Top-ranked Greg Jones of West Virginia defeated second-ranked Chris Pendleton of Oklahoma State, 7-3, Monday night at the NWCA All-Star Classic.
Jones, the defending national champion, escaped to start the second period and added a takedown to go up 3-0 before Pendleton recorded an escape of his own to end the period 3-1. Jones then put the match away with two more takedowns in the third period for the convincing 7-3 victory. Jones did not allow an offensive point in the match. The loss is the first of the season for Pendleton. Now 19-0 on the season, Jones is the second Mountaineer grappler to win at this event, which puts the top two wrestlers in each weight class against each other. WVU's Scott Collins won against another Oklahoma State wrestler in 1991.
The West Virginia squad will return to action on Friday, Feb. 7, for an EWL dual at Lock Haven at 7:30 p.m., before returning home to take on the Hokies of Virginia Tech on Sunday, Feb. 9, at 1 p.m. in the WVU Coliseum.