WVU Pummels Clarion

By Scott Castleman
WVU Sports Information Office

January 22, 2006

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The West Virginia University wrestling team cruised to 37-6 blowout of conference foe Clarion on Sunday, Jan. 22, at the WVU Coliseum.

The Mountaineers (3-4, 2-0 EWL) took advantage of three forfeits by Clarion (1-11, 0-1 EWL) at the 125, 174 and 197-pound weight classes on the afternoon, while collecting wins in five of the other seven bouts.

“I was pleased with the wrestling that took place today,” said head coach Craig Turnbull. “I thought the guys who did wrestle today were able to keep their focus and get some important wins.”

Senior 133-pounder Seth Lisa started the match off for the Mountaineers with an impressive 9-0 victory over Robert LeBrake. After jumping out to a 6-0 lead Lisa was able to record a takedown in the third period to assure the win.

After a loss in the 141-pound bout freshman David Jauregui provided a convincing 19-8 decision in his 149-pound bout against Derrick Smith. The Santa Ana, Calif., native scored a takedown in every period and a total of eight in the match.

Senior Matt Lebe took care of business against Lucas Smith in the 157-pound match as he recorded a 21-6 tech fall. He was followed by an impressive 7-3 decision by Eric Mullen over Logan Downes in the 165-pound bout to put the Mountaineers up 22-3.

Freshman 184-pounder Chance Litton recorded his first collegiate dual meet win as he snapped an eight-match losing streak against Dominic Ross with a 6-2 decision.

The Parkersburg, W.Va., native led from the start with a pair of takedowns in the first period and added an escape point in the second. Litton’s 1:02 riding time earned him another point.

The Mountaineers get some time to rest before their next competition as they do not wrestle again until Feb. 3, when they host Pitt at 7 p.m.

Clarion Match Results (W, 37-6)
125: Scott Stuart (WVU) FORFEIT
133: Seth Lisa (WVU) MAJOR Robert LeBrake (CU), 9-0
141: Greg Lewis (CU) DEC Teddy Adams (WVU), 6-1
149: David Jauregui (WVU) MAJOR Derrick Smith (CU), 19-8
157: Matt Lebe (WVU) TECH Lucas Christopher (CU), 21-6
165: Eric Mullen (WVU) DEC Logan Downes (CU), 7-3
174: Kurt Brenner (WVU) FORFEIT
184: Chance Litton (WVU) DEC Dominic Ross (CU), 6-2
197: T.R. Chinn (WVU) FORFEIT
HWT: A.J. Brooks (CU) DEC Matt Holsopple (WVU), 7-5
Official: Merle Tournay
Attendance: 506

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