Wilman Wins EWL Award

West Virginia University wrestler Ryan Wilman was named the Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) wrestler of the week for his efforts against Penn State last weekend.

Wilman, a freshman transfer from Tennessee-Chattanooga, defeated Penn State's No. 9 Mark Becks 3-2 at 184 pounds. The win was Wilman's first over a ranked opponent this season and was WVU's sixth straight victory in the match against the Nittany Lions.

Becks was coming off of a win over the top-rated wrestler in the nation at 184 pounds the week earlier. The victory helped Wilman, a native of Powder Springs, Ga., improve his record to 13-7 on the year.


The No. 10 West Virginia University wrestling team (2-1) will travel to Columbus, Ohio, to take on No. 7 Ohio State (10-0) at noon on Saturday, January 12.

WVU is 8-12 all-time against Ohio State but won the last meeting 22-15 in 1997. The Buckeyes feature nine wrestlers that qualified for the NCAA championships last year and are all ranked in the Top 20 in the nation this season. Those same nine also qualified for the NCAA championships last year. WVU has six athletes in the Top 20 and four with NCAA experience.

"I think Ohio State has one of the best lineups in the nation," coach Craig Turnbull says. "It's going to be exciting and we are looking forward to the challenge."

The Mountaineers are coming of an impressive 23-15 victory at No. 23 Penn State last weekend. WVU won seven of the 10 matches en route to the victory.

The Mountaineers will return to action Sunday, January 20, when they play host to Bloomsburg and No. 19 Nebraska for a double dual meet. WVU is slated to take on Bloomsburg at 1 p.m. and will face the Cornhuskers at 4:30 p.m.

Mountaineers Daily Top Stories