NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships
1997 NCAA Tournament Statistics Tighe Cullinane
Tighe CullinanePoints (Opponent)High Lights
39 (Richardson, Airron)Hi-Lite
59 (Nachtrieb, Ben)Hi-Lite

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Wrestler Name: Tighe CullinaneConference: Colonial Athletic Association
University / College: George Mason UniversityHometown: Purcellville
Classification: SeniorHome State: VA
Weight ClassSeason WinsSeason LossesCareer WinsCareer Losses
Tighe Cullinane, Senior - Heavyweight, Purcellville, VA, Major: Health/Fitness; Tighe Cullinane ends his final campaign at George Mason as the starter at heavyweight ... Tri-captain with Rob Barlow and Tim Carrigan ... Has potential to score big at national level ... Career record of 62-45 ... Qualified for NCAA Championships as alternate from Colonial Athletic Association after George Mason's Kevin Brandon, CAA champion at 150, was unable to compete due to injury ... Has won 14 of last 16 matches heading into NCAA Championships. 1996-97: Had outstanding season at heavyweight, posting 25-10 record and placing second at CAA Championships ... Had 11-3 mark in dual meets ... After drawing first-round bye at CAA Championships, defeated Campbell's Jason Wyss in semifinals, 16-2, before dropping 11-5 decision to American's Robert Puzio in finals ... Lost three of four matches against Puzio this season ... Won first-ever collegiate individual title at Virginia Intercollegiate Championships, placed fifth at East Stroudsburg Open and at Penn State Open ... Was seeded fourth at Midlands Championships, but lost two of three matches ... Has 4-5 record against NCAA qualifiers. 1995-96: Sat out season as redshirt ... Posted 16-7 record competing in open tournaments ... Gained valuable national experience by placing seventh at Midlands Championships, second at Penn State Open and fifth at East Stroudsburg Open ... Selected to Athletic Director's Honor Roll for outstanding work in classroom. 1994-95: Had excellent junior season with 19-8 overall record at heavyweight and third-place finish at CAA Championships ... Finished year ranked 20th in nation by Amateur Wrestling News ... Had 5-1 mark in dual meets ... Placed second at Virginia Intercollegiate Championships, third at Millersville Belles Tournament and fourth at both Navy Classic and Lehigh Sheridan Tournament. 1993-94: Completed solid sophomore season in first year as regular starter at heavyweight ... Had 13-17 overall mark, but was 6-4 in dual meets ... Had key victories against Old Dominion and James Madison to help Patriots earn wins and tie for CAA dual meet title ... Placed fifth at Navy Classic and sixth at Virginia Intercollegiate Championships and Millersville Belles Tournament. 1992-93: Had 5-10 mark as freshman. Prep/Club: Qualified for Virginia Group AA Championships as junior at Loudoun Valley High School, from which he graduated in 1992 ... Former Maryland State AAU freestyle champion ... Also played four years of football for Vikings ... Earned all-region honors as offensive tackle as senior, honorable mention All-Metropolitan Washington choice as junior. Record vs. 1997 NCAA Qualifiers: Leslie Apedoe- VMI- W 8-4 (Va. Championships - 1st place) W 9-4 (Dual) Jerome Hunter- Coppin State W 6-1 (Dual) Trent Hynek- Iowa State L 3-7 (Midlands Championships) Ben Nachtrieb- Indiana L 3-8 (Virginia Duals) Robert Puzio- American L 4-5 (Penn State Open) W 3-2 (Penn State Open - 5th place) L 9-11 OT (Dual) L 5-11 (CAA Championships - 2nd place) (Overall Record vs. NCAA Qualifiers: 4-5)

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