BUENA VISTA, Va. Senior wrestler, Peter Rose, accomplished what no Southern Virginia Wrestler has ever done, as he won his fourth Mid-Atlantic Conference Tournament Championship. Rose swept through the conference, and was rarely threatened all day as he marched to the unprecedented accomplishment. Along the way, he picked up another award, as he was named the outstanding wrestler of the tournament. This award is the second for Rose, and bookends his career in the tournament, as he picked up the same award in 2007 as a freshman in his first tournament.
Other SVU wrestlers involved were Jordan Kofford, who finished in 6th place in his weight division. Brandon Seeberger, also participated, but bowed out in the second round of the consolation bracket of his respective weight class.
Rose will be looking to make history again in the following week as he pursues a 3rd consecutive National Championship, and also seeks to be a 4-time All-American. He was able to be victorious in both 2008 and 2009 in the national tourney.
Rose's day started with a pin of Joey Haleron, of Tennessee Temple, at the 5:00 minute mark in his first match. His hardest competition came in his second, where he pulled out a 2-point take down with 30-seconds left to gain a 4-2 win over Joel Hutchens from VMI Club. He established dominance in his semi-final match, as he beat JMU's Sean Collins, 20-6. He finished out the tourney with a 14-4 victory over Patrick McIntosh of The Apprentice School.
Kofford's sixth place finish would generally preclude him from the national tournament, but coaches voted him in as a wild-card, allowing Kofford to accompany Rose.
The duo will head to the NCWA National Tournament, March 12-13 as the representatives of SVU wrestling, with the aforementioned quest, for Rose, of a third national title.