including four sophomores and one senior. The sophomores include Sam Laughton, Ridge Ramsey, Drew Lytton and Felipe Sozinho. Senior Mario Paz rounds out the list.

Laughton played in 15 games, scoring 13 goals for the Bears. Ramsey scored a goal and marked an assist against Penn State Hazleton, recording two total assists as a sophomore. At right back, Lytton helping the team’s defense, allowing only 17 goals scored. Sozinho grabbed an assist against Ohio Christian Aug. 31.

The midfielder, Paz recorded an assist against Concord University in Tech’s Sept. 21 win.

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The Golden Bear wrestlers continued their season-opening northern road trip with a 2-1 record in the Bronx at the College of Mount Saint Vincent on Saturday. The day began with a very competitive loss to the University of Southern Maine, where the score was tied 18-18 entering the final two bouts of the dual.

Freshman Alfred Martinez earned his first collegiate win with a 10-5 decision at 133 pounds. Senior John Walters earned a 13-1 major decision, sophomore Dirk Ponchak scored a first-period pin at 165, and freshman Kyle Shepherd was dominant in rolling to a 17-2 technical fall victory.

In the second dual of the day, WVU Tech rolled to a 46-6 victory over the host school’s Dolphin wrestlers. Walters earned his third bonus point win of the season with a first-period fall, Ponchak earned a 14-6 major decision, freshman Tola Morakinyo won 5-2 at 184, and freshman Alexander LeCroy won a hard-fought 4-2 decision at 197.

In the final dual against Muhlenberg, Tech was again dominant, winning 57-3. Walters continued his torrid start to the season with his third first-period fall of the year, while freshman Conner Russ converted an armbar into a first-period fall, and Morakinyo scored four takedowns en route to a 10-4 victory.

“All things considered I’m feeling pretty positive on the direction our program is heading,” said head coach Sam Gardner. “We responded pretty well to the difficulties a long road trip can present. We wrestled aggressively, and although we have a bunch of things to work on as we prepare for next weekend’s trip to Ferrum, I like the attitude we brought to the mats.”

WVU Tech (3-1) will take to the mats again Nov. 16 while participating in the Ferrum (Va.) Panther Classic.

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WVU Tech’s men’s and women’s cross country squads ended 2013 on a high note at the USCAA National Championships. The Golden Bears made their way to Syracuse, N.Y. to participate in the event hosted by SUNY-ESF.

The men fought through a challenging and sloppy course and finished in ninth place. Zack White led the charge for the Golden Bears, crossing the line in 43th place in 30:46. Dominic Rich (31:01) finished in 54th place. Kevin Arguello rounded out the top three finishers for WVU Tech with a new personal best time of 31:40, which was good for 67th place. Adam Westrick and Cameron Jarrell both ran their best times of the season and finished in 82nd and 112th, respectively. Martin Lankas also ran a new personal best.

Cheyenne Davis crossed the finish line well over 3:00 faster than she had all season with time of 34:14, which was good for 124th place overall.

Westrick was also named to the USCAA National All-Academic Team.

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The men’s basketball squad was topped by the No. 7 University of Pikeville 101-72 Saturday evening in the East Kentucky Exposition Center. Tech came into the game with a 3-0 record, receiving votes in the NAIA Top 25 and scoring nearly 100 points a contest.

Junior forward Jauries Thomas scored 19 points to lead the way. Thomas also pulled down a team-best seven boards. Junior guard Jaren Marino (13), freshman point guard Ra’Shaud Kincaid (9), and senior guard Brandon Burgraff (8) rounded out Tech’s scoring leaders.

Pikeville led 46-18 at halftime.

Earlier, Thomas scored a career-high 24 points and Tech made 22-of-28 free throws on its way to a 100-68 victory over Alice Lloyd College Friday night at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center.

Thomas also grabbed 10 rebounds for Tech’s first double-double of the season. Forward Armond Perez just missed a double-double of his own after an 11-point, nine-rebound performance. Guard Brandon Burgraff scored 17 points, with guard Leon Cooper, Jr. and orward Floyd Campbell chipping in 16 and 12 points, respectively.

Tech will host West Virginia State University Nov. 13 in the Baisi Athletic Center. Tip-off  is 7 p.m.

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Playing in her third season as a Golden Bear, junior guard Nia Nolan recorded a career-high 23 points during the WVU Tech women’s basketball team’s 67-63 loss to Southern Polytechnic State University Saturday.

The loss drops Tech’s record to 0-3, Southern Poly improves to 3-0 this season.

Nolan also passed out four assists.

Elizabeth Evans added 12 points and three assists, Cheyanna Lusk was just shy of a double-double with a career-high 10 rebounds and nine points. Lusk also dished out a career-high seven assists. Roche Wimberly chipped in nine points and Tracee Mitchel put up six points to round out Tech’s top contributors.

(This story was compiled via reports from Becky Brouse, WVU Tech sports information director. For more on Tech athletics, visit