Date: July 13, 1998
Contact: Brian Laubscher (540) 463-8676
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In an announcement made today, Washington and Lee University has accepted a provisional associate membership to the Centennial Conference for the sport of Wrestling after competing as an independent for the past 17 years.

"We are pleased to find a 'home' for our wrestling program," said W&L Athletic Director Mike Walsh. "The Centennial Conference has outstanding wrestling and our athletes will benefit greatly from conference affiliation."

The Generals will join Gettysburg, Johns Hopkins, Muhlenberg, Swarthmore, Ursinus, and Western Maryland in competition for the league title.

"We are delighted that Washington and Lee has accepted our invitation," said Steven F. Ulrich, Executive Secretary of the Conference. "W&L brings an outstanding academic reputation and a strong wrestling tradition to our conference. We are confident that the quality student-athlete who competes at W&L will enhance the Centennial Conference and our championship competition."

W&L finished the 1997-98 season with a 2-7 dual meet record and placed third in the Virginia State Championships. Individually, Chad Casto competed in the 126-pound weight class at the NCAA Regional Championships.


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