Wrestlers Shoot for EWL Regular Season Title

The Mountaineer wrestling team wraps up the regular season with road trips to Cleveland State on Saturday and Edinboro on Sunday. A pair of wins would give WVU an undefeated EWL season, the regular season league championship, and a school record ten straight dual meet wins.

The opposition won't roll over, however. Cleveland State, despite a 5-7 record, is a tough squad that has four wrestlers ranked among the top twenty in the nation. Four of the Vikings' seven defeats have come to top twenty teams, including #2 Michigan and #4 Ohio State.

WVU leads the all-time series 13-10, but lost last year's matchup, 22-19, in Morgantown.

Matches featuring ranked wrestlers from both teams will be at 133, 141, 174 and heavyweight.

Edinboro, at 4-1 in the league and 9-3 overall, still has designs on the top spot, which they could achieve by knocking off the Mountaineers on Sunday.

WVU will be looking for a bit of revenge, as the Mountaineers have not defeated the Fighting Scots since 1998. Seniors such as Joe Carr and Ryan Kehler will no doubt want to end their regular season careers on a high note by ending this streak.

It will be a tough task, however, as Edinboro has lost only once in EWL action over the past three seasons, a 22-18 loss to Lock Haven earlier this year. In that match, however, Edinboro forfeited two weight classes, which accounted for 12 of Lock Haven's 22 points.

An impressive 14 of the 20 wrestlers scheduled to compete in the match are ranked. Those numbers lead to several high profile matchups, headlined by the 174 match between Greg Jones and Josh Koscheck. Koscheck is number two in the nation, while Jones is third.

All three of Edinboro's losses have come at the hands of nationally-ranked teams.


WVU's 32-2 demolition of Pitt last week was the largest margin of defeat for the Panthers since a 40-6 setback to Cleveland State in the 1983-84 season.

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WVU has scored extra points in 27 percent of its dual matches this year (32 out of 119). On the flip side, Mountaineer opponents have scored extra points only seven percent of the time (8 of 119). In EWL matches, WVU has only allowed extra points in just one out of 50 matches (a major decision). Greg Jones and Tom McMath lead the Mountaineers in this category, having scored more than three points seven times in their 12 dual matches.

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West Virginia is ranked 11th in the latest IntermatWrestle.com poll, the most-recognized team poll. The Mountaineers have been ranked in the Top 25 all season.

Several outlets have the Mountaineers tabbed as the 10th best team in the nation. According to the February 18 Wrestling Mall.com poll, the February 13 NWCA poll and the February 12 Amateur Wrestling News poll, the Mountaineers are rated as the 10th-best dual meet team in the nation.

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Greg Jones, Joe Carr, Shane Cunanan, Tom McMath and Billy Smith have picked up their 20th wins this season. The last time WVU had as many as five wrestlers with 20 wins was the 1998-99 season when Carr, Vertus Jones, Sam Kline, Bob Patnesky and Whitey Chlebove accomplished the feat.

With two more victories, Ryan Wilman will have 20 wins, giving WVU six wrestlers with 20 victories for the first time since the 1997-98 season when Angelo Zegarelli, Patensky, Chlebove, Mike Mason, Kline, Jones and Sean Hage completed the feat.

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