Four Win Titles

By Tim Goodenow WVU Sports Information Office
November 7, 2004 MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Four West Virginia University wrestlers won individual titles at the 23rd annual WVU Open on Sunday afternoon in the Shell Building.

Matt Lebe (157) and Brent Miller (285) won their second consecutive WVU Open crowns in the Mountaineers’ season opener. Lebe posted a 6-0 record and defeated Ohio’s Jake Frerichs in the finals. Miller scored a 5-2 decision over Lehigh’s Tom Curl in a re-match of last year’s championship match.

After sitting out of last year’s tournament, Seth Lisa (133) and Greg Jones (184) earned their second and fourth WVU Open titles. Lisa improved to 6-0 with his 3-2 victory over Lehigh’s Jeff Santo. Two-time national champion Jones tallied an 11-3 major decision over Lehigh’s Dave Helfrich in his finals match.

Also placing for the Mountaineers were junior Eric Mullen and talented freshman David Jauregui who both took third place honors. Other true freshmen giving strong performances for WVU were Shawn Cordell (125), Vince Gioiella (141) and Larry Hall (149).

Visitors winning their respective weight classes were Bloomsburg’s Mike Sees, Clarion’s Frank Edgar, Pitt’s Jeff Ecklof, Lehigh’s Brian Lamay, UNC Pembroke’s Dwayne Coward and Shippensburg’s Corey Jacoby.

Championship Final Matches
125: Mike Sees (Bloomsburg) dec. Christian Smith (Duke), 13-7
133: Seth Lisa (West Virginia) dec. Jeff Santo (Lehigh), 3-2
141: Frank Edgar (Clarion) dec. Clint Shirk (Lock Haven), 9-4
149: Jeff Ecklof (Pitt) dec. Kevin Artis (UNC Greensboro), 5-2
157: Matt Lebe (West Virginia) dec. Jake Frerichs (Ohio), 5-3
165: Brian Lamay (Lehigh) dec. Steve Smith (Duke), 2-0
174: Dwayne Coward (UNC Pembroke) Fall Justin Otis (Tennessee-Chattanooga) 0:49
184: Greg Jones (West Virginia) Major Dave Helfrich (Lehigh), 11-3
197: Corey Jacoby (Shippensburg) INJ DEF Lou Thomas (Pitt)
285: Brent Miller (West Virginia) dec. Tom Curl (Lehigh), 7-4

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