MORGANTOWN, W.Va.(March 22, 2021) – Following a seventh-place finish in the 125-pound pool of the 2021 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, West Virginia University redshirt junior Killian Cardinale has been named the WVU Student-Athlete of the Week, presented by University Apartments.
After suffering a setback to eventual NCAA Champion Spencer Lee of Iowa in the championship second round, No. 17-seed Cardinale maneuvered his way through the consolation bracket, posting a 3-0 record on the second day of competition to advance to the medal round. The Bristow, Virginia, native took down a pair of top-eight seeded wrestlers in the process, as he upset No. 6-seed Jakob Camacho of NC State in the round of 12 to earn All-America status for the first time in his career. Cardinale followed up his All-America performance with a 12-7 decision over No. 19-seed Eric Barnett of Wisconsin to place seventh in his respective bracket.
A transfer from Old Dominion, Cardinale became the first wrestler in the Tim Flynn era to garner All-America accolades at the NCAA Championships. He scored a team-high 6.5 points for the Mountaineers, helping WVU finish 31st overall with 11.5 team points.
Of note, he posted a team-best 17 wins in his first season as a Mountaineer. He also compiled a 5-1 record at his first-ever Tournament.