MORGANTOWN, W.Va., (February 6, 2000) West Virginia University's wrestling team defeated EWL rival Cleveland State, 30-6, at the WVU Shell Building, Sunday afternoon. West Virginia is now 13-9 all-time versus the Vikings.

The Mountaineers (5-2-1, 3-0-1) won eight of their ten matches, led by Senior Vertus Jones's (Slickville, Pa.) eight second fall over Viking Frank Iakovidis at 184. Jones, who is ranked second in the nation and is 21-0 on the year, moves into a tie for ninth place on the all-time WVU wins list with a career record of 86-19. He is also only two wins shy of the all-time consecutive wins record set by Scott Collins in 1991.

Three other ranked Mountaineers attained victories for West Virginia. Senior Bob Patnesky (Canonsburg, Pa.), ranked 13th, upped his season record to 18-2 with a 7-3 decision over No. 19 Phil Mansueto at 133. Sophomore Joe Carr (Lexington, Ky.), who leads the team in victories with 22 and is ranked 14th, defeated J.P. Felty by way of medical forfeit at 157. Senior Sean Hage (Powder Springs, Ga.), ranked fourth and is also 17-2 on the year, decisioned Russ Davie 4-2.

Freshman Billy Smith (Greensburg, Pa.) became only the fifth freshman in WVU history to amass at least 20 wins in a season. He decisioned Chris Steadman 10-4, at 149.

West Virginia is back in action Saturday, February 12, against EWL rival Pitt, at the WVU Shell Building, at 7 p.m.

Cleveland State 6
No. 17 West Virginia 30

HWT No. 4 Sean Hage (W) dec. Russ Davie (C), 4-2
125 Angelo Zegarelli (W) dec. Rocco Mansueto (C), 5-4
133 #13 Bob Patnesky (W) dec. #19 Phil Mansueto, 7-3
141 Ryan Guciardo (C) dec. Micah Khan (W), 7-6
149 Billy Smith (W) dec. Chris Steadman (C), 10-4
157 #14 Joe Carr (W) won by medical forfeit over J.P. Felty (C)
165 Richard Taylor (W) dec. Josh Smith, 5-4 sv
174 Gerald Harris (C) dec. Erik Warg (W), 1-0
184 #2 Vertus Jones (W) won by fall over Frank Iakovidis, :08
197 Martius Harding (W) dec. Josh Greenspan (C), 9-4

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