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Former top wrestling recruit Meade changes scenery

| Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011

Any No. 1 recruit out of high school deals with high expectations, and Alex Meade gets another shot at fulfilling his.

Meade, a former top wrestling recruit nationally, transferred to West Virginia from Oklahoma State two weeks ago. Because the transfer wasn't within the conference, he's eligible to compete immediately as a redshirt sophomore.

"I don't want people thinking I fell off or anything like that," Meade said. "I still want to go out and perform and be the best at what I've done my whole life."

Meade transferred from the Cowboys program, where he went 29-10 last season, because he felt uncomfortable there. He wanted to be closer to his hometown, Camden, Del., so his family could get to more of his matches.

"I felt like kind of an outcast out there," said Meade, who competed at 165 pounds at Oklahoma State. "I was a little bit different than everybody. As soon as I got out there, it was a culture shock."

Meade feels he'll be a better wrestler closer to home but admits he's not in top shape. Off the mat for two months before his transfer, he's struggled to a 1-1 record at 174 pounds. He'll eventually compete in the 157-pound class and is serious about making a run at a national title.

"Give me three weeks, three or four weeks," he said, "and I'll be back ready."

Triple threat

St. Vincent junior women's basketball player Devin McGrath earned a trio of awards this week. She was named Presidents' Athletic Conference Player of the Week on Monday, then grabbed the Eastern College Athletic Conference co-Player of the Week before earning a spot on the national d3hoops.com Team for the Week for the period ending Jan. 23.

The OLSH graduate averaged 26.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 4.5 steals for the No. 22 Bearcats in two games this past week. That included a career-high 27 points in a 88-74 win over Thiel on Saturday.

The junior leads the conference with 65 steals. She's also ninth in scoring with 12.3 points per game and 10th in rebounds with 6.5 per game.

Academic honor

West Virginia guard Liz Repella has been named one of 10 finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, honoring the nation's top senior student-athlete.

A first-team All-Big East selection last season, Repella leads the No. 8 Mountaineers in scoring, averaging 14 points and 5.4 rebounds. The winner will be announced during the Women's Final Four in Indianapolis in April.

Freshman sensation

West Virginia's Hope Sloanhoffer earned East Athletic Gymnastics League Rookie of the Week award for the third-straight week.

The freshman is the top vaulter in the conference (41st nationally) and ranked second in the floor exercise (23rd in the nation).

West Virginia hosts a meet against Pitt and Rutgers at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

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