Two Wrestlers Honored

A pair of West Virginia wrestlers were honored for their performances in last week's comeback win over the Pitt Panthers.

Junior wrestler Dustin Rogers was named the WVU athlete of the week for his heroic performance against the Panthers, while Jared Villers nabbed the Eastern Wrestling League's athlete of the week honor.

Rogers, who hails from from Corning, Calif., needed to defeat the Panthers' No. 21-ranked Zach Schaeffer for his team to come away victorious and he did just that. Rogers upset Schaeffer in overtime to guide West Virginia to an 18-16 dual win and its first win over a ranked opponent on the road since 2002.

"Dustin responded tremendously to the situation he was put in.," said head coach Craig Turnbull after the match. Rogers is now 12-4 on the season with a 2-1 record in EWL dual meets.

Villers was tabbed by the EWL as its athlete of the week in helping to spark the comeback win.

With his team trailing 16-10 with two bouts remaining the Akron, Ohio, native scored a technical fall against Mike Heist to close the gap to 16-15 and set up Rogers to upset the 25th-ranked Panthers. The win was the first for WVU over a ranked opponent on the road since 2002.

Villers leads the Mountaineers in wins with 19 so far this year, against just five defeats. He has also scored many valuable bonus points for West Virginia, as 11 of his 19 wins have come by either pin or technical fall.

The 197-pounder is currently ranked 15th by W.I.N. Magazine and 3-0 in EWL dual meets. Villers is the first Mountaineer to earn an EWL weekly honor this year.

In the win over Pitt, WVU had to claw back from two separate deficits on the evening after falling behind 7-0 and then 16-7. The Mountaineers overcame those by claiming five wins on the evening including the last three bouts of the dual. WVU has now won six consecutive duals versus Pitt.

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