MOUNTAINEERS WIN EWL TOURNAMENT

SEVEN MOUNTAINEERS QUALIFY FOR NATIONALS; JONES NAMED TOURNAMENT'S OUTSTANDING WRESTLER

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. (March10, 2002) Three Mountaineers won Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) titles and seven qualified for the NCAA Championships March 21-23, in Albany, N.Y., as West Virginia won/finished second at the EWL tournament in Lock Haven, Pa. WVU edged Edinboro, 114.50-104.50, with Lock Haven finishing third (104) and Pitt finishing in fourth (87).

This is the first time the Mountaineers have claimed the dual and the tournament titles in the same year and is only the second time WVU has won the tournament title.

Wrestlers qualify for the NCAA Championships by finishing in the top three in each weight class at the EWL tournament, so all wrestlers in the finals advance to compete for a national title.

The featured match of the day was at 174 between No.3 Greg Jones and No.2 Josh Koscheck of Edinboro was what most expected. After a scoreless first period, Jones scored a reversal to open the second. Koscheck scored an escape and tied the score with an escape in the third. The match ended tied and the two went to overtime. After no score in overtime, Jones was on bottom in the :30 tiebreaker because he scored the first offensive points. Jones needed only three seconds to escape and win the match. Jones was named the tournament's most outstanding wrestler.

Shane Cunanan (141) lost a narrow 7-5 decision to Virginia Tech's Sean Gray. Down 5-2, Cunanan scored a reverse to make the score 5-4. Gray escaped and was penalized one point for stalling and Cunanan could not convert a late takedown attempt. Gray also earned one point for riding time.

Joe Carr (157), who was an EWL champion in 2000 runner-up a year ago, won 7-3 over Edinboro's Ryan Yates. Carr scored two takedowns and accumulated more than two minutes of riding time in his victory. He became only the sixth WVU wrestler to qualify for the NCAA's all four years.

Tom McMath (165) won his first EWL crown by defeating Matt King of Edinboro, 6-4. McMath scored four points in the third period to win the match. McMath is currently 30-2 and has won 22 consecutive matches

Billy Smith (149) did not wrestle in the finals against Lock Haven's JaMarr Billman as he is still recovering from an MCL injury he suffered late in the year.

Brent Miller (197) and Ryan Kehler (HWT) earned trips to Albany by finishing third. Miller, who closed the season with 10 wins in his last 13 matches, defeated David Sandberg of Pitt, 3-2. After trading escapes in the second in third periods, Miller was able to get a leg and take down Sandberg with :30 left in the match. Miller lost to Sandberg, 3-1 in overtime, in the first round of the tournament.

Kehler, who qualified for the NCAA championships last season, also finished third after pinning Bloomsburg's Tony Milone in 1:56.

Ryan Wilman finished fifth at 184 and Nathan Kendjorsky finished sixth at 125. Wilman defeated Clarion's Marcus Surin 14-4 after losing to Bloomsburg's Josh Millard 4-2. Kendjorsky lost to Cleveland State's Rocco Mansueto (4-1) and Bloomsburg's Brock Hite (8-2).


Round One

Nathan Kendjorsky (WVU) vs. Trap McCormack (Lock Haven)
1st Period - McCormack T2; McCormack, Fall, 1:21
McCormack wins by fall, 1:21

Brandon Lauer (WVU) vs. Shawn Amistade (Pitt)
1st Period - No Score
2nd Period - (Lauer defers, Amistade chooses down) Amistade E1; Lauer injury time out
3rd Period - (Lauer chooses down) Lauer R2; Amistade R2;
No riding point
Amistade wins 3-2

Shane Cunanan (WVU) vs. Starlin Jiminez (Clarion)
1st Period - Cunanan T2;
2nd Period - (Cunanan starts down) Cunanan R2; Jiminez E1; Cunanan T2; Jiminez E1, Cunanan T2; Jiminez E1; Cunanan T2
3rd Period - (Neutral) Cunanan T2; Jiminez E1; Cunanan T2, Jiminez E1;
Cunanan wins riding point
Cuanan wins 15-5

Billy Smith (WVU) vs. Charlie Soto (Edinboro)
1st Period - Smith T2; Soto R2; Smith E1
2nd Period - (Smith chooses down) Smith E1
3rd Period - (Soto chooses down) Caution Soto; Soto E1;
Smith wins riding point
Smith wins 5-3

