WVU Defeats Clarion

By Steve Stone
WVU Sports Information Office

January 24, 2008

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University wrestling team got off to a good start in EWL play after defeating Clarion, 35-3, on Thursday, January 24, at the Coliseum.

The Mountaineers (4-3, 1-0) dominated the meet throughout after winning nine of the 10 matches against the Eagles, highlighted by No. 17 ranked Dustin Rogers’ pin fall at :39 over Clarion’s Roman Husam.

Senior Jared Villers (197) extended his winning streak to five matches as he defeated Clarion’s Jamie Luckett in a 12-3 major decision. Villers leads the team with 11 victories on the season.

Junior David Jauregui (149) also scored an impressive victory after defeating Clarion’s Hadley Harrison in a 14-5 major decision. Jauregui scored six takedowns along with an escape to come up with his sixth victory on the season.

Zac Fryling (157) won a hard-fought match over Travis Uncapher, scoring a 12-6 decision. Fryling had four takedowns in the first period to catapult a good start and hold on for the win.

Stephen Waite (141), making his third start in place of injured All-American Brandon Rader, got his first victory as a Mountaineer after scoring a key reversal in the third period to earn a 5-2 decision over Tony Lascari.

Kurt Brenner (184) put in another strong performance after earning a 7-4 decision over Scott Joseph. An eventful first period featured three Brenner takedowns and three escapes by Joseph, but only two points were scored combined in the second and third periods.

Parkersburg, W.Va., native Chance Litton improved to 9-3 after a close 5-4 decision over Mario Morelli. The match was tied going into the third period until Litton scored on an escape to notch the close victory.

Although the highlight of the meet came on Rogers’ fast pin fall, the heavyweight knows that tomorrow night’s match against nationally ranked Mike Spaid of Bloomsburg won’t be easy.

“Tonight’s match helped my confidence a little bit,” says Rogers. “But tomorrow’s opponent will be tough and it is definitely going to be a battle.”

The Mountaineers will continue their four-match homestand tomorrow night against Bloomsburg at 8 p.m. at the Coliseum. Fans that can’t make it out to the Coliseum can view the match live online on a pay-per-view basis through MSNsportsNET.com. All home meets can be accessed for $9.95 per month.

West Virginia 35, Clarion 3
125: Kyle Turnbull (WVU) DEC Jay Ivanco (CU), 4-2
133: Rob LaBrake (CU) DEC Jared Garvin (WVU), 4-3
141: Stephen Waite (WVU) DEC Sal Lascari (CU), 5-2
149: David Jauregui (WVU) MAJOR Hadley Harrison (CU), 14-5
157: #18 Zac Fryling (WVU) DEC Travis Uncapher (CU), 12-6
165: Donnie Jones (WVU) FORFEIT
174: Chance Litton (WVU) DEC Mario Morelli (CU), 5-4
184: Kurt Brenner (WVU) DEC Scott Joseph (CU), 7-4
197: #12 Jared Villers (WVU) MAJOR Jamie Luckett (CU), 12-3
285: #17 Dustin Rogers (WVU) FALL Roman Husam (CU), 0:39

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