WVU Second After First Session of EWL Tournament

After Saturday's first session of the Eastern Wreslting League Tournament, West Virginia stands in second place with a score of 37 points.

WVU suffered two first round losses at 125 and 133 before getting into the meat of their order.

At 125 Nathan Kendjorksy was pinned by Lock Haven's Trap McCormick at 1:21. Kendjorsky will face Clarion's Peter Durstine in the wrestle back on Sunday. At 133, Brandon Lauer dropped a tough 3-2 decision to Shawn Amistade of Pitt. Lauer will square off against Chris Spealler of Lock Haven.

Beginning at 141, WVU had five straight wins as themy moved into the strength of their lineup. Shane Cunanan major decisioned Clarion's Starlin Jimenez, Billy Smith (149) defeated Charlie Soto, of Edinboro, 5-3, and at 157 Joe Carr hung a major decision over Mike Smith of Cleveland State

The victory parade continued at 165 and 174 with a pair of Mountianeer vicotries over Hokies. Tom McMath (165) blasted Shaun Guttridge of Virginia Tech, while at 174 Greg Jones pinned Gutteridge's teammate Tomas Ovalle in 1:33.

At 184 and 197, West Virginia dropped a pair of tough 3-1 decisions. Ryan Wilman lost to Joe Phillips of Cleveland State, while Brent Miller lost anovertime bout to David Sandberg of Pitt by the same margin.

Ryan Kehler gave WVU a 6-4 record on the first day by pinning Pete Pool of Virginia Tech in just 39 seconds.

The second session of the tournament continues this evening, with the championship round semifinals and the consolation round quarterfinals taking place.

The tournament concludes tomorrow, with the top three finishers in each weight class earning trips to the NCAA tournament.

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