Joe Carr (WVU) vs. Michael Smith (Cleveland State)
1st Period - Carr T2; Carr N2; Smith E1; Carr T2
2nd Period - (Carr starts bottom), Carr E1; Carr T2;
3rd Period - (Smith starts bottom), Smith E1; Carr T2; Smith E1; Carr T2
Carr wins riding point
Carr wins 12-3

Tom McMath (WVU) vs Shaun Guttridge (VT)
1st Period - McMath T2; Guttridge E1; McMath T2; Guttridge E1; McMath T2
2nd Period - (Guttridge chooses down) McMath T2; Guttridge E1; McMath T2; Guttridge warned for stalling; Guttridge E1; McMath T2
3rd Period - (McMath chooses neutral) McMath T2; Guttridge E1; McMath T2; Guttridge E1; McMath T2; Guttridge E1
McMath wins riding point
McMath wins 20-8

Greg Jones (WVU) vs. Tomas Ovalle (VT)
1st Period - Jones T2; Jones N3; Jones F 1:23
Jones Wins by fall, 1:23

Ryan Wilman (WVU) vs. Joe Phillips (CSU)
1st Period - No Score
2nd Period - (Wilman defers, Phillips chooses down) Phillips E1; Wilman gets caution
3rd Period - (Wilman chooses down) Wilman E1
OT - Phillips scores takedown with :01 left
Phillips wins 3-1 (sv)

Brent Miller (WVU) vs. David Sandberg (Pitt)
1st Period - No Score
2nd Period - (Sandberg chooses down) Sandberg E1
3rd Period - (Miller chooses down) Miller E1
OT - Sandberg T2
Sandberg wins 3-1 (sv)

Ryan Kehler (WVU) vs. Pete Pool (VT)
1st Period - Kehler fall :39
Kehler wins by fall, :39

Semifinals

Shane Cunanan (WVU) vs. Chad Caros (Edinboro)
1st Period - No Score
2nd Period - (Caros starts down) Caros E1
3rd Period - (Cunanan starts down) Cunanan R2; Cunanan warned for stalling; Caros takes injury timeout
Cunanan wins riding point
Cunanan wins 3-1

Billy Smith (WVU) vs. Justin Giovinco (Pitt)
1st Period - Giovinco T2; Smith E1
2nd Period - (Giovinco starts down) Giovinco E1;
3rd Period - (Smith starts down) Smith takes injury timeout; Smith E1; Smith T2; Giovinco E1
OT - Smith T2 (with :13 left in overtime)
Smith wins 6-4

Joe Carr (WVU) vs. Jeremy Reitz (Clarion)
1st period - Carr T2; Reitz E1; Carr T2
2nd period - (Reitz defers, Carr chooses down) Carr is cautioned for false start; Carr E1
3rd period - (Reitz chooses down) Reitz E1; Reitz T2; Reitz N3; Carr R2
Carr wins riding point
Carr wins 8-7

Tom McMath (WVU) vs. Charlie Brenneman (Lock Haven)
1st period - McMath T2; Brenneman E1; McMath T2, Brenneman E1
2nd period - (McMath defers, Brenneman chooses bottom) Brenneman E1; McMath T2; Brenneman E1
3 period - (McMath chooses down) McMath E1; McMath takes injury timeout; McMath T2; Brenneman E1; McMath T2; Brenneman E1
McMath wins 11-6

Greg Jones (WVU) vs. Gerald Harris (Cleveland State)
1st period - Harris warned for stalling; Jones T2
2nd period - (Harris starts down)
3rd period - (Jones chooses down) Jones E1; Jones T2; Harris E1; Jones T2; Harris E1; Jones T2
Jones wins riding point
Jones wins 12-2

Ryan Kehler (WVU) vs. Jacob Lininger (Pitt)
1st period - Kehler T2; Lininger E1
2nd period - (Lininger defers, Kehler chooses down) Kehler E1; Lininger T2; Kehler E1
3rd period - (Lininger chooses down) Lininger E1; Kehler T2; Lininger E1; Lininger T2;
Lininger wins 7-6

Consolation
Nathan Kendjorsky (WVU) vs. Paul Durstine (Clarion)
1st period - No Score
2nd period - (Durstine starts bottom) Durstine E1
3rd period - (Kendjorsky starts bottom) Kendjorsky R2
Kendjorsky wins riding point
Kendjorsky wins 3-1

