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Gayeski and Porter Named to All-State Team
Two of Liberty's six national qualifiers took home state wrestling honors on Friday, as Frankie Gayeski and Chad Porter were both named to the VaSID second-team all-state wrestling team, as announced by the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID).
The VaSID all-state wrestling team, which started in 2007, has now recognized six Liberty grapplers during the last three years, with eight total honors. This marks Gayeski's first time on the Commonwealth listing, while Porter is showing up on the all-state roll call for a second time, after garnering second-team all-state honors in 2008.
Gayeski (R-Sr., Malaga, N.J.) had a career year, as the 149-pounder posted a team-best 26-8 record and a 14-3 mark in dual events.
The senior finished the regular season ranked No. 20 nationally by W.I.N. Magazine and was recently named the Outstanding Senior College Wrestler award recipient, presented by the South Jersey Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association.
Gayeski won two different tournaments during the 2009-10 season, the first coming at the Keystone Classic, which began a run that eventually led to 15-straight victories for the 149-pounder. Later in the year, Gayeski took home the title at the NCAA East Regional Championships to earn his first career trip to the national championships.
Porter (R-Jr., Washington, W.Va.) posted a 23-11 overall record (14-4 dual record) after his first year back to the active mats following a redshirt season last year.
The junior earned his third national qualifier this past season by capturing the 165-pound title at the NCAA East Regional Championship. He also finished second at the Keystone Classic and is Liberty's active career wins leader with 84 career collegiate victories.
Liberty was one of five Commonwealth programs to have multiple grapplers on the all-state listing, with Virginia and Virginia Tech leading the charge with five selections apiece. In total, eight different programs were represented on the team, which is comprised of wrestlers from NCAA Division I, Division III and NAIA levels of competition.
Virginia 174-pounder Chris Henrich was named Wrestling of the Year and Cavaliers skipper Steve Garland was tabbed Coach of the Year after leading his squad to the program's first ACC title since 1977. Virginia Tech's Brian Stephens, a 149-pounder, was a unanimous selection as Rookie of the Year.
2010 VaSID All-State Wrestling Team
VaSID All-State First Team
125 James Nicholson, Old Dominion
133 Marcus Chevres, Apprentice School
141 Chris Diaz, Virginia Tech
149 Brian Stephens, Virginia Tech
157 Peter Rose, Southern Virginia
165 Chris Brown, Old Dominion
174 Chris Henrich, Virginia
184 Mike Salopek, Virginia
197 Brent Jones, Virginia
HWT Josh Wine, VMI
VaSID All-State Second Team
125 Jarrod Garnett, Virginia Tech
133 Matt Snyder, Virginia
141 Ty Holley, Apprentice School
149 Frankie Gayeski, Liberty
157 Jesse Dong, Virginia Tech
165 Chad Porter, Liberty
174 Mendbagana Tovuujav, George Mason
184 Tommy Spellman, Virginia Tech
197 Jesse Strawn, Old Dominion
HWT Jack Danilkowicz, Virginia
Wrestler of the Year
Chris Henrich, Virginia
Rookie of the Year
Brian Stephens, Virginia Tech (Unanimous decision)
Coach of the Year
Steve Garland, Virginia