Lebe, Brenner Claim Titles at WVU Open

By Scott Castleman
WVU Sports Information Office

November 12, 2005

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The West Virginia University wrestling teamís Matt Lebe and Kurt Brenner bagged individual titles at the 24th annual WVU Open on Saturday, Nov. 12, in the Shell Building, while three others finished as runners-up.

Lebe (157 pounds), a Jeannette, Pa., native, won his third WVU Open championship by knocking off Old Dominionís Chris Brown, 6-4, in the finals. Brenner (174), a Freedom, Pa., native, won his first championship at the tournament when he downed his teammate Chance Litton, 3-2, in the finals.

Besides Litton, Mountaineers Kyle Turnbull (125) and Brandon Rader (141) also made the finals before taking a loss. Turnbull, a Morgantown, W.Va., native, chose not to compete in the finals after suffering a slight injury earlier in the tournament, taking the medical forfeit. Rader, a Parkersburg, W.Va., native, fell to Virginia Techís Dave Hoffman, 7-5, in the finals.

Virginia Tech wrestlers claimed most individual titles as Justin Staylor (125), Dave Hoffman (141) and Steve Borja (184). Also winning championships were Josh Keefe (133), Lehighís Trevor Chinn (149), Cornellís Steve Anceravage (165) and Marylandís Hudson Taylor (197).

The Mountaineers next competition comes on Saturday, Nov. 19, when the team heads to Annapolis, Md., to participate in the Navy Classic.

Championship Final Matches
125: Justin Staylor (Virginia Tech) INJ DEF Kyle Turnbull (WVU)
133: Josh Keefe (unaffiliated) def. Steven Bell (Maryland), 5-2
141: Dave Hoffman (Virginia Tech) dec. Brandon Rader (WVU), 7-5
149: Trevor Chinn (Lehigh) dec. Aaron Martin (unaffiliated), 3-1
157: Matt Lebe (WVU) dec. Chris Brown (Old Dominion), 6-4
165: Steve Anceravage (Cornell) dec. Joey Hooker (Cornell), 5-2
174: Kurt Brenner (WVU) dec. Chance Litton (WVU), 3-2
184: Steve Borja (Virginia Tech) dec. Josh Amone (Cornell), 3-1
197: Hudson Taylor (Maryland) dec. Pat Bradshaw (Edinboro), 2-0
HWT: Mike Foust (Virginia Tech) dec. Israel Silva (UTC), 3-2

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