Big Wrestling Weekend

The 12th-ranked West Virginia University wrestling team (4-2) is set to host a pair of dual meets this weekend.

The Mountaineers will take on Virginia (1-4) Friday, January 25, at 7:30 p.m. and then return to the mat Saturday, January 26, at 5 p.m. against Buffalo (3-4). Both matches will be in the WVU Coliseum.

The Mountaineers lead the all-time series 11-1 against Virginia, but the two schools have not met since 1986. WVU began the series with Buffalo last year, which the Mountaineers won 19-16.

The Mountaineers are coming off a pair of victories last weekend. WVU improved to 2-0 in the Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) with a 36-7 win over Bloomsburg and then went on to defeat No.24 Nebraska 31-20 last Sunday, January 20, at the Coliseum.

WVU features eight ranked wrestlers in its ten-man lineup, including three in the Top 10. Greg Jones is ranked third at 174, Tom McMath is sixth at 165 and Joe Carr is ninth at 157.

Scouting the Cavaliers -- Virginia enters tonight's match with a 1-4 record. Two of the Cavaliers losses have come against teams ranked in the Top 25 (Lock Haven and Missouri). The last time Virginia competed was at the Virginia Intercollegiate State Wrestling Championships (VISWC). The Cavaliers finished second with 84.5 points behind EWL member Virginia Tech.

The Cavaliers feature six wrestlers with more than 10 wins in their starting lineup. Jimi Massey (184) leads the team in victories with 16 and has three runner-up finishes in tournaments this season. Paul Dunstan (149), a freshman from Oberlin, Ohio, is 12-10 on the year and won his weight class last week at the VISWC. Josh Etu (HWT), who also won his class at the VISWC, is 13-4, 3-0 in dual competition. Tim Foley (157) is 12-7 on the year and is undefeated in dual competition with a 4-0 record.

The Mountaineers will be back in action Friday, February 8, at 7:30 p.m. against EWL rival Lock Haven at the Coliseum.

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