West Virginia University wrestling coach Tim Flynn has announced the addition of Killian Cardinale, a qualifier for the 2020 NCAA Championships, to the Mountaineer wrestling roster.
Cardinale, a native of Bristow, Virginia, has spent the previous two seasons at Old Dominion and will have two years of eligibility left.
“We’re really excited to welcome Killian to Morgantown,” Flynn said. “He has proven himself against some of the best guys in the country, so we are looking forward to him arriving on campus. He’s going to be a big part of our future.”
This past season starting at 125 pounds, Cardinale finished the 2019-20 campaign ranked in the top 15 in four major polls and earned National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Division I All-America Honorable Mention honors. He led the Monarchs with 25 wins on the year, including 13 in dual matches, and defeated six ranked opponents.
Cardinale was the starter at 133 pounds for most of the season in his first season of competition with the Monarchs. He posted two wins over ranked opponents after sitting out the 2017-18 season.
Cardinale majored in speech pathology and audiology at ODU and was named to the MAC All-Academic Team in 2019 and 2020.
Cardinale attended Brentsville District High School, where he was a three-time Virginia state finalist. He earned state championship titles in 2015 and 2017 with a runner-up finish in 2016.