Brandon Lauer (WVU) vs. Chris Spealler (Lock Haven)
1st period - Lauer T2; Spealler E1; Spealler T2
2nd period - (Spealler defers, Lauer chooses bottom)
3rd period - (Spealler chooses down) Spealler E1; Spealler T2; Lauer E1; Spealler T2; Lauer E1; Spealler T2
Spealler earns riding point
Spealler wins 11-4

Ryan Wilman (WVU) vs. Matt Camino (Edinboro)
1st period - Wilman T2
2nd period - (Wilman defers, Camino chooses down) Camino R2; Camino disqualified for illegally bringing Wilman to the mat Wilman wins by disqualification
*Edinboro was deducted one team point

Brent Miller (WVU) vs. Andy Ludlow (Bloomsburg)
1st period - Miller T2, Miller F 1:02
Miller wins by fall, 1:02

Consolation Quarterfinals

Nathan Kendjorsky (WVU) vs. Rocco Mansueto (Cleveland State)
1st period - Kendjorsky warned for stalling; Mansueto T2
2nd period - (Mansueto starts down) Mansueto E1
3rd period - (Kendjorsky starts down) Kendjorsky E1
Mansueto wins riding point
Mansueto wins 4-1

Ryan Wilman (WVU) vs. Josh Millard (Lock Haven)
1st period - Millard T2; Wilman E1
2nd period - (Millard chooses down) Millard E1
3rd period - (Wilman chooses down) Wilman E1
Millard wins riding point
Millard wins 4-2

Brent Miller (WVU) vs. Avery Zerkle (Lock Haven)
1st period - No score
2nd period - (Miller starts down) Miller R2; Miller P1; Zerkle E1
3rd period - (Zerkle starts down) Zerkle E1
No riding point
Miller wins 3-2

Ryan Kehler (WVU) vs. Steve Itterly (Lock Haven)
1st period - Kehler T2; Itterly E1
2nd period - (Kehler chooses down) Kehler R2; Itterly E1; Kehler Fall at 4:40
Kehler wins by fall, 4:40

For Fifth and Sixth

Nathan Kendjorsky (WVU) vs. Brock Hite (Bloomsburg)
1st period - Hite T2
2nd period - (Kendjorsky starts down) Hite N2, Hite N3
3rd period - (Kendjorsky starts down) Kendjorsky R2
Hite wins riding point
Hite wins 8-2

Ryan Wilman (WVU) vs. Marcus Surin (Clarion)
1st period - Wilman
2nd period -
3rd period -
Wilman wins riding point
Wilman wins 14-4

Consolation Finals

Brent Miller (WVU) vs. David Sandberg (Pitt)
1st period - No Score
2nd period - Miller E1
3rd period - Sandberg E1; Miller T2; Sandberg E1
No riding point
Miller wins 3-2

Ryan Kehler (WVU) vs. Tony Milone (Bloomsburg)
1st period - Kehler pinned Milone, 1:56
Kehler wins by fall, 1:56

Finals

Shane Cunanan (WVU) vs. Sean Gray (VT)
1st period - Gray T2; Cunanan E1
2nd period - (Gray chooses down) Gray E1; Gray warned for stalling
3rd period - (Cunanan chooses down) Cunanan E1; Gray T2; Cunanan R2; Gray E1; Gray warned for stalling; Cunanan P1
Gray wins riding point
Gray wins 7-5

Billy Smith (WVU) vs. JaMarr Billman (Lock Haven)
Billman wins by forfeit

Joe Carr (WVU) vs. Ryan Yates (Edinboro)
1st period - Carr T2; Carr warned for stalling; Yates E1
2nd period - (Yates chooses down) Yates E1
3rd period - (Carr chooses down) Carr E1; Carr P1; Carr T2; Yates E1

Tom McMath (WVU) vs. Matt King (Edinboro)
1st period - No Score
2nd period - (McMath defers, King chooses down) King E1; McMath T2
3rd period - (McMath chooses down) King cautioned for false start; McMath E1; King T2; McMath E1 (:43 left); McMath
T2; King E1
No riding point awarded
McMath wins 6-4

Greg Jones (WVU) vs. Josh Koscheck (Edinboro)
1st period - No score
2nd period - (Jones chooses down) Jones R2; Koscheck E1; Koscheck warned for stalling
3rd period - (Koscheck chooses down) Koscheck E1
OT - No score
TB - Jones E1; (:03 into tiebreaker)


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