WVU roundup: Mountaineers name new wrestling coach

MORGANTOWN — WVU named Tim Flynn as the school’s ninth wrestling coach April 10.

Flynn comes from Edinboro, where he spent the last 21 years building the Fighting Scots into a wrestling powerhouse. He compiled a 223-95-5 career record at Edinboro to become the school’s all-time winningest coach and a member of its Hall of Fame.

He replaces Sammie Henson, recently let go after four seasons and a 27-39 overall record, 5-14 in the Big 12.

Flynn’s accomplishments at Edinboro totaled 150 national qualifiers,

64 EWL champions and 97 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference champions.

He led the Fighting Scots to five top-10 finishes at the NCAA championships.

Flynn also coached three national champions — John Koscheck, at 174, in 2001; Gregor Gillespie, at 149, in 2007; and Jarrod King, at 165, in 2009 — and eight NCAA runners-up.

Flynn enjoyed a stellar career at Penn State, captaining the 1986-’87 squad. He went 30-10-1 as a senior, winning the EWL title and finishing seventh at nationals. He finished with a

105-32-2 collegiate record.

AWARDS

WVU’s annual Blue and Golden Globe Awards were held Monday, and 260 Mountaineers were acknowledged for grade point averages (GPA) of 3.0 or better for the spring and fall sem-esters. Of those, 40 earned gold medals for 4.0 GPAs.

Senior forward Michaela Abam, of the women’s soccer team, was named Female Athlete of the Year, while senior guard Jevon Carter, of the men’s basketball team, was named Male Athlete of the Year. Carter’s teammate and freshman forward Teddy Allen was named Rookie of the Year, and Bob Huggins was named Coach of the Year.

Senior gymnast Robyn Bernard won the Individual Performance of the Year honor for her 9.925 vault at Oklahoma.

Senior gymnast Jordan Gillette earned the Best Game Face award, and James Bolden (men’s basketball) and Abigail Patrick (rowing) were named Male and Female Best Dressed as chosen via a Twitter poll.

Assistant Equipment Manager Conor McNamara was named best athletic department staff member.

The men’s soccer team earned the Game of the Year honor for its 1-0 win over No. 5 Michigan State, and the men’s swimming and diving team earned the Mountaineer Spirit Award.

The men’s basketball squad again claimed the Team Award for Community Service. Rob Dowdy (football) and Lexi Glassmire (women’s swimming and diving) earned the individual community service honors.

The rifle team was honored for having the highest team GPA overall. The tennis team boasted the top team GPA for spring, and the cross-country team had the highest GPA for fall,

The golf team claimed the Most Improved Academic Performance for spring, and the football team earned the honor for fall.

ACADEMICS

The Big 12 named 19 Mountaineers to the academic all-Big 12 at-large team, which recognizes the accomplishments of players who participate in sports outside of Big 12 competition, including rifle and men’s soccer.

Tops among the honorees are senior Elizabeth Gratz (marketing) and junior Ginny Thrasher (biomedical engineering), of the WVU rifle team. They own 4.0 GPAs.

Joining Gratz and Thrasher on the first team are teammates Jack Anderson (management), Will Anti (finance and accounting), Milica Babic (industrial engineering) and Morgan Phillips (sport and exercise psychology).

Thirteen members of the men’s soccer team were honored, including seven first-teamers: Stephen Banick (mathematics), Pascal Derwaritsch (sport management), Sebastian Garcia-Herreros (civil engineering), Steven James (sport management), Ryan Kellogg (finance), Andrew Rullow (sport management) and Ethan Shim (exercise physiology).

Six men’s soccer players were named to the second team: Albert Andres-Llop (sport management), Jad Arslan (general business), Lucca Barbaris (general studies), Logan Lucas (global supply chain management), Joey Piatczyc (communication studies) and Jose Santos (criminology).

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