WVU Drops Two At National Duals

By Tim Goodenow
WVU Sports Information Office

January 22, 2005

CLEVELAND - The 17th-ranked West Virginia University wrestling team dropped a pair of matches at the 2005 NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals on Saturday.

The Fighting Illini, ranked No. 2 in the nation, proved too much as Illinois won eight bouts en route to a 34-6 win. Illinois posted victories in the first five bouts to take a commanding 23-0 team lead.

Mountaineer Zac Fryling put West Virginia on the scoreboard with a 8-6 upset of No. 13 ranked Donny Reynolds at 165 pounds. The other WVU win came from two-time national champion Greg Jones. Senior and No. 1 ranked Jones improved to 3-0 all-time against Brian Glynn with a solid 8-4 decision at 184 pounds.

Illinois’ lineup feature ranked wrestlers in nine of ten weight classes. Mountaineers Seth Lisa and Matt Lebe faired well against their ranked opponents in sending their matches into overtime.

WVU then dropped a tough 24-14 consolation match to No. 23 Penn State in the afternoon session. With WVU All-American Brandon Lauer sidelined for the weekend, the Nittany Lions raced out to an 11-0 team lead after three matches.

The Mountaineers responded with three straight wins at 149, 157 and 165-pounds to narrow the margin to 11-9. Senior Mike Torriero scored three takedowns for a 7-4 win over Jack Decker.

At 157 pounds, No. 7 ranked Matt Lebe tallied a takedown with 27 seconds left for a 4-3 decision over PSU’s No. 15 ranked Nate Galloway.

Sophomore Fryling picked up his second win of the day with an impressive 8-4 decision over Jared Turner.

Hodge Trophy candidate Jones collected four takedowns and two near falls in posting a 17-1 technical fall over Chad Unger. Jones’ win came at 6:00 and tied the overall team score at 14-14.

Penn State won the final two bouts at 197 pounds and heavyweight to advance in the consolation bracket.

West Virginia falls to 2-4 on the season and resumes dual meet action with its home opener slated for Saturday, Jan. 29, against nationally ranked Hofstra at 1:00 p.m.

No. 2 Illinois 34 (8-0, 1-0 Big Ten) No. 17 West Virginia 6 (2-3, 2-0 EWL)
125: #2 Kyle Ott (ILL) MAJOR Shawn Cordell (WVU), 17-7
133: #3 Mark Jayne (ILL) FALL #20 Seth Lisa (WVU), 7:57 SV
141: Cassio Pero (ILL) MAJOR Teddy Adams (WVU), 12-4
149: #19 Aaron Dietzen FALL Mike Torriero (WVU), 6:07
157: #2 Alex Tirapelle DEC #7 Matt Lebe (WVU), 5-3 SV
165: Zac Fryling (WVU) DEC #13 Donny Reynolds, 8-6
174: #5 Pete Friedl MAJOR Eric Mullen (WVU), 10-2
184: #1 Greg Jones (WVU) DEC #4 Brian Glynn, 8-4
197: #15 Tyrone Byrd DEC Jared Villers (WVU), 5-1
285: #14 Mike Behnke MAJOR Matt Holsopple (WVU), 15-4

No. 23 Penn State 24 (4-4, 0-0 Big Ten) No. 17 West Virginia 16 (2-4, 2-0 EWL)
125: #16 Adam Smith (PSU) MAJOR Shawn Cordell (WVU), 11-1
133: Brian Heller (PSU) DEC #20 Seth Lisa (WVU), 8-3
141: #18 DeWitt Driscoll (PSU) MAJOR Teddy Adams (WVU), 13-1
149: Mike Torriero (WVU) DEC Jack Decker (PSU), 7-4
157: #7 Matt Lebe (WVU) DEC #15 Nate Galloway (PSU), 4-3
165: Zac Fryling (WVU) DEC Jared Turner (PSU), 8-4
174: James Yonushonis (PSU) DEC Eric Mullen (WVU), 9-3
184: #1 Greg Jones (WVU) TECH Chad Unger (PSU), 17-1 7:00
197: #15 Phil Davis (PSU) FALL Jared Villers (WVU), 4:51
285: Joel Edwards (PSU) MAJOR Matt Holsopple (WVU), 8-0

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