WVU Tops Penn State 23-15

(University Park, Pa., Jan. 5, 2002) The No. 17 ranked Penn State wrestling team found a tough start to the home dual meet season Saturday in Rec Hall as the Nittany Lions fell to No. 20 Pittsburgh (18-12) and No. 8 West Virginia (23-15) in double-dual action. Penn State falls to 1-3 on the year, while Pittsburgh improved to 3-1 and West Virginia to 2-1 on the year.

The Nittany Lions opened the day with a razor close loss to Pittsburgh in their first dual meet of the new year.

The West Virginia match was not nearly as close as Penn State notched just three wins against the Mountaineers, one being a forfeit in the final bout. The Lions opened with a 9-5 victory by No. 11 ranked Josh Moore over Brandon Lauer at 133 pounds, but West Virginia took over from there. The Mountaineers reeled off six straight victories, two by major decision, to charge to a 20-3 lead. The most notable victory came at 141 where No. 18 Shane Cunanan upset No. 17 Scott Moore with a major decision, 16-6, victory. Four more ranked Mountaineers posted wins before unranked freshman Ryan Wilman pulled a stunning upset of Penn State's Becks at 184, 3-2. Senior Pete Mielnik gave Penn State some life with a 5:37 fall over Brent Miller at 197 pounds, but Mountaineer heavyweight Ryan Kehler officially closed the door with a 3-1 decision over senior Kevin Shippos. With the match in hand West Virginia forfeited the final bout at 125 for the final margin.

#8 West Virginia 23, #17 Penn State 15
Rec Hall, University Park, Pa. Jan. 5, 2002 Official: Bob Derr
Team Score
Wt. Wrestlers PS WVU
133 #11 Josh Moore (PS) dec. Brandon Lauer (WVU), 9-5 3 0
141 #18 Shane Cunanan (WVU) Maj dec. #17 Scott Moore (PS), 16-6 3 4
149 #19 Billy Smith (WVU) dec. Nate Wachter (PS), 4-2 3 7
157 #6 Joe Carr (WVU) dec. James Woodall (PS), 11-5 3 10
165 #7 Tom McMath (WVU) dec. Doc Vecchio (PS), 12-5 3 13
174 #4 Greg Jones (WVU) Match Term. Todd Brennan (PS), MT23-8;7:00* 3 17
* No back points were awarded
184 Ryan Wilman (WVU) dec. #9 Mark Becks (PS), 3-2 3 20
197 Pete Mielnik (PS) pinned Brent Miller (WVU), F;5:37 9 20
Hwt. Ryan Kehler (WVU) dec. Kevin Shippos (PS), 3-1 9 23
125 Adam Smith (PS) win by forfeit 15 23

Penn State: 1-3 West Virginia: 2-1
Attendance: 2,448
Ridge Riley Award: Pete Mielnik (197)

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