MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (February 15, 2002) - The 11th-ranked Mountaineers (8-2, 4-0) remained undefeated in Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) action and head coach Craig Turnbull won his 200th career dual meet by dominating Pitt (12-5, 4-2), 32-2, Friday night at the WVU Coliseum.

Seniors Joe Carr and Ryan Kehler each won their final home matches at the Coliseum. Kehler, ranked 19th in the nation, needed only :22 to pin Jacob Lininger and pick up the 25th pin of his career, giving him sole possession of first place on the WVU all-time pins list. Pitt was deducted a team point after an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty was called on Lininger. Tenth-ranked Carr scored three takedowns and accumulated over two minutes of riding time to defeat Zach Doll, 7-2.

Nineteenth-ranked Billy Smith opened the match with a dramatic 4-2 overtime victory over Justin Giovinco at 149. After Carr's win at 157, No.5 Tom McMath opened the WVU lead to 9-0 with another overtime victory at 165, a 3-1 win over No.20 Carl Frohnofer. Third-ranked Greg Jones (174) and No.12 Shane Cunanan (141) added major decisions for the Mountaineers. WVU scored 21 takedowns compared to Pitt's three as WVU won nine of the ten dual matches. Pitt's lone win came at 197 where No.19 David Sandberg edged Brent Miller, 4-1.

"I really thought coming in that this was an even match," head coach Craig Turnbull said. "It's a tribute to our guys and how hard they worked to be able to dominate like they did. I wasn't expecting something like that." WVU will take to the mat tomorrow, February 16, at 7:00 p.m. in Athens, Ohio, for a non-conference battle with Ohio.

No.11 West Virginia 32, Pitt 2 Team Score
149 - #19 Billy Smith (WV) dec. Justin Giovinco (P), 42 (sv) 3-0
157 - #10 Joe Carr (WV) dec. Zach Doll (P), 7-2 6-0
165 - #7 Tom McMath (WV) dec. #20 Carl Fronhofer (P), 3-1 9-0
174 - #3 Greg Jones (WV) maj. dec. Matt Catullo (P), 15-7 13-0
184 - Ryan Wilman (WV) dec. Rob Black (P), 6-1 16-0
197 - #19 David Sandberg (P) dec. Brent Miller (WV), 4-1 16-3
HWT - #19 Ryan Kehler (WV) pinned Jacob Lininger (P), :25 22-2*
125 - Nathan Kendjorsky (WV) dec. James Thornton (P), 8-3 25-2
133 - Brandon Lauer (WV) dec. Shawn Amistade (P), 5-3 28-2
141 - #12 Shane Cunanan (WV) maj. dec. Blaise Mucci (P), 12-4 32-2

*Pitt was assessed a penalty point for unsportsmanlike conduct