March 12, 2002
Gator wrestler Mauricio Wright won an individual national championship in his weight class at the NCAA Division II National Championships held March 8-9 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He beat Central Washington's Franco Santiago for the third time this year in a semi-final match and then bested South Dakota State's Tyler Jones in the final. Wright, a 184-pound junior, was also named an All-American for the third year in a row.
The Gators scored 34 points to place thirteenth as a team, improving on last year's 21st place showing. The wrestlers also maintained an NCAA Division II-leading streak by scoring points in the National Championship competition for the 39th straight year.
Wright, who placed third in the nation last year, chose SFSU because it was the only school where he could pursue both of his passions: wrestling and cinema.
Wright's title is the tenth individual championship in school history. He finished the season 39-4 and needs just five more wins to break the school career record for victories.
For the thirteenth year in a row, SFSU placed wrestlers on the All-American team. In addition to Wright, Freshman Ricky Garcia was named an All-American in the 149-pound division, and Junior Drew Dunbar was named an All-American at 197 pounds. Garcia took fifth place in his weight division; Dunbar took eighth.
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