Mountaineers Tenth After Day One at NCAA

Eight WVU wrestlers remain alive at the 2003 NCAA Wrestling Championships, but only two are still in the championship bracket.

WVU's losing streak from the end of Session One continued as the evening's second round opened at 125 pounds, where Seth Lisa was quickly turned and pinned in just 1:13 by Chris Fleeger of Purdue.

Brandon Lauer finally stopped the bad streak with his second consecutive fall, pinning Jason Cucolo of Sacred Heart in just 2:19 to earn a spot in the 133 pound championship quarterfinals, where he'll face familiar foe Rad Martinez of Clarion.

At 141 pounds, Shane Cunanan displayed his trademark grittiness with a 3-1 overtime victory over Zack Esposito of tournament favorite Oklahoma State. He'll face Dana Holland of Arizona State in the championship quarters.

In the 149 pound class, Billy Smith lost a narrow 4-3 decision to Collin Robertson of Boise State to drop to the consolation round, and Oklahoma State's Shane Roller did the same to Matt Lebe by the score of 11-5 at 157.

In the 165 pound wrestleback, Tom McMath rebounded with an 8-4 win over Ben Baca of Fresno State, while Greg Jones also rallied form his upset loss to post a win over Bloomsburg's Hunter Guenot by the count of 11-6 at 174.

At 184, Ryan Wilman became the first Mountaineer to be eliminated from the tournament, dropping an 8-6 decision to Brad Christie of Hofstra in the first round of the wrestlebacks.

Finally, at 285, Brent Miller dropped his match via pin in the tiebreaker to Boe Rushton of Boise State to drop to the wrestleback bracket.

WVU is now in tenth place with 17.5 points, and faces a tough battle to stay in the top ten.

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