Former Virginia Wrestler Steve Garland Named Assistant Wrestling Coach at Cornell University

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Adam Jones (University of Virginia)

ITHACA, N.Y. - Rob Koll, the David R. Dunlap '59 Coach of Wrestling at Cornell University, has announced that former University of Virginia wrestler Steve Garland  (Middleton, N.Y./Middleton) has been named an assistant wrestling coach at Cornell.  He will assist with the Big Red wrestling program in the upcoming 2000-2001 season.     Garland, the 2000 Atlantic Coast Conference Wrestler of the Year, was a three-time NCAA qualifier while at UVa.  He wrestled at 125 pounds during the 1999-2000 season and finished the year with a record 30-5 overall, 10-1 in dual match action.  He ended his wrestling career at Virginia with an overall mark of 91-36, 28-12 in dual match competition.    A tri-captain of the 1999-2000 UVa wrestling team, Garland finished the year ranked eighth in the country by Intermat Rankings.  He recorded seven victories by major decision, six wins by technical fall and four matches by fall in 1999-2000.    Garland became the first Cavalier selected to compete in the National Wrestling Coaching Association All-Star Classic.  He competed in the prestigious event on February 7th in East Lansing, Michigan.  He also became the fourth Virginia wrestler to earn All-American honors in the last decade after finishing runner-up at the NCAA Wrestling Championships.    Garland finished the 1999-2000 season by advancing to the 125 pound championship match at the 2000 NCAA Wrestling Championships in St. Louis, Missouri.  There, he fell to eventual champion Jeremy Hunter of Penn State by the narrow score of 7-3 in the 125-lbs finals.    Garland's top finishes in tournament action last season occurred when he took first place at both the Keystone Classic (4 0) and at the Virginia State Intercollegiate Wrestling Championship (4-0).  He also finished runner-up at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Collegiate Wrestling Invitational, the American University Congressional Cup, the ACC Tournament and the NCAA Championships this season.    Garland was a three-year starter at UVa after transferring from Central Connecticut State University.  He earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from Virginia in January 2000.  Garland won the ACC Championship (126 lbs.) in 1997 after earning the Outstanding Wrestler of the ACC Championships award and finished runner-up in the 1998 ACC Tournament in his respective weight class.