Wrestlers Record Back to Back Dual Wins

The WVU wrestling team battled off the effects of the flu in two different weight classes to record an 23-9 win over the Ohio Bobcats at the Coliseum on Saturday.

Brandon Lauer jumped out to an early 7-2 lead, in the first match of the night at 133 pounds, but Ohio's Anthony Carrizales rallied in the second and third periods to tie the match at 7-7. Lauer then scored a reversal in the final 20 seconds of the match to move ahead 9-7, Carrizales escaped for a point, then Lauer earned a final point for more than one minute of riding time to take the opening match at 10-8. 3-0

Shane Cunanan got a second period takedown, then rode Jon Spires for much of the remainder of the match on the way to a 4-1 win in the 141 pound class. Spires was unable to mount any offensive threats against the workmanlike Cunanan, who dominated the action. The win put West Virginia up 6-0 in the match.

At 149, sixth ranked Billy Smith of WVU faced fourth ranked and undefeated Jake Percival in the feature contest of the evening.

Percival scored an early takedown and added back points for a quick 2-0 lead. Smith the scored consecutive escapes to tie the score at 2-2. Percival countered with an escape of his own in the third period, then added a takedown for a 5-3 win to cut the overall Mountaineer lead to 6-3.

In the 157 pound class, Matt Lebe was never seriously threatened as he dominated Ohio's Robert Lyons on the way to a 12-4 win. The win put West Virginia ahead by a 10-3 margin.

Tom McMath, who has been suffering from the flu, took the mat at 165 against Ohio's Luke Moore and gutted out a 3-1 win. Moore, who had 25 wins on the season, was unable to do anything offensively against the gritty McMath, who raised WVU's lead to 13-3 with the win.

Greg Jones scored a takedown in the first ten seconds of the 174 pound match against Tony DeAnna, and that was as close as the outmatched DeAnna would get. Jones scored a dominating 20-7 major decision as he racked up takedown after takedown in the contest.

Jones moved to 23-0 on the season with the win and extended his school record winning streak to forty-one.

With the Mountaineers leading 17-3, Ryan Wilman faced Travis Smith at 184 pounds and extended the Mountaineer winning streak. Wilman jumped out to an early 4-1 lead, extended it to 7-2 after two periods, then cruised to a 8-3 decision that gave West Virginia an almost insurmountable 20-3 match lead.

Adrian Thompson and Joel Weimer battled to a scoreless first period at 197 pounds. Each wrestler recorded an escape, but Weimer got the deciding point for a 2-1 victory on a dubious stalling call against Thompson. That cut the WVU lead to 20-6, but also locked up the match victory for the Mountaineers.

Brent Miller and Erik Jones faced off in a match of mobile heavyweights, but Miller quickly assumed control of the match and recorded a 8-3 win that gave WVU a 23-6 team lead.

The final match of the night featured WVU's Greg White, again subbing for a sick Seth Lisa at 125 pounds, against Matt Stevens. Stevens was able to get takedowns in the second and third periods for a 6-3 win, which narrowed the final Mountaineer margin to 23-9.

The Mountaineers improved their overall dual match record to 7-3.

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