WVU Pins Lock Haven

By Scott Castleman
WVU Sports Information Office

February 12, 2006

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The West Virginia University wrestling team used two early pins to its advantage to defeat Lock Haven, 25-16, on Sunday, Feb. 12, at the WVU Coliseum.

The Mountaineers’ (5-5, 4-0 EWL) win over the Bald Eagles (5-12, 1-3 EWL) extends the team’s home dual meet unbeaten streak to 17. Seniors Matt Lebe (157), Seth Lisa (133), Eric Mullen (165) and Teddy Adams (149) will end their careers having never lost an EWL dual meet at the WVU Coliseum.

After a loss at the 125-pound class West Virginia responded with a pair of falls by Lisa and 141-pounder Brandon Rader. Leading 3-2 in the first period, Lisa recorded his pin over Casey Moore at the 2:05 mark. Rader pinned Brian Ellis just 40 seconds into his bout.

“Those two early pins really gave us a lot of momentum for the rest of the match,” said head coach Craig Turnbull.

Lock Haven won the 149-pound bout, closing the deficit to 12-7 and setting the marquee match of the afternoon between No. 2 Matt Lebe and No. 17 Seth Martin. Lebe suffered an early scare in the first period when he was taken down and nearly pinned. However, the Jeannette, Pa., native was able to roll out of Martin’s hold and escape with only three points given up for the near fall.

Trailing 7-5 after the first period, Lebe recorded a pair of takedowns to Martin’s two escapes. In the third period, Lebe chose the bottom at the start of the period and escaped to earn a hard fought 10-9 victory.

Lebe was followed by freshman 165-pounder Larry Hall who was able to win a 4-0 decision over Jacob Lauffenburger. Fellow freshman Kurt Brenner then won a 5-3 decision over Carlos Ponce in the 174-pound bout.

Lock Haven scored a pin in the 184-pound match, but sophomore Jared Villers answered with a 12-3 major decision over Tom Kocher to seal the victory.

The Mountaineer win evened the all-time series between the two schools at 14-14.

West Virginia hits the road next weekend for its final two dual meets of the season. WVU starts the weekend off on Friday, Feb. 18, against co-EWL leader Edinboro at 7:30 p.m. before facing Cleveland State on Saturday, Feb. 19, at 3 p.m.

Match Results (W, 25-16)
125: Obe Blanc (LHU) MAJOR Scott Stuart (WVU), 15-2
133: Seth Lisa (WVU) FALL Casey Moore (LHU), 2:05
141: Brandon Rader (WVU) FALL Brian Ellis (LHU), 0:40
149: Joshua Medina (LHU) DEC Teddy Adams (WVU), 10-4
157: Matt Lebe (WVU) DEC Seth Martin (LHU), 10-9
165: Larry Hall (WVU) DEC Jacob Lauffenburger (LHU), 4-0
174: Kurt Brenner (WVU) DEC Carlos Ponce (LHU), 5-3
184: Derrick Morgan (LHU) FALL Chance Litton (WVU), 1:01
197: Jared Villers (WVU) MAJOR Tom Kocher (LHU), 12-3
HWT: Tim Meyers (LHU) DEC Matt Holsopple (WVU), 10-5

Official: John Nath
Attendance: 461

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