Dual Meet Season Begins

The No. 24-ranked West Virginia University wrestling team begins its dual meet schedule on Friday, Dec. 15, when it hosts Duquesne at the WVU Coliseum at 8 p.m. The matchup with the Dukes will be WVU's only home appearance until Feb. 9.

Fans will get a chance to see some of the Eastern Wrestling League's (EWL) finest athletes as the Mountaineers are expected to start four NCAA qualifiers. Brandon Rader, a 141-pounder from Parkersburg, W.Va., will lead the way for WVU as he is coming off an EWL championship and All-America true freshman season. Rader is currently ranked No. 5 by W.I.N. Magazine.

No. 9-rated sophomore David Jauregui (149), junior Zac Fryling (157) and No. 16-rated junior Jared Villers (197) round out the WVU grapplers with NCAA experience expected to wrestle on Friday evening. The three have gotten off to stellar beginnings this season as they have combined for four tournament titles and a 27-5 record thus far.

The Dukes are off to a 1-1 record this season with a 29-15 win over American and a 21-18 loss to Clarion. Friday's dual meet will be the first road test of the season for Duquesne.

Jared Ricotta (184) leads the Dukes on the season as he is 2-0 in dual meet action and 13-5 overall this season. However, WVU 184-pounder Chance Litton recorded a 10-2 major decision against Ricotta at the Navy Classic on Nov. 18.

West Virginia is 7-1 all-time versus Duquesne in a series that dates back to 1971. The two teams last met in 1999 when the Mountaineers upended the Dukes 41-3 in Pittsburgh.

Friday's dual meet is the last home match until Feb. 9 when WVU hosts Ohio.

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