Cottrell is just the second wrestler in Appalachian history to win freshman of the year in the SoCon. All-American Austin Trotman earned the award in 2008.
Cottrell finished the 2013-14 season with a 23-1 record with four pins and a 12-0 dual record which included a perfect 5-0 in the SoCon. He is currently on a 12-match win streak and ranked No. 10 at the 149-pound weight class according to the final NCAA RPI standings of the year. He leads the team with the most decisions and dual meet points of the season. Cottrell also won SoCon wrestler of the week twice this season.
Last years NCAA qualifier, sophomore Dominic Parisi (Concord, N.C./Jay M. Robinson), joined Cottrell on the 2013-14 all-conference team at the 125-pound weight class. Parisi finished the SoCon schedule with a perfect 5-0 record and a 15-6 overall record on the season. He leads the team with six pins.
Redshirt-freshman Vito Pasone (Wilkes, Barre, Pa./ E.L. Meyers) also secured a spot on the 2013-14 all-freshman team rounding out the awards for the Mountaineers. Pasone went 12-12 on the season and 4-0 in the SoCon.
The Mountaineers will be back in action on Saturday at the SoCon Wrestling Championship, hosted by Campbell in Buies Creek, N.C. Doors to the John W. Pope Jr. Convocation Center open at 9 a.m. First-round matches are set to begin at 10 a.m., with finals slated to start at 7 p.m.
2013-14 Wrestler of the Year
Turtogtokh Luvsandorj, R-Sr., 165, The Citadel
2013-14 Freshman of the Year
Dylan Cottrell, 149, Appalachian State
2013-14 All-Southern Conference Team
125 Dominic Parisi, Jr., Appalachian State
133 Nick Soto, Jr., Chattanooga
141 Ugi Khishignyam, R-So., The Citadel
149 Dylan Cottrell, R-Fr., Appalachian State
157 Aaron Walker, R-Fr., The Citadel
165 Turtogtokh Luvsandorj, R-Sr., The Citadel
174 Levi Clemons, R-Jr., Chattanooga
184 John Lampe, R-So., Chattanooga
197 Scottie Boykin, Fr., Chattanooga
HWT Dawson Peck, Fr., Chattanooga
2013-14 All-Freshman Team
Dylan Cottrell, Appalachian State
Vito Pasone, Appalachian State
Ville Heino, Campbell
Drew Walker, Campbell
Tyler Walker, Campbell
Aaron Walker, The Citadel
Austin Trott, Gardner-Webb
Scottie Boykin, Chattanooga
Dawson Peck, Chattanooga
Mike Pongracz, Chattanooga
Photo Courtesy: Dylan Cottrell, ASU Athletics